30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing


Written by Zivile Badaraite on 7/24/2017

In 2013, when Manufacturing Engineering launched its 30 Under 30 project to honor young people who have the potential to be manufacturing leaders, it was a bit of a pioneering effort. There were few—if any—comparable programs. While Forbes had initiated its 30 Under 30 program in 2011, it did not recognize manufacturing as a distinct category until 2015.

Today, in its fifth iteration, ME’s 30 Under 30 has become something of a tradition—one inspired by and supportive of SME’s longstanding efforts to improve and grow the manufacturing workforce.

This year’s class of honorees is a diverse and highly educated group. It is also one supported by people connected with the program in its early years who are giving back to manufacturing workforce development. Hyla Soft is so proud to have Andrea Colosimo, a Senior PLM Consultant for our North American branch, named amongst this year’s Future Leaders of Manufacturing. 

30 Under 30 Profiles: Hyla Soft’s Andrea Colosimo

In the words of Manufacturing Engineering’s Editor In Chief James Sawyer, Andrea Colosimo’s list of accomplishments “makes me ask, ‘What have I done with my life?’” Even a cursory glance at her resume is enough to see why, as her accolades would be impressive for someone twice her age.

Having previously worked as a product designer for the automotive industry and a manufacturing engineer with Siemens, managing logistics for multiple departments and working with a breadth of technology, in 2015 Andrea came to Hyla Soft, an IT consulting firm focused solely on manufacturing technologies. Since joining the company, she’s worked for customers including Virgin Galactic and the US Navy; after less than two years, she has already moved into a leadership role, training and managing a team of junior consultants for the aerospace and defense, oil and gas, plastics, energy and industrial equipment sectors, helping companies improve their processes to become leaner, more efficient and more profitable.

According to Hyla Soft Practice Manager Matt Scanlan, who has served as Andrea’s supervisor and mentor at the company, Andrea goes out of her way to ensure every customer’s end user is comfortable and confident with the solutions her team implements.

“Andrea’s dedication and investment in each of her customers is the reason they trust her completely and request her time and time again,” he noted in his nomination letter. “Of all the young engineers that I have worked with in my career, I have yet to meet anyone who has matched Andrea’s extraordinary work ethic, innovative spirit, go-getter mindset, intelligence and potential.”

To read the full feature by Advanced Manufacturing Media, click here.

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