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Kirkwood, Bill

Associate Director Engr., MBARI
Bill graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1978 with his BSME and received an MSCIS in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. His predominant focus has been in the area of electromechanical design. Prior to joining MBARI he was a group leader at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC) in the Advanced Systems Division. Bill joined MBARI in 1991 as the lead mechanical designer and project manager for the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon. Bill was also project Manager for the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Dorado development. Bill is currently doing research and instrument development to study ocean acidification as well as autonomous platform development with the students at SCU.


Maley, Joe
Maly, Joe

Associate Principal Engineer and ESPA Product Manager, Moog CSA Engineering
Joe is a senior member of the Moog CSA technical staff and is Moog product area lead for payload launch adapter products. He joined CSA in 1987 and since 1993 has led flight hardware and vibration suppression programs. Experienced in both analytical and experimental methods of structural dynamics, Joe has developed vibration suppression hardware for space structures, aircraft, medical equipment, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. He was Principal Investigator for the development of ESPA, the EELV Secondary Payload Adapter, and he led the flight hardware program for the Hubble Space Telescope Solar Array Damper. Currently Joe is leading the Orbcomm Generation 2 (OG2) Satellite Dispenser team supporting the launch of multiple satellites with ESPA on Falcon 9 to populate the OG2 constellation. Joe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University.


Mark Tan
Tan, Mark

Staff Mechanical Engineer, Novellus Systems
Mark joined Novellus Systems in 2000 where he has been working primarily in the fields of numerical modeling and experimental dynamics. Mark is also currently affiliated with the Novellus Intellectual Property Development Group, and teaches Novellus’ corporate training classes in vibrations and dynamics. Prior to joining Novellus, Mark was a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin where he worked in various roles on the development of civil and commercial spacecraft. Mark has also served as an engineering consultant in the medical device and heavy equipment industries, and a Pro Bono Attorney with the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley.
Mark has BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Mark is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California and Hawaii and has been admitted to the state Bars of California and Hawaii.
Mark is a member of ASME and has been a member of the SCU Mechanical Engineering Advisory board since 2007.


Woyowitz, Pete
Woyowitz, Pete

Manager MECH Modeling, Novellus
Pete Woytowitz, Ph.D., P.E. is currently an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering teaching courses in Finite Element Analysis, Advanced Vibrations and Strength of Materials. He is also Sr. Manager, Modeling & Reliability at Novellus Systems Inc. His specialization’s include finite element modeling of mechanical systems, stress, structural & thermal analysis and reliability. Prior to joining Novellus Systems he was a Principal Engineer at Engineering Mechanics Technology, a consulting company. Prior to that he worked at companies including Failure Analysis Associates, Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. He received his BSME from University of Maryland (1977), MS Engineering (Santa Clara University, 1980), Degree of Engineer (Stanford University, 1985) and his Ph.D. (ME) from Santa Clara University in 1993. He is a member of A.S.M.E. and is Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at SCU.