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Electroforming Engineer

Huntsville, Alabama, United States
October 05, 2016

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Proficient in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Electroforming, Electroplating, Metrology, Safety, and Building Management.

Over nine years of technical experience, specializing in process definition, strategy development, process improvement, as well as research and development. Dedicated to increasing product quality while raising operational efficiencies.


● Electroforming ● Electroplating ● Profilometry ● Interferometric Measurements ● Process Definition and Improvement ● Electroless Deposition ● Budgeting/Scheduling ● Electroforming ● Wet Chemistry Analysis ● ICP-AES Operation ● UV-VIS Operation ● Plating Bath Maintenance ● Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement ● Hot Block Acid Digestions ● Plating Deposit Stress Measurement ● Plating Process R&D ● Building Management



Mirror Replication Engineer 2014-Present

Assisted in the development of prototype thermal neutron optics using periodic pulse-reverse plating. Worked with team of collaborators to design and manufacture multiple guides used for neutron scattering testing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Traveled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to participate in neutron testing of the electroformed guides. Worked with team members to successfully complete the initial phase of a small business incentive research (SBIR) funded grant. Currently working to complete the second phase of the SBIR grant to continue advanced development of the neutron guides and begin production of the final design. Perform electrodeposition of nickel and nickel phosphorus alloys onto a variety of surfaces ranging from aluminum, glass, and plastic. Assess customer requirements for potential work. Maintain chemical concentrations of pure nickel, nickel phosphorus, nickel cobalt, and concentrated nickel (Ni-speed) plating baths.


NASA Mirror Replication Engineer 2007-2014

Performed the precision electrodeposition fabrication and quality control of NASA high-energy x-ray replicated optics. Designed shielding hardware with an L-Chem electrochemical field computational simulation program. Analyzed and maintained plating and interim process bath chemistries. Performed precise control of stress in the deposits using electronic monitors and LabView. Cleaned and prepared x-ray mandrels for electroforming, participated in the hardware development for electroforming, assembled x-ray optics, and developed technical procedures for the associated operations. Used various vacuum deposition techniques on x-ray optics. Assembled hardware and performed all operations to produce replicated optics from these processes. Developed consistent cleaning strategies for test articles and flight hardware. Prepared labor and material cost estimates for start-up chemical process operations. Performed experiments on optical test hardware; including stress, thickness uniformity, and plating nucleation. Experienced with startup, maintenance, and break down of plating systems.

Operated a Taylor Hobson Talysurf surface profilometer and Brookhaven vertical long trace profilometer to measure axial surface profiles of x-ray mandrels and mirrors. Performed ultrasonic thickness measurements of x-ray optics. Evaluated metrology data. Prepared diamond turning tool-path algorithms for Wolter x-ray mandrels using closed mathematical equations to produce data for input to a precision machine controller.

Managed facility improvements, maintenance, and housekeeping in a chemical operations building, including procurement requests, repairs, and capital equipment requisitions.


Engineering Intern 2006-2007

Analyzed and adjusted process bath chemistries in a production facility. Evaluated the physical properties of the finished product using a series of tests including ultrasonic thickness testing, Rockwell hardness testing, and alloy composition to maintain quality assurance of the product. Maintained inventory control, purchased chemicals and supplies, identified and coordinated laboratory improvements, and interfaced with vendors.


Environmental Chemist 2005-2006

Prepared environmental samples for ICP-AES and ICP-MS. Aqueous samples and soil/sediment samples preparation via acid digestion, document control, laboratory quality assurance, percent solid determinations, TCLP and SPLC extractions, pH adjustments to samples, samples weighing and measurement for aqueous sample aliquots for digestion and subsequent analysis.


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE

National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Training Courses:

oElectroplating and Surface Finishing

oElectroless Deposition


NASA Courses:

oLaboratory Safety and Health, Hazard Communication

oTrain the Trainer

oSafety Visit Training for Supervisors and Safety Culture

oIntroduction to Microsoft Project and Proposal Writing


Certified Electroplater and Surface Finisher (CEF) III

UAH Scholar List - 2001 Spring and Fall semesters

Honor Scholar List at UAH Spring 2003

American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2001-2005

AICHE National Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2003

Chemical Engineering Car Competition Team, 2003

Omega Chi Epsilon, national scholastic honor society for chemical engineering students, Treasurer of Beta Phi Chapter 2004-2005

NASA electronic communications training

Superstar Peer Award for Excellence 2011

Safety Star Award 2010

LIFE committee member 2009/2010

Participated in the Continuous Improvement Suggestion Program

Safequest team captain 2007

Safequest co-captain 2008

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