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Faces of Interface Featuring Ryan Roden

Ryan Roden, one of our outstanding engineers, is our feature in today’s Faces of Interface. Ryan has been a team member at Interface for more than two years. He is instrumental in leading one of our most important product lines, the revolutionary AxialTQ wireless rotary torque transducer.

Like many of Interface’s talented engineers, Ryan’s interest in the world of electronics and design started at an early age. He remembers working on cars, building, and fixing things around the house constantly as a kid. In addition, his father owned a machine shop, so he always had the tools around, as well as the mentorship of his father.

This early interest led Ryan to pursue an educational foundation in electrical engineering at LeTourneau University in Texas. During his time in school, he also had the opportunity to join Colorado Engineering as an intern, which eventually led to his very first role in the industry as an associate electrical engineer with the same company.

In this role, Ryan worked with a wide variety of different applications, most notable military grade products involving radar. As an associate engineer, he worked on digital design, board layout, testing and troubleshooting across military and commercial applications. He worked with Colorado Engineering, Inc., for two years before moving back to Arizona.

When he came back, Ryan worked for his dad for a few months while looking for a job in the area. He found Interface had an opening and immediately saw that his skillset fit the types of things we’re doing in the area of electrical engineering, and he was excited to have a diverse set of industries and applications that can utilize his experience.

Ryan was hired and he has been an excellent member of the team. He notes that his day-to-day is always different, but typically he can be found troubleshooting electrical challenges, designing PCBs, dealing with the supply chain to source parts and materials, and working with the engineering lab on new products.

What he enjoys most about working at Interface is that it is a diverse mix of different fields of engineering including electrical and mechanical. He also enjoys the deep level of problem solving required to serve customers. He says the work keeps him on his toes and constantly shifting gears to solve different challenges.

In his free time, Ryan is an outdoors person. He enjoys boating in the summer and hunting as much as possible throughout Arizona, as well as spending time with his family. He also still enjoys being around and working on cars, a passion that never left him since he was a kid.

Ryan has proven his abilities as an engineer repeatedly over the last two years with Interface and we are proud to have him on the team!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Ryan, and if you’re interested in getting to know the rest of our outstanding Interface team members, tune in monthly to the Interface blog for more ForceLeaders features.

Additional Resources

Interface Celebrates Engineers

Electrical Engineers Choose Interface Sensor Technologies

AxialTQ Technical White Paper Details Comparative Testing

Recap of Latest Spin on AxialTQ Webinar

Interface Solutions for Production Line Engineers

Quality Engineers Require Accurate Force Measurement Solutions

 

Faces of Interface Featuring Scott Dunne

A critical factor of becoming a successful engineer is becoming proficient at working with your hands. For Scott Dunne, Production Engineering Manager at Interface, training his brain and perfecting the use of his hands has been a passion since childhood and helped to elevate his role in the design and manufacturing of Interface’s leading force measurement products.

Growing up, Scott’s grandmother worked for Western Electric where she made telephones. From time-to-time, she would bring home parts or fully assembled phones for him to take apart and put back together. This simple example of bonding moments with his grandma fueled his desire for a career in engineering.

After high school, Scott attended the Newark College of Engineering (now known as NJIT) to pursue a degree in engineering. He was successful in earning a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and went on to start his career in the automotive industry with Adrionics.

At Adrionics, he assembled cables for harnesses that stretched from the back of the car radio to the steering column, most of which was done by hand. He worked there for a few years before moving into the power supply industry. While working at RTE Power-Mate, Scott made high-volume power supplies for the gaming industry. He later worked at TDI Power where he focused on low-volume, high-reliability power supplies for numerous industries.

After nearly 10 years in the power supply industry, Scott joined Ohaus Corporation, a manufacturer of digital scales and load cells. This was his first job in the force measurement industry and he quickly developed an enthusiasm for it. Scott rose through the ranks and eventually became the manufacturing engineering manager. When a major conglomerate purchased Ohaus, Scott was selected to help move the production line from New Jersey to Changzhou.

