I am an electrical engineer with 25 years experience in quality assurance, manufacturing and program management. I have been dual-based for the past 10 years sharing my time 50/50 between China/Taiwan and Northern California. I can speak Mandarin Chinese at a business functional level including reading and writing. My product knowledge spans from microelectronics to molded plastic
I am an electrical engineer with 25 years experience in quality assurance, manufacturing and program management. I have been dual-based for the past 10 years sharing my time 50/50 between China/Taiwan and Northern California. I can speak Mandarin Chinese at a business functional level including reading and writing. My product knowledge spans from microelectronics to molded plastic and rubber, sheet metal, die-cast parts and large assemblies. I have had many successful projects and brought multiple products into mass production.
Specialties:Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and German
Patents: 3 issued, 3 pending
Program Director @ From January 2013 to Present (2 years 10 months) Program Manager @ Program Manager responsible for laptop computer products. Dual-based in San Francisco and Taipei. Leading and coordinating all activities relating to R&D, NPI and Operations with internal teams, ODM partner and suppliers in USA, Taiwan, China and Singapore. Released the Blade, a 17 inch gaming laptop currently in production. Additional products in development now. From August 2011 to January 2013 (1 year 6 months) San Francisco Bay AreaInternational Operations and Quality Management Consultant @ Sourced new ODM manufacturer leading to 30% cost reduction. Resolved supply bottleneck involving precision-machined, jewel quality, die-cast housing. Bluetooth iPhone accessory speaker products in mass production in the USA and China. From February 2010 to February 2011 (1 year 1 month) Field Engineering Program Management @ Application engineering support to contract manufacturers implementing a licensed acoustic solution for Bluetooth headsets and speakerphones. Developed and documented technology demo for customers and sales team. Managed design and development of a Bluetooth carkit with Taiwanese ODM manufacturing partner. Trained Dolby’s world-wide sales and engineering staff in the voice processing technology. From April 2009 to February 2010 (11 months) Vice President of International Operations & Business Development @ Located customers throughout Asia to license acoustic solutions for wired and wireless headsets. Achieved design wins and closed license agreements with 12 ODM manufacturers. This business success was pivotal in acquisition of STEP Labs by Dolby Laboratories. Specified components applicable to the technology and established approved vendor list (AVL) for components, assemblies and services. Sourced ODM services and managed product development of a wellknown, tier one Bluetooth headset product. Bluetooth headsets and eyewear now in mass production in Singapore, China and Korea. From June 2003 to April 2009 (5 years 11 months) Consulting Quality and Manufacturing Engineer @ Ensured successful launch into mass production of precision mechanical parts and assemblies used in a data storage system. Range of parts included plastic molded parts, sheetmetal, diecast, precision rubber, and mechanical assemblies. Executed supplier surveys and qualification, design for manufacturability (DFM) reviews. first article inspections, Cpk verification. Established Six-Sigma SPC program. From May 2006 to October 2007 (1 year 6 months) Consulting Six Sigma Quality Systems Specialist @ Challenging, large profile, low cost parts tray made with glass fill, mixed and recycled resins. Resolved major molding issues ensuring statistical process control of critical dimensions and other production defects. Used quality tools such as Pareto analysis, FMEA, DOE, CLCA, SPC to reduce out-of-box defects by 80%. Implemented six-sigma QA system. Trained QA staff and factory management. From April 2005 to October 2006 (1 year 7 months) Program Director, Audio Products @ Technical and P/L responsibility for a line of audio products including earphones, wired headsets, and Bluetooth devices at a Chinese-owned company. Built labs, staffed and trained technical and marketing teams. Implemented manufacturing and QA processes for all audio products. Designed, developed and marketed products capturing major accounts including Tyco and Sanyo building a $2M annual business. From June 2001 to March 2006 (4 years 10 months) Director, Product Development, Wired and Wireless Headsets @ Developed and manufactured two wired headsets that became the largest selling retail headsets in the USA selling more than 6 million units, the BodyGlove Sport and Pro models, still made today. From April 2000 to June 2002 (2 years 3 months) Consulting Program Manager, Wireless Communication Devices @ Managed ODM product development in China of two wireless communication devices for a vertical market: a pre-Bluetooth RF-based wireless headset and a walkie-talkie. Negotiated supply and engineering development contracts on behalf of 3M. Two products released on-time and within budget. From April 2000 to May 2001 (1 year 2 months) Director, Quality and Manufacturing Engineering @ Managed a joint development program with Motorola to design and manufacture an advanced public-safety communication headset called the “CommPort” which is still sold today. Successfully navigated six-sigma qualification at Motorola. Implemented company-wide statistical process control system. Led corporatewide ISO 9001 certification across US and European facilities. Authored corporate quality manual and QA procedures. Made manufacturing of the company’s flagship product, an advanced, analog processor hearing aid, viable and profitable by raising process yield from below 7% to over 80%. From October 1989 to March 2000 (10 years 6 months) Quality and Manufacturing Engineer @ Based in Japan for one year to oversee factory start-up, developed and implemented quality and reliability assurance systems for a mainframe computer. Product exceeded all quality and reliability goals. From April 1987 to September 1989 (2 years 6 months) Quality and Manufacturing Engineer @ Installed company-wide SPC including at contract manufacturer facilities. Authored PCB design standard. Overcame supplier quality and part availability challenges of the era implementing a certification-based supplier quality assurance system for electrical components and subsystems in an early personal computer product line. From October 1984 to April 1987 (2 years 7 months) Associate Engineer @ Built models and worked on pilot line production for Halarc® Miser Maxi-Light, a pioneering electronic light bulb replacement using dual incandescent and halogen elements. Worked on assembly line for Circline®, a pioneering compact fluorescent lamp. Assisted inventor of the Low Brightness Louver making demonstration mock-ups of extensions to the wedge louver concept. Filed two invention disclosures for design and process innovations on Halarc. From December 1978 to March 1982 (3 years 4 months)
BS, Electrical Engineering @ University of Cincinnati From 1978 to 1983 Diploma, Science, Math, German @ West Geauga High School From 1975 to 1978 David Dobras is skilled in: Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Product Development, Design for Manufacturing, Program Management, SPC, Electronics, Quality Assurance, Start-ups, Engineering, Quality Management, Engineering Management, FMEA, Business Development, R&D, Wireless, Design of Experiments, Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing..., Supplier Quality
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