• About ME

    I have a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. Core emphasis in HVAC Design.


    I have always been fascinated with science and physics. While others grew up dreaming of being a pro-football player or a doctor I wanted to be an engineer. This lead me to pursue an engineering degree at Montana State University and gratuate in the Spring of 2018.


    At Montana State I was a member of the infamous "Kevin's 7", the small group of HVAC 2 students that were selected to design the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems for the Bozeman Tiny Home Project. This opportunity granted me considerable experience in residential and commercial building codes, energy modeling, and difficulties of projects in the built environment.


    My experience at ROC Wheels has granted me numerous learning opportunities not granted to many interns. Core job responsibilities have included management of volunteer activities, U.S. Patent drafting, Research and Development of new wheelchair designs and systems, model testing and verification, inventory management, product and assembly flow optimization. I have been responsible for many tasks ranging from those of a few dollars to tens of thousands. I take great pride in ensuring all tasks are completed effectively.

  • Education

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    Montana State University

    2007 - 2018

    Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    - Emphasis in Drafting and HVAC Design

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    Montana State University

    2020 - Present

    Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    - Research emphasis in machine design and biomechanics

  • Skills

    Things I've picked up over the years

    Project Management

    • Training and mentoring volunteers and new employees

    • Managing product flow

    • Event coordination

    • Fundraising

    • Accounting


    Drafting Suites

    • AutoCAD

    • SolidWorks,

    • MATLAB

    • Fusion 360


    Computer Skills

    • Basic understanding of Linux, Java, Python, and C++ programming languages
    • Strong computer and mathematical skills
    • Experience in rapid prototyping and design for manufacturing

    HVAC Design

    • Train Trace energy modeling

    • ASHRAE 90.1

    • LEED

    • Revit

    Mechanical Design

    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
    • Advanced Thermal Systems
    • Composite Materials
    • Dynamics
    • Engineering Design Graphics
    • Heat Transfer
    • Mathematical Modeling
    • PID and Control Systems
    • Structural Vibrations

    Research & Design

    • Iterative design and cost analysis

    • Additive manufacturing

    • US Patent drafting

  • Professional Work

    Articles, Mentions, and Personal Projects

    July 2, 2018 · article,roc wheels,nonprofit,internship
    Local nonprofit delivering wheelchairs to Ugandan children 06/01/2018 ROC Wheels co-founder Wayne Hanson, left, and two interns, Karl Swenson and Robert Knutson, stand in the middle of the nonprofit’s new headquarters on Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Four Corners. Two hundred children in...
    The goal of this project was to determine whether or not an ultrasonic testing apparatus can be used to determine the ripeness of fruit.
    The salinity prob was constructed to measure changes in conductivity induced by changes in salinity. An Arduino was used to facilitate the interface between the sensing probe and the computer.
  • Recommendations

    The word around town

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    Elisabeth Cleveland

    Technical Support at Dataminr

    I have worked with Robert on numerous projects and his ability to adapt and his attention to detail continue to impress me.

    I look forward to working with him again in the future.

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