Girish Kelkar, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Unitek Miyachi International, 6/00-8/02
Primary responsibility for the vision, definition, and coordination of the technology application and product development across the corporation and its subsidiaries worldwide. Specific duties include:
Product Development Strategy and Coordination
Coordinate technology and product development with the Corporation's parent company, Miyachi Technos (Japan) and within the UMI subsidiaries (3 in US and 3 in Europe). Outline 3-year product development plans for the subsidiaries.
Product lines are:
Unitek – World leader in fine-spot resistance welding
Miyachi – Leading supplier of entire range of resistance welding products
Benchmark – Seam Sealers for the photonics and crystal packaging industry
Peco – European leader in resistance welding machines and systems
Director - Advanced Laser Center>
Manage a team of three engineers in developing next generation laser products. Responsibilities included project planning (using Microsoft Project), resource allocation, and team coordination. Prototypes for all three projects were completed on time. Projects include:
Laser Weld Monitor – to measure weld quality based on IR and acoustic signals from the weld pool (US Patent Application #56:48467).
Green Welding Laser – laser designed to weld small components made of conductive alloys (US Patent 7,088,749).
Picosecond Laser – laser for next-generation micro machining system. Short pulses will allow material removal with minimal collateral damage.
Senior Consultant, Edison Welding Institute, 11/95-5/99
· Expertise in resistance welding, laser welding, and ultrasonic welding techniques.
· Helped clients with process development using DOE tools
· Advised clients in the US and Mexico on welding issues; clients ranged from automotive suppliers (e.g., ITT Automotive and Delphi Automotive) to medical device manufacturers (e.g., Guidant, St. Jude Medical, and Medtronics).
· Conceived, developed, and presented training courses at over 20 companies (voted the best training presentation at Texas Instruments).
Post-Doctoral Research, Penn State 6/94-10/95
Conducted research on corrosion behavior of stainless steel in reactor environments. Gained valuable design experience in designing a complex experimental setup.
Engineer, TELCO, Pune, India, 6/85-56/87
Supervised a 20-operator team on an axle assembly line; helped streamline the operations for a new product launch.
M.B.A , Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 1999 - May 2000 (Special 1-year full-time program for scientists and engineers)
General Management (Courses in Leadership, Decision Making, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Operations, etc.)
Ph.D. (Ceramic Science), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 6/90 – 5/94
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Houston, Houston, TX
August 1987 – December 1989
B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Bombay, Bombay, India
August 1981 - June 1985