Testing & Analysis

Our Staff

6D literally wrote the book on data acquisition, testing and analysis. Our senior principals pioneered many of the testing, data acquisition and analysis tools, technologies, and best practices now standard throughout the industry. With more than 300 man-years of experience, we offer an expertise that simply can’t be matched.

  • MIKE CARLIER
    President & Sr. Technical Consultant

    Mike has four decades of project engineering and management experience in engineering services. He started Six DOF Testing & Analysis Inc. in 2001. Prior to 6D, Mike co-founded the engineering testing company Manta Corporation. At Manta, he balanced technical and sales activities within a testing and analysis group that included an automotive-targeted joint venture in Detroit, the creation of which he spearheaded in 1996 and managed as a start-up. He also served as the technical director of testing programs and pursued strategies for penetration into several testing markets, including off-highway vehicles, metals processing, and machine tool equipment.

  • GARTH WILEY
    Vice President & Sr. Technical Consultant

    Over the past 40+ years, Garth has led numerous structural dynamic test and finite element analysis projects for the automotive, aerospace, consumer product, electric power, off-highway, and heavy manufacturing industries. Garth is an expert in structural dynamics design validation and problem-solving through integrating operating testing, modal testing, and finite element analysis disciplines.​ Garth serves as our senior project engineer where he develops new accounts for 6D’s engineering services business; develops proposals defining technical approach and costing; and manages engineering services projects.​ Garth brings more than a decade of experience in mechanical engineering software product management​.

  • ROB VICKERS
    Sr. Project Engineer

    A 30-year veteran of the engineering industry, Rob has spent the last 20 years dedicated to engineering-related testing. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of managing engineering test projects. Throughout his career, Rob has managed projects for several high-profile companies. Rob is responsible for managing all phases of these projects, including proposals, test plans, team management, budget management, test execution, and final presentation. He has been involved with projects in the transportation, aerospace, agriculture, and amusement ride markets. Rob’s projects include data acquisition, transducer fabrication, engineering design, and customer training.

  • DAVID O’BRIEN, PhD
    Sr. Technical Specialist

    David’s engineering career spans more than 40 years. During this time, he has focused on testing, data analysis, dynamics, noise control, and program management.  His background includes formal and experiential applications of acoustics and noise control as well as the interpretation and successful application of government noise standards. David develops and implements applied mathematical techniques to experimental data analysis. He also merges available tools (analytical, experimental, and theoretical) for effective problem-solving. David brings more than 30 years of MATLAB® experience to the company.  In addition, David has been a part-time instructor for the Mechanical Engineering Departments of three universities.

  • DAVID OLSON, PhD
    Sr. Technical Specialist

    In a career spanning more than 40 years, David has focused on design, development, testing and analysis with two multinational corporations. He brings a wide range of experience in analysis and product development to 6D. David has worked in the areas of stress, vibration and finite element analysis, simulation and testing.  His forte is engineering forensics – “Why did it fail?”.

  • STEVE BIEL
    Sr. Technical Specialist

    Steve is a professional engineer with more than 20 years of design, analysis, testing, and project management experience in the automotive, machine tool and consumer product industries. He is currently the owner of Lever Engineering, which provides engineering and finite element analysis expertise to clients in the areas of design, development and testing.

  • QINGSHI (Chen) YU
    Engineer

    Chen’s formal training at Northeast Dianli University in China was in thermo power engineering and heat transfer application. He also worked as a professor at his alma matter for five years before spending nearly a decade as chief engineer at Humen Power Plant in China, where he was assigned to manage and support the LM5000 gas turbine power generators. Chen’s experience abroad has included gas turbine repair training in Germany and New Zealand, then several years as a test lab supervisor for Magna Powertrain in Canada, where he led a team on automobile oil pump developing and testing. More recently he spent a few years at Yancey Bros as a test cell supervisor and test engineer, before joining 6D in 2011.

  • JOSHUA HARDWICK
    Test Engineer

    Joshua is experienced in instrumentation, test execution and data analysis. He is adept at performing OMSA (on-machine stress analysis) and linear vibration tests – along with data processing and analysis for the final report. Working in cooperation with customers, Joshua will utilize CAD tools to design and develop fixturing used in instrumentation and data acquisition. Joshua worked with 6D as an engineering co-op before being hired on after graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

  • MARK BRACKETT
    Sr. Technical Consultant

    Mark has over 37 years of experience in product validation and structural dynamics. He honed and applied his knowledge on products ranging from off-highway mining vehicles to machining tools, with a large amount of his career focused on diesel engines ranging from 7 to over 330 liters.  Mark developed and implemented vibration standards for diesel-generator sets and led the creation of product validation strategies for off highway diesel engines leveraging failure based validation planning techniques.  Mark’s extensive background in structural dynamics includes both simulation and testing.  He has a complete understanding of how to implement the right tools for the efficient and effective validation of product.

    • CODY CARLIER
      Test Technician

      Cody is experienced in many aspects of instrumentation – strain gages, LVDT’s, string pots, accelerometers — along with thermocouple application, calibration. His data logging experience also extends to using Somat eDAQ and National Instruments (NI) cDAQ data recorders. He is also adept at data reduction using NI DIAdem data analysis software and a 6D customer’s proprietary data analysis software.

    • LIKITH NAGARAJA
      Mechanical Engineer

      Likith is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in product design, structural testing and analysis.  His responsibilities include linear vibration and torsional vibration testing, instrumentation and data acquisition. Likith leads projects from the proposal stage through implementation and their timely completion.  He is experienced in the use of a variety of FEA, Post Processing and CAD tools including ANSYS, HyperMesh, MSC Nastran, LMS Test.Lab, Matlab, NI Diadem, X Modal III, and PTC Creo. Likith earned a Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.  His education included co-op assignments with Volvo Construction Equipment, Cummins, Inc. and Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co Ltd,.

    • YAN ZHOU
      Controller

      Yan has been with 6D since 2014. As Controller, Yan is responsible for operations and financials. She received her undergraduate degree in China and later earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Yan brings to 6D four years of public accounting experience and hands-on experience with regard to corporate operations and taxes.

    • ROBERT HALES
      Business Development

      Bob is a Structural Engineer by training, but spent his early career developing software to support engineering design.  That led to many years of consulting with, and training, cross-functional teams in product definition.   Over the last 15 years he has led marketing, business development, and sales teams in various industries.

    • ROBERT FARRELL, JR.
      Marketing Communications

      Bob’s career began more than 35 years ago at SDRC (Now Siemens PLM). Since that time he has gained experience in marketing and communications for engineering & manufacturing software, testing, product development and related disciplines.