Product Development Consultant
Mar 2021 - Present (6 months)
Product Development and Design Thinking consultant for all stages of development with specialty in toys and consumer products.
Human-Centered Design focus, including design research and user experience testing.
Strategy, brainstorms, prototyping, engineering, functional requirements, validation testing
Material and manufacturing selectin expertise
Manufacturing support - exploded views, BOMs, product specs, tooling plans, communications with factories
Costing support and negotiations
Senior Product Development Engineer
May 2019 - Mar 2021 (1 year 10 months)
Design & develop baby toys, play mats/gyms, and gear: brainstorm ideas, analyze cost feasibility (created template & trained the team to use), create CAD and mockups, design for manufacturing and safety concerns, work with HK teams and China suppliers. Developed and led cost improvement process.
Senior Project Engineer
Nov 2015 - May 2019 (3 years 6 months)
Work in cross-functional teams to design and develop toys for retail and promotions from concept to production while considering cost, manufacturing, safety, and schedule constraints. Communicate with clients, licensors, and manufacturers in China.
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Jun 2013 - Nov 2015 (2 years 5 months)
Mechanical design and development of power accessory products
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Jun 2006 - Aug 2012 (6 years 2 months)
Product Development Engineer for Government and Public Safety Infrastructure
UofM Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
May 2005 - May 2006 (1 year)
Designed, fabricated, and assembled a mechanical system to combine beamsplitters for use in a system designed to calibrate a reconfigurable machine. Became the group's CAD/CAM expert and trained other team members. Developed machining skills (mostly 3-axis verticle mill).
Mechanical Engineering Intern
May 2003 - Aug 2003 (3 months)
Designed and conducted experiments on portable two-way radios.