Mike Shipulski

I strive to define best practices and tools for Product and Technology Development and Continuous Improvement and embed them into company culture.  With that, practices and tools become a working part of how a company does business instead of ending up in a thick handbook that defines how things “should be done” which is read by no one.  To me, behavior is most important.

The intent of this blog is to describe the coming together of people, process and tools for top line and bottom line growth and doing the work as if people matter.

Employment History

(Company | Title | What I actually did)

Shipulski On Design, LLC | Principal | Partner with select companies to create new concepts and implementation plans using IBE (Innovation Burst Event).

Hypertherm, Inc. | Director of Advanced Development| Conduct strategic technology development to generate new businesses and markets. Created internal IP program from scratch. Created 8 new concepts and 20+ patents. Created enhancement of Continuous Improvement program that uses Additive Manufacturing so people on the production floor can improve their own work.

Hypertherm, Inc. | Director of Engineering | Created engineering infrastructure, improved business processes (product development, IP, cross-company education), improved IP portfolio, created career tracks.

Hypertherm, Inc. | Engineering Manager | Developed and commercialized most profitable plasma cutting system in the world, created product line that increased profit per square foot by 500% and reduced warranty cost per unit by 75%

Hypertherm, Inc. |Manufacturing Specialist | Started the company down the Lean path

Materials Innovation, Inc. | Director of Manufacturing | Created from scratch everything Manufacturing for the startup company (manufacturing processes, quality systems, engineering infrastructure)

GE Corporate Research Lab (Global Research) | Manufacturing Scientist | Provided technical consulting to GE businesses in Six Sigma and manufacturing systems

GE Aircraft Engines | Design Engineer | Designed turbine blades, provided technical support to assembly and test of engines

Board of Advisors


Top Innovation Blogger (#1), Innovation Excellence (world’s most popular innovation site)

Columnist, ASSEMBLY Magazine, Shipulski On Design

Blogger on Innovation/Technology/Products/People – a new post every Wednesday for over 8 years


22 issued US patents and 10 pending.

70 issued patents worldwide and 50+ pending.


Ph.D., Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, Advisor: Chris Brown

M.S., Manufacturing Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Six Sigma Black Belt, GE

Advanced Course in Engineering – Edison Program, GE

Engineering Development Program, GE

Certified TRIZ Practitioner


WPI’s Athletic Hall of Fame

All-American baseball player, WPI

Methuen High School Athletic Hall of Fame

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