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Engineer Mechanical

United States
August 12, 2012

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Kenneth R. Vorndran

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Gibsonia, PA 15044


Summary of Qualifications

Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in clean sheet design through product re-designs. A versatile engineer with broad involvement in trouble-shooting, finite element analysis and advanced manufacturing working in large and small organizations. Excellent Interpersonal skills dealing with internal and external customers and vendor relations to successfully implement a variety of projects in diverse workgroups.

Precision Mechanisms SolidWorks, Pro/E, Unigraphics, PDM Hands-on, Prototyping

Structural, Thermal, Flow FEA Problem solving and troubleshooting Leadership

Work Experience


Hardware Engineering Group Leader July 2010 to Present

Oversee activities of Hardware Engineering Group in addition to being an individual contributor.

Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer 2008 to Present

Lead Engineer for a stand-off detectors of chemical (explosive) residue on surfaces

Hardware IPT lead for defense contract for second generation detectors

Thermal management refined through analysis

Designed new Hyper-Spectral imaging products for document examination and explosive detection.

Clean sheet design of high performance device including optical coupling of two cameras with tunable filters, five illumination options and all associated mechanical, cabinet and electronics components. Actively involved from breadboard build to release to manufacturing.

Designed and build custom holder and drawer mechanism for material inspection in a medical disposable

Developed standards for part numbering, configuration control. ECR/ECO Process, SolidWorks in-house expert and Workgroups PDM administrator.

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS, Brashear Division, Pittsburgh, PA

Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer 2004 to 2008

Mechanical Design Engineer on teams developing a large format Space Surveillance Telescope and lightweight fire control system. EVMS training.

Lead Engineer for design and integration Aimlight/Illuminator into fire control system requiring high accuracy and repeatability while extremely small and lightweight. System testing on optical alignment of fire control mount and components.

Directed Primary Mirror Support Cell design using hydraulic supports for integration into the Telescope System.

NEXPRESS SOLUTIONS, Color Division, Rochester, NY

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 2003 to 2004

Liaison between the design team and suppliers. Also performed configuration control for the software solutions group.

Improved manufacturability/reduced cost of current and pending products with early vendor involvement and continuous interaction with design community to meet schedules.

Senior Opto-Mechanical Systems Engineer 2000 to 2003

Sub-system engineer overseeing the design and manufacturability of the exposing system for the NexPress 2100 digital color printing press.

Mechanical mounting and alignment of lens array to reduced scrap.

Thermal management to maintain constant internal temperature for constant output of the heatsink mounted LED array.

Severe cost down and process changes made of component parts, assemblies and procedures of a functioning design.

XEROX CORPORATION, Webster, NY 1999 to 2000

Technical Specialist/Project Manager

Responsible for the development and manufacturability of the tube-frame components for a digital printer.

Developed a Xerox standard staging system to allow for ease of manufacture and inspection of tube-frame components.

Significant interaction with vendors to review drawings, machining capacity, quality and delivery schedule.


Structural Analyst-Senior Mechanical Engineer 1996 to 1999

In-house consultant, performing finite element analysis and design modifications for various projects.

Predominately linear structural analysis with some experience with non-linear, vibration and thermal analysis. Some examples:

Copier doors: determined rigidity and deflection of proposed design and improved design to bring within specs.

Redesigned, using FEA, a bearing retainer spring to allow for a overall reduction in manufacturing costs of a projector motor.

Research Scientist-Senior Mechanical Engineer 1992 to 1996

Mechanical design support for Health Imaging Research Lab.

Designed and supervised the build of Laser Dye Ablation breadboards with active cooling.

Afforded the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science degree through the Special Opportunities Graduate Program.

Supported several senior research scientists with mechanical designs for their research.

Light Valve Technology-A Kodak Company

Mechanical Engineer 1987 to 1992

Took over all aspects of mechanical engineering for a Kodak Venture company from concept, prototyping, integration, drawing release and configuration control.

Refined design of a large format (16 by 20 inch) digital exposing system onto photographic materials from the Engineering Model stage through production.

Removed mechanical banding.

Designed a precision aperture mechanism with sub-micron repeatability.

Increased manufacturability and reduced component costs.

Clean sheet design of smaller format follow-on product.

One US patent for Photographic Material Clamp, No. 5,218,379.


Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Kodak Special Opportunity Graduate Program


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, With Honors

Associate of Science, Mechanical Engineering, With High Honors


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Minor in Sociology


Pre-apprentice Machine Training


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