Lee Toma - Résumé

email address: leetoma <at> attbi <dot> com
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58 Aberdeen Road
Milton, MA 02186
617 698 6210

   Mechanical engineering professional with several years experience in medical device product development. Background in testing and mechanical design, as well as development of metal and plastic parts and assemblies. Results-oriented team player with demonstrated success in projects and product development.


Vision-Sciences - Natick, MA
   Vision Sciences is the leading provider of sterile disposable sheaths for endoscopes

R&D Project Engineer - December 2002 to Present
   Medical device product development.  Developed sterile sheaths (Class II) for endoscopes.

Tyco Healthcare / Puritan-Bennett - Indianapolis, IN
Puritan Bennett is the leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of liquid oxygen medical devices for home therapy.

Senior Engineer (III) - June 1999 to July 2002
   Developed Class II medical device products. Researched customer requirements, compiled product specifications, directed industrial design, designed machined and sheet metal and plastic injection-molded components and integrated systems together. Coordinated design teams across three sites, and handed-off projects to manufacturing. Acted as systems administrator for Pro/Engineer and Pro/Intralink.

  • Major contributor to new product line that pushed sales up over 225% (increased revenue $10.1m), requiring manufacturing to relocate to a larger facility. As a result, this product line was the only one in the division that was not shut down or moved overseas.
  • Won a 2001 Medical Design Excellence Award.
  • Awarded design patents D0436401 and D0437056. Additional technical patents pending.
  • Relocated R&D department to California. Project budgeted $50k, used only $20k.

Project Engineer (II) - March 1997 to June 1999
   Configured and outfitted cryogenics research laboratory to use automated data acquisition systems. Set up and ran multiple product evaluation test programs. Conducted customer research, developed parts and systems. Addressed and closed out field-service issues and corrective actions.

  • Developed and proved out technique to eliminate oxygen loss; saved customers $120 per unit per year.

Whirlpool Corporation - West Lafayette, IN
   West Lafayette facility packaged factory replacement parts to service Whirlpool appliances.

Quality Control Team Member - January 1995 to March 1997
Managed product flow, inspection of parts and packaging on a part-time basis. Safely operated industrial powered vehicles (forklifts and stackers). Developed training manuals and instructed trainees as a member of the QC Training Committee.

  • Support Employee of the Month, October 1995.
  • Highest rated employee in QC/IO department history.

Production - Sept. 1994 to Jan. 1995
Repacked OEM service parts for distribution to service centers (part-time).

  • Consistently exceeded production standards by optimizing production work cell layouts.

Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
Paper Grader - Spring 1996
Graded papers and homeworks for graduate mechanics of materials course.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Fusion Center - Cambridge, MA
   The Plasma Fusion Center is MIT’s research and development group investigating nuclear fusion reactors.

Sponsored Research Engineer - June 1992 through July 1994
   Developed and executed a high-cycle fatigue test program for nickel-iron alloy Incoloy 908. Operated scanning electron microscope, evaluated fracture surfaces. Compiled the first comprehensive material properties database for Incoloy 908. Assisted in development and optimization of extrusion process.

  • Co-published research in Advances in Cryogenic Engineering Materials & IEEE/NPSS Proceedings on Plasma Physics

Co-op Summer Research Program Summer 1991
   Analyzed superconducting magnet data.

Copy Cop, Inc. - Boston, MA
   Copy Cop is the leading local copy and printing business in Boston
Customer Service Representative / Weekend Supervisor - May 1989 - August 1994
Supervised employees and production. Performed inventories, placed stock transfer orders, counted receipts, opened and closed store.

Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, December 1996

Tufts University - Medford, MA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude), May 1992

Hardware: IBM Compatibles, SCSI peripherals, Windows networks
Software: MS-DOS, Windows, MS Office, FORTRAN, HTML, Pro/ENGINEER

US utility patent US06,575,159 and design patents
USD0436401 and USD0437056.
Advances in Cryogenic Engineering Materials: Fatigue Test and Life Estimation of Incoloy 908
MIT PFC Report: Incoloy 908 High Cycle Fatigue Test Report
MIT PFC Report RR-94-2: Incoloy 908 Data Handbook
IEEE/NPSS Proceedings on Plasma Physics: U.S. Conductor R&D and Small Scale Experiments
Advances in Cryogenic Engineering Materials: Stress Accelerated Grain Boundary Oxidation of Incoloy 908 in High Temperature Oxygenous Atmospheres
Advances in Cryogenic Engineering Materials: Thermomechanical Process Effects on Hardness and Grain Size in Incoloy 908
MIT PFC Report RR-93-2: Incoloy 908 Database Report on Process - Structure - Hardness

2001 Medical Design Excellence Award for
Ronald E. Halvorsen engineering scholarship
Society of American Military Engineers, Boston Post scholarship (twice)
Selected to Tufts’ Invitational (Engineering) Student Design Competition team
Support Employee of the Month (October 1995), Whirlpool Corp.
Graphics Editor,
The Observer, Tufts’ weekly newspaper

References available upon request



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