Jennifer began her career at MGA in 2004 out of the Troy, Michigan laboratory. She received her Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering at Central Michigan University. From the start, she was instrumental in bringing on-line certain specialized component testing capabilities. Jennifer led the development of the Materials testing laboratory at the Troy facility. Under her direction, this lab flourished and greatly broadened the scope of services offered to our customer base. Today, this lab is a key test service supplier to hundreds of companies located in the Metro Detroit region. In 2008, Jennifer embarked on a new challenge when she moved to South Carolina as part of MGA’s expansion into the south. She spearheaded efforts to bring a broad range of capabilities on-line to a new customer base for MGA. Today, she is widely recognized in many industries as an expert in the field of Materials Testing.
Mark Nowakowski – Greer, SC
Mark joined our MGA-South Carolina team in May 2009 following his graduation from Clemson University where he obtained his a Mechanical Engineering degree. During his time here at MGA Mark has managed to become the testing expert for Head Injury Criteria testing that we currently conduct for the aerospace industry. Not only has he gained experience in this type of testing he is also our safety and hydraulic durability test engineer. Mark is currently working on bringing a new type of testing on-line that we will be introducing to our customers at the end of this year. He has been a great addition to our MGA team and we are definitely looking forward to working with him for many years to come.
Helen Kaleto – Troy, MI
Helen has been working at MGA-Michigan since 1993 and was one of the very first engineers hired for the Michigan facility. She received a Bachelors Degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Wayne State University. She is currently Quality Manager of MGA’s Michigan Operations. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the Quality System as well as scope updates, new test procedure development and annual audits per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005. In addition, Helen serves as a leader in the Safety Test Group working specifically on head impact and airbag-related testing as well as in the accelerator sled facility. Throughout her career, she has participated in over 15 technical papers (SAE, IBEC, ESV), including four SAE World Congress technical presentations, related to automotive safety issues, specifically head impact, child restraints, and whiplash reduction test methods. She continues to be recognized as an expert in the field of automotive safety testing and vehicle development as well as European homologation procedures. Helen is also program manager on two of MGA-Michigan’s NHTSA test contracts, namely, FMVSS 201u – Upper Interior Head Impact Protection and FMVSS 202a – Head Restraints.
Fern Gatilao has been with MGA Research at the Troy, Michigan laboratory since 2006. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. Since starting at MGA, Fern has been a part of the Safety Testing group specializing in Static tests such as FMVSS 216a – Roof Crush, FMVSS 214 – Side Door Intrusion, FMVSS 222 – School Bus Passenger protection, FMVSS 207/210 – Safety Belt and Seat System Anchorage, and FMVSS 225 – Child Seat Anchorage. She has also prepared and hosted a technical seminar and written a paper for SAE on Roof Crush testing which was presented at the SAE World Congress in 2010. In addition to government safety-related tests, she also takes on many other custom static projects.
David joined the MGA-WI Sled Team in February of 2007. Since then, he has taken a deep interest in sled testing that covers a variety of industries including aerospace, child restraints, trains, buses, and motorsports. David became the leader of the MGA-WI Sled Business Unit in 2009 and has utilized his team of experts to continually support and grow the customer base. Because of his deep routed automotive interests, David has helped develop MGA’s presence in the motorsports safety industry working with well-known manufacturers of racing harnesses and head/neck restraints. David received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from UW-Whitewater in 2000. After a few years in the advertising industry, David decided to go back to school for engineering and completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison in December of 2006. This unique combination of business and engineering helps David understand the technical and business sides of the projects he serves.
Jason began his career at MGA in 2006 out of the Akron, New York Fabrication Center. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Buffalo. From the start, Jason has been an integral part of the development of multiple pieces of equipment developed and used by MGA laboratories and customers throughout the world. This includes automotive component test equipment as well as crash/sled facilities that are used to test compliance with various automotive safety standards. Jason has been involved in all aspects of developing equipment such as design, assembly, checkout, and training. He has demonstrated that his experience in dealing with automotive test systems has equipped him with a high level of knowledge in the development of testing/industrial control and data acquisition systems. Today, Jason manages multiple company projects simultaneously sharing his knowledge with his associates and customers.
