The increased speed of doing business, accelerated changes in technology, and constant disruption of established markets, are challenging organizations to change their business models. This panel will discuss how innovation is a critical response to these pressures and will share their strategies for changing organizational culture and processes for promoting innovative practices across their organizations.
Weller joined Caterpillar in 1986 as an Electrical Power Engineer from Michigan Tech. In 1989, he moved to the Large Engine Engineering team where he developed the first electronically controlled engine for Caterpillar machines. He was elevated to Engineering Manager and led the development of the one the most successful engine product lines in the company. In 1997, he became the Marketing Manager in Hartford CT supporting Electric Power sales from New York to Philadelphia supporting Y2K readiness for some of world’s largest financial institutions. From 1999 to 2004 he had a number of cross functional leadership roles before becoming the World-Wide Product Manager Large Tractor Type Tractors. In 2007, Weller was named the Director of Engine Design responsible of the development and implementation of Caterpillar’s Tier 4 engine program, the largest R&D program in the company’s history. In 2015, Brian became the Chief Engineer for Surface Mining, with a key focus on teaching, mentoring and leading the engineering transition to Tucson, making the Tucson Mining Center, one of the largest mining machinery design centers in the world.