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Mechanical Engineer Design

Austin, Texas, United States
January 31, 2019

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H. Matthew Stephens

Austin, TX ***** • 870-***-****

Qualifications Profile

Creative design engineer with extensive experience and education in bridging the gap between engineering and design; strong research skills; excellent at building prototypes.

Experience designing and implementing sheet metal housings, chassis, and enclosures for electrical and electronic systems

Expertise developing and executing continuous process improvement strategies, such as returning industrial product line, Laymor SM-450t from failure to full production

Skill creating and running myriad finite element analysis (FEA) simulations and performing forensic research used as basis for winning litigation cases

Solid track record of designing and developing multiple prototypes, providing engineering analysis and design recommendations for product revision

Proficiency preparing high quality design documents and detailed technical drawings combining knowledge of design, engineering, and manufacturing processes

Specialties: Product Design, Simulation, Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing, Solid Modeling, FEA and CFD Analysis, Hydraulic Systems

Professional Experience

CRAY Supercomputer, Austin, TX

Mechanical Engineer, December 2018 – January 2019

Worked alongside Mechanical, Thermal, and Hardware engineers to improve packaging solutions for rack based computing systems.

Assist2Develop, Remote

Freelance Mechanical Engineer and Designer, April 2019 – November 2018

Independent engineering contractor for individuals and small teams seeking assistance for engineering and design projects.

Ideal Power, Austin, TX

Lead Mechanical Designer, November 2017 – March 2018

Acted as the principal mechanical designer for a small, innovative team helping to design, improve, and package photovoltaic energy conversion systems with this Austin based startup.

Oversaw and Maintained PLM systems and model library for existing and prototype products.

Worked alongside hardware engineers to ensure and refine the fitment of electronic components within the product chassis.

Aided in the design of testing prototypes and refined prototypes for release and manufacture.

Worked alongside procurement to select and purchase components for improved product performance.

REV Group, Longview, TX

Design Engineer, May 2017 – August 2017

Combined knowledge of design, engineering, and manufacturing processes to bring capital project line from failure to full production status.

Boosted automotive sales by analyzing and resolving national recall issues facing consumer automotive line.

Played key role in designing next generation industrial products, including tier 4 final revisions of Laymor street sweepers.

Friedman Research Corp, Austin, TX

Design Engineer, 2013 - 2016

Designed, tested, and deployed innovative roll-over protection systems for use with single-cab mining vehicles in Africa.

Managed project design, identifying problems, reverse engineering, and recreating heavy truck chassis for FEA analysis utilizing Solidworks and CREO.

Played key role in design of new safety technologies for military and firefighting use, as well as for railroad and heavy trucking industries.

Tested and designed next generation Huck-bolt based truck chassis in collaboration with Metalsa (structural components manufacturer).

INSPIRE at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Educational Researcher and Graphic Designer, 2010 - 2012

Designed and prototyped exhibit concepts for children’s museums, including a functional user controlled recreation of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Supported professors and staff by designing and developing infographics and illustrations for presentations.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, West Lafayette, IN

Intern (QA Line Worker and Junior Process Manager), 2009

Created and implemented interim safety and quality control procedures during Toyota’s 2009 recall.

Commercial Metals Company, Hope, AR

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Intern, Summer, 2006; Summer, 2007

Collaborated with plant mechanical and electrical engineers to create and implement CMC's first automated stock -cutting station.

Slashed costs by $1M, overseeing implementation of new welding procedures


Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Engineering: Design Engineering, May 2013

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

Minor in Product Lifecycle Management via CAD Systems

Technical Skills

3D Modeling: SolidWorks, CREO/ ProE, CATIA, Hyperworks, LS-PrePost, RHINO, NX, 3DS Max, MeshLab

Simulation: LS-DYNA, SolidWorks Simulation, FDS/Smokeview

3D Printing: FDM, SLS, DLP, Sandstone

Graphics: Adobe Creative Suite

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