Director of Platform Solutions Engineering
Christian Wester is a Director of Platform Solutions Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Mechanical Engineering team. Christian has a broad range of experience designing and developing consumer products for a number of different industries. He began his career at Proctor & Gamble designing products for the Gillette brand and has since worked on SCUBA equipment, golf clubs and consumer electronics. Immediately prior to joining Shield AI, Christian led the mechanical engineering team responsible for the mechanical design of GoPro’s Karma quadcopter. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Inside Hardware: Thermal System Design
Why do we design thermal systems? Often, when electronics are used they are not 100% efficient. Inefficiency translates to a non-trivial amount of energy released as heat. Thermal systems are often required to properly manage that heat.
The Role of Trust in Hardware Design
What is the role of trust in hardware design? First and foremost, we have to trust our teammates. Outcomes are not always what you expect and the way an organization reacts during these moments is telling. Trust requires that when things do not go as expected, your teammates will take it upon themselves to investigate what is happening and to resolve problems and challenges, rather than assign blame.
How to Design a Product the Right Way
There are a lot of products in the world and many of them fail to delight in ways that I imagine their talented design teams originally intended. As an engineer at Shield AI, I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes some designs successful and some a failure. No team of talented people enters a room and sets out to design a product that fails to delight. So how does this happen? And how can it be avoided? As an engineer I take full responsibility for this.