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Research Assistant

Tempe, Arizona, United States
March 11, 2019

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Dharneedar Ravichandran

Tempe, AZ ***** 480-***-****

A driven, versatile, and detail-oriented professional with an aptitude for innovation, analytical techniques, and creative problem solving. Well-versed in the utilization of six sigma tools and various data and engineering software. Adept at fabrication and assembly, manufacturing simulations, production control, and safety protocols within the manufacturing industry. Communicative and personable, able to work in teams, learn new software and techniques, and adapt to new environments easily and quickly with absolute professionalism.

Core Competencies

Manufacturing Simulation

Production & Quality Control


Product Development

Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma

Root Cause Analysis

Technical Reporting

Statistical & Data Analysis

Time Management

Project Management

Leadership & Teamwork

Verbal/Nonverbal Communication


Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2018

Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Anna University, Chennai, IND, 2016


Lean Management & Manufacturing Lean Six Sigma Green Belt PLC Programming AutoCAD


Six Sigma Tools

QFD, VSM, Line Balancing, Flow Charts, 5S, FMEA, Continuous Improvement, DMAIC


ANSYS, MATLAB, MS Excel, Minitab, SPC, Process Capability Analysis, SMED, DOE


AutoCAD, SolidWorks, MS Office, ARENA simulation, RS-Logix


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2017 - Present

Research Assistant, Advance Material & Advance Manufacturing Laboratory 2018 - Present

Conduct manufacturing research, collect and analyze experimental data, and prepare graphs and spreadsheets to portray results. Facilitate laboratory equipment maintenance, vendor negotiations, and new and existing graduate training.

Key Accomplishments:

Undertook production experiments, for 2-polymer matrix fibers, that absorbed and commercialized CO2.

Decreased cost by 55% after recommending alternatives which optimized the use of tools during experiments.

Assembled a polymer extrusion and winder machine setup that contained an electromechanical system.

Graduate Research Assistant, Advance Nano Manufacturing Lab 2017 - 2018

Designed and conducted laboratory experiments, executed statistical analysis procedures, performed mechanical and finite element analysis of HF thin film, and suggested the necessary pressure requirements to achieve a displacement of 0.5mm and higher. Provided technical expertise in manufacturing and analyzed experimental results for design improvements.

Key Accomplishments:

Designed and manufactured a first level experimental setup following DFMA concepts and ANSYS.

Ashok Leyland Technical Center, Chennai, IND, 2015 - 2016

Engineering Intern

Handled various engineering duties including performing root cause analysis, to adjust the fault in a steering system of a bus, collating and interpreting data, and ensuring that all tests conducted were within industry and company standards. Conducted noise, brake, steering, acceleration, and cooling test and proposed necessary changes for the improvement of respective systems following mechanical system analysis.

Key Accomplishments:

Executed various automobile tests, for mechanical systems, and rectified faults identified during respective systems and data analysis.

Vega Associates, Tiruchirappalli, IND, 2014 - 2015

Manufacturing Engineering Intern

Undertook and successfully completed simple tasks including inscribing engineering specifications, maintaining product documentations and testing procedures, and validating equipment’s and processes. Reviewed engineering drawing, Bill of Material, and Material Resource Planning, and discovered areas of improvement.

Key Accomplishments:

Implemented standardized work instructions, safety procedures, and manufacturing processes for the production and assembly of wing walls for high pressure boilers, as per with quality control regulations.

Launched Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) projects that reduced scraps and waste in wing wall fabrication by 38%.


Retractable Earphone Case - New Production Development & Introduction

Developed, manufactured, and tested a prototype of an earphone case with a retractable setup. Presented a business proposal for startup funding ensuring to explain potential market share, break-even analysis, cost analysis, and value analysis.

Finite Element Analysis of Plexiglass Plate

Performed finite element analysis in ANSYS and suggested design modification to a plexiglass plate to withhold load up to 50 lbs. Achieved a max deformation of 1.2 mm and minimized stress concentration by 51%.

Passive Stability Control of Quadcopters

Implemented Gradient Reduction and Newtons Method to optimize the passive stability system for quadcopters. Analyzed four different models and predicted the quickest way to achieve stability in hovering condition.

SMED Analysis of Coffee Shop

Performed SMED analysis to reduce the coffee making and serving time. Reduced movement waste and improved change over time by 58.23% and involved in writing ISO 9001 standardized work instruction.

Advanced DES Modeling and What-if Analysis using ARENA

Modeled and simulated a mini-fabrication unit and recommend statistical changes including work station layout, and process improvement based on a 95% confidence interval.

Electronic Indexing Mechanism for Machine Work Table

Led a cross-functional team to develop an indexing mechanism for a manual milling machine work table. Managed basic fabrication methods including welding, grinding, and machining Achieved a turning angle as low as 0.5

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