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Quality Engineer Manager

Santa Cruz, California, United States
November 12, 2018

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Jugdeep Aggarwal CQE, PMP

831-***-**** Santa Cruz, CA Page 1 of 2

Senior Quality Engineer

Offer background of quality engineering with emphasis in reliability, and failure analysis. Progressive experience in engineering, science, and management roles within diverse research and production environments. Record of success resolving complex problems and providing solutions that result in cost savings, yield improvements, and efficiency gains. Highly collaborative and resourceful with strong skills as client-facing contributor.

Key Areas of Strength

Quality Management Analytical Science Quality Engineering

Failure Analysis Reliability Laboratory Management Troubleshooting & Repair

ISO 9001 ISO 17025 Continuous Improvement Six Sigma CQE

Professional Experience

Founder Solar Labs Inc Jan 2017 – present

Established company to clean solar arrays based on array performance with direct links to local providers.

»Developed algorithms, apps and established key providers

»Patent pending

»Over 500 users within 2 years

Senior Quality Engineer Tesla July 2015 – September 2016

Collaborate with team of engineers to drive reliability of production tools. Leverage analytical tools to understand cell failure modes during production. Monitor IQC/OQC. Performed SQL database searches.

»Created FMEA charts for all 10 automation tools in FAB.

»Boosted FAB yield from 43% to 88% over three-month period by improving tools and software

»Developed dashboards to show KPIs

»Experience with SPC, DOE, JMP and Six Sigma processes

Senior Quality Engineer NuvoSun January 2014 - July 2015

Characterized flexible photovoltaic cells and raw materials using GC-MS, profilometry, SEM, FIB, XRF, Lock-In IR, EL, PL, and IV. Analyzed reliability data to identify performance trends, and conducted failure analysis on cells and modules to determine root cause of issues. Leveraged deep knowledge of JMP software, as well as UL, IEC, ASTM, ICCES, and BRC codes for thin-film BIPV modules.

»Designed and developed new tool for light soaking, delivering $250K in cost savings.

»Defined criteria to increase module performance by 0.5% through root cause analysis.

»Developed program to evaluate final module performance for UL/IEC certification / regulations.

Principal Flymaster-USA October 2011 - January 2014

Established company as distributor of avionics instruments for pilots. Managed sales, marketing, ands customer support, including equipment troubleshooting and repair.

»Took company from launch to $190K+ in annual sales, positioning Flymaster-USA as leading brand in the US via direct sales and distributor network as well as creating marketing plan.

Laboratory Director & Quality Manager CPI International May 2010 – October 2011

Managed 8-person team manufacturing analytical consumables and developed quality control procedures and analytical methods involving ICP and ICP-MS analyses. Supported customers in resolving analytical problems by developing analytical strategies or proposing company’s products. Managed Quality Systems and performed audits on ISO9001 and ISO17025.

»Delivered $20K in repair/service cost savings by handling equipment repairs in-house.

»Decreased customer complaints 23% by refining manufacturing processing.

»Reduced product reworking 12% by issuing corrective and preventative action requirements (CAPA)

»Drove development of new product lines that generated $50K in additional revenue per month.

»Established culture focused on quality and continuous improvement.

Lead Chemist GE-Hitachi July 2007 – April 2009

Headed projects across multiple sites with scientific/engineering teams examining failure of irradiated materials.

»Provided recommendations for acquisition of large capital equipment.

»Cut analytical costs 70% without sacrificing accuracy or overall quality by developing new techniques

»Created SOPs for analytical techniques, hazardous materials handling, and instrument maintenance.

Laboratory Manager UC Santa Cruz January 2003 – July 2007

Oversaw W.M. Keck Isotope Lab at UC Santa Cruz, a $5M cutting-edge isotopic analytical research facility housed in clean room.

»Positioned facility as world-class laboratory for isotope research, resulting in strategic partnerships with NASA, USGS, LLNL, Stanford, and San Jose State University.

»Secured $100K+ in research grants and developed/managed nonprofit budget of $60K per year.

»Developed 15+ new instrumental analytical techniques.

»Trained 25+ students and post-doctoral researchers in wet chemical and instrumental methods.


PhD in Geochemistry University of Bristol, UK

BS in Geology University of Durham, UK

Six Sigma Green Belt Certified

Quality Engineer Certified

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