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Donna Kelley


Louisville, CO



San Jose State University

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Engineering Experience


Dropworks, Inc.,  Boulder, CO  2017 - 2019

Equity compensated consultant

Director of Engineering

Droplet based digital PCR machine.

Topcon Positioning Systems, Livermore, California 2015 - 2018

Senior Product Design Engineer

Nominated to Deputy Director, Sensors

Engineering team leadership for robotic laser sensor development, autonomous construction equipment R&D

ConceptWare, Inc., Louisville, CO 2011 - 2017

Co-Founder and CEO

Development of personal knowledge management tools and technology

Donna Kelley Product Design, Louisville, CO  2010 - present


Design and engineering solutions for various clients.

Sundrop Fuels Inc., Louisville, CO 2008 - 2010

Principal Engineer

Design lead for experimental concentrated solar biomass gasification equipment.

Rockwell Collins Display Systems, San Jose, CA  2001- 2008

Principal Systems Engineer / Technical Project Manager

Laser iluminated HUD architecture R&D, F35 panoramic main cockpit display projection system, F18 and F15 HUD production.

Teaching Experience


UC Merced ESL Workshop Presenter (Python for Engineers)  2016 – 2018

UC Merced Engineering Capstone, Client (Autonomous Construction)  2018
UC Santa Cruz:  Engineering Capstone, Client (Autonomous Construction)  2018
University of California Extension:  Instructor  (Presentation Methods) 1983 – 1986
San Jose State University:  Lecturer (Presentation Methods) 1979 – 1983
Stanford University:  Surrogate Faculty (Product Design)  1978 – 1980)

Patents and Publications

US Patent assigned to Polycom Inc.:
    5,883,745 Mirror Assembly and Method

US Patent applications assigned to Sundrop Fuels Inc:
    12/796,471 Systems and Methods for Reactor Chemistry and Control
    12/795,910 Systems and Methods for Biomass Gasifier Reactor and Receiver Configuration
    12/795,947 Systems and Methods for an Indirect Radiation Driven Gasifier Reactor & Receiver 
    12/795,989 Systems and Methods for Reactor and Receiver Control of Flux Profile

Patent application assigned to Evergreen Packaging Technology:
    61/675,697 Container Body Trimming Apparatus and Method

Patent applications assigned to Topcon Positioning Systems
    imaging based laser receiver
    fast laser receiver
    monocular vision-based blade positioning
    stereo SLAM + shape from polarization

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