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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
May 06, 2017

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Scottsdale, Arizona 480-***-**** On social media as Rick Novy


Processes Used: Statistical Design of Experiment (DOE), Six Sigma (especially Cp and Cpk), Global 8D method, Statistical Process Control (X-bar and R charts), Gage R&R.

Relevant Experience:

Worked closely with supplier and customer quality engineers to ensure product meets requirements and to understand defects.

Developed pilot manufacturing line to manufacture regulated class III medical device.

Wrote GMP/GLP documentation, including procedures, for implantable medical device.

Graduate-level class in Statistically-Designed Experiments (DOE).

Have lead cross-functional teams on many occasions.

Supervised manufacturing personnel.

Worked as a machinist summers while in college.

Professional-level writer.


Rick Novy Tech and Copywriting, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ 2012-Present

Freelance writing for technical and manufacturing companies, including white papers, blog posts, reports, and press releases.

Online presence research and data mining to improve client inbound marketing.

Editing of technical documents written by non-native English speakers.

Freescale Semiconductor, Tempe, Arizona 2006-2009

Product Engineer

Supported micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometer products used in automotive safety applications.

Worked very closely with quality engineering including overlapping responsibilities.

Characterized and Qualified new parts or parts with process changes. Involved bench and ATE testing, stress testing, accelerated aging, humidity testing, high and low temperate testing.

Qualified equipment to run production material.

Performed Statistically designed experiments (DOE) to improve process Cpk.

Maintained continuity by acting as interim leader of a global team working on a difficult

engineering problem outside the scope of my position.

Extensive and effective customer interface.

Generated documents associated with automotive safety applications, including PPAP.

STMicroelectronics, Phoenix, Arizona 1999-2006

Product Engineer & Device Engineer

As a product engineer, supported product and test of analog and mixed signal products at the wafer level. As a device engineer, supported process transfer of half-micron CMOS process, as well as support for parametric test programs and product disposition.

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Winning Company.

Made ship/scrap decisions as member of Material Review Board.

Qualified and released test transfers into the Phoenix test floor. Supported wafer sort and parametric test software using Teradyne Catalyst, J971 and Keithley testers

Qualified automated test equipment to run production material.

Tracked and reported yields.

Performed statistical experiments (DOE) for process improvement.

Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona 2000-2003, 2009-Present

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mathematics

Taught mathematics from Introductory Algebra through Calculus II.

Philips Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, California 1995-1999

Product Engineer

Supported mixed-signal customer-specific and general market communication products. Tasks included yield enhancement and test program maintenance.

Hand-built adaptor to allow use of equipment at a fraction of the cost of new product kit.

Took over support of a disorganized ASIC product and nurtured customer relations, resulting in a Philips "Kudo" award based on customer comments to management.

Repaired and maintained easily-damaged manufacturing equipment preventing down-time.

Previous Experience

Medical Device Startup – Created Pilot Manufacturing Plant, Product Research and Development (R&D), Materials Testing, GMP and GLP Documentation.

Ferrite Manufacturing – Supervisor over Manufacturing Personnel, Statistical Analysis of Process and Product characteristics.

Worked summers in a captive machine shop while in college.


Master of Science, Engineering

San Jose State University, San Jose, California

Highlights include DSP, Random Processes, Fractals, Chaos, & Power Laws, Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Design of Experiments ( DOE )

First place in Engineering school contest for best thesis of the semester.

Bachelor of Science, Physics and Mathematics (double major)

University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin

Autodidactic Training

Recent self-motivated training in SQL, SAS, R, and Python.

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