Robert J. Heideman, PhD, SVP & CTO

Robert J. Heideman, PhD 300Dr. Bob Heideman was named A. O. Smith's Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer in December 2010.

He had served as vice president of the Corporate Technology Center (CTC), the company's Milwaukee-based research and engineering facility, since February 2008. The CTC consists of technology platforms that concentrate on advanced concepts and emerging technologies supporting the long-term product development strategies of the company’s electric motor and water heating operating units.

Bob joined the company in 1994 as a project engineer at the CTC. In that role, he worked on a wide range of projects for a number of the company's operating units. After a two-year stint with Tower Automotive, he returned to A. O. Smith in 2002 as a section manager, responsible for the Metallurgy & Prototyping Group. In 2005, he was promoted to Director - Materials and Processes at the CTC.

Bob holds a PhD in materials engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his BS in metallurgical engineering. He also has an MS in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University.