Jim Shaw: FEA/CAD Instructor

 Jim Shaw: FEA/CAD Instructor


What do you do at Design-Engine?

I teach Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Using Creo Simulate (Pro/Mechanica), Ansys, and Solidworks Simulation (Cosmos). In addition, I teach some of the CAD classes as well.

What is your educational background?

BSME from University of Pittsburgh

What are your work experiences?

I’ve been working in product development since 2000, when I got my first Engineering co-op job at Eaton/Cutler Hammer where I designed a prototype circuit breaker. From there, I’ve had the chance to design and commercialize new products in the Industrial, Automotive and Defense industries. Most recently I was the lead engineer for an automotive suspension company, developing suspension systems for Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, and Race Cars.


What is your favorite quote?

“I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” – John Galt

What is your favorite Chicago spot / event / thing to do?

Eat. Chicago has the best restaurant scene in the world.

Favorite industry resources?

Favorite internet meme?

The Philosoraptor


How would you explain Product Design in three sentences or less to an 8-year old?

Product Design is the process of taking an idea, and making it a reality. It’s like thinking of a new type of toy, drawing it up, building it, and then playing with it.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what will the title of the book be?

“Calculated Risk”

Other Interests

      • I enjoy hobbies which require helmets: Motorsports and Snowboarding.
      • Every once in a while I get a chance to slow down, and when I do I enjoy reading about: new technology, business management, leadership, economics, and knowledge management concepts.
      • Bar trivia: I am a twin, and I own all of the James Bond movies.
      • Likes: Indian food, Formula 1.
      • Dislikes: People who don’t use their blinker.


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