Karl Krull, Chair (position description) Karl Krull has a vast background in manufacturing across numerous capacities including Production, Logistics, Shipping/Receiving/Warehousing, Product Development, and Human Resources. His experience covers the paper converting, hydraulic valve, and automotive industries. Karl earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and his MBA from Clemson University. He started his career manufacturing milk and juice cartons in Raleigh, NC followed by hydraulic valves in Upstate, SC. Karl then worked in the automotive industry in Logistics Operations before moving to Human Resources. He currently serves the state of South Carolina in a workforce development capacity. Karl currently holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Certified Supply Chain Professional credential via APICS, and is a SHRM-Certified Professional from SHRM. Karl has served on several Lowcountry educational institution and STEM community advisory boards along with serving as the chair of the American Society for Quality Charleston Section 1122. Karl has served our Council as the Banquet Committee Chair since 2016 and our Vice Chair for FY16 and FY17. He has led the Council in the role of Chair since FY18.
Jennifer Meador, Vice Chair (position description) Jennifer is Research Engineer in Performance Materials with the Ingevity Corporation, focusing on manufacturing tooling and additive manufacturing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 2001 and her Master of Science of Paper Science and Engineering from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in 2003. She began her career in Charleston with the MeadWestvaco Paper Mill where she concentrated on process engineering and technical sales. After focusing several years on her family as a military spouse and mother, Jennifer and her family have returned to the Lowcountry to establish a permanent home. This is her first year as the Vice Chair of the CEJC and as an officer with SWE Lowcountry as the Girl Scout Outreach chair and the K-12 Outreach chair. She also supports theCharleston Southern University College of Engineering as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board. She enjoys volunteering, being creative, and running in her spare time.
Shawn Gordon is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force serving in a variety of engineering and project/program management positions during his tenure as an aerospace professional. His experience spans a myriad of weapon systems acquisition and logistic support programs, satellite operations, space telemetry, tracking, & control ground systems, electronic warfare/information operations, modeling and simulation, C4I sustainment, and weapons of mass destruction test & evaluation and survivability management.Shawn is a certified Project Management Professional via the Project Management Institute, has a Systems Engineering certification from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and amassed many other professional training credentials during the course of his career building a vast reservoir of knowledge and skills. He holds Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification in three disciplines - Project Management, Systems Procurement Research & Development Engineering, and Test & Evaluation, as well as Level I certification in Logistics, all obtained through the Defense Acquisition University. A host of leadership experiences, along with these education and training opportunities, augment a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and dual Masters of Arts in Procurement & Acquisition Management and Space Systems Management through Webster University. Following retirement from the USAF Shawn has taken a career hiatus to serve as caregiver for an elderly parent. He continues to give back to his profession and community through active membership in professional organizations and his fraternity holding various executive positions in local chapters.
John Oldham, Treasurer (position description) John Oldham has been a member of the Lowcountry manufacturing community for over (23) years. His experience includes product development, quality assurance, operations, and business development. John’s industry experience has been in such diverse industries as aerospace, flow control valves, medical device, laboratory equipment, and luxury lighting. John is currently the Director of Quality / Continuous Improvement at The Urban Electric Co. John earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also pursued a MBA degree at Augusta State University. He started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer at Northrop Grumman in Perry, GA producing Boeing 747 doors and frames. After moving to Charleston in 1997, John became a member of ASME and acquired his EIT certificate at The Citadel. John has also been a member of ASQ and a board member of SME for several years. John helped revive the local SME chapter as the Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair-Elect. John initiated the annual SME Golf Outing that contributed to multiple STEM programs for many years. John served as a board member for Lowcountry Manufacturing Council and was an active member of the South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance. In addition, he served on the Lowcountry Manufacturing and Quality Expo committee. Lastly, John served as both Treasurer and President of the Racquet Club Villas at Seabrook Island for (15) years.
Dick Tiano, Past Chair Dick Tiano is a Senior Program Manager with Advanced Technology International (ATI) in Summerville, SC. Mr. Tiano has over five decades of manufacturing experience in numerous industry disciplines. For the past 30 years he has been actively involved with many DoD industrial base projects related to the use of technical data as it is evolves from 2D to 3D. Most recently his project involvement has been related to working with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as they prepare for integrated use of the newer technical data formats such as 3D PDF, JT and HTML5 that will be provided by the various DoD services for use in the cataloging, provisioning and sustainment processes. Mr. Tiano also provides technical input for many Office of Naval Research –Manufacturing Technology Program (Navy ManTech) projects executed by the Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center (NSAM) program, managed by ATI. Mr Tiano has been involved with the council since 2012 in various roles, serving as Chair and Treasurer. He is also involved with SME Chapter 430 and has served as an officer for the past 10 years. Mr Tiano has been involved with the local schools STEM and First Robotics programs. He has a strong passion for the younger generation to ensure we provide what they need to be the future of our country.
FY21 Committee chairs
Ronald Neil, Educational Activities Chair (position description) Ron Neil has over 15 years of experience with higher education with ECPI University helping to create the workforce of the future in Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Cyber Security. Working with students here in the Lowcountry to help change lives, he has also worked closely with several of the local school districts to promote STEM in K12 through several initiatives such as Science Fair, First Robotics, VEX, Dual Credit, and Guest Speaker series. A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in which he holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biology, he has a passion for education and helping students see what opportunities they have in the future in technical fields. He is the Campus Director of Academic Affairs for the ECPI University Charleston Campus and believes in supporting the community at all times. He has served on the Charleston Defense Contractors Education subcommittee for several years and looks forward now to making an impact with Charleston Engineers Joint Council with students through the promotion of Engineering as a viable career to pursue in their future.
Ivan Henderson, Marketing Committee Chair Ivan is a Francis Marion University alumni with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He works as a Process Engineer and is skilled in project management, LSS methodologies, QC analytics, and business process improvement strategies and implementation. He serves as the liaison for both the IISE state chapter and SCSPE Charleston chapter. His engagement with SCSPE spanned 4 years as an academic starting with the PeeDee chapter via MathCounts in 2016 and attending chapter meetings in early 2019. In addition he served as the campus event coordinator for the IISE student chapter his senior year and played an active role in the development and national recognition of the university's IISE chapter. As a Resident Assistant he is skilled in program development and implementation through offering residents 30+ events over a 3-year period. As a former 4 year dual-sport student-athlete he earned scholarship his third year and doubled it the following year while also earning multiple accolades. During this time he served for 2 years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as a liaison for the university and conference while engaging with other DII university athletic directors, student-athletes, and administrators. He also played an active role in the rollout of the Athlete Peer Mentorship program in Fall 2019 and has volunteered over 250 hours to athletics concessions. Ivan is in the process of developing a business and working on his FE exam to obtain a P.E. licensure in Industrial Engineering. Ivan enjoys long distance running, personal development or business podcasts, and hot tea or strong coffee.
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