Facilities Managers Recognition Awards 2014: Jesse Edwards, Direct Flow Medical

Senior manufacturing engineer, Direct Flow Medical, 451 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403, 707-576-0420, directflowmedical.com

Age: 32

Residence: Windsor

Professional background: Fourteen years working in the minimally invasive medical device manufacturing industry.

Education: A B.S. degree with a major in manufacturing engineering and a minor in statistics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, graduating magna cum laude.

Staff: Historically, 16 direct reports. Currently, none.

Describe the facilities you oversee: I’m responsible for a 30,000-square-foot medical device manufacturing facility, four ISO 8 Class 100,000 clean rooms, a chemistry lab, a research-and-development lab and common office space.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Born in Los Angeles, I came to the North Bay at age 2, when my dad established a welding supply and gas business venture -- the first of its type in Santa Rosa. That's where I later learned complex process piping and facility design. Summer jobs included painting high-pressure gas cylinders and refilling them at his Ukiah facility.

I was in the first graduating class at Santa Rosa’s Maria Carrillo High School, where I studied drafting using Autodesk's AutoCAD R13 software.

I later attended Santa Rosa Junior College and served as a contract draftsman at the S Group architectural firm. My first assignment was at Medtronic AVE, where I converted facility flat files to AutoCAD for document control and traceability purposes. Some practices I implemented are still in use today. While there, I became acquainted with medical device facility construction and management.

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