Lead Principal Systems Engineer

Mendota Heights, MN

677 Ocala Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55120 (C) 651.324.9464

Technically diverse lead engineer with extensive experience in a variety of industries including medical device. Exhibits complementary blend of technical engineering and project leadership skills. Effectively combines the principles and best practices of human factors and systems integration creating reliable products with outstanding customer appeal. Enhances corporate growth and profitability by leading high performance cross-disciplinary design teams.

Well versed in customer technical interaction and presentations, system specification / requirements development, detailed product design, design for manufacturability and assembly, supplier development, verification, testing and overall customer acceptance.


Independent Consultant 2015 – 2016

Lead Principal Systems Engineer
Engagement at Orbital ATK developed requirements for multiple fuze programs. Required interdisciplinary communication skills in addition to a deep understanding of customer needs.
• Rapidly developed development specifications for three unique fuzing projects in DOORS.
• Participated in major customer reviews

$2.8B Developer / Manufacturer of handheld controls with haptic requirements for off-road vehicles.

Principal Mechanical Engineer
Technical Project Lead role, developing products from concept through production.
• Design for human factors to improve product performance to meet customer needs. Produced rapid prototype haptic grips to resolve all issues to customer satisfaction.
• Resolved all maintainability and manufacturability issues to meet customer schedule. Interface with customers, suppliers and manufacturing to understand all aspects of part use, tooling and manufacture.
• Established geometric dimensioning to resolve customer and manufacturing issues.

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS, INC., Edina, MN 2005 – 2014
Major U.S. aerospace and defense contractor with sales of approximately $5B.

Lead Principal Systems Engineer
Developed and tested requirements for multiple weapon systems and launch vehicles. Requirements development, management and test execution required extensive customer interaction, project management and negotiation skills.
• Integrated with partner divisions for training, requirements development and proposal writing. Wrote 3 winning proposals bringing in new business.
• Negotiated and decomposed requirements, developed specifications to flow down into achievable, understandable and producible subsystems. Led E3 verification for major product.
• Evaluated electronics, software, mechanical survivability and guidance systems through testing to successfully shepherd five products to production.


Independent Consultant 2004 – 2005
Provided consulting services in various contract positions. Significant contracts included:
• Medtronic – Project management focused on resolving component and process issues in a product line.
• Third Wave Systems – Project management, people management and customer interface focused on resolving process issues.

MEDTRONIC, INC., Fridley, MN 1992 – 2003
$17B global manufacturer of implantable cardiac and neurological electro medical devices.

Principal Project Engineer / Principal Mechanical Design Engineer
Created high performance, cross-functional teams and integrated division level project planning to eliminate duplication of effort, balance resource scheduling and divide long term goals over multiple projects. Responsible for technical, cost and schedule performance throughout the product life cycle.
• Designed innovative device programmers that exceeded reliability standards applied to previous products and achieved high customer acceptance. Project manager for a 10-person team with a $500K budget. Led team through a major technical problem at the end of the project that prevented a product stock out and allowed the sales force to continue developing new accounts. Awarded 4 patents for technical achievement that dramatically enhanced customer satisfaction by resolving human factors issues.
• Redesigned an implantable drug pump, and streamlined manufacturing process flow. Achieved lead-time reduction of 33% and reduced inventory by $750K and scrap by 60%.
• Led a 7-person $300K project with significant technical problems. Discovered root cause of high voltage test failures and managed the path to technical resolution quickly.


HONEYWELL / ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS, INC. – Principal Development Engineer
Technical engineering lead for cross-discipline teams. Responsible for project cost / schedule / performance management. Provided systems integration, detailed product design and tolerance analysis for precision mechanical components and assemblies, human factors design and subcontractor interfaces.

Provided structural and test analysis, using MSC/NASTRAN FEA.


Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME); UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (BAE); UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP); PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
Courses in Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Advanced Project Management

PATENTS (addressing human factors issues with implantable devices)

• Implantable Drug Pump Access Template, used for locating the implantable drug pump septums
• Fenestrated Surgical Drape with InSitu Features, a drape designed for rapid sterile deployment
• Valved Connector and Method of Use, a device for refilling a high pressure implantable drug pump
• Programmer for a Body Implantable Tissue Stimulator, programmer design for an implantable stimulator

  • Updated 8 years ago

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