Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E.
Phone: 408.203.9443
Mobile: 408.203.9443
CNSV Director
IEEE Senior Member

Medical Device, Mechanical Design, Expert Witness, Patent, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Simulation, Failure Analysis, Reliability

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Dr. Kim Parnell has been a CNSV Director most recently since 2010. He was CNSV Chair in 2008-2009, Vice-Chair in 2006 and a CNSV Director in 2005 and 2007. He was 2011 Chair of the IEEE-SCV (Santa Clara Valley) Section and has been IEEE-VTS (Vehicular Technology) Vice-Chair and Treasurer since 2013. He is Principal and Founder of PEC, an engineering consulting firm focusing on providing support for early stage medical device and technology companies.

Kim specializes in the mechanical engineering design and behavior of biomedical devices, shape memory alloys like Nitinol, bioabsorbable polymers, electronic/miniature components and Finite Element (FEA) simulation of all types. His practice is often multi-disciplinary involving Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, and Computer Engineering. He consults actively in these areas, in addition to failure analysis and reliability. He is also an expert on Heavy Truck Crashworthiness, automotive collisions, pipeline failures and related product design and failure issues. He serves as a testifying expert witness in patent litigation (medical device, smartphone, consumer electronics), product liability, personal injury accidents, and on heavy-truck crashworthiness.

Kim was a full-time Adjunct Faculty at Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering from 2010-2012 and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. He is a coach and mentor for the innovative Stanford Biodesign program and a member of the Board of Directors for CSIX Connect. He worked previously for MSC Software, Rubicor Medical, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, SST Systems, ATT Bell Laboratories, Stanford University and General Motors. He holds PhD and MSME degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, a BES from Georgia Tech, and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer. Kim is an ASME Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, and a Member of SAE and ASM.



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