David C. Neidig, B.Sc.

Project Engineer

Mr. Neidig graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. During his undergraduate studies, he was a charter member of the university SME chapter, president of the physics club, and a member of the human powered submarine and electric motorcycle teams. Mr. Neidig was also selected to participate in the 2000 NASA Academy at Dryden Flight Research Center. Since graduating, he has worked in laboratory and engineering environments within polyurethane, electronics, and aviation industries. Mr. Neidig joined the Knott Laboratory team in 2018.


B. Sc. Physics
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, Pennsylvania,

Failure Analysis

Mr. Neidig has applied engineering principles to product and system failures in the light-industrial motion control and aviation industries. He has experience analyzing pulleys, belts, rollers, technical textiles, shafts, bolts, and aircraft structure with failure modes including fatigue, fracture, corrosion, and wear. Mr. Neidig has experience with destructive and non-destructive testing techniques, reviewing maintenance records, documenting findings, and utilizing various industry standards.

Product Engineering and Design

During his time at Fenner Precision, Mr. Neidig worked as a member of the New Product Development group which created and tested new and existing polyurethane formulations, reinforcement materials, engineering designs, and manufacturing processes. At Sechan Electronics, Mr. Neidig worked on various government contracts and was the mechanical engineer responsible for the environmental laboratory test fixtures. Upon returning to Colorado, Mr. Neidig contracted with United Rotorcraft, formerly Air Methods Product Division, as a Liaison Engineer specializing in mechanical systems. He dispositioned non-conforming product, drawings, and damage related to the manufacturing process as well as provided evaluation and repair design for failed products. Mr. Neidig then moved to Air Methods corporate headquarters as a Service Engineer for aircraft structures and systems focusing on regulatory compliance, repairs, alterations, and tooling design.

Professional Development

Mr. Neidig was a charter member of the Millersville University chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and participated in several activities including the human powered submarine team, electric motorcycle team, and physics club. During his career, Mr. Neidig has engaged in multiple seminars and courses related to his professional work. At Air Methods, Mr. Neidig apprenticed with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Engineering Representative (DER) specializing in flammability compliance under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. He successfully completed the FAA-DER initial training course, participated in the bi-annual recurrent training course, and had his credentials accepted as an Engineering Unit Member for the Air Methods’ Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).

Personal Profile

Mr. Neidig has diverse personal interests including machining, automotive repair, and residential remodeling. He enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, and he is a PADI certified open water diver. Mr. Neidig has also completed approximately 20 hours as a student pilot in single engine land aircraft.

Media Appearances

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