Alumni Spotlight: John Judge

John JudgeJohn Judge, Ph.D. ('96)
Vice President of Supply Chain
Emerson Network Power

As Vice President of Supply Chain, John Judge ensures that Emerson Network Power has all the parts and materials on hand that they need to fulfill their orders.  He makes sure these parts are of excellent quality and can be provided to the customer at a good price and financial terms.

He started working at Emerson Network Power in October 2006 as the Vice President of Engineering, and his work has changed considerably during the past nine years. After a few years on the job he became the Vice President of Operations, and now serves as the Vice President of Supply Chain.  “I sign on for different roles to expand my background,” he explains, and hopes that his breadth of experience will allow him to someday become president of one of Emerson’s business units.

Earlier in his career he worked as an engineer at York, another CEEE sponsor.

Cooling Closets to Data Centers

Judge explains that Emerson Network Power provides infrastructure for power and cooling technologies for datacenters. In doing so they “paved the way for the information superhighway.”  Emerson is a $25 billion company, and Emerson Network Power is one of its business units – which alone is a $6 billion a year enterprise.

“Our customers are Google, Walmart, Facebook, Yahoo, and so forth,” he explains.   These are businesses with vast data centers and power needs.  “However,” he says, “we also support customers with much smaller needs down to you a simple server closet.”

CEEE prepared him to quickly access problems and solutions

“Prof. Radermacher has a fantastic ability to use fundamental facts and principles to quickly bracket a range of answers to any given problem.  Learning this skill has proven to be a great asset to me on the job.”   In turn, Radermacher says that, “John is extremely focused,” and recalled that Judge used to start his research work at 5 a.m., “He negotiated with his wife to take a day off every other weekend.” Thankfully he doesn’t keep to such a strict regime now and enjoys more time with his family.

When hiring new engineers he looks for applicants who can generalize their graduate experience to problem solving more generally.  “I want to see that the graduate student learned to solve complex problems quickly,” he says.

Advice for Young Engineers

It helps to work doing what you love to do.  He explains that he’s always been interested in the topics of climate change, the environment, and ozone depletion.  He took this interest and determined the best way he could help the world tackle these problems was to work in energy efficiency and HVAC development.
“Conduct yourself as if you are in the next higher position by using your supervisor’s and his or her peers as examples.” He said this will go a long way to endearing yourself to your organization.  He also recommends that engineers “constructively challenge” their bosses early on and to make use of their feedback.  

He suggests asking, “What does excellence mean in this position?”, and then doing what you can to meet that criteria.  By doing so, he says this will set you up well for a promotion in time.  “If you don’t ask, or don’t follow the advice, then don’t be surprised if the promotion goes to someone else.”

 “The world is so interesting that I don’t read fiction.”  Chelsea, John, Loren and Ben Judge at Taos, New Mexico

Judge grew up in Buckeystown, Maryland.  He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. all from the University of Maryland.  He loves to read nonficition works in his spare time. John is currently reading “Napoleon: A Life” by Andrew Roberts, and “An Integrative Theory of Leadership” by Martin Chemers.  “I’m an ardent life-long learner,” he says. He also enjoys exercising, and playing golf.

But most of all, he puts a lot of energy into trying to be a good father.  He and his wife, Chelsea, have a 16 year old daughter, Lauren, and a 14-year old son, Ben.  Lauren is an avid volleyball player and expresses interest in becoming a business analyst.  Ben, who likes to build airsoft guns and remote-controlled airplanes with his dad, shows talent for engineering.

 Judge credits is wife’s support for his success and that of his kids.  “She homeschooled the children until they were in the fourth grade, which gave them a strong foundation for their current academic achievement,” he says.  
 

 


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