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Lead Test Engineer

Scotts Valley, CA
July 24, 2020

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Jess Anraku They, Them, Their

Jess Anraku

Lead Vehicle Development and Test


Lead Vehicle Test Engineer experienced in building teams, designing tests, analyzing data, regulations, and leveraging assets to solve problems quickly. Experience with simulation software and electrical signal analysis tools. Have worked on over 20 full vehicle developments as IC to technical lead.

Personal Info





Technical Skills

• CANalyzer/CANape/Vehicle Spy 3

• Vehicle Test design

• Regulation Testing and test development

• Organization and Planning

• Failure analysis

• Procedure development

• UAV certified pilot (FAA Part 107)

• SQL, Python3, Terminal experience


Bachelors of Science: Mechanical


Clemson University, Clemson SC

Master of Legal Studies: Compliance and

Risk Managment

SeattleU, 2022

Professional drivers training (cold weather

and normal conditions)

ASME Bolted joint certificate

Fatigue and failure analysis

Abaqus Standard and Explicit certificate


• Full House Renovation

• 1968 Triumph Bonneville 650


• Training dogs to pass AKC CGC

• Building out and micro camping with

motorcycle and dogs

Work History

2019 -


Technical Lead Test Engineering

Impossible Aerospace

• Driving research and development of development for QA, testing, troubleshooting, and production within a small integrated team

• Leading systems requirements and organizational procedures for an electric airframe

• Principle contact for regulation requirements and compliance documentation and testing for the FAA

2018 -


Lead Test Engineer


• Built the Test engineering division from the ground up, developing a highly skilled team of engineers and technicians, supporting in all phases of testing and development (cradle to the grave) in less than nine months

• Served as technical lead for hardware, software, electrical, and AI stack testing and development, requiring cross-functional collaboration and initiative to continuously learn all technical facets of the system

• Managed vehicle development program requiring full technical and budgetary knowledge to prioritize, inform, and align all stakeholders across internal and external teams and suppliers to milestones and requirements.

• Drove vehicle requirements for regulation (in review in Congress) and authored FMVSS test procedure (approved and in place in CA) for driverless/passengerless vehicles

• Led the technical federal NHTSA regulatory effort, gaining approval from regulating bodies for new "driverless and passengerless" vehicle development LSV certification procedures through building strong relationships with regulators, demonstrating diligence by exceeding all applicable requirements, and designing new test criteria to allow for driverless and passengerless operation

• Set specifications, test plans, and test procedures based on research of intent, regulations, available resources, marketability, and regulations for system, subsystem, component and vehicle across abuse, structural and environmental test suites; analyze the results and suggest countermeasures or optimization based on cost, timing and other important factors

• Functioned as division manager, program and product manger, systems engineer, technical expert, trainer, data scientist, test development engineer, and individual contributor requiring everything from high level decisions to reworking harnesses in the field.

• Championed project across 7 primary external suppliers for test housing: proving grounds, chambers and equipment, design: body panels, computer modules, LiDAR system, to meet and design the DVP&R (Design Verification Plan & Report), ensure on-time and on- budget delivery, meet specifications, develop new test procedures, new process procedures, and ensure the delivery of quality test data. Jess Anraku They, Them, Their Work History continued

2017 - 2018 Vehicle Test Engineer


• Owned the vehicle test engineering program for all Tesla models (S, X, and 3), focusing on reliability and durability, corrosion, environmental, chassis, powertrain, battery, marketability and body to meet release targets

• Analyze test data results in VehicleSpy3, CANape and CANalyzer

• Write test reports for Design and Firmware, and present vehicle test summaries and status to executive leadership

• Established and drove processes to ensure detailed vehicle test records, optimization and test fixtures to preserve test integrity and maximize the utilization of all resources

• Design tests and partner with Instrumentation using eDAQ equipment to gather test data from: transducers, strain gage, thermal cameras, high speed cameras, thermocouples, thermistors, DAQ, and accelerometers while working with vehicle technicians to execute tests

• Developed a water simulation modeling test method using pressure plates, transducers, and accelerometers to correlate CAE predictions and physical tests, creating $900k annual external test cost savings potential

• Designed and conducted extensive water and abuse testing by identifying and prioritizing counter measures, working with engineering to prioritize based on cost and criticality 2014 – 2017

Reliability/Durability/Vehicle Structural Research Engineer Honda R&D Americas

• Person In Charge of Open/Close systems and structural marketability testing within the Reliability/Durability Testing department managing cost/weight down activities to achieve strength and life targets within area of responsibility

• Achieved CAE marketability and strength test targets for major OEM Component resulting in a $0.16/car savings on 2016 Civic and 17% strength increase on 2017 NSX as well as body structure marketability physical test targets that resulted in a savings of $1.17/car for 2018 Odyssey

• Created CAE models in ANSA using strain gage data simulations to analyze large volumes of body structural fatigue and stress/strain data at a rate of XX million data points/second to determine failures and viable counter measures; solving with ABAQUS Explicit and Standard

• Conducted failure analysis investigations for physical and CAE issues ranging from ECU burnout to Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH), proposing countermeasures, and reporting Tests contributed to winning North American and Canada Car of the Year Awards for the 2016 Civic, Truck of the Year for the 2017 Ridgeline, Top Safety Award for the 2018 Odyssey

• Maintained company set test procedures, adhering to safety and security precautions (OSHA, NHTSA, FMVSS, NCAP) while developing methods for cost/time savings

2012 – 2012


JTEKT Automotive

Interned in the Kaizen department in a factory environment where high accuracy and adherence to OSHA standards is imperative

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