I can help you develop and expand mechanical ideas.
Brandon Walsh is a mechanical engineer with over 15 years experience in mechanical product development and analysis.
Collaborating with Aortx, Inc. founder and a fellow colleague, Brandon helped develop a revolutionary heart valve therapy. After nearly a year of part-time development, the device received seed funding and became a portfolio company of Biostar Ventures, a private equity fund. He engaged on a full-time basis to further the success of the device. Aortx was acquired my Hansen Medical in 2007.
Product development skills, solid modeling (Solidworks), prototyping (often "quick and dirty" prototypes are better than using many analysis tools), and extensive experience performing structural finite element analysis (FEA, Ansys, Abaqus, Nastran, Algor) have been an invaluable asset for projects he engages in.
Prior to involvement with Aortx, Brandon worked for GE Healthcare, in the Mechanical Simulation Team. There, he performed structural finite element analysis (vibration, forming, linear static) and computational fluid dynamic analyses (CFD) as well as product development. He was a key person in the development of one of the most critical components of a major product platform. Additional responsibility of this new team was to conceptualize and develop product direction, and perform physical testing for product verification and validation.
As a mechanical engineer with Pacific Consultants, a Silicon Valley product development and analysis firm, he was a key contributor on many programs involved in the development of medical devices, ranging from stents to handheld electronic instruments. He also performed structural analyses (nitinol and stainless steel) - critical to FDA approval for start-up companies and large corporations. FEA was also performed to assist legal cases. As the mechanical engineer for a client project, the Natus Algo 3i Newborn Hearing Screener, his work was recipient of the Medical Design Excellence Award and also received the Bronze Award in Buisiness Week Magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America's IDEA 2004).
He is the primary inventor and contributor on a a number of issued and pending patents. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
Brandon continues his interest in all things mechanical and is always brainstorming an interesting project.