A product development specialist for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thomas (Tom) Disselkamp oversees electronic and optical product design and development to serve an international clientele. Alongside his career, Thomas Allen Disselkamp gives back to the community by volunteering with groups such as Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
Since its establishment in 1987, FMSC has supplied nutritious food to thousands of undernourished children around the world. The organization relies on donations to fund its meals, which volunteers prepare and serve to children in need.
FMSC has instituted its MobilePack volunteer system to enable individuals around the globe to connect with the organization's programs and personally serve children in need. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up for MobilePack and view groups in your area. Later, you can access the information to change your reservations, invite friends to join you, or add people to your volunteer group, all from your mobile device.
For more information about FMSC and to learn more about becoming a volunteer to serve malnourished children, visit www.fmsc.org.
Award-winning electrical engineer Thomas Allen Disselkamp has spent over 30 years consulting on optical system development and product design as a product development specialist at the 3M Company. Outside of his work, Thomas Disselkamp is heavily involved in a host of community organizations based in and around St. Paul, Minnesota. Tom Disselkamp is a long-time volunteer with the local branch of the Animal Humane Society, an organization that provides pet services like microchipping for stray and adopted animals.
Since gaining popularity in the mid-1990s, microchips have been implanted in millions of dogs and cats around the world. The procedure is mandatory in many countries, but not in the US.
Microchips are embedded painlessly between the animal’s shoulder blades. The chip and its casing are made from non-toxic materials that do not degrade, and the implementation procedure is complete after one visit to the vet.
The chip reveals a unique string of numbers when read by a scanner. If the animal has been registered with a specialized pet database, this number will pull up its owner’s contact information.
Before 1996, microchips and scanners by different manufacturers functioned at different frequencies, making chips undetectable in some situations. To solve this compatibility issue, the International Organization for Standardization set 134.2 kHz as the standard frequency for reading all chips. However, 125 kHz chips are still widely used in the United States, prompting some animal welfare agencies to recommend that pets be implanted with chips of both frequencies if accompanying their owners overseas.
Thomas Allen Disselkamp is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Thomas Disselkamp has works as a product development specialist at 3M Company. On top of his professional obligations, Tom Disselkamp volunteers with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
FMSC was established in 1987 as a Christian nonprofit organization committed to helping malnourished children from different parts of the globe by providing them with specially formulated nutritionally complete meals. As a volunteer-driven organization, FMSC welcomes volunteers to create their own impact on the organization’s target population. Opportunities to contribute include hosting a MobilePack event.
To host an FMSC MobilePack event, there are a few prerequisites. First, the host should be able to gather at least 500 volunteers, aged 5 and older, who can pack a minimum of 100,000 meals during a single event. The host will take charge of paying for all of the meals packed in the event. The host should also be willing to provide for equipment such as a working forklift, a loading dock with a dock plate, and sinks for washing dishes. It is also the host’s responsibility to make arrangements for a minimum of 2,300 square feet of space to pack and store food.
Thomas Allen Disselkamp serves the 3M Company as a product development specialist. Thomas Disselkamp’s responsibilities include review of system documentation and consultation on optical systems. An active philanthropist, Tom Disselkamp sponsors children through the nonprofit agency Unbound.
Formerly the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound measures success by determining how many persons permanently escape from poverty. The organization evaluates on three levels, nicknamed the Plane, the Plaza, and the Porch.
The Plane refers to global outcomes. Unbound’s assessments take a large-perspective view of its accomplishments in the areas of education (or progress to a life path), community participation, financial stability, and parental empowerment.
Results are encouraging in three of these categories: Of students who have taken part in Unbound programs in 22 localities, 75 percent have equaled or bettered their peers. An assessment of community and empowerment indicated that parents (mostly mothers) of sponsored children were active in achieving social progress; compared to non-sponsored women, those who worked with Unbound were more likely to use family leadership skills.
The Plaza is identified with local outcomes in individual communities with small groups of sponsored children. Families and Unbound staff search for answers to local questions, such as how do families fare now and how could this be improved?
The Porch is connected to individual measures of growth, as expressed in letters to sponsors. Although many children’s writings provide useful evaluative information, others are more reticent. To complete the picture, Unbound uses surveys and other tools to gather information.
Product development specialist at the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thomas Allen Disselkamp gives back to his local community through volunteering and fundraising. Tom Disselkamp currently sponsors two international children through the Feed My Starving Children organization, an entirely volunteer-run Christian operation, which is currently helping children in need on every continent except Antarctica.
Since 1987, Feed My Starving Children has been packing meals exclusively for those suffering from malnutrition. Donations are given freely by volunteers, and these volunteers also hand pack each meal to be sent abroad to save a child in need. While FMSC is a Christian organization, those from any faith or walk of life are welcome to volunteer to help make a difference. Children as young as five may volunteer their time, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or chaperone.
The meals packed by volunteers include hearty, sustaining foods, rich in rice and potatoes to provide much-needed protein and carbohydrates for young bodies to grow properly. For very young babies, an easy to eat formula is also available, to give vital nutrition to those still breastfeeding.
Thomas Disselkamp has worked for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than 30 years.