Kalsi Engineering is pleased to announce John Schroeder’s 20th anniversary with our firm. Mr. Schroeder began working with us as a summer intern in 1994, while attending classes at the University of Houston. As an intern, one of his major tasks was upgrading a population of Kalsi Engineering Actuator Test Stands. From his outstanding performance on this and other tasks, it quickly became clear that Mr. Schroeder could handle increased responsibility, and he was hired as a Junior Engineer in 1995. In this capacity, he continued to work primarily on safety related projects in support of the nuclear power industry. Continuing his studies, Mr. Schroeder earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1996.
In 1998, he transitioned roles within Kalsi Engineering, to begin supporting the Kalsi-brand rotary seal product line. Since the transition, he has filled many roles within the division, including Test Engineer, R&D Testing Supervisor, Production Supervisor, Product Manager, and QMS Management Representative. His current position is the Kalsi Seal Global Business Development Manager. One of his key functions is visiting customers and potential customers around the world to discuss technical issues, provide training, and learn about future requirements. Another key function is serving as a member of the firm’s “G4” seal division management group, which consists of four senior staff members.
Since transitioning to the rotary seal division in 1998, Mr. Schroeder has been involved with nearly all technical aspects of the Kalsi rotary seal line. His insights have allowed him to contribute as an inventor on twelve United States patents related to the cutting-edge aspects of the Kalsi Seal product line. For example, his ideas are used in the Wide Footprint, Enhanced Lubrication, Hybrid, Standard, and High Temperature product lines. These rotary seals are used in a diverse range of equipment, such as mud motors, rotary steerable tools, high pressure swivels, rotary control devices, and reverse circulation drilling machines.
During his employment with Kalsi Engineering, Mr. Schroeder took steps to further his education, and has remained professionally active. After earning his undergraduate degree, he completed course work offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. He earned an MS in Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston in 2005, with an emphasis on engineering management. He has served on the board of, and as the Chairman of, the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and periodically gives guest lectures at the University of Houston. He is also deeply involved with the intern program at Kalsi Engineering.
In addition to his engineering career, Mr. Schroeder has contributed to the community in various ways. For example, he is involved with various youth organizations, where he coaches youth baseball, basketball, and flag football, umpires youth baseball, and referees basketball games. In addition to these myriad tasks, he has also served on the Board of Directors for the local Little League organization.