Tom Kopera appointed Stern Pinball director of mechanical engineering
Stern Pinball, Inc. has announced that Tom Kopera will be joining as director of mechanical engineering, effective immediately. In his new role, Tom will lead mechanical engineering, the whitewood lab, the model shop, and the bill of materials group.
Tom brings a wealth of leadership and hands on experience, both as an engineer and as an executive overseeing large development efforts. Prior to launching Kopera Design & Engineering, Tom served as COO for iLight Technologies and held a series of directly relevant roles such as director of the Top Box Studio at WMS Games, director of mechanical engineering at Midway Games, and project engineer on numerous Williams Electronics pinball titles. Tom has also been the game designer on several pinball titles including Williams Electronics “Cactus Canyon” and Stern’s own “The Rolling Stones”.
In addition to his experience with coin operated games, he has also designed products in complex and diverse development environments; including sophisticated CAT and MRI systems for military and NASA applications, industrial equipment, closed-loop electro-mechanical products, hand held educational devices, consumer products and highly regulated vehicle products. He also holds 24 US Patents.
“Tom’s leadership will help support all of our efforts as we continue to grow the company and continue to produce the most fun and revolutionary pinball machines in the world,” said George Gomez, EVP and chief creative officer.