Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2007
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2000
Licenses & Certifications
  • Certificate in Modern Language and Area Study (Spanish)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI)
Additional Education & Training
  • SysML 101/201 BLS: Model-Based Engineering Fundamentals: Understanding and Creating SysML Models, Georgia Tech
Professional Honors
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2001-2004.
Professional Affiliations
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi
  • National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu
  • Spanish

Dr. Melissa Mendias is an experienced electronics engineer who spent nearly ten years working in a high-volume semiconductor manufacturing environment in which she helped to implement Intel's first Tri-Gate processes.

Dr. Mendias has worked in both process and yield engineering, and she specialized in the development of automated systems for trend analysis, fault detection, and predictive maintenance through custom metrics and statistical analysis methods as well as in the maintenance and improvement of ion implantation equipment.

At Exponent, Dr. Mendias has established expertise in automotive electronics, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as well as integrated data systems for a variety of applications. She has worked on vehicle network infrastructure and data model development for military applications using model-based systems engineering tools. She has developed hardware and firmware for microcontroller-based devices used in both military and consumer electronics applications. Her experience also includes safety studies and failure analysis investigations of electronic devices including biomedical systems, modeling the behavior of electronic devices and electromagnetic fields, and post-incident inspections of vehicles, structures, and infrastructure facilities. Dr. Mendias is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Arizona and is also a certified fire and explosion investigator.

Dr. Mendias received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Her doctoral research involved technology development, design, and simulation of CMOS-integrated MEMS sensors with an emphasis on accelerometers. She also did VLSI design work for the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory. She has taught Engineering, Materials Science, and Computer Programming courses at the university level and was one of the lead faculty members responsible for developing the ABET-accredited undergraduate electrical engineering program at Grand Canyon University.