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Mechanical Engineering Engineer

Louisville, Kentucky, United States
October 18, 2016

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David L. Smith 502-***-****

Work Experience:

Dow Corning Corporation, Carrollton, Kentucky – Reliability Engineer 2015 - Present

• Drove improvements to decrease unexpected downtime and increase overall safety in continuous and batch finishing area for silicone fluid manufacturing

• Supported short and long term maintenance activities by initiating and coordinating workflows for over 40 Process Change Requests (PCRs) including:

o Design and implementation of spill detection system for sonolator O-ring leaks o Upgrade material of construction for vacuum pump seal fluid components o Identifying an alternative catalyst support material providing $50k in annual cost savings o Mitigation of scaling issues in plate and frame heat exchangers o Process design project to increase capacity for high viscosity 200 fluid process

• Updated over-pressure protection systems and corresponding calculations throughout the site

• Identified, analyzed, and resolved manufacturing process issues using Lean Six Sigma methods

• Investigated reliability incidents using Root Cause Analysis techniques University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky - Research and Teaching Assistant 2014 - 2015

• Mechanical Engineering Gas Surface Interactions Lab

• Conducted research on heat shield modeling for atmospheric entry using numerical methods

• Published two American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics research papers in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center Aerothermodynamics Branch NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California - Engineering Intern 2014

• Performed test data reduction and analysis on MSL Entry, Decent, and Landing Instrumentation Suite

• Quantified the accuracy of ablator response modeling tool for a thermal protection system material by comparing experimental test results with numerical simulation solutions

• Developed hypothesis for the cause of a temperature response characteristic within the thermal protection material

3M Ceradyne, Lexington, Kentucky – Mechanical Engineering Intern 2012 - 2014

• Developed ceramic, hydrodynamic bearings for directional drilling and steam-assisted gravity drainage applications

• Created an automated inspection process which decreased inspection time by 40% and improved product quality with part tracking and data collection system

• Designed and implemented apparatus to decrease bearings disassembly time and increase efficiency

• Designed experiments for bearing test rig, operated tests, and analyzed test results

• Developed concepts which significantly improved thrust load capacity on patented bearing design Computer Skills:

Enterprise Resource Planning - SAP

CAD - Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Engineer, ANSYS

Excel, PowerPoint, Visual Basic

PI ProcessBook, National Instruments LabVIEW


Linux, LaTeX, C++

Leadership, Activities, and Honors:

President - Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society 2013 - 2014

• Organized over thirty chapter projects and events including volunteering, tutoring, fundraising, STEM education, alumni and initiation events, social projects, and non-technical skills workshops Cummins Design Award for Best Senior Design Group 2014 Engineering Leadership Course - University of Kentucky 2014 Student Representative - Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Studies Committee 2012 - 2013 Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout 2008


University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude 2014 BS in Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude 2014

Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering 2015

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