Mary L. Tabatcher
I have been fortunate in having an interesting and varied career, beginning in 1968 at (what is now) Bridgestone-Firestone for 13 years -- starting as Secretary in Technical Service until 1974, and then moving to the Industrial Engineering Department as a Product Verification Clerk to audit piecework production. After a series of promotions, I finished my career at Firestone as Junior Engineer where I supervised industrial engineering projects (time study and piecework rates, workflow, machine capacities and utilizations, manpower efficiency and downtime analysis and represented the company in certain grievance negotiations ). I also had the pleasure of serving as a company representative on the Suggestion Board where I evaluated suggestion feasibility and ROI. After taking a career hiatus to raise three children, I returned to work in February 1995, taking a position at The University of Akron as a Research Secretary in Sociology where I assisted Principal Investigators in developing funded research proposals, monitoring grant budgets and handling all the day-to-day operations of running a research operation. The Institute for Health and Social Policy was formed in 1999 where I was pleased to be involved in supporting the largest single grant the University ever received -- $15M from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the efficacy, delivery and redesign of the curriculum of the national DARE program. In 2002, I transferred to the Department of Statistics as Administrative Assistant where I handle all the day-to-day operations of running a busy academic department, which includes both undergraduate and masters programs in Statistics.