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Engineering Project Manager at Metal-Tech Partners
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Jeff Andrew Hawks

Engineering Project Manager at Metal-Tech Partners
Jeff Andrew Hawks's career is a testament to his passion for merging the disciplines of physiology and engineering mechanics. He is at the helm of several significant initiatives in robotic development, fabrication automation, and product design. His skill set is diverse, including the development of robotic arms for applications such as welding and material handling, as well as designing advanced mechatronic systems to optimize the fabrication process. A standout achievement in his career is the development of a hip sled prototype designed to aid Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, drawing keen interest from the research community. Holding both a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, his professional journey is marked by a wealth of scholarly contributions, including significant journal articles, book chapters, and patents. His passion for education is evident in his role as a senior capstone design course instructor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in initiating an interdisciplinary biomechanics course for upper-level students. Hawks's drive for continual learning and development shines through in his research in biomechanics and sports sciences, focusing mainly on the design of assistive devices for rehabilitation. His collaborative efforts in this domain include significant work with the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His dedication to the field was prominently displayed in 2013 when he served on the host planning committee for the American Society of Biomechanics conference in Omaha, NE. Jeff Hawks's contributions extend beyond the professional arena into the realm of charity, particularly in supporting MS rehabilitation. He serves on the board of MS Forward, a prominent gym dedicated to individuals with neurological conditions. He brings his professional expertise and network to this non-profit, enhancing its rehabilitation programs. His charitable involvement also includes supporting his Christian Heritage and demonstrating his profound commitment to using his skills for the broader benefit of society.
Metal-Tech Partners
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Beatrice, NE, United States

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Engineering Project Manager

Feb 2016 - Present
Nebraska, USA
Production management; Robotics Integration; Controller Project Planning, Supply Chain Optimization, Robotic Welding, Process Automation
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Research Assistant Professor

Jan 2011 - Jan 2016
5 yrs 1 mo
Lincoln, NE, USA
Taught Biomechanics, Robotics, Senior Design, Mechatronics. Research in biomedical engineering, surgical robotics, sports science and biomechanics, autonomous cooperative systems, industry automation and computer vision. Biomedical Engineering, Sports Biomechanics, Mobile Robotics, Robotic Surgery, Biomechanics

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mechanical Engineering
2006 - 2010