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  • Toshana James

    Student, UG Mechanical Engineer UMass Amherst

    Amherst, MA

I am Toshana Krishna James, a senior student, majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (UMass Amherst). In 2012, I had interned with Danahar Corp, at the Jacobs Vehicles Systems plant in Bloomfield, CT. While there, I resolved manifold test-stand false reject failures by redesigning the test-stand and implementing design changes which resulted in an increased production by 13,000 manifolds annually. I also conducted Push-Out Force study on Navistar master pistons and implemented a new work order to reduce scrap rate during assembly, and modified the assembly process for solenoids in brakes which resulted in reducing possibilities of field failures. In 2013, I interned for three months with Northfire Recording Studio as sound engineer. This valuable exposure taught me much sound engineering and it also fueled my passion (I am a avid musician). Later in the same year, I interned as a Teaching Assistant at the University where I assisted in teaching Electrical Engineering 112 M5 Lab course. My Professor, T Baird Soules, in his recommendation letter had this to say about me: 'Toshana's uncommon combination of superior communication skills, creativity and technical competence place him in a strong position to make a significant contribution to your technical team.' As a personal project, I took up the redesign of the IC engine and was able to come up with an innovative crankshaft design, which I am in the process of prototyping, testing and patenting. I would say I am an 'Artist-Engineer' who likes to tinker and innovate. I am a conceptual thinker with strong mechanical aptitude and excellent drawing skills. I also play and compose electronic music.

Work Samples

  • Funky Jet CAD model

  • MuFly UAV

  • Tosh Torque Engine

Work History

  • Undergraduate Instructional Assistant

    • UMass Amherst, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Sep 2013 - Dec 2013 (3 months)

    Lab assistant for Engineering 112 M5 Lab by Prof. T. Baird Soules.
    Helped students understand Arduino computers and assisted them in building circuits & programming them using digital logic and Arduino programming language.

  • Studio Intern

    • Northfire Recording Studio
    • Jan 2013 - Mar 2013 (2 months)

    Gained music production and sound engineering experience along with exposure to the rigorous work ethic of sound engineers.
    Organizing and setting up of studio for recording based on acoustic analysis of sound.

  • Manufacturing Intern

    • Danaher - Jacobs Vehicle Systems
    • Jun 2012 - Sep 2012 (3 months)

    Participated in a 10 person, team based Kaizen (constant improvement) project on the Lanco DD15 engine brake assembly machine.
    Assisted in DOE (design of experiments) for validation of a new automated swage Control Valve assembly machine.
    Resolved Manifold test stand ‘false reject’ failures by modifying the test stand and implemented a new work order to improve efficiency of productivity resulting in savings of ~$7,200 annually equating to ~13K more manifolds and ~3/4-1 hr./day in indirect support.
    Conducted test stand leakage correlation studies for Control Valves of the Jake Brake, leakage studies used to redesign testing methods for reduction of internal parts per million & scrap rate.
    Invited & Participated in the Brain Storming event for the Chinese Weichai Engine Brake Concept Selection.
    Conducted ‘Push out’ load study on Navistar master Pistons. Implemented new work order to reduce scrap rate during assembly.
    Experience with lathes, grinders, milling machines, CNC machines and Six Sigma work ethic principles.


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    • Bachelor of Science (BS) Mechanical Engineering
    • 2010 - 2014



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