“I have a Lego collection that would rival any child,” Marten Hutchison, innovator for Shaw said.
Ever since he was a kid Marten tinkered with new ideas. Wanting to go into automobile manufacturing, he obtained a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. During his freshman year, he applied to Tech’s cooperative program. For the next 2 ½ years Marten was a co-op at Shaw, while finishing his degree at Tech. “I had such a great experience that I was hired on by Shaw full-time once I graduated,” Marten said.
Since joining the company in 1993, Marten has held numerous jobs and today is a true innovator for the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. He led a team to build one of the largest plastic bottle recycling facilities in North America and enjoys exploring equipment and technology to improve processes and incorporate automation into Shaw’s plants.
Outside the office, Marten uses his time to excite students about science and technology careers. He said, “I am a high school robotics team coach, where we get to conceptualize, prototype, design, build, and program robots to compete in the FIRST Robotics competitions.” He continued, “Recently our team won one of four Rookie Inspiration awards at the World competition.”