JD sees an engineer's work as designing practical, elegant solutions to impossible problems, especially ones that require new materials.
He gets a kick out of conquering constraints and finding ways to make things no one else can. As a veteran of two startups and an experienced consultant, JD has fulfilled his own and his clients’ visions many times over and across multiple industries. Right out of MIT he co-founded E Ink, whose technology is used in e-reader devices including the Kindle and Nook. JD was one of the youngest ever inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his contribution to that invention.
JD has extensive experience with all kinds of manufacturing processes and deep knowledge of the integration of electrical and mechanical systems. At Bresslergroup, he oversees our growing, world-class engineering department and directs engineering-led client work. He has been granted more than fifty patents and is frequently called on to speak and write about product development in entrepreneurial settings. He has presented at SEGD, Intersolar, Wharton, and Harvard Business School, and recently contributed a chapter on design thinking for early-stage startups to the book, Design Thinking: New Product Development Essentials (Wiley, 2016).
He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (where he wanted to go since he was twelve and first read about Course 2.007); and teaches mechanical engineering to Integrated Product Design students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.