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Engineering Mechanical

Santa Clara, CA
September 25, 2018

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Sajad Kafashi

Phone: 704-***-****

Residency Status: U.S. Green Card

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Engineering professional with industrial experience in the field of mechanical engineering, manufacturing and instrumentation. Serve as contributing team member, implementing technical skills towards analytical thinking, problem solving, post experimental analysis and reporting.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 6/2017

University of North Carolina at Charlotte GPA: 3.79/4.0

Dissertation: Instrumentation, techniques, and evaluation of ePTV for particle manipulation

studies using micro-scale oscillators.


KLA Tencor, Milpitas, CA 12/2017-5/2018

Mechanical Design Engineer 3

Ownership of entire wafer transfer system and robotics of electron beam-based wafer review tools from atmospheric to high-vacuum environment

Design of complex systems for semiconductor industry, create project plans, generate technical drawing, assembly and testing, BOM creation and product release

Project management, system integration including complex mechanical, electrical and optical subsystems, hardware and software diagnostics and troubleshooting

PWP, particle contamination, reliability testing

Oversee these tasks and actively manage the tasks, ensuring both internal teammates and external vendors are completing tasks as necessary

Siemens Energy Inc, Charlotte, NC 3/2017-8/2017


Identifying instrumentation and DAQ systems for rotor test rig

Setting up measurement plans, sensors (accelerometers, temperature, pressure, etc.)

Data acquisition and analysis, LabView programming, control system design

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 8/2013-6/2017

Research Assistant at Center for Precision Metrology (CPM), projects listed below

Experimental Development Leader, NSF-funded project; Collaborative Research: Manipulation of Suspended Microparticles via Localized Fluid Boundary Dynamics: Modeling, Simulation, and Experiments

Researcher, NSF-funded project; Material Removal Mechanisms in Vortex Machining

Researcher, Development of Super-Heterodyne Interferometry

Researcher, Development of Three-Fingered, Touch-Sensitive, Metrological Micro-Robotic Assembly Tool

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 8/2012-8/2013

Teaching Assistant,

Teaching in Instrumentation, Materials, and Basic Electronics Laboratories


Instrumentation, sensors, actuators, electronic circuitry, controls, mechatronics

Nano-technology, Semi-conductor fabrication, high/ultra-high vacuum environments, wafer transfer system

Interferometry, profilometry (talystep, talysurf), SEM, AFM

Optics, electro-opto mechanical systems, optical system design

CMM, GD&T, machine tool metrology, uncertainty analysis,

Precision design, flexure design, finite element analysis, particle image velocimetry, image processing,

DAQ systems, LabView, Multisim, FPGA programming, ExpressPCB, PLC, signal processing

C++, Visual Basics, MATLAB, Mathematica, Python


Optimization, mathematical modeling, simulation, statistical analysis


Smith, S.T., Kafashi, S., UNCC Invention Report# 2015-005, Automatic 3-axis motion control apparatus, 2015 (Provisional patent)

Smith, S.T., Kafashi, S., UNCC Invention Report# 2016-023, Compact voltage waveform generator with low-power microcontroller connectivity, 2016 (Provisional patent)

Smith, S.T., Arablu, M., Kafashi, S., UNCC Invention Report# 2016-022, Compact, all-digital, clock modulated FM signal generator, 2016 (Provisional patent)

Smith, S.T., Kafashi, S., UNCC Invention Report# 2016-042, Encoded- PTV (ePTV), 2016 (Provisional patent)



Arablu, M., Kafashi, S., Smith, S.T. “Synchronous radio-frequency FM signal generator using direct digital synthesizers, Review of Scientific Instruments (2018), 89, 045009, doi: 10.1063/1.5026321

Kafashi, S., Strayhorn, R., Eldredge, J., Kelly, S.D., Woody, S.C., Smith, S.T. “Theoretical and experimental study of the dynamic response of absorber based, micro-scale, oscillatory probes for contact sensing applications” Review of Scientific Instruments (2016), 87, 065005, doi: 10.1063/1.4954164.

Kafashi, S., Shakeri, M., Abedini, V. “Automated setup planning in CAPP: A modified particle swarm optimization-based approach” International Journal of Production Research, (2012), 50 (15): 4127- 4140, (DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2011.592157)

Kafashi, S. “Integrated setup planning and operation sequencing (ISOS) using genetic algorithm” International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, (2011) 56:589-600, (DOI: 10.1007/s00170-011-3202-0)


Outstanding Service to the Department, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, UNC Charlotte, 2017

NSF Student Travel Award for 31th ASPE Annual Meeting (Registration), Portland, OR, 2016

First place (graduate level) Innovative Ideas, 2016 Student Product Innovation Competition, The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) – Innovative Carolinas, 2016

NSF Student Travel Award for MSEC2016/NAMRC44 (Registration and accommodation), Blacksburg, VA, 2016

Best Poster Award at UNCC’s 16th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Engineering Category, Charlotte, 2016

Outstanding Poster Award at ASPE 30th Annual Meeting (First place), Austin, TX, 2015

NSF I-Corps award, Innovate ideas – Ventureprise UNC Charlotte, 2015

Top 3 Innovative Ideas, 2015 Student Product Innovation Competition, The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) – Innovative Carolinas, 2015

First place in ASPE annual student competition (By completing challenges in control, design and metrology), American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE), 2014

Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP), UNC Charlotte, 2012-2017.


American Society of Precision Engineering (ASPE)–Technical Leadership Committee Controls & Mechatronics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

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