Extended Resume


Design Engineer with experience in mechanical design/CAD, product quality, product safety, technical support, and customer service at a Fortune 500 company, and with engineering experience designing remotely controlled underwater vehicles and water quality sensors at a university research institute. Demonstrated leadership skills while running a Section branch and a student branch of a professional organization. A quick learning and hardworking team player, who is an excellent problem solver and gets work done efficiently.

Education: (See all courses taken here)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI                         Jan. 2004-Dec. 2008

Master of Science in Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering – Dec 2008
  • 3.67/4.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Focus: Power Electronics, Controls, and Biomedical
  • Wrote Matlab programs for Monte Carlo simulation of photons interaction with tissue
  • Wrote Matlab programs to simulate and test state space and series controllers versus requirements

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Physics – May 2007
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.616/4.0 Cumulative GPA – 3.7/4.0 GPA in Majors
  • Design projects:
    • Microprocessor from discrete components
    • Knock sensor amplifier for a car
    • 100 MHz receiver for radio direction finding system
    • VHDL controls for a wash machine
  • Participated in Marine Advanced Technology Education 2005 and 2006 ROV Competitions
  • Freshman Mentor

Waukesha County Technical College

Pewaukee, WI                         Sept. 2002-Dec. 2003

Electrical Engineering Technology 2+2

  • 3.67/4.0 Cumulative GPA

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee, WI                         Sept. 2001-Dec. 2002


  • 3.55/4.0 GPA


Rockwell Automation

Milwaukee, WI                         Oct. 2002-Present

Development Engineer

Dec. 2010-Present
  • Currently developing next-gen 200-600A electromechanical disconnect switches and accessories for $0.5M productivity
  • Developed next-gen 30-100A electromechanical disconnect switches and accessories for $1.5M productivity
    • Designed plastic parts for switch and fuse block, along with many accessories
    • Supervised contractor and intern under project
    • Developed instruction sheets for customer use of disconnect switch and accessories
    • Presented project details to Technical Support and to the Lynde Bradley Science Club (w/ Tom Benson) 
  • Managed project moving a product from factory configued to a late-point configuration
  • Converted contact to top-lay from individually braised for $200k/yr productivity
  • Evaluating design and production of components to improve quality and productivity
  • Developing test plans for qualifying new designs and for re-qualifying existing designs
  • Exporting paper drawings into 3-D CAD models and drawings for easier analysis and less ambiguity 

Product Quality Engineer and Product Safety Coordinator

June 2007-Dec. 2010
  • Ensured future and continued manufacturing and design quality of over 300 catalog numbers across 18 Electronic Operator Interface (EOI) product lines, covering Industrial Computers, Industrial Monitors, Industrial Graphic Terminals, and Messaging Displays
  • Developed Quality Plans for EOI projects
  • Tracked and monitored warranty return/repair trends
  • Fully-trained Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) Black Belt
  • RA Certified Product Safety Coordinator
  • Performed Product Safety Reviews, Risk Assessments of product anomalies, and Customer Satisfaction Impact Assessments
  • Performed Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) testing and author reports based on results
  • Developed corrective/preventative action plans based on return data and RCFA results

Technical and Application Support, Intern

April 2004-June 2007
  • Provided technical support of industrial motor controls via emails and phone calls - resulting in over 2000 customer issues solved per year
  • Trained new employees and peers on departmental systems and procedures
  • Completed Personal Leadership Effectiveness training
  • Authored and updated over 40 Knowledgebase documents for use by customers and internally

Competitor Product Evaluator, Contract

Oct. 2002-April 2004
  • Supported customer conversion opportunities by evaluating competitor products, resulting in over 10000 competitor cross reference opportunities
Affinity Groups/Other
  • Lynde Bradley Science Club
    • Member 2009-Present
  • IPB Golf League at Rockwell Automation
    • Co-Manager/Treasurer 2011-Present
    • Member 2008-Present
  • AB Investors
    • Member 2012-Present
  • UWM Alumni Chapter

UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute

Milwaukee, WI                         Jan. 2005-Present

Engineer/Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Designing and assembling CO2/O2 monitoring systems to be placed on buoys in Lake Michigan and mounted on LakeExpress ferry
  • Supporting CO2 monitoring system in situ.
  • Compiling detailed logs of assembly and user manual for future researcher reference
  • Training coworkers on setup and operation of CO2 monitoring system

Menards, Inc.

Oak Creek, WI                         Dec. 1998-June 2005

Sales Associate

  • Sales in the Electrical and Plumbing Departments, Customer Service
  • Designed and built displays for products to increase product visibility and sales
  • Mechanical Assembly of gas grills, furniture, shelving and installed light fixtures
  • Helped keep the Electrical Dept. number two in sales out of 150 plus stores for over 12 months

Koehler Homes, Inc.

Cudahy, WI                              June 2002-Sept 2002

Carpenter’s Helper

  • Siding, trimming, and roofing work on houses and garages

Industrial Erecting Corp. Inc.

Milwaukee, WI                        Sept. 2001-June 2002

Tool Crib, Delivery Person, Truck Loader

  • Organized tool cribs and warehouse. Set up job boxes
  • Delivered equipment and materials to job sites
  • Fork lift operator. Loaded and unloaded trucks

Emmpak Foods, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI                         Summer 2000

Summer Maintenance Help

  • Organized main tool crib
  • Assisted electricians and mechanics in fixing and installing industrial equipment


Awards and Honors:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Magna Cum Laude, May 2007
  • Outstanding Student Achievement Award – Service, May 2007
  • IEEE Milwaukee Section Student Poster Night 2007 – 2nd Place Student Poster (w/ David Worden)
  • 2006 IEEE/MTS OCEANS Conference travel grant recipient
  • Dean’s Honor List – Spring 2004 through Spring 2005 and Fall 2006
  • Sophomore Honors, April 2004

Waukesha County Technical College

  • Dean’s Honor List – Spring 2003 through Fall 2003


  • Junior First Lego League, Co-coach at Pleasant View, Franklin, WI, 2015-2016
  • IEEE Milwaukee Section
    • Chairperson 2017-2018
    • Vice-Chairperson 2015-2016
  • Future City Mentor for Team at Forest Park Middle School, Franklin, WI, Fall/Winter 2013
  • Category Judge, 2010 Badger State Science and Engineering Fair, Milwaukee, WI, March 27, 2010
  • IEEE UW-Milwaukee Student Branch
    • Treasurer Fall 2008
      • Developed and presented an Introduction to Matlab Seminar
    • Chairperson 2007-2008 School Year
      • Presented a Soldering Seminar
    • Chairperson 2006-2007 School Year
      • Co-presented (w/ David Worden as Lead) a Soldering Seminar
    • Vice-Chairperson 2005-2006 School Year
  • ROV Team at UW-Milwaukee
    • Vice-President 2005-2006 School Year
      • Designed and built PantheROV II as a team
    • Member 2004-2005 School Year
      • Designed and built PantheROV I as a team



Completed Code Year 2012 Track at Codeacademy.com 


  • CREO Parametric 2.0
  • Microsoft Office365 Suite
    • (Word, Excel, OneNote, VBA, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Visio)
  • Matlab and Octave
  • Minitab
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sketchup


  • Ansys Mechanical
  • C#
  • C++
  • Javascript
  • JQuery
  • VHDL
  • HTML

Conferences Attended / Continuing Education:

  • Attendee/Registration Attendant, IEEE-USA Annual Meeting/36th Great Lakes Biomedical Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 14-15, 2015
  • Trainer, "Rockwell Automation HOTT: Next Generation Global DIsconnect", Milwaukee, WI, April 29 & May 6, 2015
  • Attendee, "Robust Design Optimization and Multi-physics Simulation of Electronic-Mechatronic Systems Using High Performance Computing", Milwaukee, WI, December 12, 2014
  • Booth Attendant, Rockwell Automation's Automation Fair, Anaheim, CA, Nov. 18-20, 2014
  • Trainer, "Rockwell Automation HOTT: Next Generation Global DIsconnect", Milwaukee, WI, June 2-3 & 9-10, 2014 
  • Attendee, "Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing", Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI, January 28-30, 2014
  • Attendee, "59th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts", Newport, RI, September 22-25, 2013
  • Attendee, "58th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts", Portland, OR, September 23-26, 2012
  • Attendee, "Intensive Course on Electrical Contacts" , Portland, OR, September 19-22, 2012
  • Attendee, "Designing Plastic Parts for the Injection Molding Process", UW-Milwaukee SCE, Milwaukee, WI, November 7-8, 2011
  • Attendee, 2011 EMC Seminar: "Printed Circuit Board Layout for EMC Suppression" Milwaukee, WI, March 22, 2011
  • Attendee, 2010 EMC Seminar: "Practical Aspects of Noise and Interference Control in Electronic Systems" Milwaukee, WI, March 30, 2010
  • Attendee, DFSS: Reliability Verification Module (presented by Rockwell Automation's Lean Six Sigma group) Milwaukee, WI, May 5-7, 2009
  • Attendee, DFSS: 8D Problem Solving Module (presented by Rockwell Automation's Lean Six Sigma group) Milwaukee, WI, March 20, 2009
  • Attendee, Design for Reliability Seminar (presented by OPS A La Carte), Mequon, WI, Jan. 20-22, 2009
  • Attendee, DFSS Training (presented by Rockwell Automation's Lean Six Sigma group) Milwaukee, WI, Summer 2008
    • Week 1: Voice of Customer 
    • Week 2: Concept Engineering
    • Week 3: Hardware Robust Design
    • Week 4: Process Control
  • Attendee, 2008 EMC Seminar: "Back to the Basics of EMC and How the Basics Apply to Today's Leading Edge Technology," Milwaukee, WI, April 1, 2008
  • Attendee, Rockwell Automation's Automation Fair, Chicago, IL, Nov. 14, 2007
  • Attendee, IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering 2007, Scottsdale, AZ, Sept. 22-25, 2007
  • Student Poster Presenter, IEEE Milwaukee Section Student Poster Night, Milwaukee, WI, April 24, 2007 
  • Student Poster Presenter, UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Menomonie, WI, April 20, 2007
  • Student Poster Presentation Participant, MTS/IEEE 2006 Oceans, Boston, MA, Sept. 18-21, 2006
  • Attendee/Booth Attendant, Rockwell Automation's Automation Fair, Milwaukee, WI, Nov. 18-20, 2003
Josh Zagorski,
Apr 6, 2017, 7:33 AM