- BS Mechanical Engineering 1980
Eric A. Nielsen earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MBA-Finance & International Business, at the University of Chicago in 1988. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started as a consulting engineer with Hazard Engineering in Morton Grove, IL. From 1983 to 1994 he held engineering and management positions at Omron Electronics in Illinois, Conveyor Equipment Division in Mississippi and FMC Corporation in Pennsylvania. In 1994 he joined Volvo Construction Equipment Parts in Eskilstuna, Sweden as Vice President – Business Control and Information Systems. From 1997-1998 he was Chief Financial Officer of WECO Metals in Illinois. In 1998 he became Chief Financial Officer and de facto CIO of Volvo Construction Equipment Korea, Seoul, Korea. In 2000 he assumed his current position of President and CEO of Volvo Excavators and Volvo Construction Equipment Korea Ltd.
Eric’s awards include the Gold Industry Medal from the Government of Korea, the Achievement Award from the Ministry of Industry & Resource for achieving $300 million in exports, and the Safety Management Award from the Ministry of Labor and the Presidential Award for Manufacturing Based Technology. In 2002 he received the Gold Tower Award for meritorious service from Korean President Dae-Jung. He is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Korea. Since 1988 he has been a lecturer in the Graduate School of Management at the International Management Institute in Seoul, Korea.
While at Tech, Eric was active in ASME, Skydiving Club, Four Wheelers and intramural sports. Eric has reestablished his connection to Michigan Tech through Volvo. In 2003, Eric recruited two Michigan Tech students through his Engineering Internship Program. Last year, four Korean students from Tech participated and three of the four accepted permanent employment with Volvo. Eric and his wife Vicky have three children and live in Seoul, South Korea
From 2004 Induction to the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy