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Plastic Products Part Design and Product Development Consultant

Technical Consultant #2328


Expertise

  • Mechanical engineer providing 30 years of experience developing products for mass production.
  • Product design using engineering plastics (nylon, acetal, and polycarbonate).
  • Technical expert in colors, materials, and finishes, with expertise in color matching, color tolerances, appearance requirements, appearance evaluation methods, acceptance criteria.
  • Problem solver with a thorough knowledge of engineering processes, troubleshooter, skilled in analytical and intuitive approaches.
  • Interpretation of complex product requirements and developing design concepts into fully engineered products, from prototype stage through production release.
  • High volume plastics design and production.
  • Industrial support for designers, engineers, product development teams including, tool makers-fabrication, molders, material suppliers, contract manufactures and product design firms.
  • Plastic part design and material selection for injection molding.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Owner and Chief Engineer, 2006 - Present

  • Founder of consulting company providing services in plastics technology to select clients in the wireless, medical, and consumer products industries.
  • Primary focus on guiding product concepts into full-scale production.
  • Primary consultant for all technical projects.
  • Sourced and hired personnel (technical, marketing, administrative).
  • Developed training programs in plastic material selection.
  • Responsible for company branding, marketing, and business development.
  • Assisting manufacturing companies seeking a competitive edge in the global marketplace through design and develop products for mass production.
  • Industrial support working with designers, engineers, product development teams including: tool makers-fabrication, molders, material suppliers, contract manufactures and product design firms.
  • High volume plastics design and production.

Projects

  • Lytx, Cisco Consumer Products Division, Underwater Kinetics, Tandem Diabetes Care, Encap Technologies, Watershot.
  • Development of the iDive housing for the iPad, the world's first fully functional touch screen device for underwater use.
  • Featured in Apple advertisements.

Quartus Engineering - PDG Hightower, San Diego, CA, 2002 - 2006

Consulting Mechanical Engineer

  • Mechanical engineering of parts and sub-assemblies for the wireless and consumer electronic industries. Responsible for fit, form, and function of user interaction components.

Projects

  • Nokia 6265 - first slide-style CDMA phone
  • Nokia 6255 - all-in-one clamshell style phone
  • Low cost accessories for Hewlett-Packard Deskjet printers

Motorola Personal Communications Sector, Libertyville, IL, Staff Engineer, 2000 - 2002

  • Member of Appearance Technology Center: investigated new materials, finishes, and decorative processes and facilitated their use in personal communications products.
  • Primary responsibility for metal and metallic finishes, including in-mold decorating, plastics plating, aluminum anodizing, and PVD.
  • Spearheaded development of anodized color and texture palette on replaceable aluminum housings for V60i phone.

Independent Consultant, 2000 - 2002

  • Mechanical engineering of plastic parts and components, prototyping, testing, vendor liaison, manufacturing support.
  • Key Assignments: Eli Lilly / IDEO Product Development, Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Skil-Bosch Power Tool Company, Whirlpool Corp.
  • Member of new product development team for SRAM Corporation, a bicycle component manufacturer. Responsible for design integrity and manufacturability of shifters, derailleurs, and braking systems.

DuPont Engineering, Wilmington, DE, 1986 - 1995

Senior Design Specialist-Polymer Department

  • Provided design support and technical assistance to major DuPont customers as a value added service of global Sales and Development Groups. Customer base included key OEM sales accounts along with development projects at targeted major manufacturers.
  • Developed a child safety mechanism for use in disposable lighters
  • Charter Member, DuPont Center for Creativity and Excellence

Honors & Publications


License

  • State of Illinois - P.E.
  • State of Delaware - P.E.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Board of Directors, SPE Product Design and Development Division

Awards

  • Recipient - IAPD Plastics Design Competition (Award)
  • Presented by the Association of American Publishers, the Awards for Professional and Scholarly
  • Excellence (PROSE) recognize works of great merit that add groundbreaking knowledge to the arts

Publications

  • Author of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals educational text, publications found in 120 libraries (holding permanent status-reported by WorldCat) and in 20 countries.

Education

  • B.S. Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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