Professional Overview

Personal Statement

I am an experienced lead opto-mechanical engineer and group manager specializing in the fields of optical instrumentation and automated system design. With a proven track record in managing high-performing teams I am comfortable recruiting and developing talent within engineering groups to fulfill organizational goals.

With experience working on a range of projects from quick & efficient proof of concept to fully engineered to exacting specifications, I leverage knowledge and enthusiasm to realize state-of-the-art engineered solutions. As an opto-mechanical engineer I’m comfortable working closely with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver tightly integrated & engineered system solutions. 

I have a broad range of experience covering:

Single Piece Intraocular Lens (Photo credit: Frank C. Müller)

  • Medical device and surgical system research, development, and manufacturing
    • Intra-ocular Lens (IOL) design, test, and inspection
    • IOL inspection equipment, R&D and production-level systems
    • IOL delivery device design, test, and inspection
    • Surgical instrumentation and test tools for surgical procedure development

Gamma Reaction History diagnostic on NIF (Photo credit: US Department of Energy)

  • Instrumentation design, test, and implementation in support of programmatic federal science campaigns. Instruments fielded at multiple Department of Energy facilities:
    • Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)
    • National Ignition Facility (NIF)
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Sandia National Laboratory
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Some of my engineering specialties include:

Flexure for high-aspect mirror alignment

  • Optical instrument design, test & qualification
  • Precision mechanical design & Kinematic design
  • Weight optimized structures
  • Flexure design
  • Remotely operated diagnostics, instruments 
  • Robotics & automation
  • Multiphysics finite element analysis
  • Thermodynamics, heat transfer analysis

Work Experience

Opto-Mechanical Lead and Manager, IOL Mechanical Instrumentation
Alcon, a Novartis company
Dec 2016 – Present
Fort Worth, TX

  • Principal Engineer and group manager overseeing development and implementation of instrumentation and automated systems.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert in project teams, providing guidance and engineering expertise in development and qualification of measurement instrumentation in GMP & GLP environments.
  • Managing group of three mechanical engineers and overseeing their development in optomechanical and precision engineering design fundamentals.
  • In charge of direct reports’ development and tasks; set team priorities to support pipeline project milestones.

Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Alcon, a Novartis company
May 2012 – Dec 2016
Fort Worth, TX

  • Senior engineer leading innovation and implementation of breakthrough technologies
  • Design and fielding of automated systems used in research, development, and manufacturing of intraocular lens implants, surgical delivery systems, and ophthalmic surgical devices.

Opto-Mechanical Engineer
National Security Technologies, LLC
January 2006 – May 2012
Los Alamos, NM

  • Designed, built, and installed optical instrumentation, ultra-high speed cameras, scientific data collection systems, and precision motion control systems.
  • Projects covered a wide range of science campaigns for Department of Energy customers including
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Sandia National Laboratory
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 
    • Nevada National Security Site (formerly Nevada Test Site)


University of Arizona

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

2000 – 2005