Company: Jeremy Singley Industrial Design
1. Why do you choose to do the work you do?
It's what I was born to do. I’ve been designing stuff since I could hold a pencil. When I was seven years old I sketched a helicopter with two counter-rotating rotors on a common coaxial shaft to counter the tendency of the engine's torque to spin the ‘copter. I didn’t know that Igor Sikorsky had tried the same thing with very mixed results, but, hey, I was only seven.
2. What is your proudest career moment?
Launching AbleNet's PowerLink 4, a programmable unit that enables the disabled to run appliances by means of a variety of accessible interfaces like voice activation or a palm switch. My design helped boost Ablenet’s sales considerably, but the most rewarding part of the job is the satisfaction of improving peoples’ lives. I’ve designed other assistive devices and durable medical equipment, and I hope to do more. As the care-giver for several family members who experienced compromised mobility, I know how much room for improvement exists in the assistive field.
3. What goal of yours inspires you most?
Saving the world. So far I’ve designed efficiency improvements in lighting, vehicles, and healthcare products. The AirFlow Truck SuperTruck is my current energy-saving project. Opportunities to increase efficiency are everywhere. In the near term, saving the environment is going to happen one item at time, not with some revolutionary new technology like cold fusion. It’s going to be a little bit of savings here and a little bit there.
4. How has SolidWorks made a difference in your life?
The biggest difference for me has been the SolidWorks community. It works. We’re all talking to each other; referring work around; sharing what we learn, like new modeling techniques. We all talk to SolidWorks and SolidWorks talks back to us. When we see things about the products we’d like to improve, there’s a good chance those changes will happen because SolidWorks is listening.
5. What do you do for fun?
I'm a closet rock-and-roller. I have an old Gibson SG I inherited from my kid brother [editor's note–best guitar ever]. When no one’s around I turn up the amp and let go. I have an associate who, believe it or not, was tapped to audition for Phish before they hit the big time. She turned down the opportunity because she didn’t like their music. Who knew? Maybe someday she and I will team up and design the ultimate guitar!