Braulio Polanco was born and raised on the beautiful island of “La Española” on the Dominican Republic side of the island. At the age of 10, Braulio and his brother Tony move to the state of Massachusetts to reunite with their parents.
Braulio acquired a 4 years electronics certification from Greater Lawrence Technical School. In 1998 he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Mr. Polanco has over 16 years of experience in the plastics industry with leadership roles in R&D and manufacturing working for companies of all size ranging from 150 million to 38 billion. He worked for many industry leading companies including, Kimberly-Clark, Teleflex Medical, Terumo Medical, and Nypro HealthCare involved in all phases of the product life cycle from concept to launch. Braulio currently holds 6 national and international patents and has 7 patent publications. He is a certified Master Molder I, certified Extrusion Master I & II, Six Sigma Black Belt, and is an extrusion consultant and instructor. His creativity and innovation has allowed these companies to generate millions of dollar in saving and new business opportunities. Braulio is considered a plastics industry leader and an expert in extrusion, polymer characterization, and validation for medical devices.
Mr. Polanco is currently a Senior Program Manager at Nypro HealthCare (a Jabil company). He is responsible for managing engineering programs requiring injection molding components, automated finish assembly, and packaging for combination drug delivery auto-injector medical devices. In 2014, Braulio was a Quality and Compliance Consultant for Maetrics developing validation strategies in the scientific molding field. Previously, he worked as an Extrusion Program Manager III at Vention Medical focusing on high precision custom extrusion tubing and medical balloons. Mr. Polanco was a Senior Engineer in New Product Development at Terumo Medical, where he specialized in catheter and introducers kits for Cardiovascular Femoral and Trans-Radial access. For 10 years, Braulio worked in several leadership roles at Kimberly-Clark including new product and process development, commercialization, and manufacturing support. Braulio’s process expertise include, extrusion of medical tubing, injections molding, Cast Film extrusion, spunbond and meltblown fiber spinning, resin compounding, and polymers characterization.
Braulio discovered a passion for photography while he was attending college where he purchased his first film camera body (Canon Ellan II). Shortly after graduation, he was able to jump into the digital boom era with the Canon 10D. The advantages of the digital camera allowed him to gain significant experience without spending a lot of money developing film. Braulio began his photography career in Atlanta, GA by photographing weddings and evens. His is the founder and owner of Autofocus Studios which specialized in weddings, engagements, portraits and special events. He has photographed hundreds of weddings and created dozens of magazine covers for local magazines in the Atlanta area. Braulio is also a photography and lighting instructor for beginners and advance photographers. His workshops include “Lighting like the Pros” and “Maximizing the Power of Your Speedlight”. His most recent work can be viewed in his new website www.bpolanco.com. This website if targeted for the fashion, glamour, models, corporate, and commercial industry. Braulio has been able combine his engineering innovation and photography creativity to create a few new lighting modification products that he plans to launch in the near future. So stay tune for these cool and affordable products!