Meet the McCormick Stevenson Team
Noel founded McCormick Stevenson in 1999 to build a mechanical engineering firm to solve the most challenging engineering problems using the latest in tools and techniques. A mechanical engineer from the University of South Florida, he is a technical leader with a strong history of providing high quality engineering solutions through extraordinary commitment and professionalism. Noel serves as Chairman of the Florida Defense Contractors Association, and is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – contributing to both the Industry Advisory Board and the Board on Education. He was recognized as the 2007 Engineer of the Year by the Florida West Coast Section of ASME. When not at work, Noel can be found sailing the coastline with his family, catching a Ray’s baseball game or more frequently playing the joyful role of “Pa” to his grandchildren.
Paul brings over 30 years of leadership in design engineering to McCormick Stevenson. He is a mechanical engineer from the University of South Florida – Go Bulls! – and remains active in the engineering college by presenting to students on the importance of professional development and networking. Paul is active, both locally and nationally, in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is a past Senior Vice President of the Student and Early Career Development Sector. Paul also enjoys getting up every day at 5 am and hitting the gym. He feels this 25+ year ritual gives him a great start on the day!
Melissa is a respected leader with a proactive approach to management. She brings the skills necessary to ensure smooth and effective interaction with our customers. An engineer from Georgia Tech, Melissa has over 25 years experience in engineering, personnel and project management. She is very active in the local community, including past president of the Rotary Club of Dunedin. When not at McCormick Stevenson, Melissa may be found sewing or quilting or if she’s lucky, playing with her grandchildren.
Keith joined us in 2008 bringing over 33 years of engineering experience to McCormick Stevenson. His experience and leadership as a mechanical design engineer, a project engineer and a project manager gives him the ability to understand and solve your most challenging problems. Keith is a mechanical engineer from the University of Florida. When he isn’t hard at work, he can always be found chasing the elusive white ball around the golf course, enjoying a Rays baseball game or cheering on his Florida Gators –CHOMP, CHOMP!
With 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering design and analysis, Mike uses his stress and thermal analysis passion and expertise to give our customers the confidence they need to move forward with their designs. Mike is a mechanical engineer from Georgia Tech and a State of Florida licensed Professional Engineer. In his free time, Mike likes to backpack with friends, travel with his family, or research his family tree. Mike also serves the citizens of the City of Tampa as a part-time EMT.
A graduate of MIT with a degree Mechanical Engineering, Matt joined McCormick Stevenson in 2007, bringing a background in product development and manufacturing from the defense, automotive, and medical industries. Matt has proven ability to research solutions, build, and deliver quality designs from concept through production. Now as Engineering Manager, Matt leads McCormick Stevenson’s engineering team in delivering mechanical engineering services in support of our clients. Matt currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife and two young children and travels regularly to the Clearwater office and our clients’ facilities. When working remote, Matt can be found interacting with our team in the Clearwater office using our telepresence robot and other online collaboration tools. He is a volunteer with the local section of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and his local cub scout pack. In his free time, Matt enjoys water sports, camping, and spending time outdoors with his family.
Nat joined McCormick Stevenson in 2007 after studying Drafting Technology at St. Petersburg College. He enjoys the teamwork necessary to create designs that meet all project goals. Whether he is creating concept sketches, 3D models, or detailed drawings Nat always strives to bring an element of creativity and a positive professional attitude into his work. Nat is a Florida native who loves family and the outdoors. When not in the office, Nat most enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. During the days he will most likely be out playing golf, sailing, fishing, or playing guitar. At night you are most likely to find Nat in his books as he works toward his BSME from the University of South Florida.
A graduate of Syracuse University, and a methodically brilliant systems engineer, Barry brings a career’s worth of experience leading technical teams in pursuit of extraordinary challenges.
As an IT Specialist, Ryan works to keep MCCST data secure from the latest cyber threats, and makes sure people don’t write their passwords on whiteboards. When not in the office, he’s troubleshooting his home computer, or unplugging with a sketchbook or novel.
Ryan brings a mindset of don’t rest until the project is done. With a background in manufacturing, and fabrication he knows what it takes to meet our customer’s needs and to ensure project success. When not in the office, you can find Ryan fishing or jet skiing on the waters of Tampa Bay, or perhaps playing a quick round of golf.
