Faces of JBC: Get to Know Dominic Bowlin
Welcome to the February 2021 edition of “Faces of JBC Technologies”-- a series that features the folks who work day in and day out to make sure our customers receive stellar service and high-quality gaskets, seals, heat shields, acrylic foam tapes, and other custom die-cut products.
Today we feature one of our talented and industrious engineers, Dominic Bowlin.
What did you do before joining JBC?
I just finished college prior to joining the team here at JBC. I graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Material Science and Engineering, with a focus in polymeric materials. I also have extensive knowledge and experience with metals, semiconductors, ceramics, composites, and biomaterials. I had two internships throughout my college career.
My first was as a Product Development and Innovation Intern at ShurTech (the Duck Tape company), where I helped expand product lines through design and patent research. My second internship was as a Polymer Diagnostics Intern at PolyOne Corporation, where I worked in several accredited labs and conducted standardized material testing for both internal and external customers.
What did you like the most about your last job? The least?
I enjoyed applying my knowledge and skills in real world applications during my last job (PolyOne). However, it was quite repetitive and I enjoy being faced with different problems and tasks to figure out and accomplish.
How do you approach solving a difficult problem?
Problem solving is one of my favorite things to do and thoroughly enjoy the process. The first step in problem solving is determining the starting and ending points (A to B); in order to solve a problem you first have to understand where you are (A) and where you want to go (B). After your parameters are defined, now you have to figure out how to get where you need to go (how to get from point A to point B).
This is where you break down the problem, determine the variables you have to play with, and strategize a plan to get you to point B. The next step is the execution step, where you implement your plan and analyze your results. If your target was not successfully met, this is when you explore what you could do differently and explore other options. There are many ways to get from point A to point B, however determining the proper and efficient way to get there is main challenge; one that I enjoy solving.
What’s your favorite ice-breaker question when you first meet someone?
When I first meet someone, my favorite ice breaker question is probably finding out where they’re from and their background (interesting knowledge/skills).
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area. I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh until I was 13, when my family relocated to the Cleveland, OH area.
What attracted you to JBC and what are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I was interested in JBC because of its fast pace work style and the variety of parts and materials being processed under the same roof. Also I felt JBC had some major potential to grow and be even more successful in the future. I am excited to join the team and to take part in growing the success of the company.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
I have many hobbies outside of work. In the winter I enjoy snowboarding (when Ohio decides it wants to snow) and playing hockey (which I’ve been playing since I was 8). In the summer I enjoy spending as much time outside on two wheels as I can; whether its racking miles on my road bicycle, commuting to work on my motorcycle, or ripping around the mud on a dirt bike. I also enjoy maintaining, upgrading, and detailing my truck and my bikes.
What would you do with your life if money were no consideration and why?
If money were no consideration I would definitely enjoy traveling more around the globe; I think one of the best ways we can grow as human beings is experience new cultures and ideas first hand.
Quick Hits & Faves
Favorite color: Red
Favorite movie: Too many to choose
Favorite sports teams: Ohio state, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Steelers, Browns
Which superhuman power do you wish you had? Super speed
Favorite season: Tie between summer and winter
If you could be on a TV game show, which one would it be? American Ninja Warrior
Pizza toppings: Prosciutto (game changer)
Do you speak any other languages? Some French
Favorite ethnic food : Asian