Featured Project

Agriculture drones can help farmers win the war on weeds in a cost efficient and timely manner - once they're legal to use. Two publications report recently reported on a joint project by InventWorks and Boulder Labs. For the full Boulder County Business story, click here. For the Boulder Daily Camera story, click here. Since these stories were written, the InventWorks agricultural drone project has been spun into a seperate company, Agribotix. Navigate over to www.agribotix.com to stay up to date.

 

 

Friday
Jul052013

Leaders in our fields.

Mountain Bike LED HeadlampInventWorks’ panel of skilled professionals is comprised of leaders in chemical, mechanical, electrical, and organic engineering, plus chemistry and industrial design. Our permanent staff includes principal investigators, professors, patent-holders and researchers. While we're proud to have roots in academia, the team at InventWorks is focused on creating marketable technology and products for commercial use. Practical applications of our work ranges from spaceflight hardware used on board the Space Shuttle to electronic components for medical simulation devices to quadcopters used for zoological investigation. We have the ability to scale up quickly with additional experts to meet any project demand. No matter your current and future needs, we are system-capable to engineer the solution.

Thursday
Jun142012

Tom McKinnon

Managing Director

  • Project management
  • Electric vehicles
  • Embedded microcontrollers
  • Bench- and pilot-scale chemical process design 

My interest in engineering and energy stemmed from growing up through the 1973 and 1979 "energy crises" in the US.  My first engineering job was at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now called NREL) working primarily on biofuel projects.  My time at a research laboratory taught me that (a) I liked doing energy research and (b) I'd better get an advanced degree.  So I headed east to MIT where I focused my efforts on combustion chemistry.  

PhD in hand, I went on to a faculty position at the Colorado School of Mines, where I had the privilege of working with a large number of talented students on projects ranging from energy to materials to computational chemistry.  In fact, the core of the InventWorks merry band is made up of colleagues from CSM.  While I enjoyed my two decades in academia, I was ready for new challenges in the entrepreneurial world.  So when the opportunity came to fire up InventWorks I jumped in with both feet.

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Ned Riedel

Engineering Director

  • Project management
  • Solid model design
  • Systems engineering

While I've accumulated years of experience in academia as both a researcher and a professor, I'm also a broadly based and experienced engineer in the "real world."  I've designed everything from electromechanical explosion prevention devices to spaceflight hardware that circled the earth aboard the Space Shuttle (STS 107).  My expertise is in the design of power transmission, chemically reacting, electro-mechanical and electro-optical systems.  I truly enjoy working with the broad range of people and projects through InventWorks. When we create inventive solutions for business ideas, there’s nothing more professionally satisfying.

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Blair Keller

Production Manager

  • Industrial design
  • Fabrication 
  • Welding

I'm "the hands and the wrench" at InventWorks...when there's an object to be built I put my design and build experience to work. I began my career as an artist, welding metal and sculpting wood in the name of art. This impulse to create motivated me to build an electric bike from the ground up. That bike was the predecessor to the Spark M4, which led me to InventWorks. Now I still get to create and build objects but with the end result having a practical, commercial purpose as well as a pleasing design aesthetic.

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Friday
Jun012012

Jon Filley

Associate

  • Organic synthesis
  • Nanotechnology
  • Novel materials

How does a chemist find himself engaged with an engineering firm? I started off in "pure" science - with zero in the way of practical applications.  I didn't care at the time, and then as I kept going in my career I wanted more and more for my work to have some sort of practical value. Turns out, engineers do more in the way of practical work than do chemists. I have found that lots of engineers appreciate having a chemist around to answer chemistry questions, plus I’ve solved some chemistry issues for chemists and engineers over the years in the lab, so that's a role I fill at InventWorks.

I work on chemistry that when presented has a more or less obvious practical value, even if it needs a bunch of engineering to make the value real.  I still practice pure science, but it’s easy to point to its practical application. The work I’m currently doing is the most fun I’ve had.

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Thursday
May242012

David Petrick

Associate

  • Reactor design and analysis
  • Thermal and fluid dynamics analysis
  • Pilot plant design, fabrication, and startup

I’ve worked the complete temperature spectrum, from cryogenic design, analysis, and operations, to high temperature combustion modeling and experimentation. My background is in specialty process design emphasizing research and development. I have worked with all of the major aerospace contractors as well as small business innovative research. A hands-on engineer, I enjoy critical problem solving and brainstorming new ideas. 

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