Kristin makes sure that our financial house remains in good order. Her attention to detail, and professional approach ensure that our customers and staff are always well-informed, and that all of our projects remain on-track for success.
Robin’s positive approach and can-do attitude lift up the entire McCormick Stevenson team, making us more effective, efficient and successful.
Zac’s background in manufacturing brings immediate value to our clients. His attention to detail and design creativity allow him to develop innovative solutions that serve our client’s needs. An avid cyclist and former President of the USF Cycling Team, Zac spends his free time on two wheels—either on or off road, while also enjoying as many Bolts games as possible.
Andrew’s 30 years of mechanical design and drafting experience, coupled with extensive hands-on integration, manufacturing and tooling expertise offer great value to our clients. With wide and varied experience across many Aerospace and Defense programs, Andrew is well-prepared to tackle most any mechanical design challenge.
Mechanical engineer with 23 years of experience packaging electronics for the harsh environments of military service. Self starting and results oriented with the ability to design for manufacturing and assembly. Capable of creating designs using 3-D CAD software and seeing them through to production. Active for the past 14 years volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America as a Unit Leader and a C.O.P.E and Climbing Instructor. Jon enjoys camping, backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, climbing/rappelling and shooting sports.
Alan is a leadership professional with experience in technology management, systems engineering and risk management, within the Aerospace and Defense industry and customers ranging from the US Army, US Navy/Marine Corps, USSOCOM, and US Air Force. He is passionate about breaking down complex issues into actionable plans and participating in the realization of customer solutions from the high-performing agile teams at McCormick Stevenson. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Alan has a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering Technology and an MBA in Technology Management. When Alan is not at work, he is still “on the job” volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, his church, enjoying a brisk bicycle ride on the local “rails-to-trails”, posting updates on his LinkedIn® or Tweeting on @agauzens.
Andrew is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. With a focus in analysis, his curiosity and eagerness to attack new challenges are terrific assets. In his spare time, he can be found cheering for the Boston Red Sox, or visiting family and friends across the country.
A Mechanical Engineering graduate of University of South Florida, Chris likes to find creative and out of the box solutions for the problems at hand. In his spare time, he can be found riding his bike, brewing a batch of beer, or spending time with friends and family.
Joseph brings 10 years of mechanical design experience to the McCormick Stevenson Team, including an extensive knowledge of machine design, tooling, fixturing and product development. He is extremely detail oriented, methodically thorough, and loves a good design challenge. On his days off Joseph can be found spending time with his wife and four kids, as well as watching every Bolts game.
A graduate of the University of South Florida and current student of Saint Petersburg College, Alex strives to ensure McCormick Stevenson remains a leader among its peers in cybersecurity. On most days, you can find Alex weightlifting in the gym, playing his ukulele, and tinkering with his home computers
Walter’s professional contributions are in technology-oriented companies in business and program management mainly in the aerospace/defense industry. His prior corporate experience has been in such companies as: General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Eagle-Picher Technologies and Advanced Bionics. He has founded or co-founded several businesses ranging from an analytical lab to a specialty battery manufacturer to an entertainment consulting firm. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Florida, his MBA from the University of South Florida and his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute. When not working, Walter enjoys volunteering with SCORE to help small businesses, wildlife photography and college sports – especially Gator Football.
Julius is a student at St. Petersburg College working towards his B.S. in mechanical engineering. His strong work ethic and positive attitude allow him to tackle complex engineering and design challenges. When not in the office Julius can be found spending time with friends and family, weightlifting, and shooting hoops at the gym.
Parker is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida, and has experience in 3D printing, and mechanical design. His attention to detail and positive attitude make him a great fit at McCormick Stevenson. When out of the office, Parker enjoys spending time with his fiancé, boating and fishing, and making knives from recycled steel.
Ron offers a unique perspective with over 25 years of experience in the automotive tooling industry. He has designed hundreds of fixtures and gages for automotive interior and exterior trim and body panels. Ron began his career as a manual machinist, transitioned to fixture assembly for several years, and has been deeply involved in 3D CAD Modeling and CNC programming since 1996. When not at work, Ron works to improve his golf game, and definitely loves his family time.
