Product Alchemy

Alchemy.  A philosophical tradition whose practitioners claimed was the precursor to profound powers. Alchemists searched for ways to transform metals such as iron, nickel, and lead into noble metals (gold or silver). Along the way, alchemists developed techniques that led to modern chemistry.

OK, I’m not an alchemist in the strictest sense of the word. What I can do is transform and improve your products by helping you identify and implement materials solutions that optimize product performance, reliability, and cost. Whether I work with you directly or you take my metallurgy courses, you will get the materials engineering information and knowledge needed to confidently make decisions and solve problems related to product design and manufacturing.

Optimizing and transforming products
I love applying materials engineering to design and manufacturing decisions and problems. Whether it’s selecting a material for a new design or cost reduction, developing a manufacturing process, evaluating a supplier, or performing a failure analysis, I get to work with people from different disciplines and help them engineer the materials in their products to enable improved products. Click here to learn more about my consulting services.

Metallurgy training
I passionately believe in the positive impact materials engineering can have on the success of a product.  Because of this I’m making metallurgy knowledge accessible to non-metallurgists through engaging training courses. I’m committed to providing knowledge that empowers people to confidently make well-informed design, manufacturing, and supplier decisions.  Click here to learn more about my metallurgy courses.

My Background
I have over 20 years experience working on every aspect of product design and manufacturing, including

  • Product development (determining design requirements, materials selection, reliability testing)
  • 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 solve your product design 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 a high volume integrated circuit factory and as a design/quality/cost reduction engineer (yes, all three at once) for automotive electronics. Working at Motorola was a great experience. I learned the engineering techniques required to design and make great products, had exposure to all facets of designing and making a product, and had the opportunity to work with world class engineers.

I can apply my education and unique knowledge and experience to your product development challenges to transform and improve your products.

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