Director of Manufacturing Operations at Heat Pipe Technology to Receive Distinguished Manufacturing Service Award

FLATE annually recognizes industry partners who have played
prominent role in the outreach, education, and training of today’s advanced manufacturing workforce. Ken Jurgensmeyer, director of manufacturing operations at Heat Pipe Technology, Inc. in Tampa has been selected for the 2014 FLATE Distinguished Service Award. The FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Service Award recognizes key personnel for outstanding contributions to promote technology education and career awareness in support of manufacturing.

The Award is a much deserved accolade. Jurgensmeyer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of manufacturing. He says “growing manufacturing in the United States is essential to the future of our country and to the growth and stability of local communities.” To that effect, Jurgensmeyer believes education and changing the mindset are keys to one’s success. He understands the need for American manufacturers to adopt and apply advanced manufacturing techniques. To maintain a competitive edge in a global marketplace, he underlines the need for a “whole new level of technicians” who have specialized, transferable skills and are trained in multiple areas such as fabrication, assembly, logistics.

Given his longstanding expertise, he is engaged in several prestigious projects and initiatives.
Jurgensmeyer, is the Chairman of the Manufacturing Task Force for the Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation where he reviews the skills gap the currently inhibit growth of manufacuring jobs in the Tampa Bay area. He is also the Chairman of the STEM Advisory Board in the Tampa Bay area. He is also the Chairman at Middleton High School, as well as a board member of the Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association, Brewster Academy for Technical Advisement and Technical Advisory to the Curriculum on Hillsborough Community College’s manufacturing programs. As a board member for the new manufacturing academy in association with the Florida TRADE grant, Career Source and Hillsborough County School District, Jurgensmeyer oversees development of internships and coop programs for mechanical/industrial engineering students at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also recently served as one of the judges for the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) statewide STEM program promotion.

Jurgensmeyer has also been a leading advocate for promoting hands-on knowledge for students. He promoted and supported numerous tours at Heat Pipe Technology, Inc., for 2014 Manufacturing Day in Florida. Recent tours include tours for Middleton High School students, Girls Scouts, Bright Horizons engineering summer camps, Hillsborough County School board members and tours for local LEGO FLL robotics clubs. He is a member of the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering’s, MAF and the American Society for Quality.

Jurgensmeyer will receive the FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Service Award during the awards luncheon at the Annual Manufacturers' Association of Florida Summit, December 3-5, 2014 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL. 2014 marks the eighth year of the FLATE awards. Since the implementation of the program in 2006, FLATE has recognized 14 educators at the secondary and post-secondary educational level, and seven industry partners. To contact Ken Jurgensmeyer email him at ken@heatpipe.com, or visit www.heatpipe.com. You can also read a current news story  on Jurgensmeyer published on Business WireFor information on the FLATE awards, or to nominate an industry colleague for next year's awards, visit http://fl-ate.org/projects/awards.html, or conatct Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at barger@fl-ate.org.