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State University Mechanical Engineering

Detroit, MI
June 29, 2016

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Prajakta Kulkarni

**** **** ***. *** ***, Detroit MI – 48201 Ph. No. (248) 795-0388__


Seeking a Full time opportunity to utilize my industrial work experience and academic skills and to have exposure to advanced technology and gain experience.


•Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University with specialization in Design.

•Graduate Research Assistant at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University.

•Graduate Teaching Assistant for graduate-level Finite Element Method course at Wayne State University.

•1.5 year of experience with NX-Unigraphics,HyperMesh, Abaqus and other CAE related software’s.

•3 years of experience as Product design engineer at Mahindra Conveyor Systems Pvt.Ltd.

Skill Set


•NX- Unigraphics




•Optistruct, Hyper Mesh



•Engineering Drawing (2D)

•Linear & Structural analysis




•SAP, Bill Of Material


•Microsoft Office.


•Packaging Techniques.

•New Product Development

•Project management

•Structured Problem Solving.

Work history

Graduate Research Assistant- Design Jan ‘16-May’16

Wayne state university, Detroit, MI

Eco CAR 3 – General Motors sponsored research project to develop a Hybrid vehicle.

•Creating a concept layout till detail design of automotive components using 3D CAD software – NX Unigraphics.

•FEA analysis of design to meet design and strength requirements. Preparation of bill of material.

•Optimization of Design-Consideration of composite materials, Reuse of Materials.

•Support in purchasing of components, support manufacturing to ensure serviceability.

•Engineering drawing release and support manufacturing.

Instructional Assistant – Professor Jan’15-Dec’15

Wayne state university, Detroit, MI


Graduate Teaching Assistant & Grader Jan ‘15 – Aug’15

Wayne state university, Detroit, MI

•Grading the assignments for Finite Element Method course.

•Provide guidance for software such as HyperMesh, Abaqus and OptiStruct.

•Student Assistant at Thompson homes (school of social work, WSU).

Product Design Engineer Aug’11 – July’14

Mahindra Conveyor Systems, Pune, India

Design and modify existing product, part as per customer design proposals, specifications, and manuals to evaluate feasibility, cost and maintenance requirements of designs with GD&T knowledge, tolerance analysis.

Identifying mechanical design requirement and customer needs and developing solutions.(PD Team)

Creating engineering drawings and provide technical support to Manufacturing and Quality.

Product development activity team (3 members)-Concept Generation, Design, Analysis, Project Status and reviews.

Coordinated all design activities (SAP). Preparation and review of reports. (MS Project)


In Masters -

“Integrated product development of compact paper recycling machine.”

Bicycle-System and interactions – Development of optimum design procedure with consideration of interactions and associated tolerance stack up problems.

Gas turbine Blade Repair By Additive Manufacturing Technique -A Review .(Submitted for Publication)

Experience in linear and structural analysis, stress analysis, contact problems and optimization using HyperMesh for pre-processing and Abaqus, Optistruct as solvers.

Simulation Projects On - Material properties- Modeling of Micro-Indentation with Conical Indenter, Automotive Components like skid plate, mounts etc. Flip Chip Package to determine the life of the typical flip chip subjected to thermal loading cycle, Advanced Manufacturing Process-Deep drawing.

In Bachelor’s

Design, Analysis, Testing and Heat treatment Of a Chain Link and Sprocket for low load application.(100 mm pitch)

(The project involved design, load Application & optimization by Finite Element Analysis (on ANSYS), Heat Treatment suggestions for Chain Link and Sprocket.)

Conducted Seminar on “Four Wheel Steering System”- Created Lego model for demonstration.

Professional KRA Projects--

Experience in New Product design and development, Concept generation, analysis, detailed design, validation, release, maintenance, manual preparation.- Heavy Duty Apron Feeder

Design for cost reduction-100 mm pitch chain link optimization using finite element analysis to reduce material and cost. (40% weight reduction)

“Development of chain link (higher strength) for large capacity conveyor “(70 ton Capacity)-Project guide

“Development of Compact (MF-200) chain conveyor for small capacity applications.”

Trainings Conducted-

Drive Approval


ISO: 9000 documentation

Team member-

A member of Shadow board (Business Development Board committee consisting of representatives of different departments to find out loopholes in system and come up with a solution. Representative of engineering team.


Masters of Science-Mechanical Engineering (3.70 GPA) Aug’14-May’16

Wayne state University- Detroit, MI

Bachelor of Engineering -Mechanical Engineering (3.52 GPA) June’07-June’11

Pune University- Pune, India


Graduate professional scholarship by college of engineering Wayne State for year 2015-2016

Nomination for “Mahindra Innovation catalyst” award.


Pendaran Virtual Workplace Training – Safety,Quality,Functional team behavior and team structure, 5S, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Organizational structure, Transformation stages of system, Waste and tools of mistake proofing . (1 week)

Extracurricular activities

“MECHANICA CAD”-National level CAD competition.

Mechanical Engineering Student Association-Event In charge.

Played Soccer in Co-ed team at Wayne State University.

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