ECD bolsters team with new hires

ECD recently announced that it is continuing its engineering department expansion and has hired a software and manufacturing engineer, further bolstering its team as it accelerates current product line enhancements and NPI initiatives.

Nicholas Chase, Senior Software Engineer, brings with him to ECD an impressive decade-long career, which includes software engineering at EDA companies Mentor Graphics Corporation (now Siemens EDA0 and most recently, Synopsys, Inc.

Chase has a strong focus on sound design principles, continuous improvement and has broad programming language proficiency. At ECD, Chase’s responsibilities entail driving development process efficiency, ensuring product software provides an intuitive and responsive user experience and implementing robust testing procedures.

He has already completed a significant project for ECD’s Baking Division with the integration of food safety KillStep Calculator functionality into the new touchscreen M.O.L.E.™ EV6 thermal profiling hardware. Chase has a B.S. in Software Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Rahul Bilakanti, Manufacturing Engineer, oversees production and quality for ECD’s in-house manufacturing operation which produces M.O.L.E. thermal profilers, SmartDRY™ desiccant cabinets, soldering machine verification pallets, and baked goods and oven sensors.

Since joining the company, Bilakanti has contributed to manufacturing waste reduction through the use of 3D-printed fixtures, is leading the implementation of digitised manufacturing processes to streamline workflow and is focused on improving production efficiency through collaborative DFM procedures.

Bilakanti’s previous experience includes quality and manufacturing engineering positions at Abott Labs and Japan Aviation Electronics’ Automotive Group. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.

“We are launching new products at an unprecedented pace, with three M.O.L.E. EV-series thermal profilers developed and commercialised within the last year,” explained Tara Fischer, President of ECD, underscoring the company’s ambitious five-year R&D roadmap. “So far, our team has executed our strategy perfectly. Nick and Rahul bring fresh eyes and outstanding credentials to our engineering department and have already been instrumental in our success. We are thrilled to have them on board!”

Chase and Bilakanti began their roles at ECD in November 2023. They are based in the company’s Milwaukie, Oregon headquarters.

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