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Mechanical Engineer Design

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Jonesboro, Georgia, 30236, United States
Posted:
August 19, 2018

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B r i a n E . E l w e l l

Greater Atlanta Area 678-***-**** ac6qbb@r.postjobfree.com www.linkedin.com/in/brianeelwell Chief Engineer – Connected, Controls and Sensor Technologies Innovative, multitalented electro-mechanical engineer and inventor. Expertise includes connected, controls and sensor technologies; lighting systems and solutions; motor controls; and commercial and industrial wiring devices. Known for resourcefulness and technical savvy, as well as for building unique multidisciplinary design teams. Proven success in product design – from concept through commercialization. Outstanding analytical, critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, and process improvement skills. Core competencies include:

Engineering leadership. Listed as inventor on 30+ U.S. and international patents. Managed teams with as many as 14 hardware and software engineers and technicians (as Director of Engineering, North America – Cooper Controls). Mentored many engineers over the years. Traveled to Asia, Europe, and Central America 500+ times to select partners, establish manufacturing facilities, and conduct quarterly business reviews.

Connected, controls and sensor technologies. At Eaton, investigated new technologies that could be built into Eaton's lighting platforms, and developed technology and validation methods required by product team to fully and properly implement across multiple product platforms. Recent projects include Neoswitch, Microset, wireless mini-sensor, and relay panel for lighting. All are still in production; all have exceeded expectations – regarding performance, quality, and revenues. These four products are generating $19.5M of revenue annually.

Product development and project management. In the past 13 years, managed 50+ projects. Oversaw 10 product lines – with each line ranging from five to 50 products (SKU’s). Managed project budgets from $100K to $500K. Most projects revolved around energy management and building automation using connected, controls, and sensor technologies.

Professional Experience

October 2005 – March 2018 Eaton Peachtree City, Georgia Eaton is a multinational power management company with 2017 revenues of $20.4 billion. Principal Sensor Technologist – Lighting Systems and Solutions November 2016 – March 2018

Using strong background in sensors and electronics (signal conditioning and processing), executed research of available technologies to apply in new ways. Developed systems for proof-of-concept.

Investigated new technologies that could be built into Eaton's lighting platforms, and developing technologies and validation methods required by product team to fully and properly implement across multiple product platforms.

Researched “People Counting” technologies which involve both imaging and non-imaging based platforms for optimizing space utilization, traffic monitoring, people tracking for safety, and retail data.

Researched “Indoor Air Quality” by providing data via Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to building automation systems, allowing for optimized control of the space.

Performed circuit and PCB design, mechanical design, embedded programming, and Windows programming. Director of Engineering, North America – Cooper Controls October 2005 – November 2016

Led a cross-functional team of 14 people – nine engineers and technicians in Peachtree City and five hardware and software engineers in Vermont.

Specialized in lighting control and building automation, primarily for energy management. Expanded areas of control knowledge to include panel-based dimming systems for architectural lighting.

Completed development of a schedule-based control system with individual circuit power metering and monitoring. System assists in optimizing power usage throughout a building by showing real-time consumption at individual circuit levels. Because each circuit could be a different voltage or phase, designed the power supplies and in-panel distribution to be fully isolated from power being controlled and monitored.

Recent projects include Neoswitch ($5M), Microset ($11M), wireless mini-sensor ($2.5M), and relay panel for lighting ($1M). All are still in production; all have exceeded expectations – regarding performance, quality, and revenues. These four products are generating $19.5M of revenue annually – all with excellent gross margins.

Developed internal design and documentation standards so manufacturing had consistent information for each product. This was especially important in the wake of multiple acquisitions. Brian E. Elwell Page 2

June 1987 – October 2005 Novitas Torrance, California Novitas made commercial and industrial lighting controls. They were bought by Cooper Wiring Devices in 2005. Parent Cooper Industries was acquired by Eaton in 2012.

