I am a talented and passionate mechanical engineer. Throughout my career as both a student and a professional, I have dedicated myself to seeing my projects through from start to finish. Through my experiences in fabrication, design, and manufacturing, I have become a complete engineer who can see the big picture along with the critical details.
Mar 2009 - Nov 2009
- Set-up manufacturing division for assembly of portable solid oxide fuel cell systems
- Delivered a 30 unit order to customer on-time (2nd largest shipment in company history)
- Set-up software and equipment for quality control testing and validation
- Optimized manufacturing space using lean and 6σ principles
- Assisted technicians with day to day tasks through training and standardization
- Guided technical hand-off between product development team and manufacturing team
- Directed design changes to reduce variation and improve manufacturability
May 2006 - Mar 2009
Product Development Engineer
- Invented an "Integrated Fuel-Air Delivery System" Patent Filed March 31, 2008
- Led second place entry in DDR&E Wearable Power Prize. AMI was awarded $500,000 prize
- Managed a successful engineering project to integrate a solid oxide fuel cell with an iRobot
- PackBot. Successfully demonstrated working hardware to military customer
- Designed a custom fuel cell to mate with both PSC-5D and PRC-117G military radios
- Designed and built male and female molds for composite shells and chassis
- Worked closely with electronics and software teams to develop fully integrated fue cell systems
- Wrote formal and informal reports for internal and external customers
Sep 2004 - May 2006
Summer Internship and Co-op
- Designed, fabricated, and tested prototype solid oxide fuel cell systems
- Programmed and operated CNC milling machines
- Built an environmental dust test chamber to test prototype sealed housings
- Designed and built prototype handheld device for power distribution and management
- Built dozens of mock-ups for demonstration and publicity photos
Jan 2002 - Sep 2004
Mechanical Engineering Team Lead
- Led initial design phases of 2005 national championship car Momentum
- Selected for race crew on 2003 team SpectruM
- Designed and analyzed a state of the art composite chassis using finite element analysis
- Completed pre-impregnated and wet carbon fiber lay-ups
- Designed Suspension and braking components in Unigraphics
- Maintained vehicle suspension and braking systems
First attempt at a fuel cell powered PackBot. Successfully demonstrated and tested and SwRI in San Antonio, Texas.
David Arft and I with our entry into the DDR&E Wearable Power Prize. The photo was taken just after we began the 92 hour bench test.
This is a prototype 50 watt fuel cell system. I designed and built the housing for this system. the shell was made from carbon fiber, and the ends were machined from ABS plastic.
My team and I with our system and our big check for $500,000
Doing some outdoor winter testing on my fuel cell powered packbot.
This is a prototype fuel cell housing. The shell was designed to be injection molded, but these prototypes were cast urethane.
The system on the left is a functional 20 Watt fuel cell design. The system on the right shows the possible size reduction using my new anode assembly.
I re-created these sketches to show some of the evolution of my 25W fuel cell design.
Spectrum Mule Chassis with secondary lay-ups complete.
The drivers seat of a solar car.
2003 Race car unveiling. UofM north campus.
Front Right Suspension Corner. Carbon fiber chassis. 7075 Al kinpin. Cast Al upper control arm.