Metallurgist, BRP US Inc.
Dave Palmer is an expert in failure analysis and materials selection. He works as a metallurgist for BRP, selecting materials for the next generation of Evinrude outboard engines. He has been active in the industry, serving as a session chairman for the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual Small Engine Technical Conference. He holds a BS in materials science and engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and he is completing his MS thesis at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Seriously, though, it's interesting to learn about the work all of these individuals are doing. It was great to see a college student on the list -- especially one who is going to school while working full time.
It would be great if there were more women on the list, but unfortunately, I think this reflects the relatively low number of women in the engineering, especially electrical and mechanical engineering. Hopefully, in coming years, we will start to see a greater proportion of women on lists like this.
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