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Vince

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Vince

Senior Principal Engineer
U.S. Navy - Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer, Nuclear Subspecialty
About

I lead and manage four engineers and support them in executing their projects. I also lead and participate on cross-functional teams supporting projects involving manufacturing continuity, value improvement, quality issue resolution, and regulatory compliance. I am responsible as the subject matter expert and product design owner for these projects, which involves decision making, technical and risk analysis, and problem solving. The thing I like the most about my job is knowing that the work I do supports products that save and sustain lives on a daily basis.

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Takeaways

Education: Because most of my work experience has been in technical roles, my undergraduate degree (B.S. Chemical Engineering) has been more useful than my M.B.A.

Skills: Leading and mentoring people, critical thinking and problem solving, decision making (especially under pressure), being resourceful in finding information, and managing projects.

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