Steve Shade is the Managing Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing. His current efforts are focused on developing manufacturing and product lifecycle management research programs, industry – university research collaborations, and serving as chairperson for CAM’s manufacturing summit series. Steve also serves as Interim Associate Director for Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program.
Steve received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and began his career as a Nuclear Test Engineer for General Dynamics Electric Boat Division where he led reactor and reactor systems testing on SSN688 Los Angeles Class submarines. After graduate studies in acoustics and turbomachinery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he served as a Senior Component Engineer responsible for the design and testing of SSN21 Seawolf Class and NSSN Virginia Class seawater pumps. After completing his M.S. Management degree from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, Steve served as a Senior Materials Engineer at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for certification, sourcing, and ongoing quality for desktop interconnects. Steve is currently a lead instructor and Advisory Board member for MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative Education Network and also represents Purdue on the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council and is a member of Evonik Degussa’s Tippecanoe Laboratories Community Advisory Panel.