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Abraham Tijerina Priego
A Need for Speed (in Technology Development) 

Abraham Tijerina Priego
Innovation Management Coordinator, Metalsa

Helping transform a major manufacturer into a full service supplier is no easy feat, but Abraham Tijerina Priego, Innovation Management Coordinator at Metalsa, began his early career tasked with such a project. Only four years after joining Metalsa in the early 1990s, Abraham formed and managed the company's Innovation and Product Technology Group that allowed the organization to begin this transition.

"This process required not only to have a decent engineering and product development capability but also to be able to anticipate our customer's future needs," Abraham said. "This represented a new challenge, to dive deep into the technology management process, changing myself from Product Technology [Engineer] to Technology and Innovation Management Coordinator in 2002, providing Metalsa's technical groups with techniques to manage their own technology fronts and projects; IRI's RTM was critical for the formation stage."

With his undergraduate degree from Nuevo Leon State University and a graduate degree from Monterrey Tech (ITESM), both in Mechanical Engineering, Abraham now manages Metalsa's innovation project portfolio, technical partnerships, external funding, and government relations for the company's R&D.

"My greatest professional accomplishment is having successfully built and established Metalsa's Product and Technology Group, which was responsible for us receiving the National Technology Award from the President of Mexico in 2005," Abraham said. "My greatest challenge came earlier in my career when I had to convince our leadership team of the need for such a group going forward. I told them we needed to be able to move faster than our competitors; they agreed."

Abraham's advice for professionals: "Follow your dreams, train yourself to a level where you can see future opportunities for innovation, never accept no as an answer if it has not been tried first."


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