Whalen - Consulting Engineer - SN, Germany

Leanne Whalen

SN, Germany


Passionate, focused, professional with a long standing reputation for achieving positive results


Consulting Engineer

Work History


Prosequence-Reach LLC

, California/Toronto
• Internationally experienced with clients based in Germany, Denmark and Turkey
• Specialized in small and medium size business, organic farms, English language schools and renewable energy products support and distribution
• Increased rate of comfort in speaking English for Turkish students by 40% using 'Play with Purpose' model
• Travel writer MasterPeace.org

Quality Engineer

Amonix, California, USA

• Colorado Solar Energy project for Cogentrix voted 2nd best solar energy project in the world for 2012 - worked in capacity as Lead Quality engineer and acting Director of Quality
• Developed data collection methodology, monitored data integrity, develped metrics and predictive modeling for various aspects of the manufacturing and installation processes
• Provided SQE functional support for two suppliers, resulting in implementation of design contributing to a 10% yield improvement
• 28% yield improvement through Gemba walk, prioritization of process improvements, and DOE

Production Quality Manager

Research in Motion

, Waterloo
• Reduced cycle time by 15% and increased by 20% defect detection through 2nd Stage Line audit process
• Development of feedback loops and continual improvement projects resulting in 12% yield improvement in three months
• Achieved 30% increase in detection rates of cosmetic flaws through standardization of lighting equipment

Quality Manager

Alcan Packaging

, Woodbridge
• Attained a 98% closure rate of eight month backlog in customer complaints in under three months
• Developed customer quality agreement regarding glass vials and ampoule quality
• Implemented and trained six staff members in methodology for process compliance monitoring

Continual Improvement Project Manager

Mueller Canada, Barrie

• Identified corrective action opportunities and measurement techniques to determine effectiveness of implemented solutions
• Developed and designed Lotus Notes database system for tracking returned materials process improving response to customer time by 350%
• Led 3 successful ISO audits through accrediting body
• Accomplished On Time delivery improvement of 30% in three months
• Selected to deliver presentations to upper management to define required resources and obtain commitment to complete continual improvement projects on time and under budget

Quality Assurance Supervisor

Mueller Canada, Barrie

• Trained manufacturing floor of 45 people in formalized processes for continual improvement projects using 8-D problem solving and FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)
• Achieved 60% cost savings on vendor supplied materials through qualification of overseas and local vendors for contracted manufacturing positions
• Utilized visual management methodologies for updating and clarifying documentation

Engineering Technical Support

Celestica Inc

• Led organization to 60% scrap reduction over six month period
• Designed DPMO (Defects Per Million Opportunities) tracking methodology used to benchmark process capability reported to the University of Texas
• Implemented statistical process controls resulting in 20% yield increase during the first three months
• Reported and responded to customer requirements

Quality Specialist Team Leader

Celestica Inc

• Supervised, directed and trained quality personnel across entire business unit
• Provided site wide quality training
• Defined quality targets and coordinated continual improvement activities across business unit to meet and exceed targets
• Qualified automated inspection system for solder joints, improving cycle time by 30% in under three months
• Contributed to cycle time reduction from 3 days to 17 hours for high volume products
• Transitioned large database (over 3000 documents) of documentation from BPCS environment to Lotus notes database using information mapping techniques and visual management techniques
• Reduced inspection training period from 3 days to 1 day for new contract inspectors while increasing consistency of detection rates to 13% above industry standard

Qualifications & Certifications

Mechanical/Quality Engineering

Durham College

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