Christopher Bryan


Innovative product development, program management and engineering expert with successful track record of product launches, process optimization and people development. Skilled at rallying a wide variety of disciplines and personalities towards common goals.


  • Eagle Scout



Departmental Planning and Management

  Competent at budgetary planning and management. Project/workload planning, monitoring and balancing. Experienced with motivation, delegation, mentoring, growth plan development, team building.  

Strategic Intellectual Property Planning

Practiced at evaluating the IP strength of products and product lines. Skilled at developing strategies to increase IP coverage and strength, protecting new and existing product lines. Able to navigate complex IP areas, looking for ways to develop unique products or avoid existing IP.

Product Development Process Optimization

  Able to evaluate the effectiveness of existing product development processes for a variety of industries and corporate structures/cultures. Accomplished at designing new and improved processes that maximize throughput of qualified products concepts, and minimize wasted efforts/expense.  

Concept to Launch Product Development

Skilled at generating concepts for products as well as managing inside and outside resources for industrial design and concept generation. Expert at translating concepts into manufacturable, engineered or formulated products. Experienced with CAD/CAE design tools as well as DFM/DFA. Competent at locating, developing and managing manufacturing partners and vendors, both domestic and foreign. Accomplished at leading diverse teams from concept to launch. Experienced with engineering, design and formulation principles including materials, mechanics, electronics, structures, and manufacturing processes. Familiar with regulatory guidelines including FDA, CPSC, CPSIA, CONEG, BPI.    

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Project Manager for Experiments and Isotopes

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Facilitate the process of placing new experiments into the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).
  • Work closely with the researchers and isotope development programs to ensure schedules and HFIR capabilities are aligned.
  • Streamline existing processes to improve the ease of working with the Research Reactors Division at ORNL.
  • Promote the capabilities of HFIR and other ORNL nuclear facilities through increased awareness, follow-up of research publications, and fostering industry, government and scientific connections.
Dec 2004 - Jan 2009

Director of Research and Development

Sassy, Inc.

Major Accomplishments:

  • Developed and launched a $3MM disposables business (diaper sacks, bibs, changing pads) at Wal-Mart and ToysRUs.  Researched the competition, developed superior products and located new Asian manufacturing partners to produce these products at competitive prices within the timeframe of opportunity.
  • Lead Sassy into the play gym business by developing a unique structure, innovative features, new themes and good value.  Located new Asian vendors for sewing, molding and consolidating these sets.  This allowed Sassy to place product from top to bottom on the Plan-O-Gram.

Overall Duties:

  • Directed research and development for several categories of infant and juvenile products including certain developmental toy categories, baby care, disposables, sleep positioners, bouncers and wireless video monitors.  This included licensed product lines.
  • Researched, located and introduced new technologies into the infant product lines.  These include electronic/wireless technologies, biodegradable and other materials technologies, and unique design and construction techniques. 
  • Directed inside and outside resources working on new products.  Outside resources included many freelance designers, design firms, electronic and packaging engineering firms as well as sound studios.  Encouraged the addition of IP to add value to the company. 
  • Successfully located new Asian and European manufacturers, and developed good working relationships with these vendors.
Apr 2001 - Dec 2004

Director of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs

Major Accomplishments:

  • Created and implemented a structured innovation process with the goals of increasing the number of qualified new product ideas and improving speed to market.  Brought 15 products to market during the year following this process implementation; compared to 5 the previous year.
  • Directed large initiative to enter the teeth bleaching market.  First year yielded $15MM (50%) increase in top-line sales and 400% increase in profit.  Program involved over $4MM in capital equipment, $1MM in research and development.

Overall Duties:

  • Directed R&D activities for all new products including toothbrushes, dental floss and teeth bleaching products.  This included managing a small engineering and scientist staff.
  • Assessed new technologies and product categories for potential opportunities.  Managed internal and external resources for developing and manufacturing these products. 
  • Hands-on management of several of the company's high profile, large-scale programs, including tooth whitening product programs.
  • Managed the company's IP portfolio, protecting new technologies and innovations.
Jun 1992 - Mar 2001

Group Engineering Manager

Integrated Technologies Engineering
  • Leading contributor in growing the small engineering services company from < $300K to > $3MM over 6 years.  Accomplished this by adding new customers and improving existing customer relationships while continuously providing top quality engineering and product development services.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management for half of the company's full-service business.  Managed and mentored a diverse team of engineers, industrial designers and project managers with oversight of all projects.  Was the primary account manager for work done with Hill-Rom, Ferno Washington, GE Appliances and others. 
  • Consulted with clients in various capacities including initial concepts, detailed designs, product simulation (FEA, kinematics/dynamics, moldflow/cooling, process simulation) and full product development.




The University of Cincinnati


The Ohio State University