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Chris Phelan
Senior Principal Electromechanical Engineer

Chris guides clients through mechanical and electrical design (circuit design, board layout, efficiency studies, programming).

Understanding the constraints in both fields enables him to streamline the design process for devices containing mechanical and electrical elements — which is just about everything these days — and to make them smaller, lighter, and more efficient.

He is often called on to play a “primary investigator” role, performing early background research into products and their related technologies. Taking a concept from a sketch on a piece of paper (or less) and sticking with it through research into functional prototype and beyond is what he finds most rewarding.

Chris credits his “outside-of-work work” — wrenching on old cars — with teaching him how to keep his designs grounded in reality. Since getting his first disaster of a car back on the road when he was fourteen, his hobby has given him a solid education in practical engineering. He formalized that education with a dual BS in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Controls from Drexel University. 

What's your all-time favorite product? Lincoln Electric MIG Welder What would you be if you weren't an engineer? Vintage car mechanic Finish this sentence: Design is ... ... enhanced by solid engineering.