Ahmad Safi

Ahmad Safi

ahmad.safi@ge.com / ahmad.safi@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Senior Level Management / Mechanical Engineering Professional

Product Development - Project Management - Quality Management - Software/Hardware Sales

 

Accomplished professional with over 32 years of extensive management, consulting, customer services and engineering experience in all phases of the product development cycle through Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) for Companies in the United States and Pakistan. Inventor on 19 patents of General Electric Company. Specialty includes building, managing and leading efficient teams; providing expert level training, and mentoring to technical personnel; leading multiple projects simultaneously to successful completion. Experienced in working with global markets including: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and China. Ten years’ experience in Quality Management Systems Design and Implementation as the Management Representative (ISO 9001:2000 & 2008.) Multinational Organization Ombuds Experience.

LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/ahmadsafi1

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
 

  • Product Development
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE - Structural FE Analyses /CFD)
  • Engineering Documentation
  • Software: ANSYS, Unigraphics (NX,) Solid Works, Autodesk Inventor, Gen III DFSS (6s Tools, GE proprietary,) ABAQUS. PATRAN, Microsoft Office Products and various Mobile Aps.
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Technical Training
  • Cost Reduction / Budget Controls
  • Project and Team management
  • ISO 9001:2000 & 2008 – Implementation and Training
  • Customer Service Management
  • Company-wide Compliance Case Management in Ombuds Capacity

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

General Electric International | Lahore, Pakistan | www.ge.com                               Apr 2014 – Present

Senior Customer Service Manager – PGS Pakistan

As SCSM Responsible for Transactional Customers Portfolio of GE Gas Power,  Power Services, Pakistan,

 

Responsibilities & Achievements:

  • Through Transactional Services Team, Manage Transactional(Tx) contracts in Pakistan from operations, financial, technical and risk perspectives
  • Act as the single point of contact to the customer for timely and satisfactory resolution of concerns covering a wide variety of services offered for each of the assigned product lines- Services may include request for Field Support, customer training, maintenance planning, spare parts, repair services, tooling and advice on operations 
  • Responsible for the transactional business growth of the various GE Power Services product/service lines in collaboration with the Sales/Commercial teams 
  • Responsible for building strong long-term relationships with specific customers within the area of responsibility 
  • Responsible for knowledge of assigned product lines, their associated configuration installations, and represents the most direct access to all appropriate internal functions to support the products
  • Effectively handle technical queries from assigned customers 
  • Lead GE internal support functions to drive flawless fulfillment of transactional contracts to customers
  • Organized Customer Events (9E Users Conference, PowerPK Conference) which led to help private and public-sector customers to enhance the plant performances. This resulted in Win-Win Scenario for both customers and GE.

 

 

 

 

 

General Electric International | Lahore, Pakistan | www.ge.com                               Apr 2016 – Present

Ombuds Person for General Electric Company Pakistan

As Ombuds Person Responsible for Management of Open Reporting / Compliance / HR related cases

 

Responsibilities & Achievements:

  • Honored to be a Part of prestigious GE Ombuds network to handle all open reporting cases and provide compliance consultancy to all GE Businesses in Pakistan
  • Impact Award for 2019 from GE Power Global Ombuds Leader

 

 

SafiTech Consulting | Karachi, Pakistan | www.safitech-consulting.com             Jun 2010 – Apr 2014

CEO

Working as the lead consultant for Engineering Companies local and international in Design and Manufacturing.
 

Responsibilities and Achievements:

  • Long term Consulting engagement (almost 2 years) as Technical Director for AEDesign (Pvt.) Ltd. (details given below)
  • Tier 2 Consultant for General Electric Global Research Projects
  • Consulting services in CAD/CAM/CAE to private and public sector organizations helping them improve their products and services
  • Advanced level trainings in simulation to private and public sector organizations, using ANSYS (FEA/CFD) software, which helped them develop robust products and reduce the time to market.
  • Design improvements and detailed model/drawings generation and prototype development of various components of skin treatment devices for UK based client which helped them make the devices lighter weight thereby reducing their manufacturing and shipment related costs by 33%
  • Country representative of ANSYS, Inc. and Expert Level Trainer (www.ansys.com)  
  • Motivational / Technical talks at Educational Resource Development Centre (ERDC), PAF Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (PAF KIET, College of Engineering), The College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (E&ME) NUST and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (Mechanical Engineering Department.)

