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issue: January 2007 APPLIANCE Magazine

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Melissa Cisewski of Wolf Appliance, Inc.


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Perseverance is a quality that certainly stands out in Melissa Cisewski, a design engineer for Wolf Appliance, a producer of commercial-style consumer cooking appliances in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, U.S.

Melissa Cisewski of Wolf Appliance, Inc.

In writing software specifications for the control of the OEM’s cooktops and ovens, her paramount concern is to produce a product of quality despite any challenges encountered in design. “I don’t give up. I absolutely refuse to put a product in the field that Wolf can’t stand behind, and that I can’t stand behind personally,” Cisewski tells APPLIANCE.
This attitude of perseverance extends to handling challenges in her personal life. Recently Cisewski was diagnosed with a herniated disk in her back. The injury came as quite a blow because—in young, active individuals—the ailment is as unusual as it is limiting. It makes some days tough to get through, and many of the activities she would choose to relieve stress, such as going to the gym, are no longer an option. She has even modified her desk at work to accommodate her new condition, setting it up so that she can do all her work while standing.
But Cisewski is intent on not letting her aliment drag her down. “I am basically taking the attitude that ‘I’m not accepting this as a life-long injury,’ because the doctors are telling me that it is. I’m just not giving up on this.” Besides a positive attitude, Cisewski is utilizing physical therapy, yoga and chiropractic care in effort to correct the injury.
After graduating in May of 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Cisewski began her career at Wolf, originally hired to the supply management group, where her responsibilities included working with service parts and accessories planning. She realized she needed something more technical, more challenging, and in about a year she was able to obtain her current position in the design-engineering department.
One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is the successful testing of a new product design. She says that these moments are “the most exciting part for me, and—literally—it’s scary.”  
Cisewski hopes to eventually see all angles of product development; having been exposed to manufacturing while working in the supply management group, and currently working within design engineering, she wants to one day pursue work in project management as well. She is also interested in the improvement of the relationship between the user and the appliance interface, and making of products that are not only user friendly but also fun to use.
Besides actively building her career, Cisewski is also focused on cultivating herself as a person, telling APPLIANCE that she wants “to be constantly growing and to be a better person today than I was yesterday.” To this end, she strives to meet new people and have new experiences; for instance, she is always endeavoring to find new independent music, and recently she began learning how to play the guitar. And while she is now limited somewhat by her injury, she has always enjoyed a broad gamut of sports and looks forward to the day when she can once again participate in softball, volleyball and kick ball. She also enjoys both downhill and water skiing.

Suppliers mentioned in this article:
Wolf Appliance Co., LLC
 

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