MAKER MONDAY: Meet Jeff - DODOcase's Manufacturing Manager and Engineer05 May, 2016
Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in San Francisco by two very traditional Chinese immigrants who showed me the importance of hard work without sacrificing love for family. I grew up reading comics, playing video games, and eventually having a passion for cars. That passion led me to pursue a mechanical engineering degree which I got at San Jose State University. After graduating and working as a Manufacturing engineer for a couple of years, a friend of mine asked if I'd be interested in taking over his position at DODOcase. I said yes and now I've been with the company just over 2 years.
1) What is your position at DODOcase and what do you do on a daily basis?
I'm the Engineer and Manufacturing Manager for the machine shop. As the Manufacturing Manager, every day I make sure that all machines are running and that all our products will be made on time through delegation of tasks to my team. As the Engineer, I'm heavily involved in the product development cycle of almost all the new DODOcase products. I've also become the in-house IT guy, so troubleshooting computer and networking issues has made its way onto my plate.
2) What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
That I have access to all the fun toys in the company such as the 3-D printer, the laser cutter, and all the machines in the wood shop. Every day I don't just sit in front of the computer. I'm either up to cut a laser, take parts out of the 3-D printer and get them ready for processing, or doing a test run on the CNC machine to see if a new tool path will provide a better tray out of the machine.
3) What are you passionate about?
This may sound corny, but I'm passionate about living a non-mediocre life while helping others around me.
4) What are your hobbies outside of work?
During the spring and summer seasons, I'm usually outdoor hiking, biking, or enjoying an afternoon doing archery. I also like to volunteer when I can. Every Thursday after work I spend my time volunteering at an after-school tutoring program for underprivileged kids in the city. Right now, I'm helping an autistic student with his English and Math skills and have fun doing it. It's very rewarding to watch him grasp the problems.
5) What's your favorite DODOcase?
It's actually a new VR viewer that we're currently working on. Can't give out too many details, but I feel like it'll change the way people can access VR content in a big way and I'm very excited about it. Can't wait until we launch it!