William’s interest in design began at an early age. By constantly taking things apart, and only occasionally putting them back together, he began to learn how things worked. William brings that same curiosity and passion to the McCormick Stevenson team. When not at work you can find William volunteering for SkillsUSA, United States Swimming, and Pinellas County Schools. He is also an avid amateur radio operator (W4WYR), announcer and all around good guy.
Nick is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Florida. His passion for America’s defense, and eagerness to work hard make him a great addition to the McCormick Stevenson Team. When Nick is not at the office he is in class, playing music, or taking care of his animals at home.
As an ASME certified senior level Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Professional, with decades of hands-on experience, Don provides technical leadership to McCormick Stevenson’s design and documentation team. With over 30 years of experience in service to the US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Weapons Complex, Don brings an uncompromising emphasis on quality to all that we do. In addition, his 20 years of experience delivering GD&T training to organizations across the country ensures that the MCCST team remains an industry leader in tolerance analysis and documentation.
Azher is a native Floridian and a third year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Florida. His interest in additive manufacturing and materials is helping to drive McCormick Stevenson toward new technologies and solutions. As treasurer and member of the aerodynamics and composites team for the University of South Florida Society of Automotive Engineers, Azher is building a foundation of knowledge and skill that will ensure his future success. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, working on cars, and both playing and watching soccer.
As a previous university researcher, Ahmad is very passionate about discovering and evaluating new technologies. Research and innovation are the topics that drive and challenge him to deliver the best possible results. Outside the office, Ahmad teaches CAD Modeling at the University of South Florida. Ahmad enjoy spending his free time with his wife and three kids, as well as machining aluminum in his workshop (aka garage).
Ishara is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of South Florida. His passions include machinery, renewable energy, and improving lives through engineering solutions. During his spare time he enjoys laser cutting, going to the gym, playing and watching sports, and spending time with friends.
Nathan is a second year Mechanical Engineering student at The University of South Florida. He is eager to open a new chapter in his professional career at McCormick Stevenson by building a foundation of skills for the future. With interests in defense technologies and cutting edge automotive engineering, Nathan is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers at the University of South Florida where he enjoys contributing to the USF Formula SAE racing team. In his free time he enjoys camping, hiking and various outdoor activities.
Bringing a diverse skill set in hands-on development of large and small projects, Stephen is a great asset to the McCormick Stevenson Team. Stephen graduated Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. His strengths include an extensive background in small arms and munitions. Blurring the lines between work and play, Stephen can be found adventuring, building/shooting firearms, or attending a CrossFit class to maintain his physical fitness.
Betsy is an accomplished business leader and has worked with McCormick Stevenson as a consulting CFO since 2007. She is highly successful in entrepreneurial environments with the need to develop stronger corporate practices. Betsy has expertise in developing collaborative teams enabling the adoption of continuous improvement methodologies. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and is active in the community, including over 20 years of service on the board of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay. Betsy is a life-long athlete who practices yoga, enjoys bicycling and loves being outdoors, including out on her boat.
Gilbert Acevedo Morales was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. As a dedicated management professional, Gil brings over 20 years’ success leading operations and quality assurance across multiple industries. He is a Purdue University graduate with a B.S. in Computer Science – Boiler Up! He began his professional career as an Engineer and Officer in the U.S. Army following Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC) graduation at the U.S. Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. A proven executive-level leader of business strategy and quality improvement, Gil joins McCormick Stevenson after spending a decade as a visionary leader, mentor, team player, strategic partner and active member of the Aerospace and Manufacturing community in Puerto Rico.
Gil is a founding member and former Secretary, Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Aerospace Cluster and Aerospace Technology Consortium.
As a proud father of a 5-year old boy, Gil Andres, Gil enjoys traveling, culture, staying fit and in his free time enjoys family reunions, running marathons, cycling and water sports.
