Dean Simson
Seattle

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

I am an Applications Engineer.  My role is to act as a technical resource to both the sales engineers and customers throughout the life of the products. The job varies and may consist of things such as evaluation of technologies, training, or onsite installation and support.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I started at Olympus in September of 2018. I worked in the pharmacy automation field for the 12 years prior primarily performing root cause analysis on medical devices and working with vendors on permanent solutions and quality assurance. In my later years, I was part of a hardware development and rapid prototyping team. We had worked with Pacific iD in the past who was later acquired by Olympus Controls where I met most of the people I am working with today.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

The people and working environment here are great. That coupled with the fact that there is the constant opportunity to learn the latest technologies makes going to work enjoyable.

Describe a little of your past history.

I am a Washington native. I grew up for the majority of my life in Renton, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy projects. Whether it’s pouring my own pavers for my backyard or making some questionable furniture for the house, it’s a lot of fun to put something together that myself and others can enjoy.  Also, for growing up in the greater Seattle area, I should really know it better. My family and I have recently been exploring East of the mountains as well as the Oregon/Washington coast and loving it. Camping and road trips are definitely on the list.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

Log information. Statistics are a wonderful thing when trying to find trends and areas of interest in just about everything.  You can then graphically/visually communicate findings to a very broad audience. That, and keeping people informed.  I have found that people, customers and colleagues alike, like to be reassured that they are still on your radar.

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

I have visited Korea a couple of times and eaten moving food…and I liked it.