Michael began working at MGA in 2008 and within a short time, became Director of Laboratory Operations for the NY TSL division. He received his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering at Buffalo State College. Throughout his career at MGA he has gained the knowledge and experience in battery testing to become MGA’s leading expert on the subject. He is continually looking for new ways to expand our NY facilities to comply with our customer needs.
Mike began working at our MGA-NY laboratory as a technician in 2008. He quickly developed the skills knowledge to perform testing on his own. He has also developed his own customer base comprised mostly of local customers. His technical skills are used to keep all our equipment maintained/repaired and also used to develop new testing methods and equipment.
Steve Fazlovic – Manassas, VA
Steve joined MGA in 2008, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelors of Science Degree in POM Industrial Engineering and a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Marketing. Throughout his time in school, Steve worked at his family’s hotel and restaurant where he gained an appreciation for entrepreneurship and business. His career at MGA started within the Wisconsin component laboratory group where he was committed to working with new customers and expanding MGA’s market. This experience has allowed him to become involved in a rich and diverse range of projects. Working in Wisconsin has also helped him develop his expertise in vibration and component level safety standards, particularly those specific to the bus and motor coach industries. Most recently, Steve has expanded his leadership skills at MGA’s newest facility in Manassas, Virginia.
During the past year in Virginia, Steve has gained knowledge in military testing standards and test plan development while growing our protection and survivability group.
Bob recently made the move from Wisconsin to Virginiato lead our expansion into the Washington, D.C. area. Bob had spent his previous four years working in Wisconsin’s Accelerator Sled Facility. During his time as the Business Unit Leader of the sled group, Bob performed a wide array of technical and customer related tasks that will serve him in his new role in Virginia. Bob’s expertise, dynamically evaluating seating systems for the child restraint, aerospace, automotive, defense, and rail industries, will be applied to Virginia’s new sled and drop tower operations. Bob’s current focus is getting the Virginia lab operational and creating a team of associates that will be responsible for assisting MGA’s customers. Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and is an avid follower of Badger sports. Luckily with today’s internet, cable, and satellite technologies catching his favorite sport team play is no hassle. Bob was able to attend a couple of baseball games earlier this year when the Milwaukee Brewers where visiting the Washington Nationals, and plans on attending the upcoming football game between the Redskins and Packers.
Ben Williams – Manassas, VA
Ben began his career at MGA in June 2010 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ben was hired to work in the new facility in Manassas, Virginia; but has begun his career working in the Crash facility at Wisconsin in order to broaden his exposure to all of MGA’s capabilities. This opportunity has allowed Ben to expand his engineering skills as well as build a strong, confident personality that eagerly interacts with new and existing customers at MGA. Currently he processes data, interacts with the customers, and helps with all the pre-test and post-test procedures of each vehicle that is crashed. He is also involved with dummy calibration and Out-Of-Position testing for NHTSA. Ben plans to use all the skills and information learned in Wisconsin to help grow a successful operation in Virginia. Over the next several months Ben will be traveling to the Virginia facility to help as needed as work begins to progress. Once permanently moved back to Manassas, Ben will work with Bob and Steve conducting sled and ballistics testing.
Megan Buxton began her career at MGA in July 2008. Megan is an Administrative Assistant at the MGA-WI Proving Grounds and Editor of the MGA Newsletter. Her typical administration duties include a menagerie of tasks including: answering the phone, data entry, video editing, report production, logistics, and customer service. She created the “Up Close & Personnel” column to showcase members of MGA’s family who are imperative to MGA’s commitment to its customers. Megan also manages MGA’s website (www.mgaresearch.com).