Trista Bonds

Trista Bonds

VP Engineering & Manufacturing Operations
Brief info

I attended El Paso Community College while serving in the United States Army. My military awards include Soldier of Basic Training (Boot Camp), Outstanding Soldier of the Year 1994 (Fort Bliss), Good Conduct Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. I completed two final years of undergraduate study at Tuskegee University where I majored in Electrical Engineering. During college I worked two jobs as an assistant in the Engineering College office and at the Veterans Administration Hospital; I also a reservist for the US Army. My engineering jobs include Ford Motor Company where I worked as a Trainer, Supervisor, and Controls Engineer. I moved on to work as an Electrical Controls Engineer for Research and Development for division of Pilkington Automotive Encapsulation for New Product Development. I worked as an Industrial Automation and Robotics Engineer at Elkay Manufacturing Co and Central Steel & Wire Co. In my spare time I volunteered as a mentor and tutor for public school children which inspired her new journey in STEM Educations. In 2007 I began coaching a Robotics team three years before transitioning into a part time Pre-Engineering Teacher for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). I transitioned into CPS as a full time Career and Technical Education teacher where I taught engineering and entry level machining. In 2015 I began teaching vocation education in Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Controls part time and assisted the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation to establish the BSD Industries Workforce Training and Manufacturing program. I am currently the VP of Manufacturing, Engineering and R&D is responsible for running all aspects of production, training and operations. I am also responsible for design the technical training curriculum.