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Manufacturing Supply Chain

San Jose, California, United States
August 24, 2018

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Product Environmental Compliance Management and Engineering experience in Electronics industry.

Core Competencies

*Product Environmental Compliance, *Eco-conscious Design for Environment, *Green Manufacturing Policy, Process & Product Strategy, *Resource Optimization for Sustainable Manufacturing, *Product Lifecycle & Environmental Impact Assessment, *Supply chain development for Global Regulatory Environmental Compliance, *Material/Packaging Recycling programs, Cost reduction.

Professional Experience

●HGST-Western Digital, Sr Manager, 2010-2017, Electronics Manufacturing; Data Storage - HDD, SSD, Branded, Data Center Products, Components & Assemblies

Defined green chemistry strategy and developed corporate environmental specifications based on eco-conscious design for environment criteria of reduce, reuse & recycle, energy efficiency, sustainability and global environmental regulations.

Led the global team and drove compliance to environmental regulations and standards – EU RoHS, REACH SVHC, Halogen Free, CA Prop 65, China RoHS, Taiwan BSMI RoHS, Canada Toxic Substances, WEEE Directive, CE marking, Red-Phosphorus, Green House Gas (GHG), Ozone Depleting Chemicals (ODC), Rare Earth Metals (REM), Conflict Minerals, Asbestos Directive, Radioactive Directive, ePEAT, Battery Directive, Plastic Recyclability & marking, Packaging Directive requirements, sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency.

Established process in place for BOM reviews and environmental testing of homogeneous material through internal and ISO-17025 certified external labs.

Implemented environmentally friendly processes through supply chain after thorough evaluation based on Full Material Disclosure (FMD).

Assessed risk to the product with the knowledge of material chemistry and hazardous & restricted substances.

Performed Product Lifecycle and Environmental Impact Assessment such as C-footprint through CO2 emission, material usage, energy consumption, recyclability and hazardous substances.

Recommended sustainable material alternatives to product design & engineering teams.

Collaborated on Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSER), Integrated Management Systems (IMS) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), ISO Audits.

Achieved cost savings through elimination of redundancy in material review and qualification process

Negotiated with customers on homogeneous material frequent testing requirements.

Streamlined data & document review, approval and record retention policy through databases eg Agile PLM, Product Governance & Compliance (PG & C), SAP, BOX etc.

Coordinated with Logistic centers on Product Take-back and eWaste policy & processes.

Established programs for Conflict Minerals with global teams for strategy, policy, goals and tools to drive, monitor, assure and report responsible sourcing of minerals used in the supply chain as per SEC rule, EICC CFSI guidelines.

Actively participated in regulatory and industry meetings, seminars and workshops to keep track of new requirement.

Collaborated and managed team for Product Safety eg EMC and Safety standards, regulatory requirements and Trade compliance.

Coordinated with cross-functional teams on Product Security - Data privacy, security and confidentiality under Data Protection Act, Memory volatility, Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism C-TPAT or Authorized Economic Operators (AEO).

●Western Digital, Senior Staff, 1997-2008, Electronics Manufacturing; Data Storage- HDD

Determined material chemical composition and ensured product compliance with corporate standards and specifications.

Developed and established analytical testing methods & plans for chemical characterization of components and packaging materials across all ISO-17025 certified testing labs.

Strategically devised policy to instill economical & ecological balance in productivity, quality and environmentally compliant operations and achieved a cost savings of 18 million/year.

Travelled frequently to lead audit, develop and optimize quality performance of precision manufacturing operations to assess their physico-chemical interactions with materials, processes, packaging, handling and shipping.

Established clean manufacturing processes, surface chemical treatments and precision cleaning methods with emphasis on contamination reduction and nano-particle control.

Incorporated sustainable manufacturing concepts in conservation of water during various cleaning operations, and developed recycling programs of raw material and packaging,

Identified energy intensive operations and redesigned the process & flow to reduce CO2 emission for Carbon footprint management.

Assessed chemical treatment processes for recycling and reduction of chemical substances to reduce NOx & SOx emission.

●Quantum Peripherals, Senior Engineer, 1996-1997, Electronics Manufacturing; Data Storage- HDD, Slider Fab & HGA.

Assessed manufacturing operations and made a significant contribution to yield improvements and defect reduction.

Developed Clean Manufacturing Processes for contamination reduction and nano-particle control.

Addressed failures, yield loss, corrosion and quality issues.

●Tandon Technologies, Project Manager, 1996, Electronics Manufacturing; Data Storage- HDD, HGA & HSA.

Assessed assembly manufacturing operations for contamination reduction and cleanliness improvements.

Established clean manufacturing processes.

Project Consultation

●E&Tech, Electronics Manufacturing, 2009; Data Storage - HDD Components.

●MinAik Technologies, Electronics Manufacturing, 2010; Data Storage- HDD Components.

Audited and assessed the manufacturing operations for chemical performance of the products and their physico-chemical interactions with materials, processes, handling and shipping.

Identified deficiencies and provided recommendations on material, processes, packaging for environmental regulatory compliance.

Recommended Sustainable manufacturing concepts in water & energy intensive operations and redesigned the process & flow for resource conservation.Provided training on clean manufacturing processes, surface chemical treatments, precision cleaning and analytical testing plans for contamination reduction and nano-particle control.


●Western Digital VIVA (Value in Vivid Action) Award.


●PhD (Analytical Chemistry), Applied Environmental Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay.

Chromium (Hexavalent), its Analytical Technique, Geogenic contamination & Anthropogenic pollution.

Collaborated in projects on Environmental Impact Assessment due to various geological, environmental and industrial activities.

Performed field work, environmental sampling and chemical characterization of materials.

Designed analytical techniques to understand the fate and transport mechanism of chemical substances.

Managed Analytical Chemistry Laboratory with wet chemical and instrumental analysis.

Assisted in Academic teaching.

Presented and published 11 papers, in conferences & journals.

●MS (Analytical Chemistry), Applied Medicinal Chemistry, Bombay University.

●BS (Chemistry), Bombay University.

Research Publications

Chromium Contamination from Chromite mine, bio-toxic effect on workers in manufacturing environment.

Metal contamination due to mining and milling activities at Zinc Mine Sediments & Flood Plain Soil.

Certain physical and chemical properties of settled dust.

Heavy metals contamination in Spinach (Spinecia Oleracia).

Lead, Zinc, Copper and Cadmium contamination of soil from lead smelter.

Heavy metal pollution from industrial wastes.

Partition of heavy metals in polluted river sediments due to tailing discharge from Zinc Mines.

Pollution of river water.

Effect of steel plant waste disposal on dust fall-outs.

Pollution of river water due to waste disposal from industrial belt.

Chromium Flux from Chromite Belt to Estuary.

Speciation of Hexavalent Chromium in Mining and Industrial Wastes.

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