Professional Overview

Personal Statement


I am an experienced principal 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.

A wide-angle PDV probe with illuminated fiber array
(Credit: US Department of Energy)

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:

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

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

Selected Engineering Specialties:

  • 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


Associate Director, IOL Automation and Inspection
Alcon
July 2020 – Present
Fort Worth, TX

  • Group manager overseeing development and qualification of inspection systems for R&D and manufacturing of surgical devices.
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary team of engineers and technicians to support R&D pipeline project milestones.
  • 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.

Opto-Mechanical Lead and Manager, IOL Mechanical Instrumentation
Alcon, a Novartis company
Dec 2016 – June 2020
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)

Education

University of Arizona

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

2000 – 2005