Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board

The Mechanical Engineering Program has a Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board (MEAB) formed by representatives from local industry, academia, parents, and alumni. This MEAB will assist the Mechanical Engineering program by providing input regarding overall program objectives, evaluation of senior elective topics, and support for and evaluation of students senior project activities. Its membership includes:

Dave Padgett (Asymtek)

David Padgett is the Director of Engineering, New Product Development for Asymtek (a Nordson Company), based in Carlsbad, CA. He is responsible for the development of new, integrated mechanical, electrical, and software solutions for Asymtek's automated fluid dispenser product line. For six years he was the Business Unit Manager for the Asymtek Fabrication Factory, which supplies sheet metal, machined and welded frame parts and assemblies to Asymtek and other Nordson companies.

He previously served as Engineering Manager at Asymtek and other companies, and has received seven patents for mechanical and system designs completed as a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has served as Treasurer and Chair of the San Diego Section of the ASME. Mr. Padgett received his BSME from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Phillip Young

Phillip Young is a retired California Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer having worked in the gas turbine and aerospace industries in San Diego. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. The first part of his career Phillip worked on industrial gas turbine development at Solar Turbines a division of Caterpillar and then aerospace gas turbine development at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems a division of United Technologies Corporation. The last decade of his career Phillip developed electrically driven cooling fans at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems for commercial and military aircraft to cool both passengers and airborne electronics.

He is member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for over 35 years. He has been active on both ASME's national and local boards for over 25 years. He is currently serving on ASME's San Diego Section Executive Board and ASME's Representative to the National Engineers Week San Diego Planning Committee. Phillip has been a member of the University of San Diego's Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board since its inception.

Mohammad Akhavain (Hewlett-Packard)

Dr. Mohammad Akhavain is the Inkjet High Speed Production Press Finishing Equipment Project Manager for Hewlett Packard Corp. in Rancho Bernardo, CA. He is responsible for development of finishing equipment, enabling roll to sheet printing at higher speed printing using industrial inkjet printers. He previously managed Print-Head Research and Development team as well as Silicon and Fluidic Integration Team for ten years. Dr. Akhavain started his career with Guyer Santin Corporation (La Mesa) as a junior engineer responsible for mechanical design for US Navy projects (1982-1985). He worked for Kyocera Corp (San Diego) as IC Packaging Design Engineer (1985-1987). Then he accepted a management position with Unisys Corp managing IC packaging group (1987-1994). Mohammad joined HP in 1994 as a R&D engineer designing inkjet print heads.

He received his BSME from California State University Fresno in 1981, MSME from SDSU with emphasis in mechanical design and vibration, and PhD in Mechanical engineering with emphasis on Micro Fluidic Ejection Devices from AWU in 2004. He also has been a PE in Mechanical engineering since 1984 and has received over 25 US patents as well as several European patents in the areas of electronics packaging, print-head (micro fluidic ejection devices), IC chip assembly, and laser TAB bonding. Mohammad has published and presented several articles in US conferences. Dr. Akhavain has also been teaching at higher education institutes since 1981. Teaching is Mohammad's hobby. He has been teaching in several colleges such as Mesa College, SDSU, USD, and Chapman University, as well as a volunteer teaching position at Bear Valley Middle School (Escondido) as Science Olympiad Mentor.

John Gabbard (Trane-Caterpillar)

John Gabbard is a Project Development Manager for the Western Territory Project Development at TRANE since 2004. He has over twenty-five years of experiences in the Energy Industry including feasibility studies, project development, mechanical design, permitting, project management and construction management. He started his career as Project Engineer and then Manager at Hugh Aircraft.

For six years he worked as Senior Mechanical Engineer at SAIC and as Pre-Construction Manager for Pacific Rim Mechanical. And he later became Vice President for Western Region EDG Power Group and DG Energy Solutions, LLC. Mr. Gabbard received his BSME from San Diego State University and is a California registered Professional Engineer. He is also the father of a USD ME grad, Matthew Gabbard '10.

Paul Howie (Solar Turbines)

Paul Howie is a Mechanical Design Engineer at Solar Turbines in San Diego. He is responsible for designing the enclosures and frames for 'Generator Set' packages used in the Oil, Gas and Power Generation industries. Since joining Solar in 2008, he has worked in several domestic and international projects spanning across the globe, from Fredericktown, Pennsylvania to Rybinsk, Russia to Papua New Guinea.

His work involves nearly all aspects of the business, such as direct support for manufacturing and test, coordination with purchasing and vendors, direct assistance to project management and customers, and help with resolving field technical issues identified by commissioning and customer services. He received his B.S./B.A. degree in Mechanical Engineering from USD in 2008. Mr. Howie is EIT certified and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Spencer Anderson (Hewlett-Packard)

Spencer Anderson is a Systems Integration Engineer for Hewlett Packard in industrial and mail printing/VDI, specializing in the design of thermal ink jet servicing algorithms and printing system qualification testing. Since he joined HP in 2009, he has worked as a system integrator through a full project development cycle, planning and executing efficient tests to characterize and qualify a mail printing system.

He also has filed a patent for a Thermal Inkjet nozzle health maintenance solution. He received his B.S./B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from USD in 2009. Mr. Anderson is EIT certified and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).