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  • Damon Jurkiewicz

    Senior Industrial Designer for Concept Engineering

    Cleveland, OH

Please come visit me at www.damonjurkiewicz.com Inspiring forms and concepts only get a product development cycle so far; they need to be seamlessly paired with function, interaction, ergonomics, engineering, business, marketing, manufacturing and sustainability. My focus is creating compelling concepts that work in a real world, big picture context. Using an integrated interdisciplinary design philosophy I bring disruptive products and innovative experiences to market on time, on budget and on target. I lead projects as a flexible problem solver by facilitating true conversational understanding within business units and design teams. My experience covers creating and managing: new organizations, design programs, test programs, design facilities, prototype facilities, testing and simulation environments. Interdisciplinary, deep dive research and development settings are my preferred work environment. Complementing my traditional core design skills and education I have extensive training in: Design For Lean Sigma, Design For Six Sigma, Design For Ergonomic Assembly, Design For Manufacturing and Assembly, Voice Of The Customer and Lateral Thinking. I also have an extensive background in machining, welding, metal fabrication, plastics, composites, manufacturing, production processes, CAD modeling, CNC machining, CNC programming, prototyping and a wide range of technologies. This combination of skills and training allows me to think abstractly while generating actionable yet inspiring concepts.

Work Samples

Work History

  • Senior Industrial Desinger - Concept Engineering

    Responsible for new product development and advanced concepts
    First internal industrial designer for Invacare North America
    Initiated a cultural shift to an experience centered design process
    Created a comprehensive industrial design process template
    Designed and supervised the creation of large test/simulation environments
    Administered large scale qualitative and quantitative user studies
    Instituted the use of video and photo user analysis methods
    Over 25 medical related products or devices placed into production
    Multiple patents issued and pending

  • Senior Industrial Designer - Rehab Engineering

    Advanced product development for mobility products, therapeutic seating and positioning.

  • Industrial Desinger - Rehab Engineering

    Advanced product development for mobility products, therapeutic seating and positioning.

  • Industrial Designer - Research and Development

    Advanced next generation new concept development for all company product lines.

  • Architectural Design Consultant

    • Northstone Design Group (Ed Bigda and Kevin Renz)
    • Savannah, GA
    • 2002 - 2002

    My primary responsibilities were concept generation and model construction.
    Our team worked with the Savannah Ga historic review board to get approval for a large scale college dormitory project in the historic district of downtown Savannah Ga. This process included building a massive 3D city context map to show different proposals and their impact on the surrounding area.

  • Industrial Design Model Shop Manager

    "Bare Walls" development of multiple prototype and model facilities
    Oversaw the construction of several operating full scale vehicle prototypes
    Acquisition, installation and management of capital equipment and assets
    OSHA and safety management
    Assisted professors in most model shop classes
    Taught machine use and prototyping methods
    Concept vehicle management and transport coordinator
    Trade show booth management, design, construction, transport, installation
    PR function: Department spokes person and school representative

  • Automotive Design Consultant (ExoSpyder Concept Vehicle)

    Project Management Team
    Lead Mechanical Designer
    Interior Design Team

    Acted as the Designer's "right hand" and universal problem solver
    Managed students and contractors
    Responsible for design, prototyping, fabrication, welding, machining
    Designed and executed all cockpit instrumentation and interior detailing

  • Interior Designer / Construction Manager

    • Spun Sugar Incorporated
    • Savannah, GA
    • 1999 - 2000 (1 year)

    Retail Interior design
    Fixture Design
    Display Design
    Construction Management

  • Mechanic, Fabricator, Tuner, Chassis Builder, Machinist, Welder

    Specializing in Ferrari, exotics, SCCA and historic race cars
    Prepared Can Am, GTP, Le Mans, World Rally (WRC), and formula cars
    Vehicle development, track side support, total vehicle reconstruction
    Developed in house machine shop facilities
    Extensive experience with cockpit layout design and driver positioning


  • The Savannah College of Art and Design

    • MFA Industrial Design
    • 2010 - 2014

    Completing thesis in mobility design

  • International Seating Symposium

    • Continuing Education - Rehab Seating and Positioning
    • 2013 - 2013

    A week long professional seminar covering advanced seating, positioning and mobility topics.

  • Ed Covert - Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art

    • Professional Training - Advanced Solidworks Surfacing
    • 2012 - 2012

    Three day workshop covering the use of Solidworks as an advanced surface modeling tool.

  • Boothroyd Dewhurst

    • Certificate - Design For Manufacturing and Assembly
    • 2012 - 2012

    Three day DFMA workshop and training given by the company that invented Design For Manufacturing and Assembly.

  • Humantech

    • Certificate - Design For Ergonomic Assembly
    • 2011 - 2011

    Workshop on workplace ergonomics, ergonomic assembly practices and efficient manufacturing design.

  • SKF Bearings

    • Certificate - Design For Six Sigma
    • 2008 - 2008

    One day workshop covering Six Sigma best practices for product design, manufacturing and assembly.

  • TBM Institute

    • Certificate - Voice Of the Customer
    • 2007 - 2007

    Three day workshop on Voice Of the Customer best practices.

  • TBM Institute

    • Certificate - Design For Lean Sigma
    • 2006 - 2006

    Comprehensive intensive one week course at the TBM campus covering Design For Lean Sigma (LEAN + Six Sigma)

  • Edward DeBono

    • Certificate - Lateral Thinking
    • 2005 - 2005

    Two day workshop course on the use of Lateral Thinking for problem solving and new product development.

  • The Savannah College of Art and Design

    • BFA Metals and Jewelry
    • 1992 - 1997

    Jewelry, Sculpture, Metals, metal fabrication, casting, stone setting. Minor focus: art and design history