Knowledge Aware Leaders from General Motors, Stellantis, Ford Motor Company (retired), and Stryker will be joining the forum discussion on what it’s like to be at the frontline of implementation at their organization. They’ll be sharing the truth and insight on creating K-PACs, dealing with resistance, and getting people to grasp the concept.
About the Speakers
Wendy Lange, Engineering Group Manager Knowledge Management from General Motors
Wendy has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science in Polymers Engineering from the University of Detroit. She has worked at General Motors for over 35 years. She started in the Materials Engineering Department where she worked on plastics and then Environmental Issues such as the recyclability of vehicles. Her many assignments over the years included Corvette bumper release engineer, coordinator for the GM Energy and Environment Strategy Board, and Manager for the Mass Engineering team. She has been the Manager for the Knowledge Management area at General Motors for over 12 years. Wendy and Kristine Brosseau deployed Auros at General Motors in 2010 and have to lead a huge growth in its use since then. Wendy is also a member of the IKAA Board of Directors.
Mike Preston, Senior R&D Manager from Stryker
Mike has nearly 18 years of experience in new product development. He has worked across a number of different disciplines including test engineering, reliability engineering, systems engineering, and design engineering. Mike has been in engineering leadership for the last 10 years. His education background includes a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Industrial & Systems Engineering, and an MBA. Outside of work, Mike has been married for 16 years and has four children. He can be found spending his time camping with his family, hunting in the fall, woodworking in his shop, or competing in Olympic-style weightlifting.
Gene Coffman, Technical Specialist, Retired from Ford
Gene Coffman recently retired from Ford Motor Company after 40 years in Manufacturing Engineering. He received his PhD in Operations Research from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, prior to joining Ford Research. At Ford, He led numerous projects in Simulation, Option Complexity, Vehicle Sequencing and Scheduling, Plant Floor Systems and Mfg. Engineering Software Tool development and deployment. His most recent assignments in Ford Mfg. Engineering included being the business owner for Auros and other software tools.
Bruce Williams, Senior Manager – Process, Methods & Warranty Recovery NA Region from Stellantis