Eric Dowdle, BASc 1995, MASc 1997

After finishing my M.A.Sc. at UBC, I worked for 4 years at Dofasco where I concentrated on solving formability issues for our automotive clients. We used finite element analysis (FEA) to identify potential failure sites during stamping of sheet metal parts that had been proposed for future car models. Based on the results of our analyses, we then offered part redesign or material change suggestions to solve the problems before any part passed beyond the conceptual stage.Since 2001 I have worked at Acuren Group Inc specializing in failure analysis. It’s a lot like the TV show “CSI”, but instead of murders we investigate material failures (and use actual science). It is a role which utilizes nearly every aspect of the education I received at UBC.