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Mechanical Engineer Engineering

Ankeny, IA
September 12, 2018

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Mechanical Engineer Mark D. Placette Ph.D.

Mark D. Placette

**** ** ********** ****, ******, Iowa, 50023


Phone: 515-***-****


Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology Specialization) Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

• GPA: 3.91

• Graduation: August 2018

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, USA

• Graduation with Honors

• Graduation with Summa Cum Laude


• Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in tribology, wear of materials, and self-lubricating polymers

• 5+ years of laboratory research of high performance polymers used in high temperature/high load environments as bearing materials

• Several years of experience in polymer tribology, dynamic mechanical analysis, and material characterization and testing

• Strong experience in solid Finite Element Modeling (ABAQUS)

• Knowledge and experience with CAD/CAE (SolidWorks) and solid modeling of materials and surfaces

• Demonstrated mechanical hands-on wear and failure testing of materials

• Experience in the design process having taught Mechanical Design course at Iowa State University

• Performed multiple teaching assistantships in machining and manufacturing laboratory course at Iowa State University

• Demonstrated strong programming knowledge in multiple languages: Matlab, FORTRAN, Java, and Galil Motion Controls

• Experience developing fixtures and procedures for testing of medical devices

• Performed multiple research projects simultaneously and successfully

• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills from teaching laboratory courses to a diverse audience

Mechanical Engineer Mark D. Placette Ph.D.


Iowa State University Mechanical Engineering Department Graduate Research Assistant 2013.1-2018.8

• Self-Lubricating Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Wear Analysis

-Determined factors of high-performance polymer self-lubrication properties, failure and wear analysis, and surface characterization

-Established empirically tested a viscoelastic cyclic heating theoretical framework to explain the fundamental mechanisms of self-lubrication

• Evaluation of Medtronic Pacemaker Lead Wire Reliability

-Collaborated with industry partner Medtronic to evaluate pacemaker lead wire reliability by developing protocol for quantifying wear behavior.

-Designed and fabricated novel testing apparatus to simulate in-body biological conditions of key pacemaker wear factors

• Finite Element Friction and Contact Modeling

-Designed and created Finite Element Model (ABAQUS) by programming original subroutines for modeling friction and heat generation Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Department Graduate Research Assistant 2012.8-2012.12

• Consortium for Advancing Performance Polymers for Energy Applications

-Created finite element models of polymer tribology systems, produced and delivered presentations on models and experimental data acquisition. Lamar University Mechanical Engineering Department Undergraduate Research Assistant 2010.4-2011.8

• Microelectronics Reliability of Epoxy Mold Compounds

-Collaborated with Texas Instruments for studies of epoxy mold compounds and die-cast materials and developed moisture absorption modeling techniques to predict reliability of epoxy mold and die-cast composites. SKILLS AND SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES

• Material/Mechanical Analysis: Tribology Wear Testing, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Thermo-mechanical Analysis (TMA), Scratch Testing, Hardness Testing, Tensile Testing, Profilometry, Chemical Etching, Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation

• Programming Skills: Matlab, FORTRAN, Microsoft Excel Macros, Galil Motion Control, LabView, Rhino NURBS, PID Controllers

• Finite Element Analysis: ABAQUS, SolidWorks, Comsol, Pro/E, etc.

• Imaging Techniques: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Optical Microscopy, Zygo White-light profilometry, Thermal Imaging Infrared Radiometry

• Statistical Analysis: JMP Pro Statistics, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

• Hardware Skills: Electrical Wiring and Data Acquisition, Motor Installation, Temperature Controller Installation, Hand Tools, Epoxy Curing

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