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Epifano - Mechanical Engineer - Schaumburg, IL, USA

Michael Epifano

Schaumburg, IL, USA


Mechanical Engineer


An accomplished Mechanical Engineer with exemplary experience in failure analysis, data acquisition/reduction and fatigue testing. Proven expertise in new product development and validation from concept through field implementation applying Finite Element Analysis and Six Sigma/Lean Sigma principles.

Work History

Engineering Analyst

SimuTech Group

• Performed presales technical support to drive CAE software sales, including software presales demonstrations, benchmarks and paid projects.
• Served as customer interface for the entire scope of consulting projects ranging from proposal development, analysis and technology reporting.
• Conducted technical customer support and training of ANSYS and fe-safe products.
• Developed and maintained strong proficiency in fe-safe and ANSYS products and applications, including linear, non-linear structural analysis, modal and crack propagation.

Senior Engineer Research and Development


• Responsible for testing and verifying new and existing fleet components thru instrumented track testing at TTCI, Pueblo, CO.
• Conduct field trials for new components, monitor and interpret results from Wayside detectors to verify designs and improve fleet performance.
• Performed various material acceptance and qualification tests such as material hardness testing, specimen polishing and etching, and magna-fluxing for material crack investigations.

Adjunct Faculty, Discrete Mathematics

Triton Community College

• Developed syllabus, course lectures, grading and instructing students on subject content
• Assisted students outside of class needing additional instructional support

Senior Staff Engineer

January 2001 - January 2009



Staff Engineer

August 1993 - January 2001

• Developed global technical strategies for data collection, reduction, analysis and accelerated testing on high pressure diesel fuel components
• Reduced preparation time by 75% by designing a new instrumentation scheme for data acquisition
• Developed highly accelerated (HALT and HASS) component fatigue and durability tests using CRPC, nCode and Somat Infield durability analysis software.
• Correlated experimental modal analysis with Finite Element Analysis on automotive exhaust systems.
• Key product champion and technical contributor to market growth of 200% for flexible couplings used in automotive exhaust systems.
• Applied FEM (ANSYS) to evaluate stresses and strains to new designs.
• Increase company revenue by 50% thru effective technical presentations and extensive face-to-face customer support
• Responsible for performing field and lab data collection, reduction, analysis and editing of strains, loads, accelerations, displacements and temperatures utilizing Somat eDAQ and MTS RPC-Pro.
• Trained/mentored all new staff engineers and interns on procedures and served on many cross functional teams as both member and leader

Product Design Engineer

Process Control Technologies

• Responsible for designing, building and programming modular conveyor equipment and for the printed circuit board and surface mount technology industries.
• Extensive foreign and domestic travel to install and debug equipment.

Qualifications & Certifications

Mechanical Engineering

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Mechanical Engineering

Oakton Community College

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