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Steven Pratt Resume

  1. 1. STEVEN D. PRATT, PE 144 Roe Drive Port Moody BC V3H 3M8 Canada (U.S. Citizen) Email: • Cellular: 778.232.9860 • Online: DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING • SIX SIGMA BLACKBELT Planning and Leading ~ Building the Team ~ Rapid Implementation ~ Positive Results Enthusiastic and passionate leader with over 15 years cross-functional experience planning, managing and developing products and processes. Hard working team player with solid track record of reducing cost, increasing productivity and improving quality. Able to identify and eliminate non-value-added activities and cultural roadblocks to consistently meet and exceed team goals. CAREER SUMMARY ANGSTROM POWER, INC., North Vancouver, BC 2008 – 2009 Privately held company founded in 2001 to develop and commercialize micro fuel cell technology for hand-held electronics devices. Director of Engineering Directed and managed cross-functional staff of 13 engineers (mechanical & electrical), technicians and project managers responsible for New Product Introduction (NPI), component and systems testing, customer engineering, and production and manufacturing engineering support. Implemented program management tools such as project planning, QFD, data management, roadmaps and budgets. Mentored and assisted engineers and researchers regarding Six Sigma tools and methods. Collaborated with Business Development to identify customer requirements, establish product development timelines and communicate status updates to customers. ♦ Developed and instituted comprehensive NPI process including stage-gates, milestones and deliverables ♦ Provided structure, communication and tracking in the form of regular design review meetings and reports ♦ Drafted and executed testing infrastructure roadmap synchronized to project plans ♦ Established design reliability acceptance criteria in measurable quantities (i.e. B1 life, MTT1F) ♦ Linked team-level and individual MBO goals to corporate deliverables defined via project plans MILLENNIUM CELL, INC., Eatontown, New Jersey 2006 – 2008 Development stage public company specializing in hydrogen batteries for military, medical, industrial, and consumer markets. Chief Operations Officer – Gecko Energy (Millennium Cell subsidiary) Reporting to the President and CEO, directed and managed operations of wholly-owned subsidiary, including DC power source components and systems design engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and finance. As member of senior leadership team, worked closely with parent company in planning and executing joint marketing, technology and product development programs. ♦ Championed Design-For-Manufacturing principles to develop scalable technology platforms; developed and synchronized product and technology roadmaps ♦ Utilized design of experiments, process optimization, semi-automated tools and fixtures and standard operating procedures (SOP) to reduce material and process variation ♦ Optimized designs and processes to reduce unit cell direct material (DM) cost from $12.45 to $5.16 and assembly cost from $7.45 to 77¢; reduced 30 Watt-hour fuel cartridge DM cost from $15.56 to $1.80 ♦ Improved yield from 44% to >99%, reducing per-cell cost of poor quality (COPQ) from $8.43 to 8¢ ♦ Met development roadmap targets while consistently running ~15% below budget, saving ~ $250k/year ♦ Designed, fabricated, assembled, tested and provided custom commercial quality hydrogen-on-demand cartridges to external customer on aggressive 9 week delivery schedule
  2. 2. STEVEN D. PRATT PAGE 2 GECKO ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Eatontown, New Jersey 2004 – 2006 Startup founded in 2004 for the purpose of licensing and commercializing planar fuel cell technology developed at Motorola. Co Founder Organized and grew company to establish Gecko as key player in alternative energy / portable power space. Established corporate infrastructure, banking, board of directors and advisory board. Scheduled and facilitated BOD and shareholder meetings. Developed three year financial plan and monitored and controlled expenditures. Completed and filed all necessary paperwork with state and federal agencies. Planned and managed all aspects relating to engineering, manufacturing, and intellectual property. ♦ Successfully organized, funded and launched alternative energy startup; obtained license to key technology from Motorola ♦ Entered into three-year, $6M joint development agreement in 2005 with Millennium Cell to obtain initial funding and co-develop power source products. Gecko was fully acquired and became wholly owned subsidiary of Millennium Cell in December 2006. ♦ Determined key skill sets and identified and hired exceptional personnel to build out the team ♦ Utilized platform approach to drive development of product and process according to roadmaps ♦ Defined metrics, set targets and characterized production to measure and continuously improve performance, cost, yield and throughput ♦ Established semi-automated internal production capability including insert-injection molding, rubber compression molding, heat-sealing, multilayer film lamination, assembly and testing MOTOROLA, INC., Plantation, Florida 1993 – 2005 Fortune 100 company providing technologies, products and services for mobile communications worldwide. Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Motorola Rapid Prototyping Services 2003 – 2005 Principal Staff Engineer, Radio Products Group 1998 – 2003 Senior Engineer, Senior Staff Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center 1993 – 1998 Provided broad array of design and engineering services spanning cradle-to-grave, including: advanced product and process development, project management, prototyping, design guidelines, functional / reliability testing, Six Sigma consulting, technology assessment and maturation, competitive benchmarking, field failure resolution, and supply chain qualification. Global client base included Motorola product development, manufacturing, marketing, suppliers, corporate research, Motorola Ventures, and external partners. ♦ Championed cross-functional international Six Sigma Quality team to tackle critical field failure, resulting in new product having greater than 10 times expected reliability (B0.1 life), zero subsequent field failures, and savings of over $500k per year ♦ Utilized novel injection mold tooling technology and core process redesign to reduce design-to-molded- part cycle time by 66%; received corporate 10X cycle-time reduction award ♦ Established virtual team and streamlined product development process for rapid turnaround of several commercial-quality prototypes; delivered cutting-edge devices with typical lead time of 1-3 months ♦ Rapidly identified root-cause of manufacturing failures and modified design to reduce failure rate by 12 DPHU, thus gaining ship acceptance and meeting critical ship date ♦ Combined marketing tools, patent landscape analysis and creative problem solving techniques to drive inventing process; integrated new methods via training seminars, advanced invention sessions and one- on-one mentoring. Received Motorola Master Innovator award and ranked in top 50 employees for number of patents granted.
  3. 3. STEVEN D. PRATT PAGE 3 EARLY CAREER: Held several positions in software development, industrial engineering, manufacturing, and management at companies such as United Parcel Service, Design & Manufacturing Institute and Crestec, Inc. AREAS OF EXPERTISE Rapid Cycle-Time Product Development Team Building, Staff Development, Mentoring & Coaching Project Management (Microsoft Project): 5 years Manufacturing & Fabrication Processes Continuous Process & Productivity Improvements - 6σ Tools Engineering Design Best Practices (DFx) Budget Planning, Implementation & Control Alternative Energy - Hybrid PEM Fuel Cell Systems Solid Modeling (Pro/Engineer): 17+ years Intellectual Property: over 40 issued U.S. patents Structured Problem Solving (DMAIC, DMADV) Organizational Planning & Goal Setting Negotiations and Partnership Building Product Acceptance and Reliability Testing EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS MASTER OF ENGINEERING – 1994 • BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING – 1991 Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers, PE #58146 – 2002 CERTIFIED SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT Motorola University – 2002 • American Society for Quality (ASQ) – 2003