Steven J. Edwards

6816 Tavernier Ct.  § Apex, NC 27539

919-303-8698     §  § 


Electro-mechanical Engineer/Technician

§ Automation § Telecommunications § Medical Device § Automotive § Team Leadership & Training

Over 20 years experience in research, development, test, and documentation of products with proven skills in problem solving, debugging, adapting to various development environments, working in and building a team atmosphere. Cross-functional in multiple disciplines from hardware, electrical, software to department organization and performance.  Able to visualize, design, procure, build, test and document a needed test or environment to suit the needs of new products and designs.

Core competencies include:


§ Customer focused

§ Strong abilities to create electro/mechanical systems

§ Test Equipment Optimization & Automation

§ Experience in Design Qualification including CE,TUV and UL

§ Technical Documentation 

§ Take Ownership

§ Staff Training & Development

§ Strong strategic direction

§ Across boundaries mindset

Professional Experience

Pfizer / Zoetis  – Durham, NC                                                                           2010 to Present

Animal Health Division

    Engineering Bio-Devices:

Created and tested Next Generation In-Ovo (In the Egg) Vaccination System prototypes for the Animal Health Division. The creation and development began with the electrical control and pneumatic systems and continued through the prototype build and concluded with final testing including  TUV compliance and field trials.


The devices include:

  • Next Generation machine that would identify and remove clear (nonviable) eggs before vaccinating and transferring into hatching baskets up to the rate of 60K eggs and  hour.  The devices varied in configuration to accommodate the different flat/incubator designs.
  • 20K per hour ER Heartbeat detection system which detects and handles Poultry Eggs used in the Flu Vaccine Industry.
  • Small  scale In-Ovo systems for research and low volume hatcheries.
  • Many custom test devices utilizing PLC controls for automation.

Sony Ericsson Communications – RTP, NC                                                                2000 to 2010

Cell Phone Design Division

    Engineering Technician - Engineering Test Lab lead:

  • Created a lab test environment to support a global testing system that mimics the wear and abuse cell phones are subjected to in the real world.  Developed tests and equipment that are 75% custom and involve Solar, vibration, shock, impact, heat/humidity and life cycle of components. This included custom designing, fabrication, wiring, programming, documentation and training.
  • Created safety tests which encompassed thermal, charging and human interface that developed internal standards.
  • Designed a unique life cycle test chamber that incorporated Heat, Humidity, multi axis vibration and radio testing.  
  • Performed full system level competitive analysis testing that included the teardowns and Root Cause Analysis of failed components. Results and ideas were then fed back to design and included in lessons learned.
  • Investigated and procured all items for three departments including capital equipment up to $100,000 and provided monthly and annual reports to assist in the annual budgets proposals.
  • Performed HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Test) to identify component failures and enhance design ruggedness.
  • Provided mentoring and support to junior team members to create a self-reliant team.


STERIS Inc. / American Sterilizer – Mentor Ohio                                                         1996 to 2000

Medical Sterilization Equipment Research and Development.

Test and Evaluation Manager 

  • Designed organized, hired staff and managed a Medical Device Test and Evaluation Department.
    •  Created and supervised a Calibration Lab which obtained ISO9000 certification within 3 months.
    •  Built and supervised an engineering prototype lab which complied with corporate safety, regulatory, FDA,                      OSHA and EPA standards.
    •  Worked with and supported outside engineering firms on several medical projects.
    •  Supported the Intellectual Property Department by providing input and explanations of patents filed by an  acquired company.  
      ·  Designed, built, programmed and evaluated breadboards and Pre-Production Sterilization units.  Starting at concept phase and continued through final verification and training production technicians.
    •  Work with Scientists and Micro Biologists in the development and design changes necessary for product efficacy.
    •  Trained and mentored both Manufacturing and Engineering Technicians.
    •  Design and assisted technicians in the building of life cycle test fixtures and test chambers.


STERIS Inc. / American Sterilizer – apex NC                                                        1992 to 1996

Medical – Sterilization Equipment Research and Development

    Sr. Engineering Test Technician

  • Built Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide sterilization breadboard, prototype and production equipment through research and development of software and hardware, leading the industry in a new technology. Transfer of projects to manufacturing including the training of manufacturing assembly and test technicians.
  • Performed site installations, conducted on-site training, and provided customer support bolstering customer confidence in the technology. This included the design of the interface of various systems
  • Performance and efficacy testing through data acquisition and interpretation.
  • Design Testing, Qualification and Software validation resulting in CE,TUV, UL and FDA approval
  • Domestic and global support of site installations and efficacy of VHP products.  This included the design of interface of various systems, custom programming and customer training.



Wake Tech Community College Raleigh N.C. Courses in Electronics Engineering - C++ Programming.

GSM Mobile communications - National Instruments Lab View -  Modicon Concept programming for PLC controllers - Stat-A-Matrix – ISO 9000 for Calibration Labs -  Solid Works Essentials



  • Accumulator_Based_Liquid_Metering System and Method US Pat. 5527507
  • Method for Multiple Flashpoint Vaporizers US Pat. 6077480
  • Method for Enhanced Aeration  US Pat. 5830409
  • Apparatus for Selectively processing eggs and associated method.



Boy Scouts of America – Assistant Scoutmaster – Cubmaster – Den leader

US FIRST Robotics League –Mentor and Booster Vice President  of local Team

Auto racing – Previously held SCCA Competition License and several driving schools 


Nominee for the FIRST Robotics League 2010 Woody Flowers Award.
2010 Sony Ericsson Mobile Project Award. 2004 BSA Hemlock District Distinguished Leader Award.
2002, 2004 & 2010 Sony Ericsson Managers Awards for solving several issues in cell phone testing.
1995 American Sterilizer top 10 Employee Award. Nominations were submitted by co-workers