An engineer at Caterpillar Inc., Michael S. Radovanovic spends his days designing next-generation products and tackling challenges with large machine engines, utilizing his technical expertise to push boundaries and develop innovative solutions. In this role, he has developed a number of tools to improve productivity, while using existing tools in new ways to create sustained breakthroughs for the enterprise. His “Zero-D” Engine Model, which allows engineers to predict engine performance using a few key parameters, is now common practice for multiple engine platform teams, saving time and money by allowing for experimentation before moving to product testing.
As project lead for the 3500 upgrade program, Radovanovic helped redesign the engine platform to meet emissions requirements, enabling Caterpillar to bring the industry’s first Tier 4-compliant petroleum engine into production. He also pioneered the use of a program for engine simulations, leading to improved efficiency and new simulation capabilities. In addition, he coaches and mentors numerous colleagues within his work group, offering technical support as well as professional development.
For the last four years, Radovanovic has been an advocate for Compassion International, an organization dedicated to the development of children living in poverty around the world. Earlier this year, he launched Tennis for Water, spearheading a banquet dinner, silent auction and charity tournament that raised nearly $8,000 to provide safe drinking water to more than 100 families through the Water of Life program.
Active at Richwoods Christian Church, Radovanovic led a small group that volunteered regularly at a local nursing home, on Peoria’s south side and for families in need. He helped initiate a program at St. Paul Baptist Church to provide free tutoring to children and created two side businesses—one centered on restoring bicycles and another on trading and upgrading cell phones—donating more than $2,000 in proceeds to charity.
Radovanovic is an avid reader, woodworker and member of the Peoria Tennis Association. He and his wife, Crystal, have a one-year-old son, Micah. iBi