MEET THE TEAM

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NICOLE SIMISTER

Center Director

MAUREEN BRAKKE

Marketing & PR Manager

SHANON BROWN

Accountant

AnaghaDeshpande

ANAGHA DESHPANDE

Food Engineer

DAVID KING

Staff Engineer

Operational Excellence

MARK POOLE

Education Manager

PROF. BRUCE GALE

Center Co-Founder

PROF. BART RAYEMAEKERS

Center Co-Founder

NICOLE SIMISTER

Nicole brings 20+ years’ combined experience in sales, business development and environmental stewardship with her to the University of Utah MEP Center. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Fuels for Liberty Tire Recycling where she led the fuels team in selling over 700,000 tons of product from 22 of Liberty’s facilities across the nation. She exceeded budgeted targets in revenue and sales for the $25 million per year business line on a consistent basis. For most of her career, Nicole has worked remotely in Utah focusing on other states and she is excited to now be working with Utah’s manufacturers. Born and raised in Utah, Nicole is proud to be the fourth generation in her family to have worked in cement manufacturing.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Industrial recycling and reuse
  • Renewable energy
  • Waste diversion
  • Combustion, emissions and pollutants
  • Sales and market development
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Project management

 

Education/Certifications:

  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University

MAUREEN BRAKKE

Maureen manages marketing, communications, and public relations for the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center. Some of her responsibilities include website and social media management, publications and content creation, and brand management. She previously worked for the Utah System of Higher Education in marketing and communications and managed the StepUp to Higher Education brand, its website, communications, and publications.

Education/Certifications

  • Web Design and Tools Certificate, University of Utah
  • Professional Workplace Trainer Certificate, University of Utah
  • MPA, DePaul University
  • B.A. Political Science & Communications, Arizona State University

 

MARK POOLE

Mark has 20+ years’ of innovative process improvement, training, and education management experiences. Areas of expertise include employee development and training, budget and P&L management, project management, and process improvement. He previously worked for Salt Lake Community College to improve company training and workforce development programs. Prior to that, he was the Training Director for a large roofing company.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Educational development
  • Project management
  • P&L Management
  • Process improvement

Education/Certifications:

  • Project Management certificate (PMP)
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • M.A. Business Writing, Utah State University
  • B.A. English, Weber State University

 

ANAGHA DESHPANDE

Anagha has experience in establishing SQF Programs (Level 2 and 3) for small and large companies with diverse product portfolio’s including fresh cut produce, prepared salads, and wholesale distribution of food commodities. She also has experience in conducting internal, third party, GMP, GAP, and regulatory audits. Prior to being employed at UUMEP, Anagha was the Food Safety director for a large food company based in Boston, MA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Establishing SQF Program
  • Conducting third party audits (SQF, GMP, GAP, FDA, USDA, and customer audits)
  • Developing HACCP and FSMA plans
  • Food microbiology and environmental monitoring
  • Product development and shelf-life testing
  • FDA labeling
  • Management and workforce training

Certifications

  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager
  • Accurate Labelling to Reduce Recall Risk
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food – PCQI
  • Introduction to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
  • Implementing SQF Systems

Education

  • M.S. Food Process Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • B.S. Biotechnology, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India

 

DAVID KING

David has experience working in the heavy equipment manufacturing industry. His experiences include process improvement, root cause analysis, lean manufacturing, and assembly line simulation. He previously worked at John Deere in several business groups including manufacturing, marketing, and testing.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Lean & Continuous Improvement
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Assembly Line Flow & Simulation
  • Budgeting and Forecasting

 

Education/Certifications:

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University

 

SHANON BROWN

Shanon handles all aspects of accounting and office management. Her responsibilities include budget management, accounts payable and receivable, government reporting, and provides assistance to staff. Shanon has also worked at the University of Utah’s scholarship and financial aid office and was previously assistant controller at Colorado Mesa University.

Education/Certifications:

  • B.S. Accounting, Colorado Mesa University

PROF. BRUCE GALE

Bruce is a professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. He is an expert on micro/nano manufacturing with an emphasis on microfluidic devices and miniature medical devices. Bruce is the executive director for the College of Engineering Nanofabrication Facility, the director for the State of Utah Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics at the University of Utah, and co-founder of the University of Utah’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Utah
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University

 

Education/Certifications:

  • Manufacturing and design of microfluidic systems
  • Microfluidics, MEMS, and nanotechnology applications in medicine and biology
  • Integrated microsystems for biomedical separations, sensing, and actuation
  • Micropumps, microvalves, and microsensors

 

PROF. BART RAEYMAEKERS

Bart is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. He previously was an entrepreneurial post-doc fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and together with his research group, he performs research on tribology, precision manufacturing, and ultrasound sensor technology. Bart is the Principal Investigator (PI) and co-founder of the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nano- and biotribology
  • Design of medical devices
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Ultrasound sensor technology

 

Education/Certifications:

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego (2007)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego (2005)
  • M.S.c (ir.) Electromechanical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) (2004)
  • B.S.c (ing.) Electromechanical Engineering, KaHo St. Lieven (Belgium) (2002)
  • MBA Finance/Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009)

 

OUR MISSION

We deliver customized services to improve all aspects of manufacturing from the production floor to the front office.

OUR 2017 SUCCESSES

$972,000

INCREASED INVESTMENT
2017

$30,540,000

INCREASED SALES
2017

$825,000

REDUCED COSTS
2017

$1,420,000

RETAINED SALES
2017

THE MEP NATIONAL NETWORK

The University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (UUMEP) Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Utah. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing manufacturing.

Focused on helping small and mid-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

In 2016, the MEP National Network connected with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to $9.3 billion in sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 86,602 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

OUR PARTNERS

FINANCIAL

PARTNERS

SERVICE DELIVERY

PARTNERS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ORGANIZATIONS

INDUSTRY

ORGANIZATIONS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

VOTING MEMBERS

Stefanie Bevans, Board Chair

CEO, Design to Print

Rob Galloway

President, US Synthetic

Adam Robertson

CTO, Fortem Technologies

Brianna Seymour

President, Brooke & Bradford

Qualified Rapid Products

Rob Smith

President, Qualified Rapid Products

Dave Symes

President, Storm Products

Gary Wagner

President, OPHIR Photonics

NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Todd Bingham

Executive Director, Utah Manufacturers Association

Ginger Chinn

Managing Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Jeff Edwards

Executive Director, Utah’s Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative

Bruce Gale

Professor, U of U Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bart Raeymaekers

Associate Professor, U of U Department of Mechanical Engineering

OUR CENTER HUB & SATELLITE LOCATIONS

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER

MOUNTAINLAND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

BRIDGERLAND TECHNICAL COLLEGE