Education

A wise man once told me that job security doesn't come from choosing the right job, it comes from being good at what you do.  Because of this statement I have looked for opportunities to learn, use, and sharpen skills that I knew would help me be good at what I love.
 
 
"Job security doesn't come from choosing the right job, it comes from being good at what you do!"
~Don Sauser
 
I love to invent!  It doesn't matter what I'm inventing, designing or building, I love the process.  From the design of products to the formation and execution of business ideas, I love the creation process.  BYU has a program called the Interdisciplinary Product Development Program (IPD).  It was perfect for me because it offered me an opportunity to study both business (MBA) and product development (MS).  My BS and MS in mechanical engineering have given me great tools for product design as well as sharpened my skills in logical reasoning.  My MBA has given me wonderful tools in business development and marketing.  The combination of those three degrees have produced skills beautifully aligned with what I want to do for a career.  Create!
   
Master of Business Administration

  • Completed the MBA program at Brigham Young University's Marriot School of Management in April 2002 as part of the IPD Program
  • Area of Study: Entrepreneurial business/product development and marketing
  • Recipient of scholarships
  • GPA 3.77
Master of Science Mechanical Engineering
  • Completed the graduate program at Brigham Young University's College of Engineering and Technology in December 2002 as part of the IPD Program
  • Area of Study: Product development
  • Thesis Title: Metrics and Methods for the Evaluation, Screening and Selection of Competing Modular Product Designs on a Strategic Basis
  • GPA 3.97
 
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
  • Completed the undergraduate program at Brigham Young University's College of Engineering and Technology in April 2000
  • Successfully competed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
  • Recipient of various scholarships issued from the mechanical engineering department
  • Enjoyed classes in mechanism design, analog & digital controls, mechatronics
  • GPA 3.68
 
Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD)
  • The IPD program is a joint MBA/MS Mech. Eng. program that focuses on product development.  There is no other program like it anywhere in the U.S.  The purpose of the program is to produce individuals who can think like mangers but work like engineers, think like engineers but work like managers, individuals who have interdisciplinary skills that make them an asset to any company in any industry.
MS Mech. Eng. Thesis  
  • Thesis Advisor: Spencer Magleby
  • Title: Metrics and Methods for the Evaluation, Screening and Selection of Competing Modular Product Designs on a Strategic Basis
  • Defense Date: December 16, 2002
  • Summary: My thesis falls under the category of design theory methodology (DTM).  My work builds on past research in the field of modular product design.  This document organizes existing modular product definitions from which a new classification scheme is developed.  This scheme is called the Modularity Type Space (MTS).  This classification scheme defines four types of modular products and shows how they relate to one another.  Metrics and rules are then presented that can be used to classify competing modular product designs as one of the four types of modular products described by the MTS.  Tools are then presented that can be used to compare these competing product designs  for the purposes of ranking the designs according to their ability to achieve strategic product objectives.
  • Download a copy of my thesis by clicking here.
  • Publications: To download a copy of the article I wrote (based on my thesis) that was published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) click here.