James R. Nasiatka
San Francisco, CA 94117


A dynamic hands-on mechanical engineer with over 20 years experience in leading engineering initiatives geared towards building scientific equipment and experiments.  Detail-oriented, with extensive problem solving skills who can understand the basic needs of scientists and other customers, and provide them with the required technical solutions.  Team player who can lead groups of people and take projects from conception to completion on time and within budgetary constraints.


BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL 1991


  • Design, installation, and commissioning of experimental apparatus

  • Design and fabrication of precision mechanical assemblies

  • CAD - SolidWorks

  • FEA -­ ANSYS Workbench, SolidWorks

  • Particle accelerators, detectors, 

  • X-­Ray monochromators and optical systems

  • Sample transfer and manipulation

  • UHV vacuum systems

  • Cryogenics

  • Mechanical design and testing

  • Troubleshooting -­ mechanical, electrical

  • Laser systems and safety -­ fSec pulsed (Ti:Sapphire) and CW

  • Data acquisition -­ LabView

  • cGMP/cGLP environments

  • Radiologically controlled environments

  • Good working knowledge of machine shop practices

  • 3D printing

  • Arduino microcontrollers