Kathy Minnich, manager, Materials, Engineering & Testing, at Ford Motor Co. (http://www.ford.com) will give the final keynote of the 2012 SPE® Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (SPE AutoEPCON) on the topic of “Material and Supplier Selection: Global Challenges and Evolving Expectations.” In her current position, Minnich is responsible for a broad scope of engineering and analytical services including management of subject matter experts for corrosion protection, fastener, and materials engineering; operation of the full-service Ford Central Laboratory analytical resource; and oversight of the global materials management enterprise with work streams designed to ensure regulatory compliance and material sustainability. A 33-year veteran of Ford, she has held previous positions in Component Design and Release Engineering, Chassis and Body Materials Engineering, Fastener Engineering, and Corrosion Protection Engineering at the automaker. Minnich also has more than 20 years of personal, hands-on, experience in material selection, processing, durability assessment, and failure analysis for automotive components. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit – Mercy, an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. She is an active member of the American Society for Materials International, SAE International, and Directors of Industrial Research and Analytical Group.
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