 

 

AEDesign (Pvt.) Ltd. | Lahore, Pakistan | www.aedesign.com.pk                           Apr 2011 – Jan 2013

Director Technical (On Assignment through SafiTech Consulting)

As Director Technical responsible for all engineering projects, day to day people management and accountability for ensuring successful delivery and implementation, i.e., on-time, within budget and to a high degree of quality

 

Achievements:

  • Managed team of 30+ engineers on various CAD and CAE (Simulation) related projects.
  • Managed systems development for CAD, CAE and Mechatronics Departments and implemented Quality System Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures for the same. This resulted in increase of quality and efficiency of the teams and in-time project invoicing increased by more than 30%.
  • Implemented ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System in record time of three months and spearheaded successful external audit – resulting in continued improvement in quality.
  • Developed Training Programs, keeping team up to date on technology resulting in improved services.
  • Implemented Jour Fixe meetings with clients thereby reducing project completion time and re-work considerably.

 

Simcon International (Pvt.) Ltd. | Karachi, Pakistan | www.simcon-int.net       Jan 2003 – May 2010

(Director CAE Division > Director Technical > Managing Director)
Started as Director CAE Division and promoted to Managing Director in 3 years due to the exemplary work and leadership. Responsible for day to day management of 80+ persons general staff, providing technical guidance and leadership, systems implementations and technical training.  Management of  Design Center as well as Manufacturing Setup. Business Development activities.

 

Achievements:

  • Managed a team of 30+ engineers working in the area of CAD- leading all projects and guiding, mentoring and coaching all team members.
  • Introduced the 3D Rapid Prototyping (www.3Dsystems.com) – 3D Printing services to Pakistani Automotive and Jewelry Industry thereby expediting the product development activity and reducing the time to market
  • Provision of ANSYS Software and related trainings to all the major Engineering Institutions of Pakistan (Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments) with the help of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan thereby reducing development time and cost and enabling products with less defects
  • Establishment of a complete design and manufacturing set up with 80+ Employees of various levels and a shop floor with CNC Machines as well as a number of conventional machines. From product concept to Product realization complete cycle.
  • Converted the conventional mold and die design process from manual to 100% CAD based process thus making the process more efficient and profitable.
  • Implementation and management of ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System ensuring the quality of Designs and Manufactured products.
  • Products, Services and Trainings in the areas of CAD/CAM, Mold & Die Design and Manufacturing, 3D Scanning, Jigs and Fixture Design/Manufacturing, CAE Services, Foundry and Casting Simulation,  Sheet Metal Process Simulation and CAD Customization.

 

 

GE Research / AIT, Inc. | Schenectady, New York | https://www.ge.com/research/ May 1995 – Dec 2002

Design Research Engineer

Worked as R&D Engineer and Product Developer on the Mechanical Seals Team at GE Research center.  Actualized some innovative concept into actual products which are being used in GE Gas turbines now.

 

 Achievements:

  • Worked on innovative research projects to develop components to increase efficiency of Gas Turbines and reduce NOx levels.
  • Inventor on 20 joint patents (list attached) of products that were offered in new gas turbines and as retrofit to existing gas turbines.
  • Developed a dynamic smart seal which would retract itself at start-up and shut downs when the wear is at a maximum. This increased the life of the seal and cost of maintenance went down.
  • Applied and Trained colleagues in Design for Six Sigma leading to zero defect product design and ensuring all the critical to quality (CTQ) parameters were within the required ranges.

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EARLIER EMPLOYMENT

 

Zelin (Pvt.) Ltd.                | Karachi, Pakistan    | Software Engineer                      Jun 1986 – Sep 1987

MicroPower (Pvt.) Ltd.   | Karachi, Pakistan    | Software Engineer (P/T)          Jan 1985 – May 1986
 

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                                                                 EDUCATION
 

 

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York, USA   (1990-1995)
    Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
    (Research & Course work Completed, Defense Deferred)
    Thesis Title: AIMAN: an N-Dimensional Paradigm for Geometric Modeling
    • Development of an N-Dimensional Geometric Modeling Software Package in C programming language to allow materials modeling inside the solid bodies.

