IMET Alum Speaker: Mr. Joe Markun

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December 4, 2013

Joe Markun ’88, director of global quality, manufacturing engineering, global facilities and real estate at Caterpillar, made a presentation to about 75 IMET students and faculty on December 3.

Markun's presentation covered three primary points: an overview of the Caterpillar business model (and how it affects Caterpillar's engineers), the role industrial and manufacturing engineers play in today's world, and how engineers can be shaped into leaders over the course of their career.

Highlights included the effects of globalization, the possibility of huge growth potential at Caterpillar, Caterpillar's Lean Capital Deployment Process, the importance of planning and development, how to introduce engineering changes, the merits of servant-based leadership, the usefulness of cross-functional experience, the need to network, and the strengths of being well-rounded.

Markun has been at Caterpillar since graduating from Bradley. He led the complex Bucyrus manufacturing and supply chain integration. Joe now has responsibility for driving discipline and consistency across the enterprise to deliver durable and reliable products to the customer. His core beliefs are live your values, never stop learning, have cross functional experiences, build a strong base and work for the greatest good. Joe is a member of the IMET Industrial Advisory Council.