Senior Structural Engineer
Goal-oriented finite element analyst with over 19 years of experience in the automotive industry and over 6 years in the nuclear industry. Knowledgeable in linear and nonlinear material component and nonlinear geometric multi-body system structural analysis, thermal and thermal-structural analysis, modal analysis, and instability analysis involving automotive braking, steering, and suspension components and assemblies as well as nuclear reactor internals components and systems. Well-versed in common finite element analysis (FEA) tools such as NASTRAN, PATRAN, ABAQUS, and ANSYS Workbench. Obtained training in ANSYS Classic, HyperWorks/RADIOSS, LS-DYNA, and the TOSCA optimization package. Demonstrated success in completing work of a comprehensive and complex nature in swift turnaround time. Good team player with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Senior Structural Engineer WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY Cranberry, PA
2009 to 2015
Responsible for designs based on structural, thermal, and fluid analyses on conventional and advanced pressurized water reactor (PWR) components and systems.
• Developed finite element model of reactor pressure vessel and internals system, and used it to perform dynamic transient analyses for seismic and loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) loading conditions.
• Developed curves used for predicting the wear progression and remaining operation life of reactor head penetration thermal sleeves.
• Determined acceptability for several minimum baffle-barrel bolting conditions by performing LOCA and seismic analysis in ANSYS.
• Performed structural analyses of nuclear reactor internals components to the requirements of ASME B&PV Code Section III Subsection NG.
• Administered the Missouri Professional Engineer (PE) stamp on the Callaway Unit 1 and the California PE stamp on the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 nuclear plant seismic and LOCA analysis engineering reports – as a licensed professional engineer in those states.
FEA Stress Analyst (contract) BECHTEL SAIC Las Vegas, NV
2008 to 2009
Responsible for impact analyses of emplacement pallets and drip shields to be tested for the Yucca Mountain project in southwest Nevada. Self-trained in TRUEGRID for this purpose. The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has submitted a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for construction of a permanent underground repository for all spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level waste (HLW) in the country from power plants and defense programs, respectively. The Yucca Mountain site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas has been chosen for this project. The elevation of the mountain is over 2000 ft above sea level, and the repository will be constructed at the halfway point, or around 1000 ft below the earth’s surface.
Technical Specialist TRW AUTOMOTIVE Livonia, MI
1995 to 2008
Performed linear static, nonlinear material, and nonlinear multi-body system contact finite element analysis, thermal stress and coning analysis, modal analysis, and hyperelastic material analysis to determine stresses, strains, and displacements on automotive components using PATRAN and ABAQUS. Correlated analysis results to test data with a high level of accuracy. Performed FRF (frequency response function) analysis on braking components using NASTRAN. Recommended design modifications on parts which were unsatisfactory according to analysis.
• Increased efficiency by 30% in developing a linear static and nonlinear material finite element analysis methodology on knuckles using ANSYS Workbench.
• Published and presented a paper at an international conference on the multi-body contact analysis of an automotive corner assembly using ABAQUS.
• Developed an air-rotor finite element model used successfully for computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis of the rotor.
Design and Analysis Engineer DELPHI CHASSIS DIVISION, GENERAL MOTORS CORP Moraine, OH
1991 to 1995
Performed linear static and nonlinear material finite element analysis to determine stresses and displacements on automotive components using PATRAN and NASTRAN. Performed dynamic analysis of mechanical systems using ADAMS.
Advanced Motors and Actuators Development Engineer DELCO CHASSIS DIVISION, GENERAL MOTORS CORP Kettering, OH
1989 to 1991
Aided in the mechanical aspects of a computer-controlled, dual motor windshield wiper system.
• Developed a modular windshield wiper system for use in minivans.
• Theoretically designed a double-enveloping worm gear transmission for use in a windshield wiper system.
Master of Science Mechanical Engineering Iowa State University
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Iowa State University
ANSYS Classic (6 years), ABAQUS (10+ years), PATRAN (7 years), NASTRAN (6 years), ANSYS Workbench (2 years)
PA Professional Engineer
CA Professional Engineer
MO Professional Engineer
€œDesign of an Epicyclic Transmission for Speed Control of a Turbine-Generator System€�
September 15, 1992
Presented at the 1992 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Mechanisms Conference, Marriott Camelback Inn Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
€œAutomotive Corner Assembly Analyses Using ABAQUS€�
May 28, 1998
Presented at the 1998 International ABAQUS Users€™ Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
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