VEMAS Management Team Bolstered

first_imgRichard Felker – Engineering ManagerRick has over 25 years of product, process and quality management experience. He has 20 years of experience running Engineering / Quality departments for both large and mid-size OEMs, such as Ney Dental International, Midcom, Martin Engineering, Actaris US Gas, Inc.He also has 10 years of Quality systems management experience guiding firms through the implementation of ISO 9001, Lean and/or Six Sigma certified systems while significantly improving the operational efficiency of manufacturing and service providers. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology from Indiana State University and multiple certificates in TQM/Lean Manufacturing from both California State and the University of California.Frank Dorr – Inside Sales ManagerFrank came to VEMAS in 2004. He brings 22+ years of Electronics Design/Manufacturing/Test experience with a specific focus related to Quality Product Test activities and the development of custom test equipment to support this endevor. Frank came to VEMAS from Goodrich Corp(18 yrs), Vergennes, VT and LTX Corp(6 yrs), Westwood, MA. Frank has served VEMAS in various capacities as Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Manager and now brings his technical background to the to Sales and Customer Support arena. He holds a BSEE from Northeastern University.last_img read more

Nebraska returns to UW with first place up for grabs

first_imgFootball head coach Gary Andersen has never led Wisconsin in a game against Nebraska and his first matchup with the Cornhuskers might be the biggest game of his tenure so far at UW.The Badgers biggest game of the season and Andersen’s first game against Nebraska will come this Saturday afternoon when No. 22 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) and No. 11 Nebraska (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) meet for the first time since Wisconsin’s 70-31 trampling of the Huskers in the 2012 Big Ten Title Game.Nebraska enters as the highest ranked team Wisconsin has faced at home since the Badgers last played the Huskers in Madison, when the teams were ranked seventh and eighth in the nation, respectively. With both teams tied atop the Big Ten West Division standings along with Minnesota, Saturday will have big implications on which team will represent the West Division in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Championship.But the game will also play a factor in personal accolades as well, with two of the top Heisman candidates and running backs in Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Melvin Gordon and Nebraska’s senior Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah enters Saturday’s game after suffering a left knee injury in the Huskers’ last game against Purdue Nov. 1, yet head coach Bo Pelini expects his starting running back to play Saturday. Gordon, meanwhile, comes into the big matchup having rushed for 150 yards or more in five of the last seven contests, including 200 or more in three of those games.Despite a head-to-head Heisman matchup for Gordon, he assured that he is focused on the outcome of the game and not what effects it could have on individual accolades.“No, I’m not thinking about that even though I know there will be questions like that asked,” Gordon said. “I’m just focused on winning the game, to be honest. This is one of the tougher teams on our side of the [conference], so that’s the main focus, going out there and just trying to do what we need to do to win this ball game.”On the flip side, Abdullah has rushed for 1,250 yards this season, with four games of more than 200 yards on the ground. But along with his presence in the backfield, the senior also poses a threat in the receiving game and has caught at least one pass in six of nine games this season.If Abdullah is healthy enough to go Saturday, Andersen pointed to his various attributes that could make him a handful for the Wisconsin defense.“He cuts on a dime. He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s physical, catches the ball well, all that stuff,” Andersen said. “He’s a talented, talented young man and all the accolades that is talked about him having and that he’s received in the past are definitely warranted. He’s a tremendous back and the receivers are very, very good.”However, Wisconsin’s defense has played some of its best games of the season over the course of the last several weeks. Since giving up 28 points to Illinois a little more than a month ago, the Badgers haven’t allowed more than one touchdown in any of the last three games, sacrificing just 23 points in the process.But Saturday will be a different test for the Badgers as they face their best Big Ten offense to date. Nebraska ranks as the third best offense in the conference in terms of both total yards and points per game, averaging close to 500 yards and more than 40 points per game this year. Of those 500 yards, Abdullah contributes about 150 of those.Abdullah, however, isn’t the only opponent the Badgers will have to watch out for. Nebraska sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., who averages just more than 200 yards through the air, will test the Badgers’ secondary for one of the few times all season. The last time Wisconsin faced one of the Big Ten’s better quarterbacks, Northwestern’s senior Trevor Siemian exploited Wisconsin’s weaknesses over the middle throughout the game for 182 yards. But as the top defense in the nation in terms of yards allowed, Wisconsin will have high expectations come Saturday.The Wisconsin offense will also face one of its toughest tests of the season against the Nebraska defense. The Huskers have allowed the third fewest points in the conference with just less than 20 per game, and one of their biggest strengths lies in their defense.“That’s probably some of the best D-linemen we’ll go up against this year,” Gordon said. “Not only are they big, but they’re fast and strong as well. Those guys, you don’t really get too many creases. They don’t allow too many and when they do, the linebackers are really in position to stop anything from happening.”Wisconsin will count on Gordon to have success offensively, but the Badgers will need a strong performance from both quarterbacks if they hope to pick apart the Huskers. The good news for UW is that starter redshirt junior Joel Stave is coming off his best game of the season against Purdue where he threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns.The Badgers have developed into a more consistent offensive team over the last several weeks with the two-quarterback system of Stave and redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy becoming much more fluent. But regardless of how much McEvoy and Stave split the reps Saturday, they will need Stave at his best to continue the consistent offensive trend.“I do think we are a stronger team. We’re hitting on all cylinders,” Gordon said. “Those guys are gaining confidence in themselves. It’s always shaky at the beginning of a season with the chemistry. You guys know how that goes. It takes some games for everyone to get on the same page and I feel like we’re really starting to click.”With one of the bigger home games of recent memory, Wisconsin will find out if it’s truly clicking Saturday afternoon. 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Angels prospect Jahmai Jones saw baseball as a way to forge his own identity

