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McKinney, Texas, United States
August 31, 2017

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Bruce Pickelsimer

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Bruce Pickelsimer is a proven professional with extensive leadership experience in product development and operations management at leading manufacturing corporations. These management positions required utilizing broad technical knowledge combined with strategic planning, resource management, and communications expertise to solve process, product, and personnel problems, while improving production efficiencies, and profitability. Responsibilities have included building, leading, and motivating cross-functional teams, managing capital and expenses budgets, forecasting product and process performance, aligning product development/engineering goals with corporate objectives, and communicating objectives and results to all levels of management.

Core Competencies

Change Management Continuous Process Improvement Operations Management Training & Development

Organizational Development Team Facilitation Contract Manufacturing Process Development

24x7 Facility Management Budgeting & Forecasting Capital Equipment Management Yield Management

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Contract Negotiations Production Controls Internal & External Relations

Key Achievements

Driver in developing a complex manufacturing process in an external/contract factory. The new process allows the business units the flexibility of using a contract site to optimize product availability without issues concerning capital growth and capacity constraints. Business units have successfully delivered over 15 new products using this process.

As part of a construction team for a $1 billion + factory, I specified and monitored the placement of an analytical lab, test area, and engineering support area in the factory planning. All areas came with 95%+ in budget and in area at the final stages of high volume production.

Played a key role in the major restructuring of a manufacturing organization. My team led the implementation of SPC, APC, cycle time, and continuous improvement programs through training and tactical role assignments expanding the strategic roles of engineering/management to improve manufacturing efficiencies for the product support functions. The result was a flexible work force used to advance the existing manufacturing sites and supply the technical resources for the new factory under development.

Increased the manufacturing efficiencies in a test area resulting in a capacity increase of greater than 60% by effectively managing over $12 million dollars in capital improvement and remodeling. The completed project extended the life of the area by allowing more complex product testing and analysis.

Developed material science team that supplied complex analysis on a 24X7 basis in support of development and high volume production. Purchasing of capital tooling for the laboratory exceeded $5 million and involved negotiating the equipment price and trade in/ disposal of older hardware. The result was onsite analytical capability that required no support from external sources and teamed up with internal engineering and development teams to develop process and improve yields.

Managed a team of product engineers exclusively responsible for custom high performance products used by a major computer manufacturer. Using process controls and continuous improvement, the product maintained a better than 50% PFO over the 5 year life of the product.

Improved yields and performance of a complex MEM technology doubling yields and improving reliability through continuous improvement of manufacturing processes. Improvements required organizing cross functional teams consisting of designers, process engineers and quality engineers to develop new and less costly manufacturing methods extending the life of the product through cost reduction and quality improvements.

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Worked with equipment vendor to develop a new, more efficient inspection technology in a high volume environment. The tool vendor supplied technical support and proto type updates while using the tool to run volume production. The result of this project was we got the tool with the options we wanted verified with production volumes and the vendor got the tool tuned for production along with demos for their prime customers. The project was a win-win for my company and the tool vendor as the tool vendor developed a production worthy tool and we got a heavy discount on the tool purchase.

Managed several cross functional teams using Six Sigma principles to provide process efficiencies resulting in improvement in customer satisfaction and create operation cost reduction. Results have been supply deliveries improved from sporadic and spread over three weeks to predictable delivery times and within a two day window, increasing customer satisfaction and reducing local inventories to JIT levels.

Professional Synopsis

Director Process Improvement, Education Futures Group Richardson, TX 2014- 2017

Manages cross functional teams in process and continuous improvement and problem solving activities using disciplined methodologies, such as Six Sigma. These teams consist of all levels of management and include participants from corporate headquarters and satellite sites around Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Current responsibilities are to provide analysis of business processes to support optimization, cost reduction, and benchmarking while recommending modifications, new processes, or additional analysis to achieve the corporate goals.

Engineering Manager, Texas Instruments Dallas, TX 2000–2014

External Process Development Engineer – Wafer Fabrication Development in a Foundry. Part of a team assigned to partner with a wafer foundry in the development of an advanced embedded flash process. The finished wafer process is 100% externally manufactured and is designed to meet both automotive and commercial requirements.

Product Engineering Manager – Wafer Fabrication Development: Supervises 32 engineers and technicians responsible for supporting the introduction of new fabrication technologies, establishing process flows, and managing prototype manufacturing and testing. Facilitates yield improvements, product releases, parametric test, WLR testing, and wafer fab process/product improvement programs on 180nm embedded flash, 130nm, 90nm, and 65nm CMOS technology nodes. Interfaces and works with all levels of management in manufacturing, development, and product groups.

Product Integration Manager – Digital Light Products (DLP): Led 30 engineers and technicians who develop, qualify, and support the production of state-of-the-art Micro Machined (MEM) mirror technologies used in imaging and projection products. Oversaw the manufacturing process from prototyping and piece part specification and purchasing to yield management utilizing knowledge of CMOS processing, sophisticated Micro machining technology, and associated support functions, including testing, statistical analysis, failure analysis, metrology, etc.

Engineering Manager, Advance Micro Devices (AMD) Austin, TX 1987–2000

Managed several organizations (in parallel as well as in addition to assignments/duties) and over 120 personnel whose skill sets ranged from daily operational staff to Ph.D. material scientists. Forecasted and directed quarterly expense budgets of over $3 million and oversaw several millions of dollars in capital purchases for the test, yield enhancement, and analytical areas. Participated in a wafer fab construction team with the primary responsible being the sizing and capital forecasting of the test area and analytical lab.

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Product Engineering Manager & Yield Manager (11 years): Developed processes and products in support of increasing production yields and profitability, leading 12 technicians and engineers. Interfaced and collaborated with internal and external customers. Oversaw defect reduction, product yield forecasting, parametric test and functional test engineering for PLD, logic, and EPROM/SRAM memory products.

Yield Enhancement Manager (4 years): Provided leadership to 68 personnel (consisting of operations and equipment/process engineers). Drove process improvements for wafer fab production; supervised equipment selection and negotiated major capital purchases and software licenses. Maintained 24x7 technical and engineering support.

Test Area Manager (7 years): Managed a highly-flexible wafer test area with a 65-member team of equipment engineers, equipment technicians, test engineers, operators and supervisors that provided wafer level testing for programmable logic devices (PLD), memory devices, telecommunication products, and complex logic/microprocessor devices. Responsibilities included directing expense and capital forecasting, budgeting, and equipment selection for my operation.

Material/Analytical Laboratory Manager (4 years): Supervised equipment operations (TEM, SEM, FIB, XPS, SIMS, Quadrupole SIMS, TXRF, AUGER, and TOF SIMS) with 15+ material scientists and technicians for the daily analysis and characterization of semiconductor processes and materials.

Previously employed as an engineering manager with telecommunications manufacturer Tellabs Inc. and engineering supervisor with Motorola Semiconductors Microprocessor Division..


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Education & Credentials

M.B.A., St. Edwards University

B.S., Engineering Physics, Texas Tech University

Graduate-Level Coursework, University of Texas

(Project Management, VLSI Circuit Design, Design Automation, and Statistics)

Undergraduate Coursework, Physics/Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University

Covey Leadership Training @ Covey Leadership Site in Utah

Project Management Course @ Collin College CEU

Java, SQL, AGILE @ Collin College CEU

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt @ Acuity Leadership Institute

Continuing Training: Company sponsored classes in Mentoring, Managing, Project Management,5S, TPM, TQC, MRP, Theory of Constraints (TOC), Statistical Analysis, etc.

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