kestrel design
Professional Profile:  Kris Grube
  • 20 years product development experience
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Industry experience includes commercial, industrial, medical, automotive, and aerospace
  • Invention, concept development, and system architecture expertise
  • Extensive design methodology and structured problem solving experience
  • Detailed design and documentation experience
  • Manufacturing support experience, both domestic and off-shore
  • Component sourcing, manufacturing process selection, and vendor liaison experience
  • Development planning, engineering management, and cost analysis
In 1995, Kris founded Kestrel Design to provide product development services on a consulting basis. Since its inception, the company has designed and engineered mechanical and electromechanical systems for a variety of industries. Examples include consumer appliances, complex mechanism design, electronics packaging, medical instrumentation, fluid systems, robotics, and light transportation.

Prior to founding Kestrel Design, Kris held positions of Program Director, Project Manager, and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Product Genesis, Inc., an award-winning product development consulting organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Product Genesis, he directed six major client programs and acted as senior mechanical engineer for eight programs.

Prior to joining Product Genesis, Kris was involved in the development of DTM Corporation’s selective laser sintering system, a large-scale rapid prototyping machine. At company inception, he was a principal technology investigator, developing process control and thermal management methods. As the core technology matured, his focus shifted to engineering development and detailed design of the company’s first production system. During pilot manufacturing Kris was responsible for electromechanical performance verification and manufacturing refinement.

Kris also held positions of Research Engineer in the Vehicle Concepts Office of Ford Motor Company’s Engineering and Manufacturing Staff, and of Engineering Intern in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology division of Digital Equipment Corporation.

Kris has received patents for work completed at Kestrel Design, Product Genesis, and DTM Corporation.

At MIT, Kris received the Luis De Florez Award for Excellence in Mechanical Design and was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, national engineering honors societies. As a Principal Teaching Assistant at MIT, he taught System Dynamics for the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. Kris’ graduate work involved machine design and automation of ultrasonic test equipment for use in high-end disk drive manufacture.