Mark Johnsen among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010
Mark Johnsen, 38
Engineering Manager, 5 years
Fremont, CA USA
Job function: Process, Production, or Manufacturing Engineering
Academics: Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Santa Clara University
Achievements: I’ve been involved with controls for more than 15 years: first at an automation distributor and then with a medical device manufacturer. As a brief stint as a consultant, I developed the controls that were used to introduce new products by Steve Jobs at MAC World keynote addresses. Also, I held automation training sessions for my technicians to teach them wiring, programming, and basic robotic architecture. My belief is that automation is a combination of various disciplines combining to solve a problem. What can be more beautiful than that?
Non-work hobbies: My six-year-old daughter and I competed in Robogames 2009 (http://robogames.net) and won first place in the 1-lb division with the robot Xnabia. I bought an Arduino and programmed an old Basic Stamp microcontroller.
Engineering hobbies: I want to put together board-level electronics and reduce the cost of a small embedded system. Also, I started putting together a WordPress website, but haven’t finished it (www.ijohnsen.com). Lastly, I just built a PC with an Intel i5 540, (2) 1.5 TB hard drives in RAID 0, with 8 GB of RAM. Sweet.
Start in controls: Science, math, and computers.
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– Compiled by Renee R. Bassett for Control Engineering.
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