Miguel Tovar

Miguel Tovar

Summary

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.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Nov 2009

Manufacturing Engineer

Adaptive Materials Inc.
  • 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

Adaptive Materials Inc.
  • 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

Adaptive Materials Inc.
  • 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

University of Michigan Solar Car Team
  • 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

Adaptive Materials Inc.

UM Solar Car