Project management wisdom from practitioners and the UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley
Bruce Pittman has been involved in high technology product development, project management and system engineering for over 25 years. He spent 11 years working for NASA on planetary exploration and space based infrared astronomy projects. From 1985-1998 he was a consultant and educator for both industry and government in project management, system engineering, concurrent engineering, risk management and planning, both in the US and abroad. From 1999-2002 Bruce went back inside corporate America as a Director for two high technology firms, one in telecom hardware manufacturing and the other in enterprise software for new product development. He reactivated his consulting practice in 2003 with a 6 month consulting assignment in Costa Rica with a high tech medical device company.
In 1993, Bruce co-founded Profit Engineering Technologies (PET), a high technology project management consulting and education firm. PET developed an integrated set of training courses and consulting services designed to improve organizational efficiency and product development process performance. Bruce also worked with both government and industry project teams as a facilitator, coach, and mentor to increase the speed and quality of the development process and reduce overall project risk.
As a consultant, coach and trainer Bruce has worked with a wide variety of both Fortune 1000 companies and smaller companies in the US, Europe, Asia and Central America, including Align Technology, New Focus, Varian, Westinghouse, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Cepheid, Behring Diagnostic, and government agencies such as NASA, and DoE. Bruce has also participated in a number of startups in such diverse areas as aerospace, energy, semiconductor manufacturing and medical devices.
Bruce has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Concurrent Product Development. Bruce is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. As a member of the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE) Bruce co-authored the EIA 632 ANSI Standard “Engineering of Systems”. He has published over two dozen papers on technical and management topics and edited two NASA workshop volumes. Bruce has been an invited speaker at many professional society meetings and conferences. In addition to his consulting work Bruce is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University.
While working at NASA Bruce was awarded two Sustained Superior Achievement Awards and two Group Achievement Awards. He was also presented a Distinguished Leadership Award by the AIAA.