Staff Expertise

Our greatest asset in working with clients to achieve their design criteria are the talents and energies of our highly experienced employees.  While each of them brings unique technical expertise to your project, they all have advanced skills in creative problem solving, teamwork, customer service, project management, and clear and timely communication.  Most importantly, our staff exhibit a passion for solving challenging design problems while ensuring our clients' needs and expectations are met to their complete satisfaction.

Mechancial Design and Fabrication
Our Reseach Engineers both design and fabricate functional prototypes, instruments, precision parts and models. Their technical skills, close teamwork, and diverse talents result in the timely production of well-engineered novel instruments and parts.  The engineers have made significant advances in our machine shop, bringing in CAD, CNC, Computer Aided Manufacturing, a machining center, and Polyjet rapid prototyping/3D printing capabilities.

Carl Silver
Carl B. Silver, Research Engineer
(802) 656-0082,

Growing up in Springfield, Vermont - the "Precision Valley" - where his father was a machinist instructor, Carl started his career twenty-five years ago with Fellows Corporation where he completed his machinist apprentice program.  Following prototyping and volume machining experience for local firms in Burlington, he came to IMF in 1995.

Jake Kittell, Research Engineer
(802) 656-0080,

Jake has over ten years of experience in his own company, Happiness Tech, designing and fabricating prototypes, developing software solutions and consulting on CADD development. Prior to this work, Jake was employed by iRobot and other companies in the New England area. He has a mechanical engineering degree from University of Connecticut.


Nanoscale Measurment and Control Systems
Guy Kennedy
Guy G. Kennedy, Research Project Engineer
(802) 656-0077,

Guy works  as part of the [UVM] Molecular Physiology and Biophysics team researching the structure and function of molecular motors.  Guy's BS in Fine Arts highlights his creative sensibilities, but his love for conceptualizing, designing, fabricating, and servicing physical systems led to his start at IMF in 1984.  After initially servicing complex instruments on the UVM campus, Guy's exceptional skills were put to work in mechanical, electronic, and optical design and fabrication.  Since 1995, he has been a member of the Molecular Motors Group in the Molecular Physiology & Biophysics department. His innovative instrument and research designs have led to grants, papers, and patents at one of the world's leading research centers.
"I express my sincere enthusiam and highest regards for the contributions Guy Kennedy has made to my program", David Warshaw, Ph.D. Chairman, UVM Physiology

Tobey Clark
Tobey Clark, Engineering Supervisor, Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF)
(802) 656-0069,

Tobey leads the IMF organization and also oversees the Clinical Engineering activities of IMF's sister department, Technical Services Partnership (TSP).  The organizations are part of the UVM Instrumentation & Technical Services (ITS) department.  After earning a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, he came to The University of Vermont to complete his MSEE. Tobey assumed responsibility for leadership of TSP in 1984 and was appointed director of ITS from 1995 until 2017.  He also has faculty appointments in the Colleges of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS).


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