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GEM’s Gems November 2014 – Martin Rodin

November 10, 2014

Martin RodinThe GEM’s Gem we are honoring this month says that he gained an appreciation for the vast impact of energy in our daily lives after enrolling in the GEM Program.

“GEM has been an eye opening experience for me,” said Cohort X student Martin Rodin. “The unique makeup of Cohort X has taught me aspects of the energy industry that I never knew by having people from oil and gas, renewable energy, and distribution & generation mixed in with those having financial backgrounds. This mix has allowed everyone to take a unique look from others’ perspectives and enrich their learning experiences. I truly value everyone’s unique perspective and background that have made this program fun and educational.”

 Rodin, 34, recently accepted the position of Director of Quality and Innovation at Advanced Assembly. His education and background in the energy industry plays a large role in his profession today.

“While I do not hold the responsibility for production operations, my understanding of how energy is involved in every process that we utilize. I am already identifying ways for our company to save money through projects to increase building energy efficiency,” he said. “Energy really is a key aspect of any businesses process and finding ways to save energy benefits both the company and the environment.”

While enrolled in the GEM Program, Rodin had the good fortune to take time off from work to focus on his education as well as “play Mr. Mom” to his two children.

“Having your family’s support is one of the most important pieces as you embark on this 18 month journey,” he said. “It has been the best experience of my life, and I thank my family, classmates, and friends for allowing me this opportunity to learn and grow together. Now that I am back to work and in the final quarter of our program, my fellow classmates have earned my utmost respect as they have done the work/life/school balance far longer than me, and I want to thank them for all of their hard work.”

Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities.

As the Director of Quality and Innovation, my job has several functions. Quality is involved in every aspect of our manufacturing business. Every department within the organization has a goal to increase the quality of experience that they have with our customers to ensure that complete satisfaction is achieved from the start to the finish of their products. Primarily, it is my job to ensure that the PCB’s of our customer’s custom orders are built to their specifications and the merchandise that we ship to them is of the highest quality. I oversee a group of eight quality inspectors and a quality engineer who inspect and certify the boards at various stages of the manufacturing process. My main objective in the manufacturing process is to identify trends in our manufacturing process that produce less than a perfect product, determine the best solution to prevent its reoccurrence, and eliminate wasteful practices to increase performance and yield. My Innovation directive has the responsibility to ensure that we are always on the leading edge of PCB manufacturing by closely watching the industry’s breakthrough technology and determining if it could play a role in what we do.

What were some of your favorite things to do during cohort weekends?

I can truly say that being a member of Cohort X has been one of the best collaborative experiences of my life. As a class, we have learned to utilize the strengths and unique experiences that each of our class members brings to the group and to utilize different perspectives to gain a better perspective of energy in different fields. One of the highlights of this GEM program is the cohort weekends where you get to catch up with your new friends and hear about some of the projects that they are working on. Having the ability to meet with the professors over the first four days really establishes a better connection as you learn a little about them personally and learn new skills from them to use in your personal development.

What are some of the things that you never forget to bring to cohort weekends?

Caffeine (in various forms) to battle the early mornings and after lunch coma that seems to be closely tied with lecture based learning.

Why did you choose the GEM program at CU Denver?

The GEM program piqued my interest because of the benefits of the hybrid online education program. It is highly beneficial to network with your fellow classmates and professors, which the four-day weekend allows, but then the flexibility of the remainder of the quarter being done online at home or work was what really attracted me to this particular program. The added bonus that the program brings is the knowledge and experience of the entire energy industry being brought together in one place.

Please share a story about GEM that will entertain other students.

Professionalism is always important to a program that is an industry leader. The students and professors make the program unique with an equal balance of professionalism and personalization. Getting a glimpse into their personal lives while they record our lectures puts a human touch to the program that is enjoyable. Having the occasional guest cat/dog appearance or the environmental interruptions that plague us all show us that we are all human and in this together.

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