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Expert in Engineering Analysis, Product Development, Mechanical Design, Kinematics and Dynamics

Expert ID: 726956 Massachusetts, USA

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Expert is a Mechanical Engineer with degrees from MIT and U.C. Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation was on nonlinear dynamic systems, and he has university-level research and teaching experience in the areas of dynamics, kinematics, vibrations and numerical analysis.

In his industry career, Expert has worked first at a start-up developing a novel power transmission technology, and later at two of the world's leading consumer electronics firms. He has first-person knowledge of technology development and product development. He has managed numerous projects involving rapid prototyping, industrial and user interface design, and design for high volume manufacturing. He also has extensive hands-on experience in mechanical product design, including 3D CAD, 3D Printing and Finite Elements. He has extensive experience collaborating with, and sourcing from, the Far East.

Expert worked at the front lines of new product concept generation at one of the world's most respected consumer audio equipment companies for nearly 10 years, and is currently working at the world's number one designer and manufacturer of commercial sound masking systems. These systems are typically installed in office space ceilings and provide speech privacy and paging/music playback options.

Advised client on design parameter space for alternative automotive transmission and designed a series of representative assemblies for physical testing. Also managed development program on behalf of client, overseeing the work of other consultants.
Wrote patent applications in compressed time frame dictated by impending disclosures. In addition, researched and reported on current state of technology, and authored technical white papers in support of client’s application for federal funding, with focus on energy efficiency. Client was awarded highly competitive DOE grant as a result.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Hartford, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1991 Degree: PhD Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: U.C. Berkeley
Year: 1987 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: U.C. Berkeley
Year: 1985 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: MIT

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Engineering and Manufacturing Department: Responsibilities: Led a team of internal and remotely located external resources to launch the very first consumer product for the company: A groundbreaking IoT wellness device based on a tight integration of hardware, embedded firmware, and mobile and web apps. Coordinated NPI activities at the overseas CM and successfully transitioned the team to cost-down ($1M/year potential) and quality-up activities upon launch. Held to ambitious schedule and budget constraints.
Working closely with Product and Project Management, developed and rolled out a right-sized Product Lifecycle Process for the company.
Years: 2009 to 2016 Employer: iROBOT CORPORATION Title: Mechanical Engineering Manager Department: Home Robots Responsibilities: Manages a team of mechanical engineers on development projects for next generation home cleaning robots. In this capacity, he leads all engineering design activities in alignment with budgetary and scheduling guidelines, supervises and mentors staff, oversees design validation activities, and performs design reviews. Expert has experience working with overseas contract manufacturers to ensure DFM and product quality, and collaborates extensively with colleagues in product planning, design, marketing, and other engineering disciplines.
Years: 2000 to 2009 Employer: Home Robots Title: Lead Mechanical Engineer Department: Design Center Responsibilities: Managed all mechanical engineering operations within corporate design center to develop new product prototypes and advance turnkey organizational initiatives. Orchestrated reverse engineering activities, and directed multi-disciplinary efforts to facilitate development processes. Led multiple industrial and interaction design projects in alignment with budgetary and scheduling guidelines. Supervised and mentored staff, created new product concepts and performed design reviews. Collaborated and brainstormed with colleagues in product planning, design, marketing and R&D.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Employer: BOSE CORPORATION Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer Department: Materials Science Group Responsibilities: Pioneered new concepts for high-efficiency transducer, performing all phases of design process, including in-depth analyses such as finite element analysis.
Years: 1996 to 1999 Employer: SYNKINETICS, INC. Title: Chief Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Led all engineering efforts, and directed cross-functional teams on multiple projects. Created specifications, orchestrated design reviews, and collaborated on market research. Supervised and trained work teams. Performed in-depth design and analysis. Interfaced with consultants.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in Massachusetts
Awards / Recognition
NSF Graduate Fellow
Publications and Patents Summary
Has over 15 refereed publications in dynamics, vibrations and control, as well as a total of 13 patents issued at various companies, with more on the way.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided testimony in a case involving intellectual property in headphone design.
Through deposition and testimony, convinced arbitrator that plaintiff's design details were valuable and were indeed copied by the defendant. Eventually a multi-million dollar award resulted from the case.
Marketing Experience
Consumer electronics industry: Closely follows trends in new product development through trade shows and conferences, as well as online and print publications that deal with the cutting edge.
Other Relevant Experience
Well versed in business aspects of new product development; completed Management and Innovation Certificate Program at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts (considered a 1/3 MBA).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He is proficient in German, and has translated documents from German into English.
Spanish He understands written Spanish.
French He understands written French.

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