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Work experience

Jul 2011Present

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 2010Mar 2012


American Journal Experts
  • Editing and English proofreading of scientific journal articles, predominantly from researchers that are not native English speakers.
Mar 2009Jul 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 2007Mar 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 2008Aug 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 2006May 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 2004Aug 2006

Engineering Intern

  • 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.


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


Innovative Energy Harvesting Technology for Wireless Bridge Monitoring Systems

(Doctoral Dissertation)

Exploring Innovation Opportunities in Energy Harvesting Using Functional Modeling Approaches


Developing Innovative Energy Harvesting Approaches for Infrastructure Health Monitoring Systems


Energy Harvesting for Engineering Educators


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


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


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


Techniques to Enhance Concept Generation and Develop Creativity


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


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

(Master's Thesis)