Brian Woo-Shem

Mechanical engineer, tech wizard, cartoonist, writer, creator of things.



Mechanical Engineer Intern

June 2022 – Sept. 2022

Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, CA

  • Designed protective system to extend lifetime and improve usability of high-vacuum chamber transparent lids.
  • Collaborated with design engineers, technicians, suppliers, and purchasing to develop prototype.
  • Applied design for manufacturing principles to reduce fabrication cost of a part by 90 % from original design.
  • Evaluated designs through NX CAD, fit testing in 100+ part assemblies, & FEA. Created engineering drawings.
  • Assisted with installing hardware modification prototypes and leak checking for a semiconductor chamber. Learned about RF and magnetic interactions with plasma, vacuum, molecular gas flow, wafer handling, dielectric materials, chemical vapor deposition, and related semiconductor technologies.

Research Assistant

Aug. 2021 – Sept. 2023

Santa Clara University, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara, CA

  • Automated the simulation and post-processing of 300+ residential energy models using Python, Java, & Bash.
  • Analyzed and visualized energy consumption data in Python & Excel for technical reports.
  • Coauthored research journal papers (see Publications).
  • More information here.

Teaching Assistant

Sept. 2021 – June 2023

Santa Clara University, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara, CA

  • Led design & instruction of 6 laboratory activities covering DAQ systems, LabVIEW, sensor validation, Arduino microcontrollers, heat exchangers, electronics cooling, and PID control.
  • Instructed groups of 20 students in remote and in-person learning environments.
  • Taught Heat Transfer & Modern Instrumentation for Engineers courses.
  • Mentored students.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

June 2021 – Aug. 2021

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

  • Programmed, modeled, & simulated a HVAC controller that responds to occupancy to save energy.
  • Performed energy simulations using EnergyPlus, Python, and Java.
  • Presented work at NIST research colloquium event to 70+ research colleagues. Primary presenter at the monthly NIST Inclusivity & Belonging Initiative meeting. Presentation slides are available here.

Materials & Characterization Intern

June 2019 – Sept. 2019

Arevo, Inc., Milpitas, CA

  • Performed microscopy, mechanical testing following ASTM standards, and root-cause analysis in a materials science laboratory to validate material properties of 3D printed continuous carbon fiber composite bicycles.
  • Analyzed and presented results to cross-functional technical team to guide process improvements.
  • Validated product quality, investigated root-causes for performance issues, and documented findings.
  • Trained new employees to use lab equipment and follow safety requirements.


Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Sept. 2021 – June 2023

GPA: 3.95/4.00
Thermofluids & Energy emphasis.
Recipient Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Award.

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Sept. 2017 – June 2021

Graduated with Honors.
Recipient Engineering Humanities Award & Senior Design Conference Presentation Award



  • Technical Leadership
  • Communication & teaching
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Optimization


  • 3D modeling
  • Component selection
  • BOM
  • GD&T

CAD, FEA, Drafting

  • SolidWorks
  • Onshape
  • Siemens NX


  • Python (machine learning, automation, optimization, data processing, visualization, GUI’s)
  • MATLAB & Simulink
  • Java
  • Arduino IDE


  • PLM: Teamcenter
  • CFD (Simcenter STAR-CCM+)
  • Graphic Design/Digital Art
    • Krita
    • Inkscape
  • OS
    • Windows
    • macOS
    • Linux
    • Android
  • Microsoft Office
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Publisher


  • Developing test protocols for product development & validation.
  • Data Acquisition Systems (DAQ)
  • NI LabVIEW
  • Instrumentation
  • Data Analysis
  • Electronic sensors (temperature, gas concentration)
  • ASTM standards
  • Mechanical testing
    • Tensile
    • 3-point bending
    • Compression
    • Crushing & beam bending of product components
  • Microscopy:
    • Preparation
    • Polishing
    • Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Cleanrooms


  • 3D Printer: assembly, printing, maintenance, slicing (Cura, PrusaSlicer).
  • Lathe
  • CNC Mill
  • Drill press
  • Miter saw
  • Belt sander
  • Band saw
  • Laser cutter
  • Power drill
  • Basic tools


  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Rebuilding discarded computers
  • Construction of wooden benches and garden beds
  • Machining parts according to GD&T for mechanical testing


DIY Frugal Arduino CO₂ Sensor Monitor

July 2021 – Present

  • I co-developed a carbon dioxide sensor that offers better accuracy at less than half the cost of the lowest cost commercial device, inspired by aerosol researchers measuring carbon dioxide to prevent coronavirus infection.
  • Combined instrumentation, low-cost sensor validation, CAD, 3D Printing, and applied mechatronics.
  • Co-authored and published open-source documentation on GitHub˺ to allow others to replicate the sensor system and keep themselves safe.
  • As a teaching assistant, I contributed a new experiment to the Modern Instrumentation course curriculum which enables students to solve real-life problems and validate their results using these sensors. I taught this lab to the entire mechanical engineering graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 at Santa Clara University.

LavenderAir Air Quality Sensor

Nov. 2022 – Present

  • To detect unhealthy air quality during recent wildfires, I designed and built prototype particulate matter pollution monitors with similar functionality and 60% lower cost compared to Air Quality Index (AQI) monitors on the consumer market.
  • I programmed microcontrollers, built a miniature data acquisition system, tested and validated infrared sensors, and published open-source designs and code on GitHub˺.

Senior Capstone: Portable Bicycle-Powered Refrigeration System
Santa Clara University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Sept. 2020 – June 2021


B. Woo-Shem, K. Pattawi, H. Covington, P. McCurdy, C. Wang, T. Roth, C. Nguyen, Y. Liu, and H. Lee, “Comparing economic benefits of HVAC control strategies in grid-interactive residential buildings.” Energy and Buildings. 2023; 286, 112937. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2023.112937.

H. Covington, B. Woo-Shem, C. Wang, T. Roth, C. Nguyen, and H. Lee, “Stochastic Method for Generating Residential Household Energy Models of Varying Income Level and Climate Zone for Testing Energy Fairness.” ASME. J. Eng. Sustain. Bldgs. Cities. February 2024; 5(1): 011001. DOI: 10.1115/1.4063592.

H. Covington, B. Woo-Shem, C. Wang, T. Roth, C. Nguyen, Y. Liu, Y. Fang, H. Lee, “Method for Evaluating Fairness of Electricity Tariffs with Regard to Income Level of Residential Buildings.” Applied Energy. January 2024; 353B, 122130. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2023.122130. Full text here.


Mentor, FIRST Tech Challenge

Sept. 2019 – May 2021

  • Hardware and strategy mentor to 4 FTC teams, helping middle school students compete against high school level teams.
  • Coaching students in leadership and team management skills.
  • Advisor to FTC club with 8 teams and 60+ students.
  • More info here.

Member, Engineers Without Borders, Santa Clara University Chapter

Sept. 2019 – May 2021

  • Research, design & source parts to build water purification system for rural Rwandan village.
  • Served on Engineering and Public Relations ministries.

Birthday Party Manager

Apr. 2013 – Jun. 2017

  • Designed, organized, planned, and led art and science activities for groups of 30-40 children ages 5-9.


Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Santa Clara University

Sept. 2017 – Jan. 2018

Eagle Scout, Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America)

March 2010 – May 2017

  • Served and led youth as Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Coordinated with youth and mentors to plan multi-day events for 30+ attendees.
  • Managed the design, budget, materials, volunteer crew, and construction of four picnic benches for donation to local elementary school.

Mechanical Co-lead, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team
High School

Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2015

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