Los Angeles, California
Instructor/Consultant: Cooling Techniques for Electronic Equipment
Preventing Thermal & Vibration Failures, Using Finite Element Analysis with Electronic Equipment: Thermal Cycling, Heat Transfer and Vibration Analysis

Steven Carlson has over 20 years of extensive experience in defense/aerospace industry dealing with design and analysis of electronic hardware with a strong understanding of thermal and structural analysis. He is the principal engineer at Carlson Mechanical Engineering and has provided mechanical analysis services to Northrop Grumman, Physical Optics Corporation, and multiple other electronic manufacturers for military and commercial applications. Steve holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and currently works at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) performing thermal and structural analyses on space based electronic hardware.

Steve learned the classical techniques for analyzing electronic hardware from Joel Sloan (author Design and Packaging of Electronic Equipment) who was a colleague of Dave Steinberg (author of multiple thermal and vibration analysis books) at Litton Guidance and Control Systems. Steve has expanded the classical techniques to include modern solid modeling and Finite Element Analysis to reduce analysis time, improve accuracy, and decrease product development time.

He worked under the mentorship of Joel Sloan at Litton Guidance and Control Systems on navigation grade systems (LN-100, LN-200, and LN25x) and development programs (Fiber Optic Gyro and Silicon Accelerometer). Steve has worked on multiple flight programs at JPL including the Mars Science Laboratory and Juno performing heat transfer and vibration analyses on electronic hardware at component and system level.