Robert J. Heideman, PhD, SVP & CTO

Robert J. Heideman, PhD 300

Dr. Bob Heideman was named senior vice president & chief technology officer at A. O. Smith in December 2010. He had served as vice president of the Milwaukee-based research and engineering facility since February 2008. The Corporate Technology Center 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 Corporate Technology Center. In that role, he worked on a wide range of projects for a number of the company’s operating units. After two years with Tower Automotive, he returned to A. O. Smith in 2002 as a section manager, responsible for the Metallurgy and Prototyping Group. In 2005, he was promoted to director-materials and processes at the Corporate Technology Center.

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.