EXPERIENCE
Euro-Pro: SharkNinja  | Industrial Designer  
2013-Present | Lead designer on development of a new vacuum product released in 2015. Currently designer on a new coffee product set for 2016 release. Working closely with Marketing and Engineering teams in US, London, and China. Improving SolidWorks surfacing and prototyping skills. Learning the ins and outs of plastics manufacturing and plastics product development. website

SpineFrontier | Industrial Designer             
2011-2013 | Immersion in the orthopedic spine industry through surgeon collaboration, cadaver lab testing, anatomy, research, market strategy, product development, and product branding. Worked on the development of multiple medical-device systems, including instrumentation. Worked toward establishing a design process and a design-oriented attitude within the organization. website

New Balance | Footwear Designer   
Fall 2008, Spring 2009 & Winter/Spring 2011 | Designed & developed running footwear for Winter 2013 season product line. Developed an integrated Surge footwear line along with 990 series trainer. Collaborated to develop concepts, basketball shoe strap, closure system, and logos. Worked with Running, NBx, Tennis and Warrior brand teams on design, footwear construction and colorways. website
Whipsaw | Professional Practice        
Fall 2009 | Worked with a fast-paced design firm, sketching, rendering, CAD modeling and physical model building. website

Philips Home Healthcare | Professional Practice       
Spring 2008 | Collaborated to develop storyboards and product opportunity sketches for concept home-respiratory therapy devices. Worked with design team on product development of respiratory devices. website

MTS Seating | Professional Practice       
Spring 2008 | Collaborated to develop new chair concepts. Responsible for custom design chair backs and renderings for clients. Designed, welded, and powder-coated my own concept chair. Learned and implemented new shop skills. website

PATENTS
US_2014/0148856     US_2014/0200670     US_2015/0012097     US_2015/0265317


STUDIOS
Medical Device Innovation Program | Collaborative Studio       
Winter 2010 | Collaborated with the Chair of Neurosurgery at the UC College of Medicine to design and prototype a radiolucent head-fixation device. I taught and learned from a team of student-biomedical engineers as we conceptualized, sketched, mocked-up, CAD modeled, analyzed, rendered and prototyped a device that reduces time on the OR table, resulting in improved patient outcomes. Patent application in process. website

Hewlett-Packard | Sponsored Studio       
Winter 2009 | Designed a sustainable-desktop PC, based on the Slow Movement, for the Arab-Speaking world. The design earned third place in the studio competition judged by HP designers. website

Human-Powered Vehicle | Collaborative Studio       
Summer 2008 | Concept development and fabrication of a horizontal-engaged human-powered vehicle with a group, of designers and engineers, called the Death Cheaters.

Environmental Studies | Collaborative Course      
Summer 2009 | Worked in a group to write white paper to institute a sustainability fee at the University of Cincinnati. This led to sustainable programs around campus, such as bike-share and car-share programs that still thrive today. Learn more here

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