Luke Peterken

  • Process Engineer
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Feb 06, 2018
Full time Biotech Design Engineering Healthcare Manufacturing

Personal Summary

Experienced Process Development Engineer with a background in the manufacturing, design, and validation of medical devices and consumables aggressively seeking a new position within the medical technology industry.   

Work Experience

Process Engineer
Jun 2018 - Dec 2017 Meso Scale Diagnostics
  • Integrate new technology to improve manufacturing and design of ECL (electrogenerated chemiluminescence) based immunoassay platform
  • Managed and performed design review and system verification and validation of automated manufacturing equipment
    • Collaborated with Quality, Manufacturing, and Automation to manage system IOQ, PQ, and SOP generation on six axis robotic assembly and inspection system of microtiter plate assemblies
    • Performed root cause analysis of faulty lots after deployment to reduce waste and streamline production
  • Project lead on late stage development and implementation of new consumable product for clinical influenza diagnostics
    • Provided recommendations to vendors using statistical analysis, DOE, CTQ knowledge, and molding knowledge to tune process and tighten dimensions on prototype parts
    • Finalized prototype parts and transitioned new product production to manufacturing
  • Eliminated single source risk by investigating multiple alternative vendors for fabrication of consumable components
    • Vetted outside vendors in screen printing and molding industries to ensure that components met internal specifications
    • Project lead to adoption of a semi-automated approach that reduced scrap rate by 12%
  • Developed Automated Vision systems using Cognex systems, In-Sight software, and OpenCV(Python) for defect analysis and part identification on automated assembly line
Research Scientific Engineer
Jun 2014 - Jun 2016 Meso Scale Diagnostics
  • Investigated the implementation of outside vendor automation in current consumable production (Liconic, HighRes,Thermo, etc) to help reduce lot to lot variability and increase in-line automation
    • Participated in pilot scale studies, cost analysis, and risk assessment of integrating environmental control technologies
  • Directed engagements with multiple major vendors for dimensional and surface chemistry control (e.g. Screen Printing, Adhesives, Molded Parts, Machine Vision systems, Surface Treatment) in addition to developing vendor inspection and sampling plans
    • Created and coordinated external strategic partnerships worth $1.5 million for product improvement, including offsite and onsite negotiation, pilot scale studies, supply chain analysis, and risk management


Aug 2010 - Jun 2014 University of Maryland