As executive VP at Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc. (www.dfma.com), Nick Dewhurst directs the implementation of design for manufacture and assembly at hundreds of companies around the world. His focus is to help these companies understand and manage their costs throughout the product development process.
Based in Wakefield, R.I., Boothroyd Dewhurst provides DFMA software tools and services, and says its work has resulted in millions of dollars of documented savings for its customers. In 1991, President George Bush presented the firm's founders with the National Medal of Technology Award, the highest presidential honor awarded to America's innovators.
Dewhurst, whose father co-founded the company with Geoffrey Boothroyd in 1983, previously worked as a project engineer helping to design and produce capital equipment. His work in industry focused on the design and manufacture of systems to perform online, high-speed, noncontact dimensional gauging of small components. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.