Aerospace engineer Brian Hood joins Czero


Brian Hood has joined the Czero team, bringing years of experience in concept-to-prototype engineering and design, ranging from small high-tech parts for aerospace applications to massive machines for industrial-scale vapor deposition.

Czero’s lean team and cross-domain approach to R&D engineering held special appeal for Brian, who although he has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, has also studied electrical engineering independently for many years. Says Brian, “In engineering anything complicated and multidisciplinary, the more experience you have with the whole, the better you’ll be at designing part of it.”

The gamut of aerospace engineering

Brian’s work for an aerospace engineering firm in Seattle embodied this 360-degree, multidisciplinary approach to engineering. For one big project, Brian and his team first designed a small, complex high-tech component for a composite aircraft, then also designed the massive, simple-yet-precise machine to place that part during aircraft assembly. The project also included testing the placement machine at production speeds.

Engineering for manufacturing specialty materials

Brian has also done in-depth work developing industrial vacuum-coating machinery for thin film processes, in other words, equipment for manufacturing specialty sheet plastic that eventually becomes things like electronics screens with anti-glare coating.

Pursuing new engineering challenges at Czero

An engineer who loves new challenges, Brian was attracted to the diversity of R&D projects at Czero. While Czero projects span the automotive, oil and gas, and clean tech industries, they share the requirement for novel, highly engineered, thoroughly tested solutions to tough problems.

At Czero, the work we do is so specialized that many companies simply can’t support an in-house engineering team doing the work we do, unless they’re the scale of Boeing, for example. You might say we do ‘overflow heavy lifting’ when it comes to engineering, analysis and testing. —Brian Hood, Mechanical Engineer