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

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., smart devices, handheld sensors, and robots), automotive (e.g., engine vibration, bearings, and lubrication systems), and industrial applications (e.g., valves, machine tools, and instrumentation).

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 enjoys working as an integrated part of client teams to facilitate knowledge transfer that enables them to cope with 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. In his free time, he utilizes his knowledge in electrical design, embedded firmware, and motion control to build robots in his home workshop.

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.

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

Certified Vibration Analyst, Category II per ISO 18436-2

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

Certified Vibration Analyst, Category II per ISO 18436-2