Good Bye and Good Luck to NPD Legend – Chris Brown

During the final week of November, 2016 TechHelp New Product Development Lab Student Employee and Boise State Mechanical Engineering Senior, Chris Brown, seemed to be everywhere.

On January 21, 2015, Chris enjoyed a visit with a Top Executive from Washington D.C.

On January 21, 2015, Chris enjoyed a visit with a Top Executive from Washington D.C.

Monday, a group of TechHelp visitors met him

A Versabuilt Robotic CNC Tender at Rekluse.

A Versabuilt Robotic CNC Tender at Rekluse.

at Rekluse Motor Sports while viewing that company’s Robotic CNC tenders. On Tuesday, there he was working on an NPD Project for Versabuilt, a company that produces robotic CNC tenders. On Wednesday morning, we crossed paths with Chris at the Boise State College of Engineering where he was showing off the 3D printer (below) that he and his team had built for their Senior Design Project. Later that afternoon, he graciously hauled his 3D printer up to the board room of the Boise State College of Business & Economics for a meeting with luminaries including President Kustra, Dean Ken Peterson of COBE and Director General Vincent Yao of the Tapei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Chris dragged the 3D printer he built for Senior Design up to the COBE Boardroom and did a bit of Prototype Show & Tell with Director General Vincent Yao, COBE Dean Ken Peterson and Boise State President, Dr. Robert Kustra.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Chris dragged the 3D printer he built for Senior Design up to the COBE Boardroom and did a bit of Prototype Show & Tell with Director General Vincent Yao, COBE Dean Ken Peterson and Boise State President, Dr. Robert Kustra.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Chris dragged the 3D printer he built for Senior Design up to the COBE Boardroom and did a bit of Prototype Show & Tell with Director General Vincent Yao, COBE Dean Ken Peterson and Boise State President, Dr. Robert Kustra.

The week capped off a magnificent Boise State and TechHelp career that included meeting the President of the United States during Barack Obama’s visit to the NPD Lab in January of 2015.  On Monday, December 5, Chris started the next chapter of his journey as an employee of the House of Design, a robotics integration company in Nampa, Idaho. Chris’s fondness for robotics helped him land his gig with the TechHelp NPD team four years ago. We wish Chris well as he takes his great attitude, superb skill set, Degree in Mechanical Engineering and love of robotics to the House of Design.

Chris and I have worked on dozens of projects together while at TechHelp New Product Development. I’m always impressed with his creative solutions and his intuition for mechanical design. As a project manager, I found Chris’s ability to pick up new skills to be one of his most valuable traits. Whether a project required electrical engineering, writing code, or an obscure new prototyping method, we could always count on Chris to become an expert within a few days. Chris is very passionate about engineering and would make an excellent addition to any engineering team that can manage to snag him up. Blake Pachner, NPD Lab Manager
Chris poses with the 3D printer he and his team built for their senior design project at the Boise State College of Engineering.

Chris poses with the 3D printer he and his team built for their senior design project at the Boise State College of Engineering.