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CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER: It's All Integrated Systems

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Adam is the Chief Technology Officer of Mori Seiki Digital Technology Laboratory. He began his career as a mechanical engineer and worked in analyzing mechatronic systems. He tells us that it is important to know that there is no such thing as pure mechanical design anymore and that it's all integrated systems. Adam also advises future engineers to not be a wallflower if they want to do well.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer
Employer: Mori Seiki Digital Technology Laboratory

Job Summary: Chief Executives

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Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and public or private-sector organizations.

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Recommended by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

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m='14295'>is</span> <span m='14630'>that</span> <span m='14770'>you</span> <span m='14850'>have</span> <span m='14930'>to</span> <span m='15440'>do</span> <span m='15550'>a</span> <span m='15590'>lot</span> <span m='15740'>of</span> <span m='15850'>boring</span> <span m='16160'>things,</span> <span m='16490'>like</span> <span m='16710'>approvals</span> <span m='17820'>and</span> <span m='18010'>signing</span> <span m='18360'>checks</span> <span m='18720'>and</span> <span m='18840'>so</span> <span m='19010'>on.</span> <span m='19600'>And</span> <span m='19700'>you</span> <span m='19820'>really</span> <span m='20010'>miss</span> <span m='20270'>the</span> <span m='20370'>engineering</span> <span m='20830'>aspect.</span> <span m='21350'>But</span> <span m='21490'>luckily,</span> <span m='21920'>I</span> <span m='21980'>get</span> <span m='22260'>to</span> <span m='22470'>attend</span> <span m='22725'>all</span> <span m='23210'>the</span> <span m='23440'>meetings</span> <span m='24310'>and</span> <span m='24460'>help</span> <span m='24800'>guide</span> <span m='25160'>the</span> <span m='26120'>direction</span> <span m='26630'>of</span> <span m='26740'>our</span> <span m='27210'>engineering</span> <span m='27680'>teams</span> <span m='28260'>and</span> <span m='28855'>see</span> <span m='29110'>products</span> <span m='29760'>go</span> <span m='29950'>from</span> <span m='30240'>concept</span> <span m='31260'>to</span> <span m='32840'>finished</span> <span m='33590'>product</span> <span m='33950'>to</span> <span m='34100'>actually</span> <span m='35470'>physically</span> <span m='35890'>made</span> <span m='36370'>on</span> <span m='36530'>the</span> <span m='36630'>assembly</span> <span m='37110'>floor.</span> <span m='37390'>So</span> <span m='37540'>that's</span> <span m='37790'>really</span> <span m='38100'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='39120'>I</span> <span m='39300'>was</span> <span m='39510'>a</span> <span m='39590'>mechanical</span> <span m='40180'>engineer</span> <span m='40860'>in</span> <span m='40980'>my</span> <span m='41120'>undergraduate.</span> <span m='41810'>I</span> <span m='41870'>went</span> <span m='42050'>on</span> <span m='42200'>to</span> <span m='42530'>graduate</span> <span m='42910'>school at</span> <span m='43160'>University</span> <span m='43680'>of</span> <span m='43750'>California</span> <span m='44005'>in</span> <span m='44260'>Davis</span> <span m='44720'>and</span> <span m='44820'>got</span> <span m='44960'>my</span> <span m='45060'>master's</span> <span m='45550'>in</span> <span m='45640'>mechanical</span> <span m='46160'>engineering.</span> <span m='47210'>And</span> <span m='47370'>so</span> <span m='47480'>that</span> <span m='47640'>was</span> <span m='47790'>a</span> <span m='47860'>natural</span> <span m='48210'>segue</span> <span m='48690'>to</span> <span m='49450'>analyzing</span> <span m='50320'>mechatronic</span> <span m='50920'>systems,</span> <span m='51430'>or</span> <span m='51590'>machine</span> <span m='51980'>tools.</span> <span m='52530'>So</span> <span m='52990'>it</span> <span m='53050'>was a</span> <span m='53250'>very</span> <span m='53470'>direct</span> <span m='53910'>link.</span> </p><p><span m='54990'>My</span> <span m='55140'>advice</span> <span m='55850'>if</span> <span m='56040'>you</span> <span m='56180'>want</span> <span m='56340'>to</span> <span m='56400'>be</span> <span m='56730'>a</span> <span m='56870'>mechanical</span> <span m='57410'>engineer</span> <span m='57840'>is,</span> <span m='57940'>of</span> <span m='58050'>course,</span> <span m='59710'>think</span> <span m='60280'>in</span> <span m='60440'>broad</span> <span m='60790'>terms</span> <span m='61190'>of</span> <span m='61280'>what's</span> <span m='61480'>important</span> <span m='61900'>today.</span> <span m='62110'>Everyone</span> <span m='62510'>has</span> <span m='64489'>your</span> <span m='64660'>iPhone,</span> <span m='65200'>and</span> <span m='65670'>so</span> <span m='65860'>on,</span> <span m='66070'>and</span> <span m='66290'>there's</span> <span m='66440'>no</span> <span m='66560'>such</span> <span m='66820'>as</span> <span m='67100'>mechanical</span> <span m='67650'>design</span> <span m='68000'>anymore.</span> <span m='68430'>It's</span> <span m='68560'>all</span> <span m='68750'>integrated</span> <span m='69260'>system.</span> <span m='69610'>Mechatronics,</span> <span m='70460'>computer</span> <span m='70830'>science,</span> <span m='71970'>it</span> <span m='72130'>all</span> <span m='72290'>comes</span> <span m='72520'>together,</span> <span m='72900'>the</span> <span m='73000'>controls</span> <span m='73570'>and</span> <span m='73750'>so</span> <span m='73930'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='74790'>Furthermore,</span> <span m='75920'>my</span> <span m='76130'>advice</span> <span m='76500'>would</span> <span m='76870'>be</span> <span m='78880'>take</span> <span m='79130'>every</span> <span m='79380'>opportunity</span> <span m='80050'>you</span> <span m='80502'>can.</span> <span m='81860'>Take</span> <span m='82060'>initiative,</span> <span m='82920'>get</span> <span m='84090'>internships,</span> <span m='85900'>meet</span> <span m='86170'>people</span> <span m='86480'>whenever</span> <span m='86820'>you</span> <span m='86880'>have</span> <span m='87040'>the</span> <span m='87190'>opportunity.</span> <span m='88630'>Don't</span> <span m='88920'>be</span> <span m='89060'>a</span> <span m='89130'>wall</span> <span m='89370'>flower</span> <span m='89670'>as an</span> <span m='89970'>engineer,</span> <span m='90270'>and</span> <span m='90570'>you'll</span> <span m='90870'>do well.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265668,"video_id":"2708207106001","name":"71459584","duration":92117,"thumbnail_url":null}});