Austin Eckhardt – Application Engineer
Austin gives new meaning to the phrase “from farm to table”. As an application engineer, he helps improve the efficiency of agricultural equipment so farmers around the world can achieve greater crop yields. As a volunteer, he helps sort food for a regional foodbank that, last year, provided more than 24.5 million meals to neighbors in eight local counties.
Mike Kotzalas – Director, Global Customer Engineering - Application Engineering
Mike started his 20-year career at Timken as a product development engineer and today is known as THE global authority on bearing design. Published more than two dozen times, he co-authored the book used to educate new engineers in the American Bearing Manufacturers Association’s (ABMA) Essential and Advanced Concepts course. Mike is proof that if you want to rise to the top of your profession, Timken will help you achieve it.
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Bryce Curl – R&D Powersports Technician
Bryce takes what he learns during utility vehicle (UTV) test drives and shares it with our engineering team. They use his findings to advance belt designs across our line, from powersports to agriculture. For example, our wide range of belts feature various specially-formulated rubber compounds and extra-strong cord to reduce the chance of a snapped belt as UTV drivers race to the finish line, or farmers harvest their crops. No matter the industry, the goal is always uptime.
Bryce joins our other 18,000 associates who do work that matters, and we are always looking for more problem solvers. Check out our current career opportunities here .
Ben Pearch – Principal Application Engineer
Ben helped develop our lightweight RacePac® wheel end assemblies, which run 30 percent cooler than competing designs. Teams at the highest level of motorsports use Timken RacePac hub assemblies with enhanced fuel efficient bearings because when victory is determined by fractions of a second, every bit counts.
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Doug Lucas – Advanced Engineering Technologist
Doug helps keep 26-story wind turbines like this one in motion. When he’s not providing technical consultation in the field or providing input on the development of new wind technologies, Doug collaborates with teammates to share technical knowledge across the industry. He co-authored this recent Wind Systems Magazine article, which discusses how special bearing coatings can reduce steel-on-steel contact, lower maintenance and repair costs, and ultimately help make wind a more viable renewable energy source.