After an 18-month assignment in China, Scott returned to the U.S. and he and his wife decided it was time for a change, including a move out of the cold and into a warmer environment. He and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he pursued a career with Interface because a former co-worker handed him a catalog from the company before he left New Jersey.

His experience building load cells made him the perfect fit for Interface and he was hired as an operations manager overseeing the production line in January 2000. After 14 years in this position, Scott became the product supply manager where he supervised Interface’s supply chain. As the Production Engineering Manager today, he is helping in the training and onboarding of Interface team members by sharing his depth of knowledge and experience in working with load cell technology.  He recently conducted a Load Cell 101 training for team members, which was sold out during every session.

“Ever since I began my career in engineering, I have been fascinated with the entire production and even sales process. One of the best things about working at Interface as a production engineer, I have a hand in everything from the start of the design to the final manufacturing of a variety of load cell and force measurement technologies. With this responsibility, I have the distinctive opportunity to learn more from a sales perspective in team meetings as to what our clients need today and even in the future. My position allows me to do what I love while expanding my knowledge of our industry.” Scott Dunne, Production Engineering Manager, Interface

In his free time, Scott continues to work with his hands doing woodworking. He is also a self-described “hockey nut,” and follows the New Jersey Devils and Phoenix Coyotes closely. He enjoys watching and attending games with his family.

Faces of Interface is an ongoing series shining a spotlight on Interface’s talented team members across the organization. Scott recently contributed a great post, Strain Gages 101. To follow Faces of Interface and to stay up-to-date on the company, please visit www.interfaceforce.com/blog/ and subscribe to the posts and newsletter.

Our Greatest Resource is Our Team Members

Labor Day is important to Interface. It is our time to celebrate our most valuable resource, our talented team members. We appreciate every single person that has been part of our 51-year-old history. They are what makes us thrive, each and every day.

Our talent is diverse in skills and experience. It takes a wide range of resources to design and build the best precision force solutions in the market place.

At Interface, we are proud of the work we do and the products we provide our clients. Our force measurement tools and technology are recognized as the Gold Standard for accuracy and reliability, because of the hundreds of top-notch engineers, production team members, sales and application engineers, administrators, partners, reps, and distributors, who pour their heart and soul into their work.

On any given day, you can find our experts keenly soldering strain gages, calibrating every load cell, shipping crates of our LowProfile load cells, meeting with clients to design new OEM solutions, engineering new products and supporting our internal and external customers from our headquarter office. It takes a vast group of committed team members to do what we do, and do it well. And that is worth celebrating this Labor Day!

Our employees have been able to achieve success at such a high level because of our focus on the core values we use to define ourselves: ownership, integrity, imagination, and accountability. It’s ingrained in our culture and what we strive to represent throughout the organization.

These values dictate the way our teams interact with clients and one another, and it guides the success of our product development and R&D efforts. There are a shared vision and a common goal which makes collaboration and innovation easier, which helps us to promote a great place to work.

As a premium supplier to the critical infrastructure projects, the aerospace and defense markets, we are also happy to avowal that Interface products are “Made in America.” We take pride in leveraging American labor and contributing our economic success to the U.S. GDP. The National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) presented the following facts on the state of U.S. manufacturing, and Interface is an integral contributor to these milestones:

NAM Facts (Source):

  • Manufacturers contributed $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter of 2018
  • Over the past 28 years, U.S.-manufactured goods exported have quadrupled
  • Manufacturers in the U.S. export nearly half of U.S. manufacturing output
  • Taken alone, manufacturing in the U.S. would be the eighth-largest economy in the world

America’s manufacturing labor force turned America into a powerhouse in the mid-1800s. They started the industrial revolution and became the backbone to American success throughout the next 150 years. It’s critical to our country’s future to celebrate and support manufacturing and labor.

We invite you to check back in every month and read our Faces of Interface blog where we celebrate the individual leaders helping us to achieve our innovation goals. The special series tells the stories and background of some of our most brilliant people. Check out the latest edition here.

Happy Labor Day, and remember to rest and relax. We appreciate all you do Interface Team!