Title: Instrument Engineer (Retired)
Company: Elkem Metals Co.
Location: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Bruce A. Shoaf, Retired Instrument Engineer at Elkem Metals Co., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements and leadership in electronics engineering.
In preparation for his career, Mr. Shoaf studied at the Erie Institute of Technology from 1968 to 1970 and accepted a position as a machine tool operator for Teledyne Penn Union Electric in 1972. He garnered additional experience as a welder for General Electric and started as a senior instrument technician for the Elkem Metals Co. in 1973. He held this position until 1994 when he became an instrument engineer and continued to work for the company until his retirement in 2004. Since his retirement, Mr. Shoaf has worked as an instructor for the Elkem Metals Co., and he and his wife have been rehabilitating houses for family and friends. He is a founding member of the Industrial Computing Society and has maintained affiliation to the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, as well as the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society, and he is a former member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and the Instrument Society of America.
Among his myriad achievements, Mr. Shoaf considers his grandchildren to be his greatest achievement. He is also grateful to have found his wife Jane, who has helped him find success throughout his career. In 1995, he suffered a head injury from a car accident and had to relearn how to speak. In addition, he couldn’t remember anything for a long time and even now, some memories have not returned. He has never given up, continuing to work, and in 2018, he was happy to have had two memories come back to him. Mr. Shoaf has been recognized with a Certificate of Merit from the Western Pennsylvania Physics Teachers Association and, as a further testament to his success and stature, he has been selected for inclusion in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, published in 1996. He advises aspiring professionals in his field to learn as much as they can on any subject because knowledge will unexpectedly help with difficult problems.
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