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.
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.
Engineered the following:
Four 30 ton conical frames for supporting and positioning precision detectors
A 234 ton analyzing dipole magnet
Two multi-ton muon sweeping magnets
A large diameter vacuum vessel and its two movable detectors
A tungsten/scintillator pneumatically driven detector
A measuring system with a computer analysis and plotting interface to precisely record magnet diameters
Superconducting particle accelerator quadrupole magnets
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.
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Mechanical Systems
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY: Dekalb, Illinois, 1990
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.
- U.S. ARMY Reserve's, Commissioned Officer / Company Commander, 1986-1994
- Current status: Captain, Inactive Ready Reserve
- Armor Officers' Basic Course, Honor Graduate, 1987
- ARMY ROTC at SIU, Distinguished Military Graduate, 1st in my class, 1983-1986
"Mechanical Studies of the Fermilab Low Beta Quadrupole Collared Coils," IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, spring 1997. (accepted for publication)
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