- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2018
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2012
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2010
- Professional Engineer Mechanical, California, #40647
- Guest Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering Design, Cal Poly
Dr. Pak specializes in the design, evaluation, and testing of medical devices, consumer electronics, and mechanical systems. He was trained as a mechanical engineer with a focus on machine design, manufacturing, mechatronics, and optics.
Dr. Pak has experience in evaluating the safety and efficacy of various types of devices with cadaveric and surrogate tissue experiments, custom test rigs, and by testing to standards such as ASTM and ISO. He has experience in developing machines and instruments from the design phase through final testing and documentation. Past projects have ranged from automated micropipette pullers to perfusion systems for 3D cell culture. His optics experience focused on building new types of microscopes and he is also familiar with techniques such as CT scanning, confocal microscopy, and two-photon microscopy.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Pak obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering. His thesis work involved extensive tool development for in vivo neuroscience, specifically in automating labor-intensive surgery and developing new types of microscopes to image neuronal activity at high speeds in 3D volumes. This work involved designing parts in SolidWorks and AutoCAD, as well as developing custom software in LabVIEW and MATLAB. Part of this work resulted in a patent. Prior to this, he obtained his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology working on high-throughput microfluidic bioinstrumentation for in vitro diagnostics.