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William Larsen

I grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Paul Harding High School in 1975. I am in scouting and earned my eagle rank in 1972. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977 attained the rank of machinist mate 2nd class. I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and attended Purdue University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While in college I met my wife, Lenore. We have five children.

I have worked for companies dealing with components for the U.S. Nuclear Navy, high level radioactive waste, space power, neutron detectors, filtration products, gas pumps, medium size busses and more. I solve problems for a living. The key to good problem solving is to identify the root cause. Unless the root cause is identified, no problem will ever be solved. Does the US Government have problems?

In scouting we leave a campsite in the same if not better condition than when we found it.  In a similar fashion, can we honestly say we are leaving the United States in the same if not better condition than when we attained age 18?  Another scout learning experience has been the Scout motto "Be Prepared." Do we want representatives who act before a problem occurs?

My objective: I want to restore the American Dream, where in a land of opportunity an individual can work hard and prosper.

MY WORK EXPERIENCE

Tasked with defining, prioritizing, implementing and tracking cost reductions.  Work with vendors, investigate and develop new products.  Create work instructions and trained operators.  Performed warranty analysis, implemented corrective actions and performed field repairs.  Designed and built templates and fixtures.  Create databases to track and evaluate quality, warranty, cost, design changes, request for quotes and turn around time.  Create and implement layout that combines four separate plants (160,000 sqft) into one building (83,600 sqft).  Responsible for air, electric, lights, water test and material handling.

Develop, test, analyze, reduce cost and perform MSA for new gasoline meter.  Applied six-sigma "black belt" methodology to solving problems.  Analyzed, identified root cause and corrected problems dealing with products having high warranty costs.  Performed cost comparison between different products.  Develop and analyze tests for compatibility and failure mode of components.

Analyzed demographic population data Vs capacity of Craven County Schools.

Develop and implement new filter designs.  Debug, trouble shoot and analyzed root causes to complex manufacturing problems.  Improved productivity of current equipment and processes over 40%.  Perform statistical analysis of production capacity, scrap rate and operator output to improve cost margin.  Improved productivity in element fabrication 38% over two years with existing equipment.  Analyzed and developed new stocking levels for subassemblies to meet customer orders while minimizing cost and setup.  Created new equipment layouts for better utilization of space and operator efficiency.  Assisted in the design of new products through drawings, prototypes and tests.

Identified incorrect interpretation and use of Ia Time of Concentration Chart, which is the cause for much flooding.  Interpretation and use of this chart underestimates runoff by as much as 700%.  Created new Ia Time of Concentration chart showing total rainfall accumulation for this time interval.  Allows the user to compare absorption capability of the soil to total accumulated rainfall for the time interval being analyzed.  Designed and constructed a weir to measure volumetric flow, designed and assembled a portable-high power light source for video taping in rain and at night, measured rain fall and analyzed data.  Worked with both county and state inspectors in understanding importance of performing correct engineering calculations.  Presented findings to Graduate Classes at Radford University, VA  March 31, 1997; Dean of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Developed and tracked budgets.  Assisted in design and testing of new underwater equipment.  Developed layout, installed and debugged new equipment line.  Analyzed and solved numerous complex problems that resulted in successful installation and operation of new product lines.  Designed, machined and assembled fixtures to reduce operator strain.  Increased quality, productivity and yield of existing line by 50%.

Developed process and equipment to blend micro spheres of three different constituents with different densities into a homogenous mixture.  A reverse process for the separation of the three constituents was also developed.  Both processes provided the desired results with the lowest equipment cost and shortest time cycle.  Patent Number 4,994,231 was issued February 19, 1990.

Coordinated engineering design, development, schedules and fabrication procedures for new products.

Responsible for engineering and design of new naval reactor components. Developed totally new method of fabricating parts.  Reduced scrap from 35% to 0% on first production run. Eliminated the need for two additional development runs with new process methods. Direct labor savings of 15% were also achieved.  These improvements were identified in a technical bulletin to the Navy in order to gain similar advantages for other components.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University 1984.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Honorable Discharge U.S. Navy, August 1977 to January 1981
First Place Purdue’s 1982 Mechanical Engineering Design Contest.
First Place Purdue’s 1983 Mechanical Engineering Design Contest.
Eagle Scout

HOBBIES: swimming, biking, photography, programming, woodworking (furniture) and boating.

UNITED STATES NAVY    Petty Officer Second Class
Machinist Mate "A" School, Great Lakes, IL
Nuclear Power School, Orlando, FL
Nuclear Power Prototype, Idaho Falls, ID
Steam Valve and Regulator Repair Training, San Diego, CA

PATENTS
U.S. Patent Number 4,994,231 issued February 19, 1990
Canadian Patent Number 2,038,870 issued March 22, 1994

PUBLICATIONS
BWR Consolidation System Final Design Report.  Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation.  ESEERCO Research Project EP91-29, May 1993

Debris Collection System for Boiling Water Reactor Consolidation Equipment.  Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation.  Research Report Jointly Prepared under: ESEERCO Project EP91-29, EPRI Project 3100-02, October 1995

TRAINING
Six Sigma “Black Belt” Training
Geometrical and Dimensional Tolerancing
Design of Experiments
Statistical Process Control
Continuous Improvement (CIP)
Teams
ISO 9000/9001


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