Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2005
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Arizona, #53859
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Texas, #145819
  • Certified Vibration Analyst (CVA), Category II per ISO 18436-2
Academic Appointments
  • Adjunct Instructor, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017

Dr. Cardi is an experienced mechanical engineer who advises clients on complex problems in design, manufacturing, product testing, and failure analysis. He has specific expertise in machine design, machining, hydraulics, metrology, control systems, dynamics, robotics, vibrations, acoustics, sensors, and signal processing. 

Dr. Cardi has extensive experience investigating and solving complex multidisciplinary problems in consumer products (e.g., pressure cookers, espresso machines, blenders, pressure washers, trampolines, smart devices, hoverboards, and robots), automotive (e.g., engine vibration, bearings, and lubrication systems), and industrial applications (e.g., valves, machine tools, forklifts, boom lifts, fans, electric motors, and instrumentation).

Dr. Cardi has provided consulting services regarding product recalls, product defect litigation, intellectual property litigation, national defense, and insurance disputes.

Dr. Cardi helps clients navigate all stages of the product/concept development process — from problem identification, to background research, requirements definition, preliminary design, detailed design, prototyping, testing, and design verification. He facilitates knowledge transfer that enables clients to address future challenges and improve their development pipeline. Dr. Cardi utilizes a combination of simulation and experimental techniques to provide timely and accurate answers to clients' problems. He has extensive knowledge of fabrication processes including milling, turning, injection molding, welding, and waterjet. Dr. Cardi also possesses an extensive understanding of the capabilities and limitations of many machine shop tools developed through firsthand experience. He utilizes his knowledge in electrical design, software, and motion control to build robots in his home workshop and has developed embedded software for six (6) microcontroller platforms.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Cardi was a Senior Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) where he worked on the mechanical design and precision alignment of high-power radar systems. He also conducted research on the modeling and prediction of chatter (unstable cutting) in metal turning operations, as well as estimating the amount of residual stress in a workpiece after milling.