Creative, energetic, award winning Ideation Manager and Senior Engineer with 15+ years of highly diverse engineering experience. Leveraging a unique combination of people management, project management, mechanical engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, and intellectual property management. Full scale product development: conceptualization, architecture development, industrial design, detailed design, global manufacturing oversight and quality control. Leadership of global, cross-functional teams. Highly effective innovator, motivator, problem solver, and communicator. Specialties: • Ideation (Concept Development) Project Management • Intellectual Property – Utility & Design Patent Law, Trademarks, License Agreements • Voice of the Customer – Research, Analysis and Integration • Industrial Design – 3rd Party Facilitation, Brand Language Development • CAD Modeling/Rendering – Advanced ProE Wildfire/Creo, Complex Surfacing, KeyShot • Prototype Development – Leadership in Rapid Technologies and Traditional Methods • The Wolf – Remediation of High Value Problem Programs

Work Samples

Work History

  • Engineering Manager, Product Development

    • Apex Tool Group, LLC
    • Apr 2012 - Present (2 years 5 months)

    Ideation (front end, concept development) Manager responsible for technical, financial, and intellectual property risk mitigation of new product programs. $400M+ Business Unit → North America Hand Tools, Branded.

    Management of engineering design, prototype model shop, and 3rd party industrial design consultancies.

    Product development for high volume retail, industrial, and hardware channels under the Crescent, GearWrench, Lufkin, and Wiss brand names. Product placement at The Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, and Amazon.

  • Engineering Supervisor

    • Apex Tool Group, LLC
    • Mar 2011 - Apr 2012 (1 year 1 month)

    Supervision of engineering design, prototype model shop, and industrial design staff.

  • Senior Product Development Engineer

    • Cooper Industries, Hand and Power Tools Divisions
    • 2007 - Mar 2011 (3 years 6 months)

    Detailed mechanical design and engineering of hand and power tools.

  • Product Development Engineer

    • Cooper Industries, Hand Tools Division
    • Oct 2004 - 2007 (2 years 11 months)

    Hands-on new product design and development of hand tools. Design for high volume manufacturing processes - forging, machining, multi-shot injection molding, metal injection molding (MIM), stamping, finishing.

  • Senior Mechanical Engineer

    • Commonwealth Technology, Inc.
    • 2003 - 2004 (1 year)

    Detailed electromechanical chassis design. Firm CNC programming expert for lathe and mill.

  • Staff Mechanical Engineer

    • Commonwealth Technology, Inc.
    • 2002 - 2003 (1 year)

    Custom electromechanical hardware design for low volume manufacture. Concurrent design with electrical engineers: SMT PCB component selection & placement, chassis integration, etc.

  • Senior Tradeshow Exhibits Detailer

    • Explus, Inc.
    • 2001 - 2002 (1 year)

    Firm tradeshow booth Engineer and detailer. Supervision of tradeshow fabrication team. Execution of Star Wars Naboo Fighter, NEC, and World Wildlife Fund exhibits.

  • Detailer / Mechanical Engineer

    • Explus, Inc.
    • 2000 - 2001 (1 year)

    Custom museum exhibit engineering and detailing for the Smithsonian, Thunder Road Racing Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Firm CNC programmer utilizing wood router.

  • Mechanical Engineer

    • Bomac, Inc.
    • 1999 - 2000 (1 year)

    Engineering and hands-on assembly of conveyors and robotic end-of-arm tooling for Corning catalytic converter automation systems.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

    • Virginia Tech, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
    • 1998 - 1999 (1 year)

    Plastics Machine Shop Supervisor. Mentorship of undergraduate industrial design and architecture students. CNC laser cutter programmer and administrator.

  • Lead Mechanical Installation Engineer

    • Yaw Automation, Inc.
    • Dec 1996 - Aug 1997 (8 months)

    Installation management of Corning/Sony television glass finishing systems. Direction of union ironriggers.

  • Mechanical Engineer

    • Yaw Automation, Inc.
    • May 1996 - Dec 1996 (7 months)

    Design and engineering of automated manufacturing system components for Corning television glass, Pyrex labware, and Corelle dishware.

  • Engineering Intern

    • Yaw Automation, Inc.
    • May 1994 - Jan 1996 (1 year 8 months)

    Coffee, bagel, and fax monkey. Master of ammonia blueprints.

Education

  • Virginia Tech

    • MS Architecture, Concentration in Industrial Design
    • 1997 - 2013
  • Virginia Tech

    • BS Mechanical Engineering
    • 1992 - 1996

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA ASME

Awards

20+ Domestic and International Patents IDEA Award Finalist 2014 Good Design Award 2013 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award 2006

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