Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Summary

PROJECT ENGINEER:

Detailed-driven Engineer with 4 ½; years of Engineering and Project Management experience, MS in System Engineering and BS in Biomedical Engineering, PMP Certification seeking Project/Process Engineer Position.  Strong problem solving and analytical skills combined with excellent presentation and communication skills.  Multilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese with experience coordinating efforts with cross-geographical R&D teams to reach and surpass expectations.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Technical Project Management Best Practices
  • Risk Assessment and Analysis
  • Process Development and Improvement
  • System Engineering
  • Problem Identification and Resolution
  • Global Leadership and Team Building

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES:

C++, Matlab, Visual Basic, Microsoft Project,SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, Mindmap, Minitab 

Work History

Work History
Apr 2007 - Feb 2011

Project Manager

Starkey Labs

Responsibilities included working in conjunction with Technical Lead(s), Corporate Sponsor(s), Project Team Members and Functional Managers to define and drive master schedule, identify critical path and key milestones, develop risk mitigation plans, negotiate tradeoffs, maintain quality while adhering to time and budget constraints to successfully complete corporate projects related to the development or enhancement of hearing aids.

  • Responsible for development and execution of new hearing aid features test plans
  • Responsible fordevelopment and execution of RF and Audio statistical analysis test plan to quantify and reduce manufacturing variations of a new wireless hearing aidaccessory.
  • Led PMO schedule creation process improvement initiatives reducing the overhead to create schedules for new product releases.
  • Project Manager for Signals and Systems Division’s new product development projects with budgets of 2 million each.  I successfully managed 5 hearing aid product releases.
  • Managed system verification and integration activities for Hearing Aid hardware, firmware and software.
  • Lead cross functional team evaluations of new wireless firmware algorithms and wireless accessories.
  • Participated in multiple kaizen/lean product development activities resulting in improved product development process.
  • Managed firmware development project consisting of Wirelessand Digital Signal Processing Groups to support Starkey’s firstwireless hearing aid product.
  • Presented weekly project status including: timeline, issues, risks, and resource allocation data to project team and upper management.
  • Brought a cost reduction to hearing aid product production by $400,000 annually.
  • Expanded the Starkey product line to include lower cost alternatives and entry level OTE hearing aid products for government tenders and to offer more competitive pricing which increased OTE overall sales from 1,000/week to 1,200/week.
May 2006 - Mar 2007

Project Engineer

Telex Communications

Responsibilities as a direct report to Vice President of Headset Group included working with cross-functional team of Design Engineers, Marketing, Sales Managers, China Vendors, and Product Management to meet product requirements and deadlines.

  • Developed a new cell phone headset working with a low cost vendor from concept to prototype meeting both industrial design and performance needs for customer.
  • Played a key role in developing a new R&D Engineering team in China. 
  • Managed a new landmobile radio push-to-talk project consisting of a cross-functional team of Engineers from both US and China.
Jun 2005 - Jul 2006

MRI Researcher

University of Minnesota
  • Developed a user-friendly interface using Visual Basic to do cardiac MRI experiments enabling users to take slices of the heart.
  • Saved thousands of dollars in commercial equipment cost by developing Matlab software and test methods to quantify EEG waves of rats under anesthesia.
  • Results are published in PNS: “Tightly Coupled Brain Activity and Cerebral ATP Metabolic Flux.”

Education

Education
2007 - 2008

MS

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
1998 - 2001

BS

University of Miami

Certifications

Certifications
May 2010 - Present

PMP

PMI