Vice President of Engineering / Chief Engineer

Managed all aspects of product design and development, primarily with industrial building controls, including the design and refinement of occupancy sensor-based lighting and HVAC controls used for energy management in commercial and industrial applications.

Designed many products from initial concept through commercialization and mass production.

As Project Manager, coordinated the efforts of engineers working both internally and externally. Planned development schedules and budgets; delegated projects or tasks as needed to ensure projects were completed timely and with positive results.

Familiar with standards and procedures necessary to have products UL listed, or to have custom components UL recognized. Managed all correspondence and liaison with UL and other compliance agencies such as ETL, CSA, FCC, and BSI. Familiar with many UL standards including UL508, UL244A, UL916, UL924, UL746C, and UL60950. Worked with UL and FCC to ensure products achieve compliance faster than normal methods allow.

Oversaw quality control of products and custom components manufactured in the U.S, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Traveled to production facilities in many Asian, Latin, and European countries to find factories that could provide quality manufacturing in a timely and cost-effective manner. Education, Technical Inventory, Interests and Patents Studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, California

Completed 50% of Bachelor of Science (BS); maintained GPA of 4.00. Technical Inventory

Developed a broad spectrum of knowledge in both analog and digital circuit design, and PCB layout using Altium, Orcad Capture, Orcad Layout, and Spice tools.

Became fluent with many mechanical design tools including AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks. Autodesk-certified on AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop for both solid and surface modeling used for mechanical design.

Written and debugged firmware for numerous microprocessors in both Assembly and C. Familiar with processor architectures from Microchip, Freescale, Cypress, Texas Instruments, Atmel, Analog Devices, and others.

Experienced with software design, having written numerous programs for work and hobby-related applications. Able to program in Access, Excel, Visual Basic, C, C++, Visual C++, and Assembly.

Written some Windows applications using Win32 / .NET Framework for product development tools and to support production testing.

Familiar with numerous communications protocols; developed custom protocols for use in our products. Also developed an encryption method to protect proprietary firmware when transferred to a contract manufacturer.

Trained on multiple stage gate processes (e.g. DMEDI – Define, Measure, Explore, Develop, and Implement) with the goal of Six Sigma; understand the advantages and disadvantages of each process. Interests

Computers: program computers, embedded processors, apps, and firmware.

Music: possess an extensive collection of music and play guitar.

Radio: currently hold my Advanced Class Amateur Radio License.

Flying: hold a Private Pilot’s License; Instrument-rated. Brian E. Elwell Page 3

Patents

US20070183329 Networking of switchpacks

US20170094134 Electrical Devices with Camera Sensors US5142199 Energy efficient infrared light switch and method of making same US5281961 Motion detection sensor with computer interface US5293097 Fully automatic energy efficient lighting control and method of making same US5319283 Dimmer switch with gradual reduction in light intensity US5363688A Method of calibrating motion detectors within a scaled environment US5392631 Range test chamber

US5394035 Rate of change comparator

US6841945B1 Lighting control system and method

US7411489 Self-adjusting dual technology occupancy sensor system and method US7486193B2 Occupancy sensor network

US7541924 Infrared occupancy sensor

US7777632 Acoustic occupancy sensor

US8467164 Self-optimizing electrical switching device US8848486 Ultrasonic transmitter having adjustable output US9144142 Reduced time delay for outputs of an occupancy sensor US9157996 Multiple ultrasonic preamplifiers with independent automatic gain control US9215775 Method and system for illumination management US9510427 Artificial light source based messaging platform US9591711 Method and system for illumination management US9607607 Ultrasonic transmitter having adjustable output US9647459 Distributed low voltage power systems

US9686838 Self-learning auto-cutoff daylight detection control for light fixtures US9755741 Visible-light based communication and occupancy detection US9812874 Distributed low voltage power systems

US9843384 Artificial light source based messaging platform US9909752 LED lamp with a flexible heat sink

USD678097 Sensor

USRE37135 Fully automatic energy efficient lighting control and method of making same WO2017059212 Light fixtures with integrated control



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