Mr. Neal has a wide range of vehicle experience, including vehicles with gasoline, diesel, and electrical propulsion systems. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, serving as the Battery Laboratory Manager at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research prior to joining Exponent. At Ohio State he developed expertise in battery cell, module and pack testing as well as vehicle integration, safety systems, battery management systems, and communications protocols. He has also been involved in the design, build, and maintenance of several prototype vehicles including fuel-cell hybrids, battery electric hybrids, and electric motorcycles.
Mr. Neal served as a Special Purpose Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic in the United States Air Force where he was responsible for routine, minor, and major maintenance of heavy vehicles and other equipment. These responsibilities provided experience in the diagnosis and repair of gasoline and diesel engines, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems, and driveline and other components. He performed safety and operational inspections on every vehicle on which maintenance was performed. He also holds a valid class A commercial driving license with over 230,000 safe driving miles in a tractor trailer.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2013
- B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2006
Member – Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
U.S. Air Force Good Conduct Medal recipient
Research Engineer, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, 2006–2013
Over the Road Driver, Carter Distribution, 1998–2000, 2003
Special Purpose Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic, United States Air Force, 1994–1998