Tim Bollinger '12
After graduating from Keene State College last year, Tim went to work in Littleton, Mass. for Fisher/Unitech, which provides software and hardware solutions to the manufacturing community. More specifically, the company resells Solidworks 3D tools to streamline the product development process.
Bollinger provides service and support for those products. "I focus on the Solidworks software package and what's associated with its componence, such as modeling and photo rendering," he said.
His education in Keene State's Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program provided him with the hands-on tools that gave him an edge in his career.
"I received a complete education in manufacturing," he said. "I learned everything from the design process all the way to machining parts and programming code manually on a mill or inputting a solid model into CAM software and generating a tool automatically."
His education in industrical manufacturing, he added, provided a foundation that is crucial to his job. "Most of the day I'm dealing with engineers and I have to know Solidworks and where they're coming from to understand their issues. I have to visualize things because I can't go into the shop and see what they're working on."
Joe Robinson '11
Joe Robinson lists a cardboard chair he build for his Product Design 1 course as his most memorable project for his minor in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. "I took one material and created a structure that could withhold my body weight," he said. "I could sit in it and it was a useful tool."
Robinson majored in Management. "The two curriculums work together well," he said. As New York's regional sales manager for The Rapid Manufacturing Group, a New Hampshire company that provides time-sensitive prototypes from sheet metal to cable assemblies from 3D CAD data, Robinson's job requires him to talk to customers who are engineers about their prints.
The courses he took to fulfill his Sustainable Product Design and Innovation minor - including drafting, (sketching) and CAD - gave him the edge he needs in his career. "I was able to start in a more advanced position in the company because of the technical knowledge I learned from the program itself," he said. "A lot of the program is hands-on. You spend time in the classroom talking and reading about a project and then you head over to the lab and get your hands dirty. You take on something from initial concept to prototyping to final design and finished product."
Ben Brown '12Ben Brown's education in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program has been valuable in his work as a design engineer at Whitney Brothers, a 109-year-old early childhood educational furniture manufacturing company in Keene.
"I learned how to design and use materials processing to make a product with proof of concept and ease of manufacturing," he said. "I learned how to make it all work in industry."
The project he was most proud of as a Keene State student? "I made a puppet theater," he said. "It's foldable and storable. I designed it from scratch."
Johnny Westphal '13
In his free time, Johnny Westphal can be seen biking, hiking or rock climbing. His love of all things outdoors gave him the idea to create a backpack for his Product Design 3 course. "It's really a fundamental approach to the product design life cycle," he said. "There's an emphasis on process, on developing an idea and communicating it through all aspects - brainstorming, research, sketching, CAD modeling, machining, sewing, prototyping, testing."
The process he used for his Capstone project is similar to that in a professional setting. Westphal hopes to get a job in the outdoor products industry.
"I finished that class project feeling confident I could introduce my experience into a legitimate backpack line," he said.
Richard Seth Babel '13
Sustainable Product Design Innovation major Richard Seth Babel rides a motorcycle to work after dark. "My helmet visor is tinted so I have to ride with it up and safety goggles on," he said.
He took that problem and ran with a solution for his Product Design 3 final project - a motorcycle helmet with two interchangeable visors - one clear and one tinted - with room within to store the one not in use.
Babel learned many different solutions to common consumer problems throughtout his education at Keene State.
In addition to designing a helmet, he created a custom rifle stock. He hopes to take what he's learned and get a job in research and development for either the motorcycle or firearms industry.
Jenna Nadeau '13
The proof that Jenna Nadeau created a solid product is in the fact she uses it herself. The collapsible couch she designed and manufactured for her Product Design 3 course is made from plywood and folds for easy storage. "It's for people with small apartments," said the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation major.
Nadeau's dream job would be to design furniture for a company like IKEA. Her Keene State education will help her reach her goals. "I learned to follow my creative side and trust in my ideas," she said.