DISHER Participates in MiCareerQuest 2017

Author: Sarah Watson

DISHER Participates in MiCareerQuest 2017

Engineering Interns Launch Learning MiCareerQuest gives West Michigan students a unique opportunity to explore a variety of occupations, get to know a few colleges/universities, and meet potential employers from several industries. This year’s exhibition took place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017, at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. DISHER was one of several engineering firms with a booth that displayed… Read More

The SAE World Congress Experience

Author: James Szymanowski, Allison Ives, and Nathan Cummings

The SAE World Congress Experience

The annual SAE WCX17 event brings together industry experts who delve into the world of automotive technology. This year, over 11,000 attendees (primarily engineers) from all over the world met in Detroit from April 4-6 to discuss and explore the latest automotive engineering challenges, innovations, and futuristic ideas. Several DISHER team members attended and below are a few of their… Read More

5 Tips to Intelligent Decision Making

Author: Ryan Noble

5 Tips for Intelligent Decision Making

Relating to Product Development & Program Management How do you make decisions? Do you delegate the task to others, delay it with endless research, or maybe apply a democratic process where everyone gets a chance to vote? While it’s easy for some and harder for others, each one of us needs to refine this skill because it’s something we do… Read More

The Power of the Checklist

Author: Jeff Disher

The Power of the Checklist

Relying on Memory is a Bad Strategy I’ve read a number of blogs and articles recently that have had titles like these: “Embracing Failure”, “Learning from our Failures”, “Fail Fast, Fail Cheap”, and so on. All were making the point that failure is a good thing from which we grow and learn. We are often encouraged to fail more, not… Read More

An Integrative Approach to Talent Solutions

Author: Keri McCarthy

An Integrative Approach to Talent Solutions

What Makes DISHER Different Six years ago Jeff Disher, our CEO, came to me asking if I could help a customer ramp up a new plant. I responded, “Absolutely— yes!” We created a recruitment process that was different from the norm. It was highly-collaborative and strategic. We worked with this organization for two years and filled over 50 roles across… Read More

Innovation Still Behind Old School Mastery

Author: Todd Kauranen

Innovation Still Behind Old School Mastery

The Human Element of Design “Old school” modeling methods are often thought to be obsolete when embracing innovation in product development, but this is not always the case. For 80 years, automotive design studios have used clay to create life-size models. It’s a process that has yet to be abandoned because technology is not able to duplicate the nuances and… Read More

Get More Hits in Product Development

Author: Jeff Disher

Getting More Hits in Product Development

As the owner of a product development firm, I often receive calls that go something like this, “We have this idea for a new product, but we’re not sure how to get it developed— can you help us?” As the conversation continues, I sense that they think their idea is a big winner… and visions of early retirement are already… Read More

Product Constraints Can be the Catalyst to a Great Design

Author: Jeff Disher

Product Constraints

In the world of design and engineering, product requirements (also called constraints) can often feel like restraints to our creativity and ability to design a great product or solution. We’ve all experienced the feeling of frustration when a constraint has kept us from implementing a good solution— sometimes literally by only tenths of a millimeter. And we’ve all responded with… Read More

Exploring Isle Royale

Author: Tyler Losinski

Exploring Isle Royale

A Young Engineer Ponders His Path This past fall, my wife Lindsey and I took a trip to the nation’s least visited National Park – Isle Royale. It’s a pristine island located in the middle of Lake Superior accessible only by a ferry or sea plane. As we explored Isle Royale on foot and by canoe, it became apparent that… Read More

Local Students Experience Winterim at DISHER

Author: Kimberly Bauer

Winterim is a week-long learning experience for Holland Christian High School students. It gives students the opportunity to explore various subjects outside of the traditional curriculum for exposure to new ideas, potential careers, and lifetime skills. One of the options available for juniors and seniors is to spend the week off-campus with real employers for first-hand experiences with possible career… Read More