Meet Bill, Senior Principal Engineer.
Growing up as the youngest of six children, Bill was exposed to a wide variety of activities and credits his family for providing him with plenty of opportunities to use his imagination to be creative and inventive. As he got older, he began to excel at math and science. He also took a keen interest in tinkering with bikes and cars. He followed in the footsteps of his brothers by attending Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. After graduating, he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. and achieved his degree in Engineering.
In his current role, a typical day involves working on multiple major projects, performing data analysis and answering daily technical questions from other engineers who are working on other projects, specifically the 4800XPC and the 2650CX. He also attends design reviews, discussions and meetings to move closer to creating a final concept so drawings can become completed machines.
Bill has been with the company for 34 years and has worked on countless projects but his favorites are the ones that have had a significant impact on the evolution of mining shovels here at Komatsu.
“Mining shovel design evolution is a team effort and requires vetting major design decisions with other engineers to introduce something that has never been done before,” said Bill. “I believe that I have left a small mark in the areas of current shovel architecture and attachment design by pushing for new and better ways for a mining shovel to dig dirt.”
The projects that he has worked on have been full of innovation. The 4100XPB introduced the idea of bringing the shovel attachment reach back toward the shovel to gain more payload without increasing the size of the base machine. The 2650CX used a “curved boom” and gantry-less architecture, and the 4800XPC utilizes a “bent handle.”
When asked where the future of engineering is headed, he pointed to Cutting Edge Multi-Body Dynamic (MBD) analysis, a tool that allows us to run simulations on how our machines will perform and see how the components will react in different situations before the equipment is even built. This allows us to streamline our structural and mechanical analyses and design techniques, as well develop proper control systems for shovels, drills and draglines before they reach the field. The introduction of this this technology will have a major impact on our engineering department.
Bill is helping move Komatsu forward by continuing his efforts to improve mining shovels with new architectural ideas. He’s also mentoring younger engineers and college students, providing them with his advice, expertise and guidance so they have the skills they need to help Komatsu in the future.
Outside of work, Bill is a family man. He enjoys spending time with his five children, their spouses and his six grandchildren. He is very involved in his church and loves woodworking. He is currently building his daughter a vintage letter gift box for her wedding. Recently, he and his wife, Lauretta, have taken up ballroom dancing in preparation for their daughter’s wedding and have become masters of the dances: the Foxtrot and the Hustle.
Thank you to Bill for all his hard work at Komatsu and helping us move >FORWARD!