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Integrated Product Development and Manufacturing


Dr. Neil Rothman | Program Director

UMBC Faculty Dr. Neil Rothman

Dr. Neil Rothman, Professor of the Practice and Graduate Program Director for Professional Programs in Engineering, came to UMBC as a Lecturer in 2012. He uses his 30+ years of industry experience to provide a professional engineering practice perspective to all of his courses. Before UMBC, he was the VP of Applied Research and Technology Development at BrainScope Company Inc., translating clinical research into new products for the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury/concussion. Dr. Rothman holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was recently awarded his 25th patent.

Steven M Falk, PE | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Steven FalkB.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University

Mr. Falk has over thirty years of product development and technical leadership experience in industry, both in a start-up environment and a large corporation. He is currently the Chief Engineer for the Maternal Infant Care business unit in GE Healthcare. He has been with this business for 25 years in a variety of roles and responsibilities, including Senior Engineer, Engineering Manager, Lead Program Engineer, Engineering Director, CTO, and Chief Engineer. Steve has been integrally involved with all phases of product development, including voice of customer, business development, business model generation, design, verification, validation, and production transfer. He also serves as the Patent Evaluation Board leader.

Before joining GE Healthcare, Steve served as Engineering Manager in a start-up R&D firm specializing in product development in the emergency medicine and neurology arena, with grants from DoD and NIH. Steve is also a registered patent practitioner and a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

Steve’s principal areas of interest include medical product development, intellectual property, and combining the clinical experience and the technology arena.

Nick Desimone | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Nick Desimone

Nick DeSimone is the Vice President of Operations for Stanley Black & Decker’s Professional Products Group and has over 20 years of experience in the Power Tools and Accessories business. In his role, Nick oversees the global manufacturing and supply planning activities for all DEWALT professional power tools as well as Bostitch pneumatic tools and fasteners located across eight countries globally. His role is focused on developing world-class products at competitive costs and manufacturing products in the markets in which they are sold. Recently DEWALT made a significant investment in their “Made in USA with Global Components” initiative, resulting in opening two additional US factories. More details can be found at:

Nick began his career working in manufacturing, where he rotated through multiple plants focusing on process improvements. He then held progressive roles from Engineer through Site Manager supporting the largest manufacturing facility at Black & Decker, and Director of Advanced Sourcing for the DEWALT equipment business working to launch new products sourced throughout Asia. He then moved to the global leader for Power Tool Accessories manufacturing as Director of Operations. Nick holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Physical Science from Salisbury University, as well as a Mechanical Engineering Degree from University of Maryland.

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