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Miguel A. Sánchez

Innovation in Product Design & Engineering

  • Köln NRW
  • (+49) 151.1053.3777

Work History

Jan 2012Present

Business Development Manager & Partner

DINAMO Design (Cologne, Germany)

I started and established this branch office in order to expand Dinamo´s customer portfolio and helped to define the offering with new services to manufacturing companies in central Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland) by:

- Searching, evaluating, contacting and monitoring 200+ new potential customers in different sectors (identifying the relevant decision makers through specialized directories and social networks and meeting them in fairs and visits to client premises). As a result, a few of the offered projects were commissioned and are currently ongoing, and some others are envisaged.

- Devising and implementing a thorough marketing and advertising strategy through: design of the new multilanguage website, social networks (Linkedin, XING and twitter) and Google presence and advertising focused campaigns, blog edition, main news emailing campaigns with Mailchimp, articles publication in professional press, participation in exhibitions,...

- Searching acknowledgement through prestigious and internationally recognized awards in the design sector: iF2013 and RedDot2014.

- Becoming an active member of the relevant associations (VDID, KölnDesign).

- Introducing new methodologies and tools in the team´s design and development process. Specifically, a new tool for materials and process selection, a systematic approach to customers´ IP protection and exploitation and, more recently, reinforcing our engineering simulation capabilities with ANSYS (see details in Education section).

Besides, I actively participate in all projects undertaken since my inception.

Jan 2004Dec 2010

Innovation Director

SIMON Holding (Barcelona, Spain)

After proposing this initiative I was entrusted to establish, foster and develop a culture and a methodology of systematic continuous innovation across the group´s companies which, eventually, involved leading a group of 50+ people from different areas and backgrounds. The following tasks were performed:

· Strategic and Technological Surveillance: Prospection & Analysis of Market Threats and Opportunities

· Organize & Lead the generation of new ideas (Ideas Management) within multidisciplinary working teams and the help of a custom-made simplified software platform inspired in tools like HYPE, Imaginatik and Easycrit.

· Development of Strategic Projects from initial idea to “Proof-of-Concept” and/or “Business Model” stage

· Technology Consulting on emerging and relevant trends for the Group´s Business Units

· Training on Creativity&Innovation tools (specially those oriented to problem solving, like TRIZ, Value Engineering, RCA and FMEA with Goldfire Innovator)

· Search & Tracking of potential technical partners for Collaboration Projects: e.g. Órbita97IREC, PARC, ASCAMM, UPC 

· Industrial Property Rights Management: Patents and Registered-Designs (see Patents section aside)

· Management of Public Grants and Allowances for R&D projects

During this period many technologies and their potential applications were researched and tested. Among them:

  • Smart materials (thermo/photo/piezo-chromics, SMAs, textiles,…)
  • Biometrics (from basic fingerprint to speech, gait or age recognition) and RFID for Access Control
  • Advanced Control Electronics (for multiple load types, algorithms, comms-protocols and user-interfaces)
  • Wireless (from broadband WiFi to narrowband low-power Zigbee and alternatives)
  • Wireless Power transmission (conductive, inductive and non-radiative resonant)
  • Installation built-in networks (PLC, PoE, FTTH,…)
  • Direct-current power networks and Energy Storage
  • Long-lasting batteries and high-power capacitors
  • Energy Scavenging for low-power electronics and batteries removal (see patents section aside)
  • “Flat technologies” (speakers, power wires, OLED-displays,…)
  • Compliant mechanisms
  • Optimized Products Family Platforming
  • Twin-shot plastic injectionmolding

As a result, many of them were used and implemented in different projects. Here, some of the latest:

  • Plug&Drive: Infrastructures for the new sustainable mobility: Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles recharge and management
  • Solar-PV and Wind devices to power the new LED Lighting
  • Electric Demand Response for the consumption optimization: feature built-in the MaxLon platform
  • Infrastructures and equipment for the "smart city" services: equity share at Urbiotica 
  • The connected multimedia home: expanding the company´s home automation offer
Jan 1998Dec 2003

