Here at Think313 we aim to feature individuals that are making a difference in our community. This week we feature Ken Weise.
Having originally decided to pursue aerospace engineering, Ken’s switch to a more mechanically-focused career would begin after a conversation with one of his father’s co-workers at Ford Motor Company.
After determining that a switch over to mechanical engineering would be in his best interests, and more aligned with his newfound career goals, Ken switched his degree choice, and would soon find himself following his father’s footsteps beginning a career at Ford Motor Company.
During an 11 year career with one of the “big three”, Ken drove the achievement of several innovations and corporate successes. He was able to lead suspension development for the 2001 Ford Transit, as well as create a global design solution that would save both time and cost on the design and development of front- and rear-wheel vehicles. Prior to this, Ken invented a patent tooling mechanism that helped reduce wheel alignment errors which, in turn, would allow him to receive one of fourteen Henry Ford Technology Awards in 1992. This international honor is presented annually to a handful of individuals in recognition of improvements across Research and Advanced Engineering, Product Development, or Manufacturing.
In the years following his departure from Ford, Ken continued to develop solutions for high-performance SUVs, innovating vehicle improvements that were cost effective for midsize SUVs, while also leading engineering activities on an electric golf cart called the Th!nk Neighbor.
Among his various accomplishments, Ken has most recently become involved in building Bordin Motor Corporation’s first North American location. Bordin Motor Corp., a company focusing on efforts to build electric vehicles in China, brought Ken on board as the company’s US sector President. Starting with a group of 5, Ken was able to help build up the team, hiring and onboarding 55 employees within a year.
After instituting scalable processes and establishing Bordin’s position in the marketplace, Ken felt comfortable leaving the organization to look for newer challenges.
To learn more on Ken Weise and more about his accomplishments, please visit his LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenweise/
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group