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Dr. Andreas Vlahinos

PhD, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1984)
Certificate, Structures Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (1981)
MS, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1980)
Diploma, Civil Engineering Structures Option, National Technical University of Athens Greece (1979)

Dr. Andreas Vlahinos is Principal of Advanced Engineering Solutions, a virtual resource for rapid new product development, and professor adjunct at CU-Boulder. Dr. Vlahinos received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a professor of structural engineering at the University of Colorado, teaching courses in Structural Mechanics and in Computer Aided Structural Engineering. Dr. Vlahinos was the recipient of the Professor of the Year Award multiple times. He has over 100 publications in areas of structural stability, structural dynamics, and design optimization. Additionally, he has received the R&D 100 award. Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) and Computer Aided Concurrent Engineering for several Government agencies such as NASA, NREL and DOE and industry partners such as IBM, Coors, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, Allison Engine Comp., Solar Turbines, Ball, Futech, American Standard, Kohler, Varian, Stewart & Stevenson, Harris Corp., General Dynamics OTS, TDM, PTC, MDI, Ford Motor Company , Rockwell Collins, BIC, BAE, XEROX, ULA, Woodward Inc., Gichner Shelter Systems, NAVISTAR DEFENSE, TOYOTA, and others. Finally, he is regularly invited as a keynote speaker on a variety of subjects (Innovation, Rapid new product development, DFSS ) in international conferences.


Sandra Armentrout

MS, Engineering Management, The University of Colorado (1990)
BS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Colorado (1985)

Sandra Armentrout is Project Manager and Chief Information Technology Officer at Advanced Engineering Solutions. Sandra worked as a senior systems design engineer at US West Communications where she supported detailed process engineering, operations planning, and systems engineering. She worked as national manager of sales and systems engineering at C-Core Electronics where she directed all aspects of sales and systems engineering organizations. She also worked as a manager and senior engineer at ATT, International Mobile Machines and Mountain Bell where she facilitated the communication between the design centers and the account teams in order to ensure successful project implementations.

Sandra has ten publications in the areas of technical management and telecommunications. She has received several awards such as the US West President’s Club and Circle of Excellence, the AT&T Touch Award, Teamwork Values Award, Achievers Club Nominee and Happy Customer Club, Alliance of Professional Women's Special Recognition Award and she was First in Engineering Class at Graduation, University of Colorado.  Sandra has demonstrated community leadership as Commissioner of the State of Colorado Math, Science, and Technology Commission, as President of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Women Engineers, as Managing Editor of the American Society For Engineering Management, and by serving on the Board of Directors of both the Alliance of Professional Women and the Colorado Women's Leadership Coalition.
 



Maiki Vlahinos

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University (2011)

Mechanical Engineer with two & a half years industry experience and four summers of 'intern' experience in Solid Modeling, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Design Optimization. Capable to learn quickly and link together new CAD and CAE tools. Ability to communicate well with others; a great team player.

Specialties:

• Ability to effectively utilize sophisticated computer modeling tools such as Creo Parametric, WATTs mechanisms, Solidworks, MATHCAD, MATLAB/SIMULINK & Fortran programming to develop high quality solid models, mechanism simulations, tolerance analysis, computations, simulations and DFSS studies.

• Ability to validate designs by building finite element models in ANSYS Workbench & CreoSimulate to perform thermal, stress, vibration, magnetostatic, CFD & fatigue analyses.

• Self study student of TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving). 



Nathan S. Webb, Special Projects Consultant

BS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Utah – Salt Lake City (2000)

Simulation software specialist including FEA, Behavioral Modeling, Dynamic Mechanism Analysis, and Statistical Tolerance Analysis. Delivered structural, thermal, and seismic analysis for complex DoE plutonium processing equipment. Spearheaded internal training program for a division of Tyco Healthcare. Taught 50 engineers, in groups of about 8, Pro/Engineer Wildfire 2.0 and Pro/MECHANICA. Led application of CE/TOL statistical tolerance analysis, for 6 sigma product development. Designed and developed innovative prototypes for electrosurgical medical devices. Provided resolutions to 5000+ documented issues as a Simulations Technical Support Engineer while employed by PTC for almost 4 years.
 

Brendan Lenski, Special Projects Consultant

BS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (1991)

Brendan Lenski has extensive experience leading engineering project teams and with engineering design, analysis and optimization.  He has a broad background in the field of automotive engineering having worked in the areas of powertrain, body structure, and chassis.  He has experience releasing automotive components for OEM’s.  Brendan has a thorough background with automotive powertrains having designed and analyzed the structure of cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, base engine components, engine brackets, transmission cases, and axle housings.  Brendan is familiar with automotive manufacturing processes including casting, stamping, injection molding, welding and adhesive bonding.  He was the design and release engineer for General Motor’s Vortec 4200 cylinder block.  He is an expert in the use of Pro/Engineer, Pro/Mechanica, Hypermesh, Abaqus, NASTRAN  and in the area of topological optimization using optistruct.


Matthew D. Janies, Special Projects Consultant

BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI

Matthew Janies has over 13 years in structural analysis and design specializing in using the finite element method to improve vehicle crashworthiness and in the development of lightweight vehicle structures, including body, closure, and chassis systems. He has managed CAE activities for Chassis Sector programs; including manpower, hardware, & software. Matthew has developed corporate crashworthiness and NVH engineering and analysis expertise.  He has lead design and engineering development of vehicle suspension subframes and modules, focusing on static stiffness, driving point mobility, linear dynamics, durability, fatigue, and crashworthiness. He has developed suspension module, system-level, non-linear durability analysis methodology using LS-DYNA.  Matthew has experience with full-vehicle crash simulations using LS-DYNA for development of truck frame structures.


Julie Duke, Special Projects Consultant

MA, Mathematics (Focus: Analysis), San Diego State University (1993)
BS, Mechanical Engineering (Equivalent, Focus: Analysis), University of Wisconsin - Madison (1987)
BS, Physics and Mathematics (Dual Majors), University of Wisconsin - Madison (1986)

Julie Duke has over 20 years of experience spanning electromagnetics, mechanical systems and engines, and electronics within the aerospace, automotive research, renewable energy, networking, and computer industries. She held technical responsibility for EMI/EMC, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), and lightning protection on 20 commercial and defense aerospace programs. She demonstrated regulatory compliance on billions of dollars in hardware, verified specification compliance for more than 60 products, and prepared expert guidance for over 160 products. Julie performed advanced fullwave, 3-D vector diffraction and resonance analyses on hybrid composite-metallic structures with EM coupling transfer functions to electronic systems. She developed force control equations and performance analyses for active electromagnetic devices using ANSYS Emag, ANSYS Multiphysics, Mathcad, and conventional hand analysis. She analyzed electronics using COMORAN method of moments field simulators, signal Integrity reflection and cross-talk simulators, and IBIS model creation. Julie also created systems level performance optimization simulators.

 

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