Where I started
What I do
Where I want to be
Born and raised in Southern California (Riverside County to be exact) I spent my childhood like most others did, riding bikes, skateboards, and just exploring the curiosities of the world. What took a slightly different turn compared to most was my interest in BMX. Thanks to a couple friends, I was instantly hooked onto the sport and spent the better part of my early teens on two wheels. This seems to be where my mechanical interests sprouted as my bike was quickly found in pieces, either for upgrades, maintenance, or to gain a sheet understanding of the assembly. Following a typical path, one extreme sport led to another, this time in the form of 4 wheels and a motor. With the help of some friends in the local drift scene, I was the proud owner of a '89 Mazda Miata and my first car. Little did I know this car (and a second miata I would come to own) would end up in pieces more often than I ever would have predicted and with each disassembly grew a true love for everything mechanical. Between knowing the ins and outs of my bike and swapping two motors on my first miata, when it came time to apply for college, Mechanical Engineering was the clear cut choice. Enrolling to UCR's Bourns College of Engineering in Fall of 2012, I got my first true taste of engineering. Four rough years later, and I officially earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 2016.
For the last 4 years I have been the lead engineer of a small automotive manufacturer, Street Faction Engineering in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Remaining behind the scenes, I have helped Street Faction grow its product line into the vast offering it is today which ranges from bash bars, seat brackets, interior panels, structural components, and even aerodynamic products. All of this development and product offering came with one thing in mind, "to produce and manufacture everything in house." While a daunting task, this challenge came as a blessing as it allowed me dig my hands into every aspect of development. Learning the ins and outs of our tooling, to the point of installing and troubleshooting machinery myself, has helped bridge the gap between design and manufacturing. From shooting ideas back and forth with my manager to running the first article for production, I am able to see a concept through every step of the way.
Every one gets asked the great question, "What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" For many years I was never able to answer that question confidently. As the years went on and I gained more experience I was able to answer more questions about myself. Simultaneously I was able to ask even more questions about the world of engineering. With every question and answer my end goal became more clear. I didnt have a goal along the lines of designing the worlds next inline 6, goals like that were too detailed, too narrow minded. I needed something bigger, something that has no ceiling. As I have progressed, so has my goal to simply help people bring their ideas to life, to maybe bring the next life altering idea into a reality whether it be my own or someone else's. In the coming year I aim to acquire my own 3D scanner and 3D printer to continuously bring my ideas and curiosities to light, and to turn others dreams and concepts into a reality along the way.