Ann Arbor

DISHER’s Ann Arbor office is strategically located in a research park near a major research university. Situated near Detroit and with an electronics lab fully stocked, this team serves a variety of clients with engineering, product design, and technical talent attraction services close to the pulse of the automotive and biomedical industry. This office is busting at the seams and plans are in place for a new space with increased capacity for a whiteboard room for ideation sessions, a project lab and model shop for product development, and conference rooms for customer meetings.

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How to Run a User Group

That Works Well & FEELs Good I remember the first time I realized my passion for facilitating. Let me set the scene… I was a Manufacturing Engineering student at Kettering University. It was 10:00 pm. The windows were glossy black reflecting the cream-cinder-block walls of the empty class room. A ghosting of chalk was still...Read More

The Secret to Attracting Top Talent

The Talent Problem Numbers do not lie. Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be posted. Two million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap according to the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting. Similar scary numbers can be found across many other industries as well. No matter where...Read More

Authentic Motivation

How to Bring Purpose, Passion, & Productivity to Any Project I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in several different industries during my ten-years at DISHER. Some of them have been very rewarding while others have been a bit of a bear to get through. To better understand myself and...Read More

Design Leaders Consortium

Learning Through Community This past March, The Michigan Chapter of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA-MI) hosted a design consortium with leaders from Ford Motor Company, Whirlpool, Sunberg-Ferar, Kaleidoscope, Newell Brands, Eureka! Ranch, Shinola, and DISHER. The event was held in the College for Creative Studies – Taubman Center and sponsored by Design Core Detroit,...Read More

Team

Allison is a graduate from Grand Valley State University, with studies in Public Administration, Business, and Public Relations & Advertising. She began with DISHER as an intern, and now recruits for internal and external positions as a part of the Talent Attraction Team. Allison also loves continuing to learn through her passions in painting, playing music, and traveling.

Allison Ives

Talent Engineer

Andrew has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a wide range of experience involving mechanical design, basic electronics, high-volume manufacturing, and program launches.  He enjoys doing various DIY house projects, woodworking, tinkering with classic cars, and the outdoors.

Andrew Westrick

Product Development Engineer

Bob Soeters possesses over 30 years of industry experience, working in a variety of roles ranging from manufacturing supervision to strategic planning. He leads several of Disher’s multi-disciplined engineering teams and is also responsible for the financial, accounting, and human resource areas. Bob has been influential in DISHER’s healthy growth, responsible for transformative increases in the organization’s capacity and capabilities.

Bob Soeters

Business Lead - Corporate Officer

Chad has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an A.S. in Automotive Technology from Brigham Young University Idaho. As a Product Development Engineer he provides a unique perspective and understanding to the design and development of products. Outside of work he spends his time enjoying his young family, serving in the community, working on home improvement projects, and when time permits engaging in outdoor recreational activities.

Chad Barnes

Team Lead - Product Development

Connor graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Engineering Management Technology and a Math Minor. He also brings his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification to DISHER. While at WMU, Connor was the captain of an award-winning concrete canoe team—he still mentors for this program. Connor enjoys basketball, flag football, snowboarding, guitar, and video games. Elon Musk is his hero.

Connor Tierney

Product Development Engineer

Dan is experienced in multiple facets of product development including aesthetic design, concept development, modeling, prototyping, testing, and FEA. He’s trained in user-centered design, design thinking, and design for manufacturing/assembly. He has a BS in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University.

Dan Parker

Conceptual Engineer

Dayna is a strategic growth guy with a BA from Hope and an MBA in corporate strategy from Northwestern. He is a Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and Bill Hybels fan. Dayna helps organizations with vision mapping, branding, developing their people and more. He is a soccer coach, youth group leader and an energetic family man.

Dayna Beal

Business Lead - Discovery | Marketing

DJ brings over 25 years of engineering experience primarily related to the automotive industry. He has a BSME from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and enthusiastically leads the Ann Arbor team. DJ is active with family, church, sports, and coaching volleyball. His team won the MHSAA Class D state championship in 2016.

