On Your Own DES1GN Studios

My name is Peter and I have been designing things every since I was a kid. It started with blocks and then to Legos, and then I started using tools and took things apart in hopes to reassemble and make them work again. Over time I learned about the universe and engineering was my vehicle to get me there. I have worn many different hats over my career, Design Engineer, Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, and Team Leader.

Senior R&D Engineer - Boards
Burton Snowboards - Burlington, VT 1998–2015

• Accountable for current product year for all Burton snowboards, over 250 skus
• Prototype new board innovations with the in-house prototyping facility
• Managed and mentored the In-line Design Engineer and On-Snow Testing Coordinator
• Research, source, and conduct engineering analysis on new materials from world-wide vendors
• Continually save on product cost by innovating designs, materials, or manufacturing processes
• Create new quality and safety specifications for the Global Quality Team
• Communicate with four global factories about manufacturing matters, timelines, and quality
• International travel to factories (Europe and Asia), suppliers, and tradeshows
• Conduct in-the-field testing of prototypes and competitors’ products
• Gather and interpret feedback from Senior Management, Product Management, and Team Riders
• Aid in the presentation of the product line to the global sales force
• Managed the Burton Custom Snowboard Web Program, “Series 13”
• Developed new brainstorming techniques that yields high results with efficient time usage
• A leading role in the Product Department for the newly formed Sustainability Initiative
• Launched Burton's first web based direct-to-consumer survey

Project Managment Skills

• Ability to take a design from initial concept stage to final production
• Manages multiple project timelines and priorities while being flexible to changing priorities
• Utilizes Project Management techniques and tools, task tracking software, PDCA, DFMEA, etc
• Excellent open communication between all stake holders, factories, internal teams, and consumers
• Directs employees with clear goals and action items while coaching for growth and success
• Always pushing for continual improvement in product, process, and personnel

Computer Skills

• CAD Systems: PTC Creo 1.0, Windchill 10, Solidworks 2015, AutoCAD, Siemens NX
• Operating Systems: 9x/NT/XP/Vista/Win7, DOS, and Linux
• Applications: Office Suites, Photoshop/Paint Shop Pro, Audio/Video Authoring and Editing
• Programming: HTML/ASP, CSS, JavaScript, Excel Macro, Web-based Databases
• Internet / Intranet: Networking, Website Hosting/Design, FTP management

Awards and Recognition

Over the years I have enjoyed much recognition and many awards for my diligence.

ENGS 08: Materials in Sports Equipment – Dartmouth College

 

  • May 18, 2015, May 9, 2014, Feb. 27, 2013, Feb. 24, 2012
  • Guest Speaker – “Composites in Snowboards”

 

Transworld Snowboarding – “2014-15 Good Wood Board Test”, July 2014

 

  • Show Dog – Men’s Over $450 Park
  • Custom Twin – Men’s Over $450 All Mountain

 

Snowboard Canada’s ‘Grade Eh Board Awards - Top 10, 2014

 

  • Flight Attendant (All-Mountain Freestyle)
  • Process Off-Axis (Park/Jib)
  • Talent Scout (Women’s)

 

I.D. Magazine – “50 Designers/50 States”, Jan/Feb 2004

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