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Dr. Baker

CEO and Chief Engineer
Ph.D

CEO ,Chief Engineer and Dreamer

Founded M4 in 2001 with an SBIR and dream in tow

Dr. Baker is the founder, president, and chief engineer of M4 Engineering, Inc.  He is an experienced technical and management professional, working on many of the most challenging design and optimization problems and founding three energy-related companies.  Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dr. Baker previously worked for Boeing Phantom Works, where he was responsible for managing a group of engineers in the Structures Technology Division.

Dr. Baker has a broad technical background including aerospace vehicle design and multidisciplinary modeling including design, analysis, and fabrication of composite structures, CFD and thermal analysis, propulsion system and trajectory analysis and optimization, aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic model development, and structural mechanics. 

Dr. Baker has been a member of the Aerospace Flutter and Dynamics Council, ASME, VFS, and SAMPE, and is an associate fellow of the AIAA.  Dr. Baker is recipient of AIAA’s 2003 Lawrence Sperry award for outstanding young professional with exceptional contributions to the aerospace profession.  He holds several patents in the area of novel composite structures for wind turbine blades, and has numerous technical publications.

Dr. Baker holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, all from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Outside of work, Dr. Baker enjoys travelling with his family, live music, and bad movies. 

“Dr. Baker previously worked for Boeing Phantom Works, where he was responsible for managing a group of 20 engineers in the Structures Technology Division.”

Kevin Roughen

Vice President, Engineering
Ph.D

Vice President, Engineering and Prof

Joined M4 to help elevate it to the next level. Also teaches at UCLA occasionally

Dr. Kevin Roughen has extensive experience in structural analysis of metallic and composite structures, aeroelasticity, and design optimization. Dr. Roughen has served as principal investigator for over a dozen sponsored research and development by the federal government as well as providing structural analysis support for several commercial and military programs, including Boeing 767 tanker, Boeing 747-8, and Northrop Grumman X47-B.

For the SBIR/STTR programs of sponsored research and development by the federal government, Dr. Roughen has extensive experience in defining programs and their deliverables to ensure the creation of well-defined products that address the technology needs of the DoD/NASA customers. Having a background in project management and systems engineering for engineering and software projects, Dr. Roughen provides periodic technical review of all R&D programs and commercial structural analysis and optimization projects performed by M4 Engineering.

Dr. Roughen was the lead engineer at M4 in weight reduction studies for the Boeing 787 composite passenger door under subcontract from Latecoere. This included structural integrity analysis against Boeing and FAA durability and damage tolerance requirements. Dr. Roughen performed aeroservoelastic model generation, test correlation, and control law design for the NASA Supersonic Semispan Transport (S4T) project.

“Dr. Roughen has served as principal investigator for over a dozen sponsored research and development by the federal government as well as providing structural analysis support for several commercial and military programs, including Boeing 767 tanker, Boeing 747-8, and Northrop Grumman X47-B.“

Prior to M4 Engineering, Dr. Roughen was the lead of the structural module for the Integrated Hypersonic Aeromechanics Tool (IHAT). In this role, he was responsible for defining requirements, planning and executing development, and coordinating and executing module testing.

Previously, Dr. Roughen worked for seven years as a member of the Phantom Works organization of the Boeing Company where he led structural analysis, loads, and optimization tasks for two flight research vehicles designed to investigate the flight mechanics of the Blended Wing-Body.Dr. Roughen holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, all from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Additionally, he received the UCLA mechanical engineering department’s award for the Outstanding Bachelor of Science Degree Recipient.

Outside of work Dr. Roughen enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and learning new things.

Scott Young

Manager, Engineering Services & IT

Engineer, Manager, Coach

Scott joined M4 to help manage our growing commercial design, analysis, test and fabrication services. He also coaches his kids soccer team.

Scott Young directs a team of experienced engineers conducting various types of designs and analyses including production-level linear and nonlinear finite element analyses of composite and metallic structures for customers in the aviation, space, wind energy, theme parks, and automotive industries. He has extensive experience in loads determination, structural analysis, and optimization. Scott oversees all of M4’s engineering services, ensuring that each of the company’s federal and commercial customer projects are efficiently managed and meet the strictest standards. 

 

Several of the programs Scott has overseen involve certification of aircraft and their components against both FAR Part 25 (Transport Category Airplanes) and FAR Part 23 (Normal Category Airplanes).  These efforts include navigating and interpreting the regulations in support of presentation or results to FAA representatives and DERs (Designated Engineering Representatives).

Scott has also been instrumental in helping numerous start-up companies achieve success.  Start-up companies very often set high technical goals with aggressive schedules.  Scott has been able to manage the M4 support of these innovative companies to help each one achieve their milestones.  These start-ups include companies in wind energy, aviation, and space from novel wind turbine blades to all electric aircraft to micro satellite launch vehicles.

