For 30+ years we’ve been developing  hands-on experience in tooling, processing, building and testing reinforced composites, designing thermoplastic injection molded parts, & high performance ship structures.

Composite materials can create very mass-efficient structures when properly engineered and built.   We’re often asked to engineer for high performance: which means different things to different programs.  The structure to the left was successfully engineered to replace a steel structure, but increasing the stiffness while reducing the mass to 1/10 the original, and capable of 300 degree service.  Fiber and matrix selection, tooling design, and processing play equally important roles.

1999-2002 Developed multiple patents while teaming with Client’s scientists to create two-dimensional proteomic product line for Life Technologies, Inc. Supported CE and TUV approvals.   Awarded “Most Innovative Product in Life Sciences”.  Manufactured by Jackson Engineering for Life Technologies, Inc.


Working with the president and founder of Ocean Sensors, we engineered his company’s patented product line of autonomous deep-ocean instruments for collection and satellite transmission of oceanographic data.   Thousands have been built by OSI and deployed around the world.

A lifetime of designing, repairing and building boats has allowed me to grow a deep set of skills using my eyes, hands and tools.  Some of the most interesting engineering jobs I’ve had require innovating and building high performance features for a variety of vessels or cost-efficient marine facilities.   My roots in wooden ship construction and expecting that I may be asked to build what I engineer tend to keep my design choices practical and achievable.

In 1987 I had the opportunity to engineer filament wound carbon fiber pressure vessels with Hercules Composites .  At that time the maximum attainable prestress was around 75,000 psi.    Twenty years later we achieved 200,000 psi to preload shafts/couplings.  Recently I pioneered the advancement of filament winding to routinely generate over 350,000 psi of prestress into the fibers being wound onto circular and non-circular structures.  Minimal additional material improves reliability of bonded composite joints by maintaining compression.  Pressure vessel walls stay in compression resulting in lighter structures.  Bolted joints can be substituted with winding.

Fiber reinforced epoxy lightweight efficiency

Ship Structures & Repair

Open Ocean Autonomous Deep Profiling Vehicle

High volume injection molding

Filament Winding with ultra-high prestress

Materials, Composites, Marine

Jackson Engineering, Inc.

Engineering and Technology Development