Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Senior Systems Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories
  • Point of contact for all system-level nuclear safety concerns for a newly designed electromechanical system.
  • Drafted system-level nuclear safety documents, fault trees, and requirements for complex electromechanical systems.
  • Supervised engineering authorizations and change orders for safety-critical subsystems and components.
  • Instructed, advised, and coordinated with design teams to assure outstanding design with safety in mind from the earliest phases.
Mar 2010 - Mar 2012

Editor

American Journal Experts
  • Editing and English proofreading of scientific journal articles, predominantly from researchers that are not native English speakers.
Mar 2009 - Jul 2011

Graduate Researcher, Manufacturing and Design Lab

University of Texas at Austin
  • Research in design methodology, particularly multi-function/reconfigurable design.
  • Developed energy harvesting technology for powering wireless sensor networks on highway bridges - joint project with NIST, National Instruments, WJE Associates.
  • Managed a team of 15 students to develop, build, and test concept prototypes.
  • Developed and performed field tests and bench-top experiments.
Jun 2007 - Mar 2009

Graduate Researcher, Manufacturing of Reconfigurable Product Hybrids Lab

University of Texas at Austin
  • Research in transformation design theory, particularly the underlying mechanics and principles guiding how products transform into different states.
  • Developed two new concept generation methods optimized for transforming systems, and devised controlled experiments to evaluate their effectiveness, using two groups of 40-50 students.
  • Applied research in transformation design theory to the design of Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) technology by Air Force Research Laboratories.
  • Facilitated inclusion of design methodology research into engineering curriculum at the United States Air Force Academy.
May 2008 - Aug 2008

Graduate Researcher, DTEACh

University of Texas at Austin

Design Technology and Engineering for America's Children

  • Used LEGO MINDSTORMS to create exploratory labs, open-ended design problems, and instructional videos to introduce high school students to engineering design, robotics, and basic automation/programming.
Sep 2006 - May 2007

Teaching Assistant, Engineering Design Methodology

University of Texas at Austin
  • Supervised and mentored senior-level engineering students as they selected a product, reverse-engineered it, and developed concepts for improving functionality.
  • Taught principles such as determining customer needs, advanced concept generation, developing analytical models and experiments, and effective communication.
  • Reviewed and evaluated written technical reports and oral presentations.
Jun 2004 - Aug 2006

Engineering Intern

Aribex
  • Manufactured and tested prototype x-ray tubes for an innovative hand-held dental x-ray system.
  • Designed test fixtures and product accessories.
  • Performed quality control and streamlined manufacture / test protocols.
  • Created and maintained corporate website, including HTML, CSS and Flash.

Education

Education

Courses & Training

Sandia National Laboratories

  • Fault Tree Analysis for System Assessment
  • GD&T - Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • FMEA - Failure Modes Effects Analysis
  • Explosives Engineering
  • Product Definition
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Nuclear Weapon History, Development, & Safety
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Behavior/Social Styles in Relationships
  • Negotiation Skills for Positive Results
  • CPR Certification

University of Texas at Austin

  • Mechatronics I
  • Advanced Dynamics of Robotic Systems
  • Geometry of Robots and Mechanisms
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Design of Complex Engineering Systems
  • Design Optimization & Automation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Engineering Design Theory
  • Introduction to LabVIEW
  • Computer Graphics - OpenGL
  • Modern Control
  • Modeling Physical Systems

Brigham Young University

  • Advanced Mechanisms & Robotics
  • Continuum Mechanics & FEA
  • Integrated Product & Process Design
  • Composite Material Design
  • Manufacturing Competitiveness
  • CAE Applications
  • Technical Writing
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Dynamic System Modeling
  • Machine Design
  • Numerical Methods
  • Statistics & Quality
  • Kinematics
  • Thermodynamics I & II

Publications

Innovative Energy Harvesting Technology for Wireless Bridge Monitoring Systems

(Doctoral Dissertation)

Exploring Innovation Opportunities in Energy Harvesting Using Functional Modeling Approaches

(DETC2011-48387)

Developing Innovative Energy Harvesting Approaches for Infrastructure Health Monitoring Systems

(DETC2011-48359)

Energy Harvesting for Engineering Educators

(AC2011-1000)

Transformation Design Theory: A Meta-Analogical Framework

(J. Computing & Info. Science, 10(3), pp. 031012-23)

Design of Energy Harvesting Technology: Feasibility for Low-Power Wireless Sensor Networks

(DETC2010-28858)

Effects of an Early Prototyping Experience: Can Design Fixation be Avoided?

(AC2010-1941)

Increasing Innovation in Multi-function Systems: Evaluation and Experimentation of Two Ideation Methods for Design

(DETC2009-86403)

Techniques to Enhance Concept Generation and Develop Creativity

(AC2009-2369)

Transformation Facilitators: A Quantitative Analysis of Reconfigurable Products and Their Characteristics

(DETC2008-49891)

Transformer Design: Empirical Studies of Transformation Principles, Facilitators, and Functions

(Master's Thesis)