Zach received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology with a focus on biomaterials. He gained valuable experience working in the medical device industry designing and developing orthopaedic implants, cardiothoracic (CT) grafts and stents as well as electromechanical visualization systems.
Working for Biomet Orthopaedics, he developed soft tissue anchors as well as joint resurfacing implants and their associated instruments. Through this experience he gained knowledge of biocompatible materials and their properties. Failure analysis of implants and instruments, both bench top and cadaveric, was an integral part of development.
Zach expanded his knowledge of implants by working with Cook Medical developing aortic stent grafts, filters and other cardiothoracic devices. This work included exotic alloy Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM). He utilized CT data to generate patient-based anatomy models in order to mold custom grafts.
Zach's experience in the product design field includes work in arthroscopic, endoscopic, and airway devices as well. Most recently at King Systems, he managed a multidisciplinary team tasked with new product development in the areas of anesthesia and airway therapy. He coordinated outside development activities as well as contract manufacturing. This work blended mechanical components with optics and electronics to create complex, yet minimally invasive systems for diagnostic use.
At Wolf, Zach has been involved in forensics by performing accident reconstruction, particularly in low speed collisions, evaluating injury potential as well as determining forces experienced by a vehicle occupant. He has also investigated failures of medical devices and implants, providing testimony in this area. He is well-versed in the design and fabrication of firearm compensators, firearm suppressors, fire control mechanisms, and optical devices for firearms. He conducts ballistic analysis and can characterize ammunition and armors.
He is the project lead for the design and development of a biofidelic Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) that closely approximates the physical characteristics and injury mechanisms of a human being. He also serves as the project lead for Wolf's QuickCric device.