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Chris Converse, BSME

Owner, Converse Design Engineering

A mechanical engineer for over 25 years. I possess a deep skill set in both project management and mechanical design.  My experience spans high tolerance aerospace projects to high volume injection molded products, and everything in between.  Whether the academic research environment, product development, or consumer goods, I execute management and design principles to the highest standards.  Building the team, designing the appropriate development process, holding the project vision clearly, executing the process toward that vision and mentoring junior staff; all part of what makes a successful product development, and what I enjoy as an engineer.



  • Opto-mechanical
  • Oceanographic
  • Flow cytometry
  • Aerospace
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Mechanism development
  • Vacuum/cryogenic
  • Soft goods and footwear integration
  • Asian fabrication

Manufacturing Processes

  • High tolerance machining
  • Injection molded
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Urethane castings
  • Rapid prototype
  • Investment casting
  • Sheet metal
  • Extrusion, Pultrusion
  • Powder metal
  • Spring/screw


  • Solidworks
  • Simulation – FEA
  • Flow Simulation – CFD/Thermal
  • PDMWorks
  • MS Project

  • Budget development
  • Specification development
  • Validation Planning
  • Quality planning/tracking
  • Risk analysis/tracking
  • Schedule building/tracking
  • Requirement Management
  • Group brainstorming
  • Cross-discipline collaboration
  • Client facing communication
  • Vendor relations
  • Product development process development
  • Product development data management
  • Asian Manufacturing


Color-Logo-with-Text-flat AboutConverse Design Engineering, Boulder, CO

Converse Design Engineering provides product development services to companies requiring mechanical design expertise and manufacturing implementation. Services include mechanical design, project management, prototyping, manufacturing sourcing and scaling, both domestically and in Asia.  Clients include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Lockhead Martin, Brightspace Technologies, InDevR, Ecolibrium Solar, Baby Jogger, Fiberspar, to name a few.

Project Engineer

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Boa Technology, Denver, CO

Boa makes closure and tensioning systems for footwear. From initial concept design to prototyping and testing, Boa ensures that its technology is the perfect solution to each unique footwear design and end use. Managed product developments from concept to completion, leading design, engineering, and offshore manufacturing teams to bring high volume injection molded products to market. Acted as liaison to C-level stakeholders for product developments. Built requirement management database and PDMworks implementation. Led junior engineers in R&D activities.

Principal Mechanical Engineer

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InDevR, Boulder, CO

InDevR develops advanced life science instrumentation and assays,  providing rapid and cost-effective solutions for virus quantification and pathogen detection. In my role as the lead mechanical engineer for new product development, I am designed the next generation of flow cytometer, implementing precision opto-mechanics on a rapid development cycle.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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Product Architects, Boulder, CO

Product Architects manufactures beverage containers for the sporting goods industry and are originators of the insulated sports bottle, the Polar Bottle. I created standards and practices for a growing design department, including implementation of PDM, designed point of purchase display systems, assembly machinery, and bottle concepts.

Staff Mechanical Engineer

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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, CO   

Mechanical engineer for EUV Variability Experiment, part of Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), (launched April 2010).   I designed and tested complex thermal, optical, and mechanism systems for spaceflight instruments. I built ground support equipment and performed field testing. 

Staff Mechanical Engineer

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Benthos, Inc., North Falmouth, MA

Senior mechanical engineer for Ocean and Taptone Divisions. Managed mechanical engineering group, led cross-functional product developments, and managed Remotely Operated Vehicle product line. Implemented LEAN design program methodology into design process. Co-designed ISO 9000 process and led company-wide transition to the new standards.

Mechanical Systems Engineer

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SOEST, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Supported science initiatives in fields of physics, geology, and oceanography as lead mechanical engineer.  Designed underwater fiber optic junction system for undersea mooring network for DUMAND Project.  Site work at sea.

Opto-Mechanical Engineer

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Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Designed infrared cameras, spectrometers, and other instruments for land-based astronomical telescopes.  Packaging of optics, cryogenically cooled digital arrays, and precision mechanical systems.  Site work at Mauna Kea Observatories, including the NASA IRTF.

Ocean Engineer

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SAIC, Inc., NOSC Hawaii, Kaneohe, HI

System integration and testing of undersea communication devices for Navy. Secret Clearance.  Offshore operations on R/V Kaimalino .

Ocean Engineer

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA

Designed instrumentation for ocean research, including neutrally buoyant shear probe and optical microstructure profiler.  Pioneered use of high modulus composite materials for underwater structures.  Offshore operations on R/V Knorr.



Closure devices including incremental release mechanisms and methods therefor; US 20150014463 A1

Tightening Systems; US 20130239303 A1

Mouthpiece Ligature for Woodwind Instruments; US20150013522 A1

Tension limiting mechanisms for closure devices and methods therefor; US WO2015003079 A1

Methods / devices for retrofitting footwear to include a reel based closure system; US20140290016A1

Flow cytometer system including autosampler and system integration structure; WO2015142658A1



C. H. Converse, A.J. Williams 3rd, P.D. Fucile, and R.W. Schmitt, 1986.   A Free Ocean Vehicle to Measure Optical Microstructure,  Current Practices and New Technology in Ocean Engineering – OED Vol. 11. T. McGuinness and H. H. Shih, eds. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York , :341-345. 
A.J. Williams 3rd, C. H. Converse, J.W. Nicholson, 1987.  Richardson Number FloatCurrent Practices and New Technology in Ocean Engineering. OED Vol. 12. G. K. Wolfe, ed. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York , :25-29. 


  1. Design Thinking, Denver, CO

  2. Class 10,000 clean room certification , Boulder, CO

  3. ASME Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), ASME Y14.5M, Boulder, CO

  4. Developing Products in Half the Time: Preston Smith Conference Series,  Falmouth, MA

  5. Injection Molded Plastics: Short Course. University of Lowell, Lowell, MA

  6. Part & Assembly Modeling for SDRC Master Series. Computer Aided Products, Peabody, MA

  7. Illustration & Rendering. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

  8. Yacht & Boat Design,  Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology


American Society of Mechanical Engineers,

SPIE, International Society for Optics and Photonics


BSME, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT




  •  Home beekeeping since 2012

Radio Model Boat Racing:


  • Throughout Colorado

Competitive Sailing:


  • Cape Cod, Oahu; Townside and North Shore
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