 

 
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA (1989)
    M.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Thesis Title: WINGS, a general purpose graphic display program
    • Development of a Geometric Modeling Software Package in C programming language that was used in research by many faculty members and students at UC Irvine Mechanical Engineering Department.
 
  • NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan.  (1986)
    B.E., Mechanical Engineering
    Final Year Project: ISPFEM: Integrated Software Package for Finite Element Analysis and Post-Processing (Engineering Software Development)
    • Development of a working Finite Element Analysis package complete with interactive pre- and post-processing routines.

 

 

 

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APPENDIX

 

 

Following is a list of patents for original inventions granted jointly in the United States for products developed at General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, New York:

  1. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Composite Tubular Woven Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent  # 6,719,295, April 13, 2004
  2. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "U-Plex Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,752,592, June 22, 2004
  3. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Straight Leaf Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,572,331, June 3, 2003
  4. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Circumferential Leaf Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,641,144, November 4, 2003
  5. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A, Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Hula Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,595,745, July 22, 2003
  6. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Babylon-Vee Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,764,081, July 20, 2004
  7. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., "Babylon-Q & Babylon-M Seals (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,568,903, May 27, 2003
  8. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Kellock, I., "Straight Cloth Seal (Gas Turbine)" ~ US Patent # 6,609,885, August 26, 2003 
  9. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., "Circumferential Cloth Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,637,751, October 28, 2003
  10. Aksit, Mo, Safi, A., Mohammed, A., "Radial Cloth Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,637,752, October 28, 2003
  11. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A, Dean, G. Martin, P., "Clip-on Sheet Metal Seal (Welded/Bolted) (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,537,023, March 25, 2003
  12. Aksit, M, Safi, A., Mohammed, A, Kellock, I., "Weld-on Cloth Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,599,089, July 29, 2003  
  13. Safi, A., Mohammed, A, Kellock, I., Itzel, G., Arness, B., "Hinged Leaf Seal (Gas Turbine)" US Patent # 6,637,753, October 28, 2003
  14. Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N., Goetze, G., Arness, B., Greene, J., Chi, W-M, "Composite Tubular Woven Seal for Gas Turbine Nozzle and Shroud Interface." US Patent # 6,609,886, August 26, 2003
  15. Aksit, M, Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Vedantam, S., Fang, N, Goetze, G., Arness, B., Greene, J., Chi, W-M, "U-Plex Seals for Gas Turbine Nozzle and Shroud Interface”,- US Patent # 6,659,472, December 9, 2003
  16. Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Aksit, M., "Fiber Restraint for Assembly of U-Plex Seals for Gas Turbine Nozzle and Shroud Interface." US Patent # 6,648,333, November 18, 2003
  17. Vedantam, S., Aksit, M, Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Fang, N, "Composite Tubular Woven Seal for Gas Turbine Inner Compressor Discharge Case." US Patent # 6,655,913, December 2, 2003  
  18. Vedantam, S., Aksit, M., Safi, A., Mohammed, A., Fang, N., "U-Plex Seals for Gas Turbine Inner Compressor Discharge Case." US Patent #  6,655,913, December 2, 2003
  19. Dinc, O.; Turnquist, N.; Demiroglu, M.; Sarshar, R.; Safi, A.;  Aksit, M.; Johnson, R..N.; Furman, A. H.; Imam, I.; Kliman, G. B.; Hopkins, J.; Larsen, R.; Robert, P.; David, M.R.; Steven, W.; “Actuated Brush Seal.” US Patent # 6,786,487, September 7, 2004
  20. Dinc, O.; Turnquist, N.; Demiroglu, M.; Sarshar, R.; Safi, A.;  Aksit, M.; Johnson, Larsen, R.; Fang, B; Burnet, M; Bailey, F; “Active Seal Assembly.” US Patent # 7,066,470, June 27, 2006

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