- Anaheim, CA
Mar 2010 - Apr 2013
Engineering Manager – Energy Storage and Power Conversion
Manage an energetic team that is responsible for component design, development, test & validation as well as vehicle-integration for energy storage systems (battery packs), inverters, battery charger, DC-DC converter & solar cell array.
- Developed an Engineering Product Development Process from scratch for our engineers and suppliers to follow.
- This process was adapted to each component in our group and included in the sourcing package for each supplier to properly quote the project and assess the scope of the development and test effort.
- Built my engineering team from 2 to 21 people in < 1 year. I hired many people into my group who had less than 3 years of professional experience as well as others without automotive experience. I developed a process for my team to quickly bring these younger engineers to a knowledgeable position where they contributed greatly to the organization.
- Initiated an inverter program that was challenged with bringing the product from program kick-off to low-volume production in less than a year. The inverter also achieved one of the highest levels of quality for all of the new-design & new-technology components.
- Created high-voltage safety standards for corporation.
- Created high-voltage subsystem to vehicle integration test-plan.
- Indianapolis, IN
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Applications/Systems Engineering Manager
Responsible for building an applications/systems group to be responsible for a customer's requirements and working cross-functionally within EnerDel to develop a solution.
- Manage the applications/systems group.
- Developed an internal Engineering Product Development Process from scratch.
- Developed a company-wide test-plan for the cell and systems groups to be able to meet the customers' expectations and prove valid product life and optimal usage.
GM Powertrain - Indianapolis, IN
Jan 2008 - Mar 2009
Energy Storage Systems Development Engineer
Responsible for re-scoping the GM Powertrain battery lab in Indianapolis from a heavy-duty focus to a new focus supporting the in-use application of ESS in passenger-car applications.
- Manage the lab efforts and battery team.
- Develop test matrix to support powertrain controls development.
- Develop overall lab responsibilities.
- Develop test structure, reporting methodology and key tracking metrics that are critical to passenger-car applications.
GM Vehicle Engineering Center - Milford, MI
2006 - Jan 2008
Energy Storage Systems Integration Engineer
Responsible for integrating energy-storage systems (ESS) into the vehicle environment for GM’s 2-mode strong hybrid programs.
- Develop responsibilities for new and previously undefined role in hybrid integration group.
- Lead a cross-function group in integrating the ESS and addressing issues. (cross-functional group includes members from battery test lab, vehicle controls, NVH, thermal, ESS-design, fuel-economy/emissions and vehicle program team leadership)
- Determine proper usage conditions that meet vehicle team's design objectives as well as insuring product life.
- Develop test-plan and perform on-vehicle testing on roads and dynamometers.
- Orion, MI
Cobasys was formerly a developer and manufacturer of battery systems for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV).
2005 - 2006
Manager – Transportation Systems Team - (2005 - Nov 2006)
Responsible for managing the transportation system team
Manager – Technical Sales
- Led a group of 30+ team members; including Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, CAD designers and technicians – established individual’s yearly objectives and assigned day-to-day assignments.
- Managed a range of programs including OEM HEV production programs, medium & heavy-duty HEV programs and early prototype development programs.
- Worked with cross-functional teams integrating members from test lab, quality, manufacturing, module design, control systems design and quality.
- Established group’s goals & objectives for design, development, testing and validation.
- (Feb 2005 - 2005)
Responsible for working with sales team to develop solutions for potential customers.
- Worked with sales managers and potential customers on potential business opportunities.
- Responsible for communicating the customer’s requirements to the engineering team and developed an applicable solution.
GM Vehicle Engineering Center - Warren, MI
2003 – 2005
Design Release Engineer – Energy Storage Systems - AHS2 Strong Hybrid Systems
Responsible for developing and bringing to production an Energy Storage System (ESS) for GM’s AHS2 Strong Hybrid Program.
- Led initial ESS design prior to program initiation; working with multiple groups, to identify a complete set of requirements. Requirements spanned multiple disciplines; such as vehicle power and energy needs, customer-practical packaging, thermal, electronics, software, life and warranty, environmental requirements and durability.
- Led ESS design from concept initiation into the production program phase. Coordinated ESS design with multiple groups in 2 organizations to ensure successful design.
GM Powertrain - Allison Electric Drives - Indianapolis, IN
2000 – 2003
Design Release Engineer - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (2001 - 2003)
Responsible for the design and development of a production energy storage system. Worked with a Japanese company through the design process – developed and implemented new methods of communication between GM and the Japanese company. This successful program produced vehicle-ready hardware (Design Validation system) in less than 6 months from start of contract and a fully validated system in 16 months.
Battery Research & Development - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs
- Initiated division’s change in technology choice.
- Led engineering team to develop complete specification (involved cross-functional engineering team from software, mechanical, electrical and service).
- Worked with engineering team as well as interfaced with multiple internal groups (quality, purchasing, business, sales, applications) during product development to ensure successful product.
- (2000 - 2003)
Developed a research lab and testing philosophy/direction for energy storage research and development. Started with 4 inactive test-channels in 2000, grew lab and activities to a total of 16 test-channels running 9 long-term life-cycle tests and multiple shorter experiments.
- Initiated test program to identify key driving parameters to achieve desired life.
- Developed testing philosophy to include meeting the program’s short-term needs as well as investigative testing to look at future solutions.
- Designed new monitoring electronics.
- Developed custom test-scripts.
- Tested multiple technologies and manufacturers.
Lockheed Martin Control Systems
- Binghamton, NY
1995 - 2000
Battery Research & Development - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (1997 - 2000)
Managed the research effort to study batteries in a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV).
Circuit Designer - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs
- Developed and ran tests to evaluate battery parameters that were critical to program success.
- Developed tasks, schedules, and budgets for the research effort and monitored these tasks to see that they were accomplished within the budget given.
- Identified future direction for the research program in order to maintain technical advantage over competitors.
- (1996 - 1997)
Analog & power circuit designer in the HEV program.
Systems Engineer – Aircraft Controls
- Designed electronics for the core computer on an HEV system.
- Designed electronics for the battery management system in an HEV system.
- Developed initial test procedure for 1st iteration of the original electronics (thorough evaluation).
- Performed stress and tolerance analysis of the circuitry.
- Developed test procedures for technicians to test future production cycles.
- (1995 - 1996)
Performed systems engineering functions for two aircraft control systems.
Engineering Leadership Development Program
- Worked on a team that wrote a failure analysis memo for an aircraft control system.
- Wrote software specifications for a subcontractor and tested subcontractors software after delivery.
- Designed ‘motherboard’ circuit card for an aircraft control system.
- Developed solutions to customer’s requests for improvements in current aircraft system.
- (1995 - 1997)
Hired into the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program (formerly General Electric’s Edison Program). This program trained the participants in both their technical skills as well as necessary ‘soft-skills’ needed to be successful leaders. Technically, participants changed job/program responsibilities 3 times in a 2-year period for a more well rounded technical background. Also, participants attended 3 week-long seminars that focused on management skills (negotiating, team-building, diversity, etc.)