Adherend Innovations. LLC was founded after 10 years of diverse industry experience with design, analysis, testing, and manufacturing areas of mechanical engineering. Throughout my career, I have always worked to blend these somewhat unique and highly specialized fields, believing that the ultimate design cannot be realized without extensive analysis, while analysis cannot be conducted without accurate physical testing and a deep understanding of the fundamentals. Furthermore, awareness of manufacturing constraints and opportunities is critical to successful product design by providing huge opportunities for reduced cost and environmental impact.
After receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in May of 2006, I began my career at Boeing as a Stress Analysis Engineer on the 787 program. There I developed a deep understanding of empirical and analytical analysis methods on a variety of structures and materials, with an emphasis on composites. In support of FAA certification, I performed hundreds of tests at material, component, and assembly levels. Analysis was used to validate test results and dramatically reduce the test matrices. Due to the extensive use of composites, finite element analysis (FEA) methods were used heavily on this program. Early in my career, I recognized the power of these tools and have incorporated them into all aspects of my work.
In 2012, after delivery of the 787, I moved to Silicon Valley to support a small general aviation startup as the lead structural engineer on an electric airplane. During my time at Zee.Aero, I led sizing of proof-of-concept and prototype composite airframe structures, developed in-house material testing capabilities, and assisted the design team with material and manufacturing methods selection. I left Zee.Aero in late 2013 to pursue an opportunity with Apple.
As a product design engineer for iPad, I performed drop simulations for various products in an effort to improve reliability, reduce cost and manufacturing cycle time, and support materials selection. Sitting in close proximity to our softgoods team, I also provided simulation support to new products like cases and watch bands. I became heavily involved in the design and execution of major architectural features, including the carbon fiber integrated speakers found in iPad Pro. I prided myself in providing the design engineers with solutions to problems, never just highlighting the issues in the contour plots of FEA simulations. In an effort to reduce the environmental footprint and cost of devices, I also developed new manufacturing solutions in the areas of automated adhesives applications.
In 2015, I transitioned to a special projects group where I continued to perform structural analysis and materials evaluation. Due to the nature and early stage of the project, I became much more heavily involved in design and integration efforts. I was grateful for the opportunity to improve my CAD skills and truly combine the fields of design and analysis, but decided to leave Apple in May of 2016 to pursue some personal projects and provide consulting services through Adherend Innovations, LLC.
Being an avid cyclist, kitesurfer, and skier, I have a deep interest in the products that keep us healthy, happy, and active outside. I look forward to applying my knowledge and skills acquired over years of structural analysis and product design in the aerospace and consumer electronics industries. To assist in this process, I obtained a Master of Engineering Management degree at Dartmouth College, providing a good foundation for operating my own business. I look forward to working on new and exciting projects with you!