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
I re-created these sketches to show some of the evolution of my 25W fuel cell design.
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.
This is a prototype fuel cell housing. The shell was designed to be injection molded, but these prototypes were cast urethane.
Doing some outdoor winter testing on my fuel cell powered packbot.
My team and I with our system and our big check for $500,000
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.
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.
First attempt at a fuel cell powered PackBot. Successfully demonstrated and tested and SwRI in San Antonio, Texas.
Front Right Suspension Corner. Carbon fiber chassis. 7075 Al kinpin. Cast Al upper control arm.
2003 Race car unveiling. UofM north campus.
The drivers seat of a solar car.
Spectrum Mule Chassis with secondary lay-ups complete.