DJ Kellogg

Area Lead – Southeast Michigan Region

Frank brings decades of electronics, design, and engineering experience mainly in automotive. Frank enjoys cycling, cars, and building challenging outdoor equipment for his 2 kids. An avid reader of adventure stories, Frank’s hero is Ernest Shackleton an explorer with amazing inner strength and loyalty. Frank received an HND Computing Technology degree from Teesside University and an OND Engineering degree from Mid-Warwickshire College in the UK.

Frank White

Electronics Engineer

Gerry has worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, owned an electronic design business, and worked as a consultant prior to DISHER.  He also contributed to Apollo lunar landing project. Gerry has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Controls Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He also has an MBA from Michigan State University.  Gerry and his wife have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

Gerry Sivulka

Product | Business Development

Jacquelyn has a BS in Integrated Leadership Studies/ Enterprise Leadership from Central Michigan University. She is originally from Alabama’s gulf coast region and enjoys indulging in southern cuisine regularly (any cuisine really). She enjoys watching sports and getting on the tennis court as often as possible.

Jacquelyn Pogue

Talent Engineer

“For the longest time I wanted to become a doctor to help people. As I grew older, I found that I loved building things. When I discovered biomedical engineering, I found the perfect fit!” Kayla has a BSE in Biomedical Engineering, an MSE in Biomechanical Engineering, and an International Minor for Engineers from University of Michigan. Kayla loves art and dabbles in drawing, painting, pottery, and crafts.

Kayla Curtis

Product Development Engineer

Keri is an expert in staffing management with over 21 years of experience in talent attraction, retention, branding, implementation, problem solving, and reorganization. Keri has worked in a variety of industries assisting companies in acquiring top talent as well as developing a solid culture and infrastructure. She is also the instigator of DISHER nerf wars!

 

Keri McCarthy

Business Lead - Talent Solutions

Kyle likes to design complex systems at the intersection where hardware, firmware, mechanics, and optics meet. Kyle has a BS in EE from Hope College, certifications in Altium Designer and LabVIEW, and is a certified Functional Safety Automotive Engineer. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog, and volunteering with youth robotics programs.

Kyle McLellan

Product Development Engineer

Larry brings his customers over a decade of design engineering experience. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Wayne State University. Larry enjoys fitness, movies, and is an enthusiastic Pistons and basketball fan.

Larry Rhodes

Product Design / Industrial Design

Marty has a B.A. from Indiana University in general studies and joins the DISHER team as a Product Designer. He has 30 years of automotive experience including establishing design teams in Mexico and India. Marty’s role at DISHER is component and assembly design across various applications and industries. He enjoys bowling, golfing, jogging, and playing Euchre with family and friends.

 

Marty Boike

Product Designer

Matt brings over a decade of experience in Project Engineering and Program Management in the aerospace and consumer fitness industries. He is a travel enthusiast and a fan of both Michigan and Alabama college sports. Matt enjoys living in Ann Arbor with his wife and dog Bear. His current hero is Elon Musk because of his resolve to change our planet and humanity. Matt holds a BSME from the University of Michigan.

Matt Kramer

Project Manager

Matthew received his BS in Computer Engineering from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is using his automotive product development background as an Electronics Engineer at DISHER. Matthew’s interests range from gardening and mountain biking to cooking, woodworking, coffee, and photography. When asked what motivates him to work hard, Matthew replied, “helping other people”.

Matthew Reed

Product Development Engineer

Tod has a BS degree in Electronics Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management with over 19 years of Electronics industry experience. He volunteers as President of the Greater Holland Bowling Association and loves competitive bowling.

Tod Grams

Team Lead - Electronics

Todd’s sweet spot is working on the conceptual, fuzzy, front-end of world-class products. With over 33 years of product development experience, Todd’s a wonderful resource. Todd studied clay modeling & drafting at Walpro Technical and has a BFA in Industrial Design from The College for Creative Studies. Camping with family in his vintage Airstream trailer is Todd’s favorite pastime along with building custom furniture, sculpture, and cooking.

Todd Kauranen

Industrial Designer