I spent the first five years of my automotive career in R&D at a Tier 1 automotive supplier, during which a significant amount of my time was spend spent on test tracks and proving grounds, performing qualitative squeak/itch research and testing methodology.
In 1999, I was fortunate to begin managing an engineering materials development group, whose responsibilities included the development of coatings and adhesives for elastomers, metals, plastics etc. The group was also responsible for process development and manufacturing equipment with an eye on the future for environmental regulations and restrictions.
Additionally, beginning in late 2000, I began studying coating formulating, hybrid polymers and haptic technologies that really provided me the additional knowledge required, to move to Stahl in 2006. I knew that Stahl provided me with a the unique opportunity based on their core competencies and polymer development capabilities, and combined with my experiences in squeak/itch manufacturing; I knew that it would lead to a successful future for both of us.