TENDRIL ORCHESTRATED ENERGY Last fall I joined the amazing Orchestrated Energy team at Tendril in product management. Orchestrated Energy combines an understanding of residential customers' behavior and electricity needs with utility price signals to better execute demand-side management strategies. Our ultimate dream is to deliver a virtual power plant via a SaaS platform, improving energy efficiency and load capacity, delaying or preventing the need for peaker plants and smoothing the integration of variable-supply renewables.
AC6000 UPS For the last two years, my team and I have been working on a lithium-ion UPS. Our crown jewel is the battery, which contains proprietary integrated battery management system, state-of-the-art safety features, and patent-pending peak-shaving capabilities. The battery in this unit offers unprecedented system life when compared to lead acid predecessors, thus increasing customer satisfaction and reducing environmental footprint. The AC6000 offers a new way to use a UPS.
POLE MOUNT BATTERY This device is a low-power, high-duration battery designed for harsh environments. It is a reliable battery back-up for wireless mesh routers, RFID repeaters, surveillance cameras. Better yet, the battery can run these loads when AC power is unavailable, such as when a device is mounted to a light pole that is only powered on at night. Working through the opposing requirements of a sealed system and thermally sensitive lithium-ion batteries, a unique solution that eliminates the needs for heavy pad-mounted back-up systems with frequent battery replacements was born.
ON-BOARD VEHICLE CHARGER As electric vehicles become more popular, the demand for long-range, fast-charging options is increasing. Part of this equation is the on-board charger, which serves the function of converting AC power from the wall to DC power for the battery. One of the biggest challenges of this project was adapting heat- and vibration-sensitive electronics components to be mounted on the bad side of a medium-duty truck frame. As the mechanical engineer on this project, my role was to package noisy magnetics inside a sealed aluminum box with high-frequency control lines, keeping them thermally stable with a liquid-cooling loop and mechanically stable with vibration isolation.
TOYOTA ENGINE COMPARTMENT DESIGN If there was a fluid that needed to reach the engine of the 2010 Toyota Sienna I4, I was the person to get it there. Design responsibility included: radiator/coolant system, air intake, and various smaller systems like brake vacuum and fuel delivery. From the creation of initial drawings and CAD to crash analysis and physical builds as part of the widely-acclaimed Toyota Production System, I had complete responsibility for these systems. Toyota instilled not just the discipline of a rigorous design process, but also the value of benchmarking and continuous improvement of design execution and value engineering.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY (VARIOUS) My initiation at Ford truly began when I found myself helping a senior engineer with a test failure that arose well after production tools were cut and near-production vehicles were on the road. When he left the company, I was the only engineer with the bandwidth and project knowledge to take over, in spite of my lack of practical experience as a 21-year-old recent grad. My Ford career was a whirlwind of projects in which I quickly established myself as a launch mercenary. I launched everything from OEM-first ambient lighting to hand-sewn dashboards, to cast aluminum running boards. The breadth of design processes to which I was exposed and amount of responsibility I was granted laid the foundation for the self-starting, data-driven engineer and business-person I am today.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - BOOTH
General Management Executive Education (2013)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Master of Mechanical Engineering (2006 - 2010)
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (2002 - 2005)