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Project Manager R&D

Picture of BenYour position?  

My position is Project Manager – R&D.  I manage development projects for any R&D project.  Currently my primary role is lead implementer for adding new products to our Genesys selection software.  I also take on smaller scale projects which may not need a whole team to complete.  These may include strength analysis, rotor cassette feature design or exploration into new software packages such as Revi

What's the most innovative Munters product or initiatives that you are most "proud" of?

I am most proud of the global patent I earned with my colleague, Greg Gosselin, for what is called the Rotorail.  It is a method for installing and removing rotors from cassettes using the rotor shaft and an extruded rail.  This design allows the rotor to slide out of the cassette like a drawer on ball bearings.

“I pack my bag and take with me…”; Give me 3 things you pack from your daily life which you need or characterize you and tell me why it is important for you.

In my bag would be a picture of my family, a Leatherman multi-tool, my digital SLR camera and a car or woodworking magazine.

How would you say that your bag items reflect you?

I think the items show how important my family is to me and then my interest and enjoyment while working with my hands building and fixing things, whether its cabinetry or auto repair.  This however can be a dangerous combination as an engineer and Project Manager as I plan home projects to the nth degree – like in my work with Munters!  I also enjoy taking pictures of all things outside and of trips and activities I do with my family.  The magazines (and a coffee) I use to relax and think about the next project I’d like to star

Tell me about a fun experience at Munters

I have had many – most include events with people from different global regions, but the first that comes to mind is the 2014 R&D conference we had in Texas.  One evening we had a Texas style BBQ dinner at a ranch and got a tour which included feeding longhorn cattle.  It was explained that although the cattle’s horns may be within reach, we were not to touch them as we could be injured by their reaction.  It was after this that Jean-Paul Collard from our Dison plant reached out and touched one – the animal made a great noise and Jean-Paul jumped a mile – but had a big grin on his face!  No one could believe he did it!

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?

I would say the challenges include working with project team members from various departments and keeping them working towards a common goal.  Most of my time is spent on Genesys software development and I need to interface with people in different regions and departments.  This translates into people having different priorities and it can be challenging keeping projects on schedule.

What would a perfect Sunday be like for you?

A perfect Sunday for me would be waking up in our family’s camp on Rangeley Lake in Rangeley, Maine on a cool crisp morning, enjoying a big breakfast then going on a hike along the Appalachian Trail or canoeing on the lake.  Come back, take a short nap and maybe take in some fly fishing after dinner and have a campfire in the evening.

Was there anything that surprised you when you started at Munters?

I started here at Munters directly after college and, in looking back, I am surprised at how much opportunity I had (and still do) to do what interests me and determine how I’d like to do it.  In other words, I was allowed to grow and explore my interests - whether it was learning more about electrical control systems, rotor technology or finite element analysis – my managers have always allowed me to expand my abilities, which I feel has made me a better engineer.

What would your friends say is your biggest strength?

My friends would probably say my biggest strength my ability to see both sides of an issue and remain calm and level headed in tough situations.

What would your best career advice be for a new employee who is about to start a career with Munters?

I would suggest to a new employee that they talk and interact with as many people as possible – locally and globally – and try to learn from them.  They have experience and knowledge you could learn from and you may also see something new which interests you that you would like to explore.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my day is during my drive into the office when I generally get to choose which project I will work on most of my day.  I always have several projects going and being able to choose to which one I devote most of my time keeps my mind fresh and my enthusiasm high.  It also allows me to interact with varying groups of colleagues which I also enjoy.

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