Increasing the probability of your success

If you’re in product design and manufacturing, your success depends on the materials in your products. Selecting sub-optimum materials or suppliers means delayed schedules, low manufacturing yields, product failures, and high costs.

I help clients become more productive and profitable by providing materials engineering consulting and training that enables

  • Better design decisions
  • Developing high yield manufacturing processes
  • Selecting capable suppliers
  • Improving quality
  • Better communication with suppliers and customers
  • Faster problem solving

Engineering consulting
Whether you’re selecting a material for a new design or cost reduction, developing a manufacturing process, evaluating a supplier, or performing a failure analysis, I can help engineer the materials in your products to enable you to be more productive and profitable. Click here to learn more about consulting services.

Metallurgy training
I’ve made metallurgy knowledge accessible to non-metallurgists through engaging courses. The knowledge you’ll gain will enable you to make better design, manufacturing, and supplier decisions. Click here to learn more about metallurgy courses.

My Background
I’ve worked on every aspect of product design and manufacturing, so I know the issues and pressures you face to design new products, deal with suppliers, and keep manufacturing lines running properly. I know the pride of completing a project without any surprises, and the angst associated with facing a quality fire drill and customers demanding answers.

Here are some of the different types of projects on which I’ve worked:

  • Product design
  • Manufacturing process development and quality improvement
  • Supplier evaluation and selection
  • Cost reduction
  • Failure analysis and root cause analysis

This unique, broad experience enables me to bring multiple perspectives to help you with product design and manufacturing challenges.

I received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.  After graduating I worked 13 years at Motorola as a manufacturing engineer in an integrated circuit factory and as a design/quality/cost reduction engineer for automotive electronics.  At Motorola I learned and applied the engineering techniques required to design and manufacture great products.

After gaining all this experience and knowledge I wrote a book  – Materials Enabled Designs – that discusses how to make design and manufacturing decisions in order to optimize the materials used in a product so that the product meets performance, reliability, and cost requirements.

Call 847.528.3467 or email today for a free 30-minute consultation.