 

Scott holds Commercial and Flight Instructor Pilot Certificates and enjoys teaching flight students how to safely operate light aircraft.  He also enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his son and daughter’s soccer teams as part of AYSO.

Scott holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

“Scott has been with M4 for over 15 years and has achieved a broad range of experience across numerous industries and disciplines.”

Tyler Winter

Manager, Research & Development

R&D, SBIR & Software

Tyler's expertise creating and winning proposals has lead M4 to a great internally developed software suite of tools.

Tyler Winter provides management and oversight of all on-going research and development efforts at M4.  Since joining M4 in 2008, Tyler has been successful in securing numerous government-sponsored research funding opportunities including projects for NASA and the DoD.   Additionally, he has consistently identified and established strategic partnerships for new business development prospects as well as the creation of technical proposals.

As a key member of M4’s engineering team, Tyler has collaborated with management to steadily recruit top talent, transition knowledge in a constructive manner, and cultivate a world-class team.  He has also made substantial contributions to the company’s product and capability offerings in the areas of scientific computing, aerospace vehicle system-level analysis, aerostructural analysis and optimization, uncertainty quantification, software development, and the development and integration of multidisciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) systems. 

In other work at M4, Tyler has led key integration and development efforts for several MDAO systems across subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flow regimes utilizing multi-fidelity analysis tools and methods. For these projects, he focused on directing and collaborating with a team of engineers to develop component definitions and standardized interfaces to address fundamental interdisciplinary interactions.  His involvement and leadership efforts were instrumental in the success of these projects. He has also been responsible for leading the software development efforts, commercialization, and productization of M4 Structures Studio.

Prior to joining M4 Engineering, Tyler conducted award-winning independent research in the areas of applied CFD and second law analysis of aerospace vehicles. In 2006, he was accepted into the highly competitive Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  Additionally, Tyler received the Chancellor’s Fellowship, Missouri S&T’s most prestigious graduate award for full tuition and research assistantship.

Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time with his family, hiking in National Parks, and tending to his home garden.

Tyler holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

“As a key member of M4’s engineering team, Tyler has collaborated with management to steadily recruit top talent, transition knowledge in a constructive manner, and cultivate a world-class team.”

Dan Hammerand

Principal Investigator

Doctor, Clippers Fan

Dan is a Principal Investigator in the Research and Development department, where his primary role is leading teams to develop advanced technology solutions for DoD, NASA, and other customers to enable their on-going and future missions.

Daniel Hammerand completed his Ph.D. studies in aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech under a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship.  He has an extensive background in basic R&D, software design and programming, and project management.  His research interests include traditional and advanced composite structures, polymer viscoelasticity, fracture, fatigue, machine learning, meshing, reduced-order modeling, and finite element solution techniques. 

 

At M4 Engineering, Dr. Hammerand has been successful in developing and leading various federally sponsored by Navy, Air Force, NASA, and DOE.  Previous to his current position, Dr. Hammerand conducted engineering research and development at Sandia National Laboratories, including the implementation of production level software routines in massively parallel engineering analysis codes.  Throughout his professional career, Dr. Hammerand has guided teams of colleagues, interns, and/or graduate students to achieve successful research outcomes.

“Dr. Hammerand employs creativity in framing and leading meaningful R&D programs from problem definition at inception to commercial application at completion including theoretical developments, physical experiments, numerical analysis, and software tool development along the way.“

Dan Stuewe

Senior Engineer

Engineer & garage tinkerer

Dan joined M4 looking to make a difference on a diverse collection of real world projects. And every once in a while, produces something useful from his garage.

Dan Stuewe supports M4’s numerous federal and commercial customers, utilizing his experience with structural dynamics in development of several software projects, including software designed to build and assemble finite element model and analysis decks for the company’s RapidFEM software as well as a tool to process and correct wind tunnel test data. Commercially, he has worked on comprehensive stress analyses of hydraulic and electro-mechanical mechanisms. Additionally, Dan has spent extensive time developing dynamic models of mechanisms for use in pre- and post-test analysis and loads development.

Prior to joining M4 Engineering, Dan worked at McDonnell Douglas Space Systems (which later merged with Boeing), validating structural dynamic analyses of the Titan IV launch vehicle. His work in structural dynamics continued as a member of the team that developed the Delta III launch vehicle. As a member of the Delta III team, he participated in several structural tests by deriving pre-test predictions and performing post-test model correlations. He also developed a number of new analyses that were required based on the unique design of the vehicle. He used the knowledge from the Delta III development to assist in the development of the Delta IV family of launch vehicles as well as to support the established Delta II vehicle.

 

In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering in his community and church, and making things with wood in his garage.

Dan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

“Dan joined M4 looking to make a difference on a diverse collection of real-world projects. His work has supported projects from the ground to orbit.”