Brevity Solutions, LLC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1994 – 1996)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1990 – 1994)
Started working for Dr. Loth at UIUC studying supersonic mixing layers. Spent a couple of summers at Arnold Engineering and Development Center continuing his previous work in computational solutions for droplet dispersion in icing wind tunnels, which developed into my master’s thesis and Journal of Aircraft article. Perhaps foreshadowing a future career change, during my time at UIUC and working at the supercomputing facilities at NCSA, I was able to be one of the first users of the Mosaic web browser. Dr. Loth kept me on staff after graduation, long enough to weather the bad times for aerospace engineering jobs in the mid-90s, formulating equations for bubble dynamics around submarines. I started my career at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, working in the Loads and Dynamics group doing computational aeroelastics and structural analysis on wide-body airplane wings. My most rewarding experience at Boeing was to be in charge of a failure analysis of the entire Boeing fleet following a 767 wing flap loss incident. But I changed gears during the internet boom of the late 90’s and went back to school to specialize in computer science and programming, landing a job at the web search engine company, GO.com. Started a family and moved back to my original home in the Chicago area doing internet development at a couple of companies, including 7 years at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in the investment banking group. I have since left corporate America and now I am running my own website/e-commerce development company named Brevity Solutions, LLC. I’ve been married nearly 18 years and have 3 boys. Though my career hasn’t followed the path I imagined while working for Dr. Loth, the exposure and mentoring he gave me in both imaginative and critical thinking helped pave a solid path for me to be successful in many different endeavors.