Q: What is your title?
Senior R&D Analyst
Q: What do you do here?
I work to innovate and improve the technology that we have and create new technologies when there is a need for them. If we have new ideas we explore them, research their feasibility and model them electronically before building them in steel.
Q: How long have you worked at SidePlate?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
I am always learning something new every day. My job challenges me and has never been a “cookie cutter” type job. The work is very technical, high level, focused and, most importantly, challenging. I’ve been asked why I don’t go back for my PHD. Essentially all the work I am doing here is like getting a PHD.
Q: You are a big part of each of our practical tests in the laboratory—any big moments?
During our H1 testing, when one of our connections went up to 9% drift, which is unheard of!
Q: Why is FEA so important to SidePlate?
In the field of fracture mechanics, SidePlate has the ability to predict--which is very difficult. Running full-scale tests numerous times on the computer, seeing the results repeated, is essential before we actually do a real test. This way we enter the lab with a high degree of certainty, rather than doing tests and wasting time and money.
Q: What is your record (%) on predictions during testings?
There was one I predicted results at 100%! But, for the most part my predictions are accurate, plus or minus 1-2 cycles, 90% of the time.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Driving my Mustang to beautiful locations and scenery and take pictures.
Q: You recently got your dream car (Mustang GT) and your dream camera. Where do you want to drive next to take pictures?
Maybe Yellowstone, Yosemite, or some beautiful national parks!
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