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Lead Research Biomedical / Optical Engineer
Highly-skilled biomedical and optical engineering professional with demonstrated success designing, constructing, analyzing innovative complex technical products for various markets including GE Healthcare, Aviation and Oil & Gas in US and abroad. AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Extensive knowledge directing and overseeing biomedical device and bioreactor projects lifecycle from concept to release.
• Experienced in a cell therapy process development lab/LMP & GMP facility in GE and California Stem Cell Inc.
• Demonstrated leadership of multiple research projects acting as primary R&D interface to the GE Healthcare and other GE businesses.
• Leverage in-depth expertise to develop, execute, analyze, validate, and implement testing procedures for diverse systems and products within clinical research settings and hospitals, as well as government organizations.
• Expert communicator, team leader, and collaborator; ability to harness resources to achieve goals, adept at mentoring emerging professionals and cultivating vital relationships with clients to build consensus, drive growth, and deliver superior product reliability for an unmatched customer experience.
• Outstanding and long-lasting customer relationships and provide pre and post technical support to customers in US and abroad, analytical and technical skills; diligent troubleshooter proficient in numerous technologies, scientific methodologies, regulatory and safety standards.
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS
Tools: Python, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, Dip-Trace, Image J, MATLAB, J-link Package Components, Amira, Erfanview, Microsoft Office Suite, and working knowledge of COMSOL and Visual C/C++.net. Professional Experience
General Electric Global Research Center (GE GRC), Lake Forest, California - Niskayuna, New York Research Biomedical/Optical Engineer (2010 – Present) Serve as first point of contact for multimillion dollar private and government biomedical and optical solution partnerships for product development and commercialization. Direct integrative product development teams in launching a variety of cutting- edge cellular biology and imaging instruments. Consult and guide cross-functional teams and customers within clinical research settings and hospitals. Organize and execute comprehensive test procedures to certify product reliability and customer satisfaction. Investigate test instrumentation to meet budgetary requirements and minimize overhead expenses. Orchestrate routine safety audits for six labs and 20 offices to ensure adherence to regulatory compliance. Designed and fabricated noncontact optical inspection system for Xcellerex XDR (50-2000) single vessel bioreactor systems in cell therapy domain and filed international patent on it(280844-2-WO). Fabricated semiautomatic optical IR-inspection system to detect impurities in CZT (X-ray detection) crystals for healthcare applications and radioactive sensors for Department of Homeland Security (DoHS) and Department of Energy (DoE) applications. Serve as Toastmasters Club Sergeant of Arms. Key Achievements:
§ Launched and employed automated noncontact optical vision system for bioreactor for cell therapy applications to help measure bubble size and thickness of foam within Xcellerex XDR (50-2000) bioreactors.
§ Collaborated and primary R&D interface to the GE GRC and Stanford University on NICU project.
§ Authored and employed test procedures for newly developed non-contact heart rate monitoring systems utilized in Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
§ Built, integrated and tested optical systems on Multiomnyx digital pathology and provided customer support for Clarient.
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§ Validated and optimized new nerve labeling agent and IR-UV imaging system in Memorial Salon Kettering Cancer Research to help surgeons visualize delicate nerves and minimize risk of damage through surgical procedures.
§ Governed team of four engineers through lifecycle of automated optical and ultrasound prototype system to support focused imagery of moving objects for the Department of Defense (DoD).
§ Created and patented automatic optical metrology system to classify paper for blood sample collection as pass or fail utilized by hospitals and labs as quality control to save genetic information.
§ Constructed optical systems for DoHS to amplify biometric ability and personal safety. California Stem Cell, Inc., Irvine, California
Application and Research Engineer (2009 – 2010)
Differentiated and analyzed commercial, medical grade neuron, and myocardium cells from human embryonic stem cells utilized for drug screening within pharmaceutical organizations, wounded warriors, and paraplegic patients. Composed 2D and 3D mechanical blueprints of fixtures for cell incubators using SolidWorks and implemented automated image processing program with MATLAB to calculate HESC 100 times faster than manual computation to improve timeliness and efficiency. Key Achievements:
§ Coached and inspired numerous interns to acquire cell manufacturing vital knowledge of good laboratory practice
(GLP), good manufacturing practice (GMP), standard operating procedures (SOP), material safety data sheets
(MSDS), and FDA regulatory compliant mandates.
§ Supervised all customers and vendor relations for procurement of raw material, quarantine, and storage to secure product quality and ensure timely deliverables.
UCI Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Irvine, California Application Engineer (2005 – 2009)
Created and constructed optical coherence tomography (OCT) endovascular fiber-optic based imaging catheters and tested product in multiple phases on cardiovascular phantom, rabbits, pigs, and ultimately three patients. Published paper for SPIE conference related to clinical feasibility and applications. Administered laser tweezers on fibronectin-coated bead attached to transfected endothelial cell membrane to evaluate cell recovery time response. Key Achievements:
§ Collaborated with senior engineers and physicians from St. Jude to implement endovascular-imaging laser-based catheter for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) procedures within a surgical setting.
§ Mentored undergraduate students in numerous subjects including biophotonics and optical systems, tissue culture and sterile techniques, 2D and 3D culture methods, media optimization, gel electrophoresis, protein electrophoresis and western blot, immunohistochemistry, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction
(RT-PCR), and DNA purification and quantification.
* * * * * Additional experience as Adjunct Faculty/Computer Aided Design Professor focused on presenting SolidWorks program to undergraduate students studying physics and mechanical engineering at Siena College, Albany, NY,
(2016 to Present).
Education and Credentials
Master of Science in Biomedical/Optical Engineering Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Irvine, California
Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE, Huntington Beach, California
— Certifications and Professional Development —
LabVIEW Core I and II Certification ~ Six Sigma Green Belt ~ Jet Engineers and Propulsion Systems for Engineers Certification ~ Competent Communicator, Toastmasters International ~ Project Management Professional Certification (In Progress) Professional Affiliations
President – Tech Valley SolidWorks User Group (2014 to Present) Program Planner/Mentor/Teacher – Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) (2004 to Present)