Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Team Members

The SPS design team has four members. Simon Lockyer-Bratton is the project manager and finance officer, Matt Smith is the sponsor liaision and proposal editor, Drew Knuth is the team historian and project scheduler and Miguel Davila is the team secretary.

Matt Smith


My name is Matt Smith and I am a senior at Northern Arizona University pursuing a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish with a minor in Mathematics. I currently work as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Tom Acker in wind energy. I have had two mechanical design internships at Raytheon Missile Systems and hope to continue working with their mechanical design team after I graduate in May 2011. My research interests include solid mechanics and CFD modeling for sustainable systems.


Simon Lockyer-Bratton


My name is Simon Lockyer-Bratton. I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University. I have worked as an intern at both Honeywell Engines and Systems in Phoneix, AZ and Southwest Windpower in Flagstaff, AZ. I currently conduct undergraduate research for Dr. Brent Nelson, whose research investigates the thermal management of lithium-ion battery packs through the use of heat pipe arrays. I am also a member of SAE and have worked on the SAE@NAU Super-Mileage Vehicle. Following graduation I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in nanotechnology applications. My research interests include MEMS/NEMS devices for sensing applications and nano fabrication methods.


Drew Knuth


Andrew Knuth will be graduating from Northern Arizona University May 2010 with bachelors in mechanical engineering. While at NAU he worked as a teacher’s assistant for a design and team work class. He worked as an intern at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory summer of 2010 where he was assigned to multiple diverse unique design projects. At APL his skills developed leaps and bounds with opportunities to help engineer a safer heart stint for Dr. Chao-Wei Hwang, tuck away WASP UAV wings structured out of inflatable beams, and a cube satellite space junk collector that utilizes nanotechnology for adhesion. 


Miguel Davila


Miguel Davila is a senior at Northern Arizona University where he is obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is an every day problem solver utilizing his hands and creative thinking. He does what is necessary to meet deadlines by working long hours. His interests are in renewable energy. He wants to create a better future for the next generation.