Graduate honored as "30 Under Thirty" future leader in manufacturing

Edward Brabandt

Edward Brabandt, a 2009 graduate in WMU’s manufacturing engineering technology program, was selected by the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) as one of this year’s “30 Under Thirty” future leaders in manufacturing.

 Manufacturing Engineering, a publication of SME, each year recognizes 30 individuals under the age of 30 who are “making a difference in manufacturing and STEM fields.”

 Brabandt was nominated by Dr. Betsy Aller, associate professor in WMU’s engineering design, manufacturing and management systems department.

 “While in college, Ed was acknowledged as the finest machinist the faculty recalled teaching,” Aller said in her nomination. She noted that he led a team of students in his senior year to design, build and test a hydraulic-powered bicycle “that is still regarded as the best we have seen.”

 After graduating, Brabandt worked as a quality engineer in industry, but in 2011, started his own manufacturing company. Systematic Manufacturing Inc., based in Sterling Heights, Mich., now is a $1.5 million business with 12 employees and customers that include Stryker, Gentex, Kuka, US-Army Tardec, Stanley Black & Decker, and Clausing, among others.

 In her nomination, Aller noted Brabandt’s commitment to supporting young people’s interest in manufacturing, serving as a guest speaker at schools, donating manufacturing tools and providing financial support. She also praised his efforts to support the education and professional development of his employees, paying for their college courses and training. “It is this support of others’ learning and development that sets him apart from many young entrepreneurial business owners,” Aller wrote.

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