David Eason
David P. Eason, P.E.
Senior Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
  • Menlo Park

Mr. Eason has interdisciplinary experience in the automotive, aerospace, and biomedical device fields. His background and research experience are in mechanical design and analysis, manufacturing, stress analysis and fatigue, vehicle dynamics and performance, plus testing and data acquisition.

Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Eason conducted research at Stanford University on autonomous vehicle testing and performance and on biomedical devices. He refined the acceleration, braking, and shifting models of the autonomous car's control system for better response in transient maneuvers, narrowing the gap in lap time between a skilled human driver and the autonomous vehicle, and developed a software vehicle simulator to assist in code development for the vehicle’s control system. He also participated in a research project developing a novel method for delivering controlled release antibiotics to an infected knee replacement, which won the J.F. Lincoln Foundation Silver Prize award. As an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, Mr. Eason worked at LASP (a NASA contractor), designing and testing spacecraft components; at BMW in Munich, evaluating vehicle emissions performance for different competitive markets; and as part of the Formula SAE program he designed, manufactured, and tested components and systems for the single seat student-built race car.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2011, magna cum laude
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Certificate, 2013

    Optimum G, Race Car Engineering and Data Acquisition, Short Course, 2008

    J.F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Engineering Design Competition, Silver Prize, 2012

    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2011–2014

    Colorado Engineering Council Silver Medal Award, 2011

    Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, Engineering Honor Societies

    University of Colorado, College of Engineering Dean’s List, 2006–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California, #M38071

Publications

Thiel W, Woegerbauer R, Eason D. Measuring near zero automotive exhaust emissions—Zero is a very small precise number. SAE paper 2010-01-1301, April 2010. Included in Green Technologies and the Mobility Industry, Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr. (ed), SAE PT-146, January 2011.

Prior Experience

Engineering Assistant, Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics, 2007–2008 & 2009–2011

Engineering Intern, BMW AG Emissions Department, Munich, Germany, 2009

CAD Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Department, 2007

Member, University of Colorado Formula SAE Race Car team, 2006–2009

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME

Society of Automotive Engineering—SAE International

American Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics—AIAA

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2011, magna cum laude
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Certificate, 2013

    Optimum G, Race Car Engineering and Data Acquisition, Short Course, 2008

    J.F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Engineering Design Competition, Silver Prize, 2012

    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2011–2014

    Colorado Engineering Council Silver Medal Award, 2011

    Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, Engineering Honor Societies

    University of Colorado, College of Engineering Dean’s List, 2006–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California, #M38071