first_img“I just loved playing (baseball) as a kid and it brought me a different kind of passion than football did,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, football’s a completely different kind of adrenaline rush, but I just saw myself doing baseball day in and day out.”That vision coalesced during late-night batting practice sessions that often spilled past midnight. Jones counts Michael Barrett, a 12-year major league veteran and the coach of his summer league team, as an influential figure.There were others, too. The Atlanta suburbs are dotted with former professional baseball players. Without that system of emotional and practical support, who knows. Jones might still be catching passes in college somewhere.Yet Jones said his desire to break away from the constant comparisons to his father and brothers was strong. Football might have been “the easy route,” but Jones was intent on making a name for himself.“I wanted to be my own man,” he said. Angels outfielder Eric Young Jr., 12 years Jones’ senior, can relate. His father, Eric Young Sr., played parts of 15 seasons, primarily for the Colorado Rockies.“Obviously genetics are going to play a part so he’s going to have the athletic ability,” Young said of Jones. “I see a lot of that fight in him that was in me – that’s still in me.”OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will be the Angels’ designated hitter Monday against the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Manager Mike Scioscia said.Ohtani last appeared in a game Saturday, as a pitcher, in a “B” game against the Milwaukee Brewers. His last at-bats came Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Ohtani went 0 for 3 in that game.Scioscia said he would like to avoid using Ohtani in a Cactus League game against any opponent the Angels will see within the next two months. That could throw a wrinkle into Ohtani’s next two appearances on a mound.The Angels open the regular season with four games against the Oakland A’s, then three against the Cleveland Indians and three more against the A’s. If Ohtani were to continue starting every sixth day – the pattern he’s established so far – his next two outings would come March 8 against the A’s and March 14 against the Indians.Scioscia didn’t comment specifically on the plan for Ohtani’s next two outings, but it sounds as if Ohtani will be allowed to stay on schedule.Generally, Scioscia said, “we would let a guy get his work somewhere else, in the minor leagues. If we’re playing a team we’re not going to see for two months, or maybe later in the month, we have no problem with (Ohtani) pitching then.”YOUNG ON THE MENDOutfielder Chris Young had the walking boot removed from his right leg. Scioscia said that Young, who is recovering from a right calf strain, has begun doing cage work and could be a week away from appearing in a game.“Swinging the bat’s important, throwing is important, but Chris is going to have an important role: he’s going to have to play all three outfield positions,” Scioscia said. “He’s not quite there.”IRON MAN MALDONADOScioscia said fatigue contributed to Martin Maldonado’s second-half slump at the plate in 2017. In his first year as the Angels’ starting catcher, Maldonado slashed .251/.313/.412 before the All-Star break and .183/.227/.312 afterward.However, the manager wouldn’t venture to predict that Maldonado’s workload will decrease after playing a career-high 138 games last season.“Defensively, he showed that he was definitely capable to catch as many games as he did,” Scioscia said.ALSOJefry Marte exited Saturday’s game after one inning with right groin tightness. … Former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter visited the clubhouse. Hunter, who played for the Angels from 2008-12, is currently a special assistant in the Minnesota Twins’ baseball operations department. … Former Angels shortstop David Eckstein is in camp as a guest instructor. … Scioscia worked with the Angels’ projected starting infielders on defensive shifts. TEMPE, Ariz. — Jahmai Jones, the youngest player in the Angels’ major league camp, has wowed teammates and coaches early on with his athleticism in center field. A second-round pick out of high school in 2015, Jones was unanimously ranked as a top-100 prospect by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and prior to spring training.For now, most of the hype surrounds Jones’ defense, though he did bat .302 in his first exposure to the advanced Class-A California League in 2017.Jones, 20, comes from an athletic family. His brothers T.J. and Malachi are both wide receivers in the National Football League. His father, Andre, was a standout defensive end at Notre Dame.Growing up in suburban Atlanta, Jones said that he was expected to ply the family trade too. Like his brothers, Jones was a wide receiver in high school. He was a sophomore when he chose baseball over football for good.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more