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Troy's Bio
Hometown: Medford, Wis.
Education: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Office location: Johnson Controls Power Solutions Global Headquarters, Milwaukee
Hidden talent: I can dance my eyebrows to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” 
Favorite Quote: "Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” – James A. Michener
Meet Troy
Describe your role at Johnson Controls:
I am responsible for performing requirement, design and tolerance analysis for the individual core battery components. This is important because it ensures that our battery products fit together during the manufacturing process and meet our customer requirements. I have the opportunity to work with a diverse global team to understand what the customer requirements are and deliver a robust product that exceeds their expectations globally. The ability to work on diverse teams and experience different cultures is what really sets the Johnson Controls engineering organization apart.

What excites you most about your work?

My involvement with innovative projects and knowing there is the potential for my name to be on a patent someday.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on? 

My favorite project was a paste weight variability project because it was a textbook Six Sigma project. I was able to add value to the Power Solutions business unit and develop professional relationships with individuals at each of our battery assembly plants.

What are your hobbies?
Growing up close to the north woods of Wisconsin, I enjoy anything that involves the outdoors: hunting, fishing, golfing, you name it. I also enjoy watching action sports, investing and doing handyman things around the house.

What do you like about working in Milwaukee?
I like being in Milwaukee because I have the opportunity to work at the global headquarters of a Fortune 100 company in my home state. The city itself has so much to offer and I am only minutes away from enjoying the same hobbies I had growing up in Medford, Wis.

If you could get free airfare, what country would you go visit?

I would visit Germany so I can drive on the Autobahn and tour some of the major automobile manufacturers to witness the excellent German engineering.

Troy's Day in the Life Diary
8 a.m.

My mornings are usually left open so I can ensure there is time to collaborate with my colleagues in Europe. Today I had a conference call with a colleague from our Hannover, Germany office to create a design of experiments, project timeline and resource plan. 

9 a.m.

I attended my weekly team meeting to review new, working and closed component engineering requests. We also address any organizational news.  

11:30 a.m.

I had lunch with friends from work that I interned or play intermural sports with.  We typically eat lunch off-campus on Friday and play a friendly game of credit card roulette for coffee afterwards, but today we ate at the cafeteria. At least I didn’t lose again! 


1 p.m.

I had no meetings this afternoon, so I reserved the time to work on a 3-D battery case model that will be used in a simulation. The simulation will determine ultimate strength of the plastic when torque is applied to a battery cell partition wall.

5 p.m.

I normally workout at the fitness center on campus or go to happy hour with colleagues to kick off the weekend. Today was unfortunately a workout.