Resume of

Donald Vernon Mitchell, P.E.


Seven years experience in engineering high energy physics experiments. Illinois licensed P.E. Proficient in design, drafting, engineering, and finite element analysis with excellent skills in solid modeling and oral and written communication. A self motivated problem solver.

Engineering Experience

University of Illinois' Nuclear Physics Laboratory, 1994-1996

Engineering Consultant: Designed and engineered the support structure for a 60 ton toroidal magnet, created a 3-D conceptual layout of its detector support, designed the housing and load bearing hubs for its eight superconducting magnets, designed the alignment/outer support octagon rings, and prepared written reports used for funding reviews.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1990-Present

Mechanical Engineer: Designed and engineered detectors and detector support frames, multi-ton conventional magnets, vacuum vessels, mechanical drive systems, industrial staircases and catwalks, and numerous lifting fixtures. Engineered Muon detector upgrades used in the discovery of the "Top" quark. Designed and tested accelerator superconducting quadrupole magnets. Coordinated efforts of draftsmen, machinists, welders, and technicians, and worked with vendors and physicists to solve engineering problems. Skilled with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing and knowledgable in manufacturing processes. Member of Fermilab's Mechanical Safety Subcommittee responsible for writing and reviewing safety procedures.

Major accomplishments:

Engineered the following:

Computer Skills

Excellent skills with FORTRAN, MathCad, and an expert with SDRC's I-DEAS, drafting, solid modeling, mechanism design, and finite element modeling and analysis. Developed and taught classes on SDRC's I-DEAS. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Familiar with AutoCAD. Have written several FEA computer programs for analyzing beams and trusses and software to interface with mechanical hardware for collecting and analyzing data. Proficient on UNIX workstations, VAX, PC's, and Mac's.


Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Mechanical Systems

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering: Thermal/Fluid System Design

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY: Carbondale, Illinois, 1986
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education: Mathematics/Science

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1983
Associate of Science, Pre-Engineering


Lisle Junior and Senior High Schools, Lisle, Illinois, 1987-1988

Certified Illinois state teacher: Type 3, Certification #1257604

Taught 7th grade mathematics and 9th grade physical science. Football and track coach.

Military Service


"Mechanical Studies of the Fermilab Low Beta Quadrupole Collared Coils," IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, spring 1997. (accepted for publication)

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