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  • Jacob Eberhart

    Experienced Industrial Designer and Product Developer

    Alexandria, VA

I am an Industrial Designer with several years of experience in Product Design and Development. I'm looking to take my work and change the world. Specialties: Product Design and Development, 3-D Modeling, Selling Ideas

Work Samples

  • Senior Year 3

  • Senior Year 2

  • Senior Year

Work History

  • Co-Owner and Director of Product Design

    • Pretty Knotty
    • May 2011 - Present (6 years 7 months)

    -Using Google Sketchup to make 3D models
    -Utilizing 3D printing to make physical prototypes
    -Constantly evolving models with improved features
    -Researching new materials, methods and machinery for 3D printing

  • Design Patent Examiner

    • USPTO
    • Sep 2013 - Jul 2014 (10 months)

    Design Patent Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office examine design patent applications to determine new ornamental designs. Design Patent applications are for the appearance of an invention, versus a Utility Patent Application, which is for the manufacture or purpose of an invention.

    As a Design Patent Examiner, I searched through United States and international patents in EAST (Examiner's Automated Search Tool) to find references (and sometimes patents to prosecute against) Design Patent applications on my docket. We looked up patent information on the USPTO's proprietary databases and wrote up patent prosecution on a modified version of Microsoft Word.

    I interacted with the applicants and the applicant's representatives to try and figure out the best way to make their Design Patents allowable, as well as to answer their questions on the Design Patenting process.

    I worked with an experienced team who helped me with all aspects of the patenting process, from IT and software help, to experts on patent procedure, Design Patenting Examiners with experience in different areas of design patents and Utility Patenting Examiners who worked in similar areas on the Utility side of patents.

  • Project Manager/Product Development

    • Nomadic Display
    • Mar 2012 - Sep 2013 (1 year 6 months)

    Research and Development
    -Research new product development ideas
    -Develop CAD visualizations of features, sizes and materials
    -Develop hand-drawn, computer renderings and physical mockups of new products
    -Develop and Build CNC-milled components out of composite materials
    -Develop and build machined components out of aluminum
    -Develop detailed setup instructions with marketing team

    -Train coworkers in Vectorworks and Photoshop
    -Train assembly team on assembling and shipping new products
    -Train sales and marketing teams on new product features and benefits

    -Manage completion of setup instructions for new products
    -Manage Vectorworks rendering and file creation for new products
    -Manage CNC-milled and aluminum parts creation for new products

  • Junior Project Manager

    • Nomadic Display
    • Oct 2011 - Mar 2012 (5 months)

    Project Management
    -Hold discovery meetings with clients
    -Manage design and build of product
    -Provide graphic specifications of products
    -Write detailed setup instructions of products
    -Make sure products are shipped on time and budget

  • Mechanical Engineering Intern

    • Germane Systems
    • Aug 2011 - Oct 2011 (2 months)

    -Added parts to EPDM
    -Measured computer parts and built models in Solidworks
    -Edited parts and models in Solidworks
    -Assisted Engineers with Solidworks parts and model editing

  • Product Development

    • Earthwalk Communications
    • Nov 2010 - Feb 2011 (3 months)

    Product Design
    -Designed concepts through hand sketches
    -Designed Solidworks renderings
    -Designed efficient factory workflow
    -Met with sales representatives for various suppliers
    -Designed a science cart for use by students as a mobile lab

  • Industrial Design Staff

    • Momentum Dynamics
    • Jul 2010 - Oct 2010 (3 months)

    Product Design
    -Created renderings in Solidworks
    -Created videos in Flash to demonstrate product features
    -Created sketches for improved visualization
    -Assisted with building working prototypes
    -Met with business development professionals

  • Intern

    • MyDunkTank
    • Jul 2010 - Sep 2010 (2 months)

    Helped to raise awareness of MyDunkTank to Non-Profit and Panhellenic Organizations.

  • Intern

    • BlackGold Biofuels
    • Jul 2010 - Aug 2010 (1 month)

    Graphic Design
    -Updated promotional materials
    -Increased readability of graphs and graphics

  • Partner

    • Meals Next Door
    • May 2010 - Jul 2010 (2 months)

    Business Development
    -Brainstorming business ideas for Blacksburg, VA
    -Created business plan for sustainable growth
    -Sourced equipment and real estate costing
    -Met with venture capitol firms to discuss financial feasibility
    -Met with community leaders to discuss local impact

  • Production Technician

    • Virginia Tech
    • Jan 2008 - Jun 2010 (2 years 5 months)

    Set up and operated audio/visual equipment for classes and special events.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • BS Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2010



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