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Materials are Strategic: the Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Development

Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., PE

Location: Your office

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Overview

There are many product development and manufacturing decisions that would benefit from greater consideration of the materials used to make a product; in fact, the success of a product often depends on it. This would seem to make sense since a product is ultimately an assemblage of different materials. However, the role of materials engineering is frequently overlooked. The result of this is missed deadlines, products that do not perform as required, and products that are costlier to make than they should be.

In an interactive 90-minute audio session, Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., PE of Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. will consider the materials engineering perspective as it is applied to product development, and its impact on the success of a product. Michael has 17 years experience working as an engineer for product design, development, and manufacturing. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a Professional Engineer, Licensed in Illinois.

The following items will be covered in the presentation:

  • The materials engineering perspective and product success
  • Products and their materials
  • What is materials engineering?
  • Common myths about materials engineering
  • Defining the requirements for the materials that make up a product
  • Product development decisions that require the materials engineering perspective and how it is applied
  • What happens when the materials engineering perspective is not considered – a few case studies of problems and missed opportunities
Who Should Attend:

Product Development, Manufacturing, Materials Engineers, and R&D.

Invite others to join you - the fee is the same as long as you are on one line, just put it on speakerphone!

Takeaways:

By participating in this session, you will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about these tools and how you can build them into your own organization's program. The session will be a 60-minute presentation with 30 minutes interactive Q&A. Follow-on email Q&A with the instructor is also offered.

Includes:

1. Access to slides used during the session via webinar technology
2. Your questions answered directly by an expert during the session and by email afterwards
3. Access to synchronized Windows Media file of slides and audio after the session

Session Leaders

Michael Pfeifer

Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., PE 
President
Industrial Metallurgists, LLC.

 

Michael Pfeifer is the President of Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He has 17 years experience working as engineer for product design, development, and manufacturing.  He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a Professional Engineer, Licensed in Illinois.

Prior to Industrial Metallurgists, LLC Michael worked for Motorola in a variety of engineering capacities.  From 1991 to 1997 he was a manufacturing engineer in a high volume integrated circuit factory.  There he learned about statistical process control (SPC, now commonly referred to as six sigma), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), design for manufacturing, reliability testing, and specification writing.  He applied this knowledge and his materials engineering background to improve manufacturing yields, reduce manufacturing costs, reduce cycle time, perform root cause failure analysis, and develop new manufacturing processes.

From 1997 to 1999 he worked in Motorola’s corporate R&D where he learned the importance of synergy between business groups and R&D.

From 1999 to 2004 he worked in Motorola’s Automotive Electronics Group, which made automotive and heavy vehicle electronics such as engine controllers, door and window controls, sensors, and telematics devices.  Michael was part of a small group of materials engineers that supported the entire business (it had about $800 MM in sales at one point) with materials selection for new products, cost reduction, root cause failure analysis, supplier evaluation and development, manufacturing process development, and quality improvement.  Michael worked with mechanical and electrical design engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, purchasing, and suppliers.

Michael is active in several technical organizations including ASM International, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

What you will learn

 

 

In an interactive 90-minute audio session, Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., PE of Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. will consider the materials engineering perspective as it is applied to product development, and its impact on the success of a product including:

  • The materials engineering perspective and product success
  • Products and their materials
  • What is materials engineering?
  • Common myths about materials engineering
  • Defining the requirements for the materials that make up a product
  • Product development decisions that require the materials engineering perspective and how it is applied
  • What happens when the materials engineering perspective is not considered – a few case studies of problems and missed opportunities

 

 

 

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