BARBARA KRUSE - MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER

barbara@barbarakruse.com : www.barbarakruse.com
(415)938-7485 (mobile) San Francisco, CA

OBJECTIVE - To create innovative and elegantly designed products - I’m seeking a full-time position working with a dynamic product design team, where I can use my strong creative, technical and leadership skills to design high quality products.

EXPERIENCE -

Professional Imaging Products, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, California 3/2008 – present
• Part of design team, from prototype to release, for award-winning PRM-4200, an LED backlit LCD Professional Reference Monitor.
• Lead team for thermal characterization of optical performance of LCD and backlight.
• Designed experiments and data analysis to support thermal feedback algorithm.
• Designed thermal management solutions for multiple components in Dolby product line incorporating CFD analysis and bench top testing.
• Worked closely with manufacturing and vendors, both overseas and domestic, to maintain product schedule and minimize cost.
• Reduced acoustic noise in forced air applications.
• Designed various manufacturing tools and processes.


Touch Interface Products, Mechanical Design Engineer
Immersion Corporation San Jose, California 10/2005 – 3/2008
• Designed mechanism for actuators, test fixtures, and systems integrations.
• Designed and prototyped various force-feedback actuators and systems, including joysticks, touchscreens, and rotary knobs, including custom integration of actuators into customer specified applications. Several designs led to new license agreements as well as patentable technologies.
• Project managed accelerated fatigue testing for medium volume electromagnetic actuator, including failure analysis, test plan development, mechanical design, management of BOM and associated purchasing, data collection and analysis.
• Initiated adoption of PDM software for mechanical engineering group, as well as company-wide ECO process. Served as PDMworks administrator for group.
• Audited manufacturing processes for various applications, as part of yield improvement project. Informed future design for manufacturability.
• Conducted data analysis and test fixture design for improved end of line testing.
• Mathematical modeling and FEA analysis for resonant system for improved tactile perception.

Human Interface Robotics, Graduate Student Researcher 8/2002 – 8/2005
Human Engineering Lab, University of California, Berkeley
• Developed mechanical design for human worn robotic devices for augmentation of lower extremities
• Designed, built and tested control and mechanical systems for power-assisted prosthetic knee. Presented design to lead engineers and president of Blatchford Prosthetics Group.
• Developed mathematical simulation for optimization of transmission of motorized knee to allow power regeneration in level walking or descents.
• Conducted analysis and mathematical simulation of human walking dynamics to assess power needs for knee and ankle joints with emphasis on implementing passive actuation at ankle.


Therm – Designer, Project Manager, Fabricator 2/2003 – 9/2004
Eccentric Design Oakland, California

daVinci Project and 3-D Visualization Lab 6/2001 – 2/2002
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia

Exhibit Fabrication – Electronics Engineer 5/1999 – 6/2000
Science Museum of Virginia Richmond, Virginia



EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley 8/2002 – 8/2005
Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering
• Masters Thesis - Design of Power-Assisted Prosthetic Knee with Regenerative Braking
• National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002
• Advisor – Professor Hami Kazerooni, UC-Berkeley
• Research Areas – Human Walking Dynamics, Mechanical Design, Prosthetic Design, human-machine interaction, human factors
• Coursework – Advanced Electro-mechanical Design, Product Design, MEMs, Design and Optimization, Real-time Motor Control, Control Theory

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 9/1996 – 6/2002
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Sculpture
Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering
• Graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degree
• Coursework – Mechatronics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Robotics, Controls, CAD,Motor Control, Materials, Sculpture, Design


SKILLS -

Technical – Mechanical design and assembly, Thermal design for electronics, Sheet metal design, Design optimization, Real-time motor control, CFD, FEA, Strong prototyping skills including machining, welding and electrical wiring.

Software – Solidworks, CFDesign, Autodesk Inventor, PDMworks, COSMOSWorks, Agile, Matlab, Simulink, Microsoft Project, Corel

Design – Strong creative process and concept generation, accomplished in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artworks

Personal – Strong leadership and communication skills, project management, experience working with teams of diverse individuals both across technical discipline and cultural backgrounds


PATENTS AND AWARDS

• 20090167677 Method and Apparatus for Providing Communicatons with Haptic Cues
• 20090153350 Method and Apparatus for Distributing Haptic Synchronous Signals
• 20090096746 Method and Apparatus for Wearable Remote Interface Device
• Team recognition for novel joystick prototype design, 2007
• Individual award for design and implementation of companywide ECO process, 2006