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 improve and possibly transform your products by helping you engineer the materials in your products. 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.

Two principles are the basis of my approach to consulting and training:

  • Proper materials selection is essential to satisfy product performance, reliability and cost requirements.
  • Control of materials properties variations is essential for enabling products that consistently meet performance, reliability and cost requirements.

Whether you’re designing a product, developing a manufacturing process, selecting a supplier, or need to do a failure analysis to determine the root cause of a problem, applying these principles opens up a world of options.

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 help people from different engineering disciplines engineer the materials in their products to enable successful 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 (determine design requirements, select materials, 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 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 (yes, all three at once) for automotive electronics.  During all this 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.