James Snyder

jam3ssnyder@gmail.com
215.534.5460

Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering graduate with an appreciation for industrial design. A passionate learner, climber, biker, and hiker looking for the next adventure.


Mechanical Engineer, Jun 2014 - May 2016

4moms, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Worked on a cross-disciplinary team of seven to develop a self-installing infant car seat
  • Designed 20+ plastic and metal components using mass production methods
  • Used 3D printing and machine shop to rapidly build and test prototypes
  • Successfully cast safety critical components in metal to reduce design verification time by 50%
  • Verified designs to strict child safety standards using FEA (finite element analysis) and test fixtures
  • Used DFMEA to identify, track, and eliminate potential safety hazards during design
  • Produced 50+ engineering drawings and communication packages for Asia manufacturers
  • Performed tolerance analysis and first article inspection to ensure produced design met specifications
4moms Infant Car Seat, photo from 4moms.com

4moms Infant Car Seat, photo from 4moms.com

Early production model getting ready for crash testing

Early production model getting ready for crash testing

Early round of product at CM in China

Early round of product at CM in China


Engineering Intern, Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

4moms, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Independently created 10+ 3D printed iterations of a car seat to stroller adapter
  • Designed parts according to injection molding and plastic DFMA standards
  • Balanced feedback from designers and engineers on multiple teams
  • Conducted testing according to car seat and stroller safety standards to validate design

Engineering Intern, Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Astrobotic, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Worked with two other engineers to meet aggressive deadline
  • Constructed carbon fiber composite frame and wheels for a full scale lunar rover prototype
  • Conducted successful testing of prototype at NASA Glenn Research Center
Structural members of the prototype our team fabricated

Structural members of the prototype our team fabricated

Polaris rover prototype assembled. Photo from engadget.com

Polaris rover prototype assembled. Photo from engadget.com

Testing wheel prototypes at NASA Glenn research center

Testing wheel prototypes at NASA Glenn research center


Head Mechanic, Aug 2011 - May 2013

Carnegie Mellon University Sweepstakes (Buggy)

  • Designed and built carbon fiber gravity racing vehicles for annual competition
  • Directed a small team of three engineers in the design of new vehicles
  • Managed yearly budget of $10,000 for new designs and repairs

Prototyping Methods

  • 3D printing
  • Plastic casting
  • Lost wax casting
  • Sand casting
  • Carbon fiber/fiberglass layup
  • Wood and metal working

Software

  • SolidWorks
  • SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
  • Basic ANSYS FEA
  • MS Office Suite

Production Methods

  • Injection molding
  • Gas-assist injection molding
  • Co-injection molding
  • Electroplating
  • Small metals casting
  • Metal stamping
Watch constructed with 3D printed and laser cut components

Watch constructed with 3D printed and laser cut components