Rick brings over 30 years of product design, manufacturing and leadership experience to the McCormick Stevenson team. As a designer of products, as well as the tooling and fixturing required to fabricate those products, he offers our clients a deep understanding of the design for manufacturability challenge. He has implemented ISO 9001 and AS9100 Quality Management Systems and streamlined operations using LEAN methodologies. In addition to his operations leadership, Rick plays an active role in the manufacturing community in Tampa Bay. He serves an advisory role at Pinellas Technical College, is a member the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and is an active member of the Florida West Coast Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). Rick is a graduate of the General Electric Apprentice Program as a Tool and Instrument Maker and GE’s Intensive Leadership Development Program. When not at work, Rick enjoys spending time with his family, church, traveling, camping, and boating.
With extensive manufacturing engineering leadership experience in electronics, filtration, and electromechanical assembly, J.B. brings over 14 years of aerospace and defense industry knowledge to the McCormick Stevenson team. A proud graduate of the University of South Florida, J.B. earned his degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. When not focused on mission success, J.B. enjoys family time with his fiancée and two little princesses, visiting Disney, attending Bulls sporting events, as well as chasing the little white ball around a golf course.
Luke’s interest in design started in the 3rd grade – wondering how the Space Shuttle worked. Over time that interest in design became a passion leading to 3D printing as a hobby. Luke brings that passion to the McCormick Stevenson team. When not at work, Luke can be found virtually racing around the world, 3D printing, or by the lake on the golf course attempting to retrieve his ball.
Bill brings over 30 years of mechanical design experience to the McCormick Stevenson Team, with expertise in Military and Aerospace electronics packaging, as well as experience with ordnance systems and ammunition. Bill is very thorough and loves to tackle challenging design projects. In his spare time, Bill enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and attending concerts and sporting events.
Stephen learned mechanical design and manufacturing skills at a young age. A desire to better understand product development led him to study physics at Louisiana State University, where he honed a wide range of multidisciplinary skills. Stephen has multiple years of professional experience designing products for consumer and manufacturing industries. When not working, Stephen enjoys boating, diving, playing tennis, or just being outside in the Florida sun.
Steven is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida’s Mechanical Engineering program. With a background in manufacturing and analysis Steven creates designs with production and assembly in mind. Outside of work he enjoys spending his free time at Disney or at home using his 3D printer and experimenting with robotics.
Cedric is a recent graduate from University of South Florida with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He has experience identifying and mending problems on a manufacturing floor, and plans to use his experience to positively impact McCormick Stevenson. When Cedric has free time he enjoys traveling and trips to the beach with family and friends.
Trudy is an accomplished senior leader and program manager with a successful track record of leading teams to deliver on schedule and within budget. Her outstanding interpersonal skills enable her to cultivate excellent customer relationships and to develop and motivate high performing teams. Her prior experience includes engineering and management positions at companies such as General Electric, Concurrent Technologies Corp. and Parsons. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Florida – Go Gators! Trudy is the founding president of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of Women In Defense, serves on the University of Florida Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board and supports her local community through many volunteer activities. She enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.
Jim brings a diverse publication and marketing skill set to the MCCST team. His background includes producing a variety of publications for multinational companies covering telecommunications and law enforcement. He has also created MIL-STD publications covering for DOD aerospace advance technologies. His desktop publications skill set provides advance capabilities in creating structured and unstructured interactive documentation with graphic content. In previous marketing roles, he has developed branding strategies that include trade shows, social media, events, website content, customer support and communications programs.
Brook brings over 12 years of marketing experience and strategy implementation to McCormick Stevenson. She is passionate about developing forward-thinking marketing plans and managing their execution. Brook received her B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Outside of work, Brook spends her free time volunteering with the Junior League of Tampa Bay, reading, and trying to keep up with her energetic three boys.
Matthew Gaines is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from North Carolina State University. His 20+ years of experience covers the defense, automotive, and industrial sectors. Matthew has experience in product design, finite element modeling, manufacturing, and process engineering. He enjoys travel, hiking, camping, and playing the keyboard.
As a dimensional measurement specialist, and with decades of hands-on experience, Bob provides technical leadership to McCormick Stevenson’s design, engineering and the manufacturing services and systems group. Bob specializes in GD&T measurement applications, CMM operation and programming, metrology, and reverse engineering functions. He participated in the development and support of the DMIS (Dimensional Measurement Interface Standard) while employed by Grumman Aerospace and still utilizes and supports DMIS today. While working for Grumman Bob received a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree from the State University of New York at Empire State College.