Chief of New Products Development

SIMON,S.A. (Barcelona, Spain)

· In charge of a 20-25 people team I was responsible for the product design & development process. It involved multiple materials and industrial processes and the use of CAD/CAM/CAE tools (pro-Engineer and Ansys integrated in pro-Intralink PDM) under a Simultaneous Engineering philosophy for a suitable Time-to-Market; all this implied the following tasks:

  • Work loads planning and assignment of resources
  • Projects terms and milestones tracking
  • Supervision and validation of projects documentation

Besides, I also:

· led the ISO-9000 Quality Certification of the department, defining workflows, goals of improvement and key process indicators; All of them following an adapted version of the "Stage-Gate" model

· was involved in projects for internacional markets: Morocco, China, Mexico, India, Italy, Brasil,...

· frequently dealt and collaborated with suppliers, customers and marketing & manufacturing departments

· prepared R&D budgets & plans

During this period the company product portfolio was deeply updated with, since then, many successful and well-established product families: 82, Nature, 27 Neos/Play, 73 Loft, 44 Aqua and 77 series in the spanish market. Several other product ranges were also developed for foreign markets.

Jul 1996Sep 1996

Industrial Designer

PHILIPS Research Labs (Redhill-London, UK)

Placement to participate in the “Home Network Computer” project where I developed a new concept of an interactive universal 3D navigation device featuring force feedback

Sep 1993Sep 1994

Assistant Engineer

EDESA-FAGOR (Basauri, Spain)

Involved in the project for developing a new fridge model which I used for my final Degree project

Education

Feb 2015Feb 2017

Online Master's Degree in Numerical Simulation in Engineering with ANSYS

Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

Currently studying the "Optimization" module and the Master thesis. Already passed the Expert module on "Mechanical Analysis" and the Specialist modules on "Advanced non-linearities" and "Contact non-linearities".

Oct 1995Jul 1997

MA+MSc (Joint Course) in Innovation Design Engineering

Royal College of Art (RCA) +Imperial College London(IC)

A joint two-year post-graduate course with Imperial College London devoted to a very intense educational programme in which the first year is skills-based plus project-based and the second year is project-based only with a high focus on innovation. My major project was an electronic globe sponsored by Philips Research, Planetary Visions and Spherical Concepts and featured in the june-97 issue of the Electronic Times magazine. My minor was a user-friendly electronic translator.
My mid-course thesis was about "The History of Technology".

Main Training Actions

Feb 2011 - Dec 2013: MIT OpenCourseWare,  On-line self-teaching courses

Dec 2010: Ibermatica, San Sebastián (Spain)

Mechanical Simulation with SolidWorks tools

May 2010: Internal Lighting expert, Barcelona (Spain)

Complete course on Lighting technology & design

Nov 2009: Axiom Groupe, Barcelona (Spain)

Innovation for Business Excellence Conference

Mar 2009: Marcus Evans, Barcelona (Spain)

2nd Annual Energy Efficiency Implementation Strategies Forum

May 2007: CDE, San Sebastián (Spain)

Course on “Technology Surveillance & Competitive Intelligence”

Aug 2006: MIT Prof. Institute, Cambridge.MA (USA)

Summer course on “Product Platforms Design and Optimization”

Nov 2005: IESE Business School, Barcelona (Spain)

Advanced Course on “Creativity & Innovation”

Sept 2004: MIT, Cambridge.MA (USA)

World Conference on “Emerging Technologies”

Mar 2004: TRIZ XXI Innovation Consultants, Valencia (Spain)

Course on “TRIZ methodology with Goldfire Innovator software”

 

Nov 2001: ESADE Business School, Barcelona (Spain)

Fundamentals of Business Finances for non-professionals

Other remarkable older courses and seminars:

Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Reverse Engineering, Lean/Six Sigma Manufacturing,  Marketing research tools (KANO, QFD, SWOT, BCG Matrix, Porter´s 5 forces, etc.), Design of Experiments, PLC-Technology, SMC/BMC Technology, Attendance to many Trade Fairs and Congresses over the years.