Dr. Neil Rothman | Program Director
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Neil Rothman, Professor of the Practice and Graduate Program Director for Professional Programs in Engineering, came to UMBC as a Lecturer in 2012. He uses his 30+ years of industry experience to provide a professional engineering practice perspective to all of his courses. Before UMBC, he was the VP of Applied Research and Technology Development at BrainScope Company Inc., translating clinical research into new products for the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury/concussion. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was recently awarded his 25th patent.
Dave Blair | Graduate Faculty
M.B.A., Loyola University Maryland
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Dave Blair is the Global Service Leader for GE Healthcare’s Maternal-Infant Care division and has more than 25 years of industry experience in the design and development of medical devices. This experience includes a small start-up, a rapidly growing medium-size company as well as a large, complex multinational corporation. He has held a wide variety of roles including design engineer, engineering lab manager, lead system designer, Engineering Director – Specialty Products Group, and program manager. He also led the Program Management Office (PMO) for several years.
Dave has significant experience in all areas of product design and development including product scoping/setting detailed requirements mapped to customer needs, business case creation, detailed project planning and cross-functional integrated scheduling, project/product risk management, product testing and validation, design for service, design for manufacturing, manufacturing design transfer and post-launch product surveillance and servicing. Dave also has experience leading Variable Cost reduction and safety recall programs, as well as expertise in Lean Manufacturing principles, Six-Sigma methodologies and FDA and IEC regulatory requirements.
Steven M. Falk, PE | Graduate Faculty
Mr. Falk has over thirty years of product development and technical leadership experience in industry, both in a start-up environment and a large corporation. He is currently the Chief Engineer for the Maternal Infant Care business unit in GE Healthcare. He has been with this business for 25 years in a variety of roles and responsibilities, including Senior Engineer, Engineering Manager, Lead Program Engineer, Engineering Director, CTO, and Chief Engineer. Steve has been integrally involved with all phases of product development, including voice of customer, business development, business model generation, design, verification, validation, and production transfer. He also serves as the Patent Evaluation Board leader.
Before joining GE Healthcare, Steve served as Engineering Manager in a start-up R&D firm specializing in product development in the emergency medicine and neurology arena, with grants from DoD and NIH. Steve is also a registered patent practitioner and a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.
Steve’s principal areas of interest include medical product development, intellectual property, and combining the clinical experience and the technology arena.
Nick Desimone | Graduate Faculty
M.B.A., Physical Science, Salisbury University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
B.S., Physical Science, Salisbury University
Nick DeSimone is the Vice President of Operations for Stanley Black & Decker’s Professional Products Group and has over 20 years of experience in the Power Tools and Accessories business. In his role, Nick oversees the global manufacturing and supply planning activities for all DEWALT professional power tools as well as Bostitch pneumatic tools and fasteners located across eight countries globally. His role is focused on developing world-class products at competitive costs and manufacturing products in the markets in which they are sold. Recently DEWALT made a significant investment in their “Made in USA with Global Components” initiative, resulting in opening two additional US factories. More details can be found at: https://americanpride.dewalt.com/tools.
Nick began his career working in manufacturing, where he rotated through multiple plants focusing on process improvements. He then held progressive roles from Engineer through Site Manager supporting the largest manufacturing facility at Black & Decker, and Director of Advanced Sourcing for the DEWALT equipment business working to launch new products sourced throughout Asia. He then moved to the global leader for Power Tool Accessories manufacturing as Director of Operations.
Jason Stremmel | Graduate Faculty
M.B.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Jason Stremmel has over 20 years of Manufacturing and Distribution experience in all levels of the organization. He started his career as an Industrial Engineer and then went into leading people within manufacturing. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Operations and Distribution for Stanley Black and Decker. In this role, he is responsible for over 10 facilities and 2,000 employees within the organization. He oversees all aspects of the strategy, planning and execution of the network of facilities which include People, Product and Operations.
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