Our Team

When you get 3 engineers together, they tend to create things –  even whole companies! With a combined 115 years of experience creating products, the team at Springboard has embraced the latest technology and harnessed each of their individual strengths to create something new – a team ready to help you bring your idea to prototype or to help get your project completed.

Meet the experienced engineering leadership team at Springboard Engineering Solutions….

Steve Bollinger, Managing Director
Steve is Springboard’s resident solution finder and team motivator. Steve excels at finding simple solutions to engineering problems based upon 40 years of experience in automotive, firefighting, and other industries, leading product design and development teams. Steve believes understanding Root Cause is key to finding the right solution in any engineering situation. He has used this principle in engineering areas include sensors, pumps, fuel systems, safety, PLC controls, and over-the-road equipment at global companies such as Siemens, Federal-Mogul, Continental Automotive, Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Co. Inc., and Dexter Axle Company. Steve has demonstrated a history of mentoring and coaching subordinates; he utilizes the training from Siemens Project Management certification program, in addition to his years of experience, to develop improved designs, products and processes. Steve’s strengths include leading teams and providing management inputs to design, product and test plan development, marketing, pricing, production launch, manufacturing, and process improvements. Steve graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and completed masters level course work in Electrical Engineering. He also maintains his professional license in 5 states and has been awarded eight US and one international patents. Steve enjoys designing, building, and competing in sports cars, resulting in 17 SCCA national Autocross championships, which contributed to his serving as a student design competition judge for Formula SAE in areas of power-train, suspension, and chassis design. He has also utilized his experience providing Forensic Engineering services.

Steve can be contacted at sbollinger@springboarengineers.com or  574.304.6011

For more information, please visit Steve’s LinkedIn page.

Bob Sutton, Managing Director
In addition to his role as Springboard’s specialist in Additive Manufacturing and general manufacturing process selection, Bob heads up project teams and supplies hands-on engineering expertise to clients. His roles include guiding clients through technical jams to innovation; providing engineering support and consultation for clients; finding vendors who can offer value-added options; and offering process design and improvement based on his manufacturing expertise. During his corporate career, Bob has successfully lead product management teams in the automotive, fire fighting, and military equipment industries. He worked for the Robert Bosch Corporation in a number of engineering positions for various products including: brake vacuum booster design, gasoline fuel rail design, and gasoline fuel injectors. He continues to work with Bosch in a consultation role. He headed up the nozzle design division for industry leading fire equipment manufacturer Elkhart Brass Mfg. Co., Inc. Early in his career Bob managed projects in welded armor components and provided testing for nuclear submarine power plants. Bob is a career engineer with 25 years of experience. He holds Licensed Professional Engineer credentials in the state of Michigan and is the local chapter secretary of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Bob can be contacted at bsutton@springboardengineers.com or 574.514.4351

For more information, please visit Bob’s LinkedIn page.

Kerry Wilson, Managing Director
Kerry’s roles at Springboard include guiding clients through the product development process as well as shepherding new business development. He has been both an executive manager and a working engineer for nearly 50 years. During his corporate career, Kerry founded three start-ups, worked for another start-up, and has led product management teams in product development for leading medical corporations, including Bayer Corporation and Becton-Dickenson. In addition to his corporate roles, Kerry has been affiliated as a consultant with several prominent Midwest companies and universities – including Notre Dame University –  in roles related to the licensing of intellectual property and commercialization. He has managed numerous distinct product development projects from concept through launch. Kerry brings an extraordinary depth of experience to any engineering product issue, including manufacturing experience and project oversight. The on-site nature of his manufacturing experience gives Kerry both supply chain and problem resolution skills. Through his corporate and academic roles, he has continued to develop prototypes into viable, marketable products. He graduated from Columbia University with Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and from Wabash College with Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics.

For more information, please visit Kerry’s LinkedIn page.