Ryan Palo: Resume

Professional Experience

Lead Engineer, Quality Manager, IT Support - ProtoQuick


  • Built and maintain company website (Jekyll, JavaScript, CSS Grid, Serverless Form/File-Upload Services) resulting in ~25% more RFQ’s
  • Successfully manage and complete >50 mold projects/year (doubled this year)
  • Implement and manage ISO 9001:2015 quality system, passing audits with no major findings for 5 years
  • Train, coordinate, and oversee multiple engineers and quality assurance techs

Mechanical Engineering - Simms Machinery


  • Created a Python program to interface with FORTRAN library to automate iterative analysis for turbine-compressor design. Upgraded from a 1-at-a-time, manual Excel spreadsheet. Easily saved over 100 hours/year of engineer time.
  • Built and released a lead-generation iPhone Swift app in 3 months, despite no one at the company having any mobile or Swift experience, including me!
  • Identified the need and built a database to catalog drawers full of technical drawings to speed up searches, queries (MS Access, VBA)
  • In <6 months, learned turbomachinery FEA/CFD methods and wrote a step-by-step manual to aid future engineers


Master's in Computer Science - Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

June 2021 | GPA: 3.90
Intelligent Systems Focus
Master's Thesis: Solving the Mold Shop Problem (Link to come)
Digital Forensics, Robotics, Application Security, Artificial Intelligence

Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering - Cal Poly, SLO, CA

June 2014 | GPA: 3.78
Thermodynamics, Fluids, Controls, Vibrations, MATLAB, Linear Analysis, Python for Data Analysis


  • Project management and scheduling
  • Cost/time/work estimation
  • Design review
  • Ideation/brainstorming process
  • Team-based problem-solving
  • Mechanical design/analysis
  • Software craftsmanship
  • Code readability
  • Code maintainability
  • Code efficiency
  • Proficient technical writer
  • Owning projects from start to finish
  • Collaborating with customers, vendors, teammates, and managers
  • In-person, phone, e-mail, and chat communication
  • Leading meetings
  • Generating reports
  • Managing complex business systems
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring teammates
  • Preparing internal documentation