THE GENERAL BEARING ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT (LEFT TO RIGHT): Charlie Wang, Bruce Feng,May Zhang,Mark Sanders,Marinela Nicolescu, Mark Manegold,Evan Nixon.
GENERAL BEARING Engineering covers a wide range of services. In addition to performing design work, our engineers are available for application support, product testing, and project management.
Featured are some of the key people that contribute to GBC’s vast engineering capability. The Engineering Group works hand-in-hand with our Quality Assurance, Industrial, Sales and Manufacturing Engineers to ensure customer satisfaction.
Mark Manegold was promoted to Project Engineering Manager in April of 2007. This was a logical progression for Mark, who has managed many projects for our Automotive, Tapered Roller Bearing, and Railroad customers over his ten years at GBC. Mark redefined the APQP and PPAP processes that are now in place, which have led to General Bearing having a flawless audit record in these areas. Mark’s attention to detail keeps all projects on schedule and completed with a high rate of exceeding customer expectations. His work as the Project Manager for the Ford FN project led to a successful launch with our first tier-one automotive transmission application. Prior to joining GBC, Mark held Design Engineer positions with a mining products company and a manufacturer of labeling machinery. Mark holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University College of Engineering.
Marinela Nicolescu, Senior Project Engineer, has become an expert on many of the newer Automotive products that General Bearing now supplies. Her leadership during the design phase of these projects has contributed greatly to their success. Marinela has been with General Bearing since August 2000. She has played a significant role in many engineering design projects over the years, including upgrading the test lab equipment and procedures, improving drawing standards, and being a key design contributor to all automotive projects. Marinela also has served as the primary engineering contact with NGBC for many years, communicating with NGBC personnel daily to resolve all technical issues. Prior to joining GBC, Marinela held positions in Product and Design Engineering where she designed mechanical parts for rotary engines and configurations for packaging machines. Marinela holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering, Bucharest Technical University.
Mark Sanders, Sr. Engineer, Automotive, joined General Bearing’s automotive team in September of 2001. Mark serves as engineering liaison between GBC engineers in NY and our automotive customers. His responsibilities also include automotive applications engineering and project coordination and test engineering. Mark obtained his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1991. Upon graduating, he worked for AM General, performing design work for military trucks. In 1992, he began working for Daimler-Chrysler where he spent 10 years working as a product engineer specializing in engine mounts, wheel bearings and halfshafts.
Evan Nixon, Senior Automotive Engineering Specialist, is the newest member of General Bearing’s Engineering group.Evan is responsible for advanced automotive engineering requirements, including Romax modeling and applications analysis. He will assist our Engineering department, manufacturing plants, and sales group with our products with the more technically challenging applications.Evan came to us with solid bearing and automotive experience, most recently six years with a large automotive bearing supplier as Bearing Application Engineer for Vehicle Drivelines. Prior, he worked as an Application Engineer for another major bearing company’s Vehicle Driveline division, and as Project Engineer for American Axle and Manufacturing—Universal Joints and Propeller Shaft Assemblies. In addition, Evan was a Co-op Student at both GKN Automotive and General Motors where he gained experience in Constant Velocity Joints and Halfshaft Assemblies. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University).
May Zhang, Project Engineer, joined the Engineering team in January, 2007. She has since worked on many engineering improvement projects with our manufacturing facilities, most notably on the precision stand height tapered roller bearing line. She has also applied her knowledge of Material Science to various Engineering Projects. May holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering and a Masters for the same at Shanghai Jiaotong University. In addition, she earned her second M.S., Material Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Her work experience is equally impressive with ten years at CVI Laser LLC., holding key positions in Engineering, Planning and Sales. Prior to CVI, May was QA Manager at Gillette (Shanghai) Ltd., and Research Engineer at Shanghai Material Research Institute.
Charlie Wang, Project Engineer, joined the Engineering team about a year ago. Charlie’s primary responsibility is test design and test report preparation. In addition, Charlie contributes to automotive product design and analysis. Charlie has worked with our customers in their plants, gaining an understanding of their complex applications. Charlie has eight-plus years related experience, including four years with Neapco, a leading automotive driveline components manufacturer. At Neapco, he held the position of Manufacturing Engineer, responsible for designing tooling, fixturing and automatic assembly machines for new products. Charlie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, a Masters of Engineering, Thermal Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
Bruce Feng, Quality Engineer, a recent addition, prepares all PPAP information required by our customers. He monitors all required APQP data and communicates with our manufacturing facilities on specific customer requirements. Prior to joining GBC Bruce spent 8 years in the bearing industry as a Project and Quality Engineer, involved in product development, testing, auditing, and preparation of PPAP documents. In addition, Bruce was responsible for ISO/TS16969 quality and customer requirements. Previously, Bruce worked in Shanghai as a Mechanical Engineer in the field of marine equipment and pumps. Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University.