Central Connecticut State University, Department of Engineering New Britain, Connecticut
August 2014 – present Associate Professor
August 2013 – present Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
August 2010 – July 2014 Assistant Professor
Teach various engineering courses ranging from introductory to advanced (four courses per semester). Serve on various committees and advise students for class selection. As part of the role of Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, maintain data on undergraduate enrollment and degree completion, and compile data for ABET self-study reports.
Iowa State University (Contractor) Ames, Iowa
March 2009 – January 2013 Engineering Consultant
Expanded, enhanced, and debugged Iowa State University’s VE-Suite engineering decision-making application. VE-Suite is open-source software that runs on the Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms and is a two-time winner of the R&D 100 Awards in the Software Category (2006 & 2009). Accomplishments included the design and implementation of an interface with in-progress Simulink models, the development of a Tecplot-to-VTK translator, the creation of a package for easy end-user installation on Mac OS X, and web page documentation for developers detailing the build and install process.
Sauer-Danfoss (now known as Danfoss Power Solutions) Ames, Iowa
June 2005 – February 2009 Product Engineer
Provided engineering design support, including design reviews and design FMEA, for the Series 45 open circuit hydraulic pumps used by major mobile equipment manufacturers. Resolved issues arising from customer complaints by studying faulty hardware, designing experimental tests to reproduce customer conditions, determining root cause, and implementing design changes. Served as liaison to manufacturing team. Created software to reproducibly analyze test data. Initiated work that led to a new global specification regarding cleanliness requirements.
Iowa State University, Mechanical Engineering Department Ames, Iowa
November 2001 – June 2005 Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Served on development team for VE-Suite, an open-source data visualization software package for use in a virtual environment. Customized and installed VE-Suite on-site at Deere, General Motors, and the Idaho National Engineering Lab. Developed translator code for converting many CFD and FEA file formats to VTK format, including those of STAR-CD, Fluent, and ANSYS. Also, researched solving differential equations using a variety of genetic programming techniques.
Engineering Animation, Inc. (now part of Siemens), Translator Group Ames, Iowa
September 2000 – October 2001 Software Developer
Enhanced, debugged, maintained, built, and documented software to translate CATIA CAD data into the JT file format. Software users are the worldwide manufacturing community including Daimler-Chrysler, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Fiat, Honda, and Hyundai.
The National University of Health Sciences, Research Department Lombard, Illinois
(Formerly, The National College of Chiropractic)
March 1998 – September 2000 Assistant Professor
May 1995 – March 1998 Instructor
Awarded federal grant support to develop a laboratory and conduct tests to measure the forces transmitted during manual therapy. Designed experimental apparatus and wrote software to reduce collected data, and performed statistical analysis. Coordinated a team-taught 15-week course in biomechanics.
Hennepin County Medical Center, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 1993 – May 1995 Assistant Scientist
Provided design expertise and wrote software code to transform a prototype relative-motion measurement device into a marketable technology licensed by the University of Minnesota. Modified a custom electro-mechanical dynamic simulation machine to better replicate the human gait cycle. Evaluated various prosthesis components through in vitro testing of human knees.
University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 1986 – June 1993 Research Assistant
Designed experimental hardware and test methodology for knee and spine motion segments. Developed software for various computer systems to gather, process, and analyze data.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operations Division New Orleans, Louisiana
May 1984 – August 1985 Civil Engineer GS-11
May 1983 – May 1984 Civil Engineer GS-9
November 1982 – May 1983 Civil Engineer GS-7
Liaison between corps engineers and levee boards in the evaluation process for proposed construction work in the vicinity of the Mississippi River levee system.