Adam Cardi
Adam A. Cardi, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta

Dr. Cardi specializes in early stage product/concept development. He assists clients in structuring and navigating all phases of the engineering design process-from problem identification, to background research, requirements definition, preliminary design, detailed design, prototyping, testing, and design verification. Through rigorous mechanical analyses and numerical simulation techniques, Dr. Cardi predicts future performance early in the development process to help clients ensure that design decisions will yield a product that meets requirements and client expectations.

Dr. Cardi has expertise in machine design, machining, hydraulics, metrology, control systems, dynamics, robotics, vibrations, sensors, and signal processing. He has extensive knowledge of fabrication processes such as milling, turning, injection molding, welding, and waterjet. He also has firsthand experience operating many machine shop tools and understands their capabilities and limitations. He has a “hobbyist” level of knowledge in electrical design and embedded firmware-designing circuit boards and programing them to perform motion control for various robotic platforms that he builds in his home workshop.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Cardi held a research position in the Precision Machining Research Consortium at Georgia Tech where he researched chatter (unstable cutting) in metal turning operations. He also performed research in modeling the residual stress in a workpiece after milling-with the objective being the development of a tool that could be used to select machining conditions (e.g. depth of cut, feed rate, and cutting speed) that produce compressive residual stresses near the surface to reduce the probability of crack initiation and improve fatigue characteristics.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • 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

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #53859

Publications

Cardi AA, Bement MT, Liang SY. Workpiece dynamics during stable cutting in a turning operation. International Journal of Machine Tool Research 2008; 3(4).

Cardi AA, Firpi HA, Bement MT, Liang SY. Workpiece dynamic analysis and prediction during chatter of turning process. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 2008; 22:1481-1494.

Cardi AA, Kosbab BD, Overly TG, Schultze JF, Bement MT. Damage assessment through control feedback expansion of modal space. Proceedings of the 24th International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC-XXIV), Saint Louis, MI, 2006.

Cardi AA, Adams DE, Walsh S. Locating and quantifying ceramic body armor impact forces on a compliant torso using acceleration mapping. Proceedings of SPIE – Health Monitoring and Smart Nondestructive Evaluation of Structural and Biological Systems 2006; V, 6177:617714.

Cardi AA, Adams DE, Walsh S. Ceramic body armor single input force identification on a compliant torso using acceleration response mapping. Structural Health Monitoring – An International Journal 2006; 5(4), 355-372.

Prior Experience

Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2015-2017

Senior Engineer, Exponent, 2009-2014

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Instructor, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017

Project Experience

Served as the project manager for an extreme high voltage IED countermeasure system that demonstrated the ability to pre-detonate IEDs and detect command wires in a wide variety of environmental conditions.

Managed the development of a rapidly deployable mobile “3D printing” engineering laboratory for the US Army capable of operating in remote environments.

Performed design reviews on various downhole tools used in the oil and gas industry to determine their efficacy, safety, and reliability in deepwater applications.

Spent six months traveling throughout southern Afghanistan working as an engineer in the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) Forward Laboratory where he developed dozens of technologies for military personnel engaged in active combat operations. These technologies included covert/overt surveillance, tagging/tracking/locating, dismounted power solutions, and counter IED enhancements to route clearance packages.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • 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

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #53859