Executive Editor Derek Korn joined Modern Machine Shop in 2004, but he has been writing about applied manufacturing technology since 1997. During those seven years prior to coming on board with Modern, he worked for a manufacturing-centric public relations firm creating technical articles and application stories about equipment including CNC machining centers, laser cutters, fabricating equipment, plastics injection and blow molding machines, industrial sensors, filtration equipment and so on. His ghost-written articles were picked up by numerous trade publications. A number of those were treated as cover stories for those magazines.
His Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Applied Science provides a solid foundation for understanding and explaining how innovative machining businesses leverage advanced machining technologies, equipment and processes to their advantage. (You should know he still has the V-block he machined in a U.C. lab that now serves as a business card holder on his desk.) And he’d say the best part of his job with Modern is actually visiting with machine shop principals at their facilities to see their operations firsthand. He’ll tell you it’s not possible to truly appreciate what’s going on in a modern machine shop without seeing it (and asking a million questions about it) in person.
Derek has traveled all across the U.S. to gather article background info, take photos and video, and then write about how our country’s leading machine shops use new technology and innovative strategies to become more efficient and effective as they grow their businesses. He has also visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia and South America to learn about advanced machining technology introduced at international trade shows and created by various equipment manufacturers. (Ever traveled to Taiwan? Try this experience on for size).
This writing and traveling MMSer is also the technical director of the magazine's annual Top Shops benchmarking program since its inception in 2010, which enables U.S. machine shops to see how their technology- and business-related key performance indicators stack up against the country's leading machining businesses. He also is a key contributor in developing the presentation tracks for the annual Top Shops Conferences, which launched in 2017.
When Derek is not visiting machine shops or writing about them or researching them, he is often in his garage working on his 1955 Chevy Belair that he has owned since he was 18. And had hair. Or in his kitchen working with his hands to create food that his family might or might not appreciate. Or posting various work-related or more personal tweets on his twitter account relative to any or all of this. Follow him and enjoy the ride.