PhD Mechanical Engineering 2013
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Advisors: Perry Y. Li, PhD and Arthur G. Erdman, PhD

MS Mechanical Engineering, minor in Biomedical Engineering February 2011
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Advisor: Perry Y. Li, PhD

BS Mechanical Engineering May 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Graduated with Honors


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 2013, Download
Advisors: Perry Y. Li, PhD and Arthur G. Erdman, PhD

  • Researched and designed a novel robotic, hydraulic, multi-articulated surgical platform for use with various forms of surgical procedures.
  • Designed a novel hydraulic valve capable of low-flow rate, high-pressure operation within restrictive size constraints.
  • Planned and fabricated prototypes for various components of the proposed surgical platform for validation and testing design effectiveness.
  • Developed analytical and numerical models to describe system kinematics and test operation.


Engineering and Technology Department, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Associate Professor, June 2016 - present
Assistant Professor, August 2012 - May 2016

Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Lab Supervisor, July 2011 – August 2012

  • Co-founded an undergraduate internship program.
  • Mentored various undergraduate and graduate engineering design groups in the medical device. development process and general engineering design.
  • Designed, maintained, and enforced safety protocols for a multi-function laboratory space.
  • Trained students in the use of advanced prototyping and development equipment.
  • Developed and maintained an up-to-date design environment through equipment acquisition, skills training, and needs analysis.

School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
Adjunct Faculty, January 2012 - May 2012

  • Led a laboratory class covering the topics of statics and dynamics.
  • Helped students to make the connection between classical theory and the real-world applications through the use of hands-on projects.
  • Introduced students to the basics of manufacturing by teaching wood and metal machining skills.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Teaching Assistant, Senior Design Projects, September 2011 – May 2012

  • Provided project support for 19 industry sponsored student senior design groups.
  • Assisted students through the design experience and provided feedback through project reviews.
  • Located on campus resources and equipment to meet various project needs.

Teaching Assistant, Design and Manufacturing I, January 2010 – August 2011

  • Instructed students in both a small group lecture format and laboratory format.
  • Covered topics such as statics, stress analysis, machine component design, mechanics, fatigue, manufacturing processes, and computer aided design/analysis.
  • Supervised laboratory sessions on basic machining, numerically controlled machining, injection molding, rolling, and welding.

Teaching Assistant, Design and Manufacturing II, January 2010 – May 2010

  • Led a discussion section of approximately 50 students weekly.
  • Lectured on topics including graphical and analytical synthesis of mechanisms, mechanism analysis, machine component selection, and kinematics.
  • Mentored student groups in the design and analysis of mechanism based projects.

Curriculum Vitae

The most regularly updated version of my CV can be downloaded here.