February’s volunteer spotlight is Michael Manders. A member of the ESD Association since 1995, Manders has been a member of the wrist strap, work surface, seating, and garment committees. He has authored an ESD Association technical report, TR06-00, Static Electricity Hazards of Triboelectrically Charged Garments, and has also participated in initial and round-robin labs for numerous committees. Manders is currently a member of the Technical and Administrative Support (TAS) Committee, where he is primarily responsible for guiding working groups in the development of the initial lab and round-robin testing processes and handles preparation and statistical analysis of test results.
Educational and professional background
Manders has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, in Ohio. He has been working as a civilian in the Air Force for 18 years. He began his career as an automatic test equipment engineer working on the Minuteman II/III ICBM guidance system at Newark AFB, Ohio. Manders has spent the last 9 years at Wright-Patterson AFB dedicated to the Air Force’s ESD control program and electronic failure analysis. In this capacity, Manders was involved in the investigation of the highly publicized TWA flight 800 accident. The state of the art Air Force Research Labs ESD facility allows Mike to test, evaluate, and qualify ESD control materials and assess other Air Force ESD concerns involving aircraft structures, fuel systems, munitions handling, and refueling operations.
Personal information, interests, and hobbies
Manders and his wife Staci have been married for 17 years and have two children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and gets the most enjoyment out of watching his children participate in sports. His interests include most sports and outdoor activities like hiking, boating and fishing.
Benefits of being an ESDA volunteer
According to Manders, “Working with the outstanding members of this association is an invaluable asset. The wealth of knowledge and experience available to draw from is a tremendous benefit that has certainly broadened my knowledge of ESD. I particularly treasure the personal and professional generosity offered from many members of this association.”