Joel joined Cree Lighting in 2006 and currently serves as the Global Director of Operations Engineering. His focus is on advancing manufacturing systems through research, application of emerging technologies, automation, intelligent systems and human factors. Joel’s team is responsible for the realization of new products through Design for Manufacturability; production system design and development, and control and testing. Under his leadership, this global team is perpetually raising standards for manufacturing capabilities.
Previously, Joel was employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where he taught undergraduate courses in engineering. He has also held positions in academic research and consulting. His patents and publications are in the areas of advanced manufacturing, human factors, and energy management. Joel holds a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and a MS in Industrial and Management Engineering from UWM.