Summary / Career Objective

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Successful product introduction is a high-intensity sport. I love developing products and solving customers’ tough problems with great teams — driving innovation and beating my competitors to market with creative new products. Intense customer focus enables agile, successful product introductions.

I have a proven record of successfully leading cross-functional teams to drive on-time, under-budget product launches. Specific expertise includes:

Technology roadmap development

International leadership experience

Lean 6 Sigma integration

Project / Program Management

Confident presentation style

Strategic market development

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Professional Experience

Finisar Logo
2018 — Present


Product Line Manager, 3D Sensing

Transitioning career to a Marketing leadership role - excited about the opportunity to integrate Finisar's game-changing 3D sensing products into customer applications. Responsible for the growth and market-penetration of VCSEL products globally and key account oversight.

Finisar — 3D Sensing Technologies
  • 3D ToF
  • 3D ToF
  • Structured Light
  • Structured Light
  • LiDAR
  • LiDAR
Eaton Logo
2013 — 2018

Eaton’s B-Line

Director of Engineering, Enclosures

Organize and lead the New Product Design (NPD) engineering, Engineer-to-Order (ETO), and Product Cost Reduction (VA/VE) functions to meet long-term business objectives.

  • Leads five domestic and international engineering departments controlling three product lines; responsible for all new product releases, cost-out activity, and sustaining engineering to support manufacturing.
  • Overhauled Engineer-to-Order process with standardized Six Sigma methods:
    • Reduced leadtime by 55%
    • Increased sales 36% YOY to $4M in 2015
    • Implemented quality gating system, improving first-time yields by 28%
  • VA/VE material-reduction project leader — demonstrated history of aggressive cost-out philosophy:
    • $500K incremental bottom-line decrease in 2015
    • $750K in 2016
    • $920K in 2017
  • NPD champion, grew vitality sales ($35M sales, 29% growth) across four product lines.
  • Define multigenerational product roadmaps for evolution of decades-old consumer lines.
  • Executed DFM (Design-for-Manufacture) project to reduce 20% material and 40% labor cost on a $4M flagship line. 3 patents resulting from project in process (promotional video).
  • Developed and implemented tiered engineering career path ladders, succession plans, development plans, and organizational capability assessments.
Products launched during Eaton tenure, Engineering Director
  • HDNR
  • BLR
  • LE
  • CMP
  • MCT
  • ETO (Engineered To Order) Enclosures
Eaton Logo
2012 — 2013

Eaton’s B-Line

Value Engineering (VA/VE) Manager, Program Manager

Spearheaded material reduction projects with Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Product Managers.

  • Established VA/VE team; implemented a change-based culture to long-dormant product lines.
  • Strategic oversight for $4.0M (3% COGS) annual reduction across seven production sites.
  • Lean 6 Sigma integration; reduced COGS 1.5% through labor efficiencies without sacrificing quality or leadtime.
  • Organized and presented financial projections models to Executive staff.
  • Key transition member during M&A process (my original employer, Cooper Industries was acquired by Eaton in 2013). Partnered with technical leads in other divisions to identify $2.4M in synergy cost-out projects.
  • Chaired action committee to evaluate low-performing manufacturing sites; performed deep-dive analysis to find inefficiencies. Average annual savings of $350K per location.
Products launched during Eaton tenure, Engineering Manager
  • RCM
  • FIP
  • Cable Tray
  • BB216
  • J-Hooks
  • Sheet Utilization
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2003 — 2012

Emerson Regulator Technologies

Senior Design Engineer

Design lead for a global project team, responsible for consolidating pressure regulator products obtained through acquisitions with legacy products to form a unified platform for the Oil and Gas industry.

  • Executed 6 year initiative to reorganize product architecture for mid-tier platform.
  • Formulated the design and intellectual property (IP) process for new products resulting in 14 patents awarded.
  • Converted legacy offerings from 20 disparate designs to unified portfolio with 6 high-margin designs
    • $21M increase in globally served markets
    • 63% supplier reduction
    • 54% component reduction
  • Led two Chinese design teams; mentoring, managing deliverables, driving consistent vision.
  • Performed complex FEA (Finite Element Analysis); eliminated tooling revisions, reduced time-to-market.
  • Presented product concepts in Design Reviews with peers, suppliers, and Executive leadership.
  • Verified new product releases with statistically controlled Pilot Runs; confirming sustainability.
Products designed during Emerson tenure, Lead Engineer
  • CS400
  • CP200
  • CSB404
  • CS403
  • CP404
  • CP403
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2002 — 2003

Molex HPC

Design Engineer

Outsourced several flagship product lines to off-shore assembly houses. Responsible for the transfer of all processes, intellectual property, and on-site qualification of all manufacturing methods.

Implemented fail-safe methods to meet customer’s stringent expectations for aesthetics and quality.

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1999 — 2002

Alcatel USA

Associate Design Engineer / Co-op Engineer

Responsible for designing circuit board assembly tooling; reduced both cycle time and handling defects.

Business models are too important to be left to the suits. If Engineers are going to make the best of their ideas, they must help develop that business model.

Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business


UTD Logo
2015 — 2017
University of Texas at Dallas
M.S. & MBA, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

UTD ranked #19 in Princeton Review for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2018!

UTD Campus
SMU Logo
1997 — 2002
Southern Methodist University
BS in Mechanical Engineering

Minors: Computer Science / Mathematics

SMU Campus

Team Mevius

I always try to remember to emphasize the effect that my family has on my professional life — from providing emotional support when I went back to school, understanding that I’ll miss football games while I’m on a business trip, or the occasional constant late night conference calls.

They enable me to pursue my professional passions. Also, they’re awesome…

Jason Mevius - Husband / Father


I enjoy cooking, missing golf putts, and making the perfect Old Fashioned.

In 2017, I finally learned how to successfully complete a Rubik’s Cube.

Jessica Mevius - Wife / Mother


We’ve been married since 2004 and things keep getting better. She’s a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at her own company, Therapy Squared, and an inspirational wife & mother.

William Mevius - Son


Growing faster every day, learning more and more. We have (constant) light saber battles, enjoy tacos, and love to be silly.

Contact Me

I’m incredibly engaged and fulfilled with my career, but am always willing to chat about interesting opportunities.