Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2023
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2019
  • B.A., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017
  • B.A., Manufacturing and Design Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017

Dr. Fernandez has an interdisciplinary background in mechanical engineering, manufacturing design, and mechatronics, and is particularly adept at analyzing systems and products from a design perspective. He also has experience in electromechanical design, human-centered design, computer vision, and robotics.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Fernandez completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, developing vision-based fingertip sensors for robotic hands, as well as basic manipulation methods for using those sensors, with a view towards prosthetic applications. During his studies, he performed research in robotic manipulation and computer vision, as well as various public-facing product design projects for both industry and non-profit organizations. He has experience in computer vision, 3D modeling, sensor design, experimental design, and systems modeling.