Here is a summary of my work and project history for various clients and employers.
Fuel Systems Technology - In support of a start-up company supplying 4150 type 4-barrel carburetors to the hot rod performance aftermarket,
I produced the CAD files for 130 models of carburetors including creating the part numbering system and a database for ordering the components from the vendors.
Components included die castings, machined parts, sheet metal parts, plastic parts and gaskets. Via multiple meetings with the vendors I facilitated the
preparation of tooling and obtaining acceptable component samples for production.
Hyperfuel - Hyperfuel is a leading supplier of EFI fuel system components in the hot rod performance aftermarket. I prepared the detail design
of fuel pumps, intake pumps, surge tanks, fuel pressure regulators and fuel cells.
Fitech - Fitech is a pioneer in the hot rod performance aftermarket of electronic fuel injection systems. I did the detail design of fuel
injection throttle bodies, manifolds, and fuel system components
ABC Enterprises - ABC is a start-up company commited to developing a safe motorcycle utilizing small automotive powerplants in a 3-wheel
layout for safetly. I designed tube chassis and suspensions for FWD and RWD layouts.
GTM Performance Engineering - A performance company specializing in producing supercharger and turbocharger systems and related products for
Nissan Z, G and other models was in need of an experienced engineer to improve their engineering and product development processes. I design
all system components including supercharger mount & drives, intercooler tanks and piping, turbocharger inlet & outlet ducts, cat-back exhaust
systems, ITB intake manifold, airboxes, oil pans & dry sump components, valve covers, motor mounts, component bracketry, etc. New capabilities
include using a Faro arm and Rapidform software, and programing a BLM electric tube bender.
Post Modern - Post Modern produces interactive kiosk's for trade shows and exterior displays. In the process of revising their interactive display
system, I designed support panels for the electronic systems, the kiosk enclosure and the camera housing.
Electric Vehicle Enterprises - EVE is a start-up company with expertise in electric vehicle drive systems, vehicle conversions, and general electronic
components and system design. Recent projects include layout and design for a portable A/C unit, a small hand-held vacuum cleaner, a frame for a small
electric tri-cycle, and designing housings for power supply and battery charger units.
Fritzy's Pet Care Professionals - Fritzy's provides a mobile pet grooming service. A recent project involved designing components for a van interior;
multi-chambered aluminum water tank, structural supports for a lifting device, FRP molded floor pan, and a mounting bracket for a secondary alternator.
B&W Lift Systems - B&W is a manufacturer of portable conveyors and bulk conveyors for the building industry. My technical assistance includes
load and stress calculations, designing upgraded parts and part drawing documentation.
Lido Motors USA - I developed the chassis for a new fleet golf car, including designing the tooling jigs and
fixtures for manufacturing. In addition to the mechanical design, I designed the main and controller wire harnesses and
the tooling for building the harnesses. I located higher value suppliers for the lighting and electrical switch components. Once the
first prototype vehicle was built, I used road tests to adjust the motor controller parameters to achieve the desired
performance. All component designs and drawings were done using Solidworks, and a complete costed parts list was also
prepared for Purchasing. Recent projects include designing body support structures and Ford Raptor-like headlight bezels.
George P. Johnson Company - Working in a consultancy capacity, I was a member of the team preparing auto show displays
about the Five Star braking system for Toyota. As part of this effort I prepared the detail design of a display that
demonstrated one of the unique aspects of the braking system.
Compuaid - The client had an urgent need to prepare a housing for a new EFI system electronic control unit. I prepared
three concept design proposals for review and selection by the customer. Using Solidworks CAD I then prepared the detail design and
the manufacturing drawings of the selected proposal. The housing was made from extruded and sheet aluminum parts.
Fulham Company - To solve a problem with the incoming inspection of product, I conceived and designed
an inspection machine for the Quality Assurance department. The machine was composed primarily of machined parts.
Following client acceptance, I identified and solicited quotes from vendors to build the component parts. I followed-up the
manufacturing of the parts by the recommended vendor, assembled and calibrated the machine, wrote calibration and inspection
procedures and trained the client QA personnel how to use the machine. The successful operation of the machine allowed the
client to obtain a less restrictive part tolerance, improve the product, and reduce the inspection quantity requirements.
Retrotek Speed - In support of the companies expanding product line, I designed the housing for a new EFI system electronic control unit and
developed design revisions a new fuel control system and distributor. I used Solidworks to prepare the part and
drawing documentation for these products as well as other products in the line including an electronic transmission
shift system. System components in these products included molded and machined parts.
In support of the release of new products, I prepared installation instructions including writing procedures and
Kennamore - Working from a "napkin" concept sketch I designed a exercise device for the inventor. The design involved
adjustable air cylinders and was composed of metal and molded plastic parts, all of which were laid out in Solidworks 3D
CAD. Following design approval, I identified and solicited quotes for tooling and building the component parts, starting
with SLA models and soft tooling for the prototype and pre-productions units.
Electric Traction Systems, Inc – Working with this start-up company addressing the need of reducing emissions from heavy trucks,
I prepared mechanical designs and drawings for the electric traction drive system, HVAC drive systems, hydraulic and air brake sub-systems,
battery support unit, and fuel cell APU for a heavy truck. In addition to the manufacturing drawings, I also prepared the parts lists, including
an illustrated parts manual. I prepared project schedules in MS Project.
Western Golf Car Manufacturing - As the principal engineer for the Lido NEV and the golf car vehicle product
line, I did the engineering and development of vehicles from prototype to production.
Body engineering and tooling development for Lido NEV and new Elegante
Designed new hydraulic front brake system for Lido NEV
Improved chassis stiffness and developed production tooling for Lido NEV
Developed steering systems based on automotive steering column
Designed vehicle electric system and wire harnesses for Lido and new Elegante
Developed stretched Lido shuttle vehicle with wheelchair lift system
Designed vehicle layout and chassis for airport wheelchair lift vehicle
Designed proprietary chassis for Lido and Lido shuttle vehicles
Attaining these results required interfacing with the design studio on new model, vehicle body, chassis and system design,
preparing and evaluating prototypes, preparing drawings and parts lists, vendor selection and interfacing, designing and preparing
Subaru of America Technical Center - As the manager of product development I managed a group
of engineers, technicans and drafters to develop accessory products for the vehicles
which accounted for $110 million in annual sales to the Parts Department. Vehicles impacted included the Legacy
(3 generations), Brat (2 generations), XT, Justy, SVX and Impreza (1st generation).
Developing a diesel engine prototype
Developing A/C systems for Legacy, XT, Justy and Impreza vehicles
Developing an automatic HVAC system for Legacy and SVX
Developing cruise control systems for Legacy and SVX
Developing a security system for SVX
Annual model year releases of audio systems, alloy wheels, roof racks, floormats, etc accessory products
Attaining these results required developing product specifications, performing evaluation testing, organizing and
leading hot/cold HVAC field tests, issuing product approvals, preparing specification drawings, vendor selection and
interfacing, interfacing with Parts, Service, Product Planning and QC departments, and negotiating vehicle specifications
with vehicle engineers in Japan.
Ron Jones Racing Enterprises - I designed and built and raced several road racing cars for SCCA events
in California, Arizona and Oregon. During this time I designed and built an engine dynamometer for my masters
thesis, and I used this in the business to develop and tune engines. I also designed a sports car chassis prototype
for Ecurie Shirlee Corp., a dealer of Lotus cars.
BS Mechanical Engineering, Cal State University, Long Beach
MS Mechanical Engineering, Cal State University, Long Beach
Society of Automotive Engineers