It can take many months, sometimes years, to develop a world-class product design team. Ask any successful product innovation company such as Apple, Google, or BMW. Assembling a highly talented team of creative designers and engineers that can consistently deliver innovative product design solutions is a challenge, even for the best HR organizations.
Like a championship caliber sports team, IDE's designers, engineers and prototype technicians have a full understanding and trust in each others skills and talents to successfully achieve your product design goals, often times with award winning results.
With IDE on your side, you and your team will realize the benefits of working with a world-class design and development organization.
David Moriconi, Co-founder, President & CEO
David Moriconi co-founded IDE with his partner, the late Dr. Peter Sehnal, in 1985. Dave has served as IDE’s President and CEO since its founding.
Dave and his design team have designed and developed over 350 successful technology-based products marketed world wide. He is the recipient of 29 U.S. patents and his designs have received numerous national and international product design awards. Mr. Moriconi began his product design career in 1972 and brings considerable design and executive management experience and oversight to each and every project at IDE. His work, methodologies and views have been included in such publications as Design News, Machine Design, Plastics Design Forum, PC Magazine, New Business Opportunities, IDSA’s Design Perspectives and IDSA’s Innovation.
Prior to co-founding IDE, Mr. Moriconi was Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations of NNA Corporation, a turn-key product development company specializing in the design and development of desk-top and portable PCs and PC peripherals. NNA Corporation was acquired by Tandon Corporation, a publically traded company, in 1985. Prior to NNA Corporation, Dave was Director of Product Design at Victor Technologies Inc., a $300 Million PC and electronic business products manufacturer with corporate wide responsibilities for Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Technical Publications and Document Control. Prior to Victor Technologies, Mr. Moriconi held design and design management positions with BNR Inc. (Nortel Networks), Raytek Inc., and Western Microwave Inc.
Raphael Hebert, Director of Industrial Design
Raphael leads our industrial design team and provides creative direction for all IDE projects. Raphael is a multi-talented, high-skilled design professional who is proficient at solving challenging aesthetic and technical problems. Soon after joining IDE as a Senior Industrial Designer in 2002, it was clear that Raphael had the right combination of creative skills and leadership abilities to direct our talented industrial design team to achieve, and exceed, our client’s design goals.
Raphael has 10 plus years of experience working in the corporate world designing high end bio-medical instruments, as well as 15 plus years in the consulting environment designing everything from handheld and wearable consumer products to ruggedized, weather resistant portable test gear. Thus, Raphael is the ideal person to lead our industrial design team and provide the creative impetus for your next product design.
An accomplished furniture designer and craftsman, Raphael also has a natural sensibility for quality and craft that can only come from the experience of making fine things. His masters touch can be seen in products IDE has designed for Anritsu Corporation; Auxogyn; Corsair; Fluidigm; Kopin; Molecular Devices; Ventana Medical (a Roche Group company); Wescor (an Elitech Group company) and more. He is also co-inventor of the Blade Writer multi-tasking utility tool, sold in many retail hardware venues across the country.
Raphael is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Design and he is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Dave Diepersloot, Chief Mechanical Engineer
Dave Diepersloot is an accomplished Senior Mechanical Engineer with a diverse 15 year corporate career designing complex mechanical systems and instruments. Since joining IDE, Dave has quickly become a key contributor on instrumentation designs for IDE medical and bio-technology clients Fluidigm Corporation, Ventana Medical (a Roche Group company), and Wescor (an Elitech Group company). Dave works closely with our systems engineers on complex designs that marry mechanical and electrical engineering. He consistently demonstrates an ability to solve complex problems with creative, elegant solutions.
In addition to his work at IDE on sophisticated medical and bio-tech instruments, he has also proven to be very adept at designing very high volume, cost sensitive assemblies for our consumer electronics client, Corsair.
Prior to joining IDE, Dave served as chief mechanical engineer at Aperio Technologies where he had full responsibility for the mechanical design and engineering of a digital microscopy system for cancer pathology. His responsibilities encompassed mechanical and optical systems including vibration isolation. Dave also brings considerable experience from the disk drive industry where he developed his expertise in intelligent and precision mechanism design. His breadth of experience also includes design and management experience at wireless telecom equipment manufactuer SOMA Networks.
Dave is the recipient of 3 US patents and is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, Pomona where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechancial Engineering.
Bill Seiler, Chief Electronics Systems Engineer
IDE is very fortunate to have Bill Seiler, legendary PC designer of Commodore fame, leading our systems engineering team. Though Bill is best known for his contributions to the personal computer industry as a member of Chuck Peddle’s PC design team, Bill has a very broad repertoire in electronic systems design, including hardware, firmware and software.
His experience at the forefront of the PC industry, and later with digital camera design, has fostered a unique sensitivity for designing devices for the end user. This makes Bill the perfect complement for IDE’s industrial design and mechanical engineering teams – solving complex user interface problems with intelligent systems solutions.
Bill came to IDE from Kurz Instruments, a world renowned Monterey, CA company that designs and manufactures industrial thermal mass flow transmitters. Bill is also a former colleague of IDE co-founder and CEO, Dave Moriconi, where they worked together at PC start-up Sirius Systems (later known as Victor Technologies). Bill is also a former IDE client, leading complex projects IDE worked on for London based Elonex Computer, Circuit City’s DIVX Group, and digital camera developer, Sierra Imaging.
Bill is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, with honors, in Electrical Engineering.
Gary Milburn, Manager CNC Prototype Shop
Gary Milburn, master machinist and model maker has been a key contributor to IDE’s modeling and prototyping shop for 20 years. Gary is a former injection mold tool maker and machinist and a gifted jeweler who designs and crafts custom jewelry when not making supurb product models for our clients here at IDE.
Gary’s amazingly broad background includes pattern making, urethane silicone mold casting, hand finishing and painting as well as complex 3D surface programing and machining using IDE’s Haas CNC machining centers. He is also a whiz on our manual Bridgeport mill and manual engine lathe. It is often heard at IDE that, given the time and budget, there is nothing Gary can’t make.
When Gary isn’t designing and making jewelry he can be found doing restoration work on his Santa Cruz Victorian or hunting mushrooms in the nearby Santa Cruz mountains.
Jon Moriconi, Sr. Product Design Engineer
Jon Moriconi is an accomplished mechanical product designer with a broad background in mechanical product development. Jon began his career at IDE in 1996 working part time as a high school student and later as a college student at San Jose State University. During his student years, Jon worked in IDE’s model making and prototyping facility, programming the CNC milling machines, making silicone molds and casting urethane plastic parts.
Following college, Jon began working in IDE’s engineering office as a CAD designer supporting the mechanical engineering team producing complex CAD models and drawings using Pro Engineer, Solid Works and Rhino 3D. Jon also took over the position of CAD Administrator on the passing of IDE engineer Doug Jones, and has served as IDE’s in house “IT guy” for the past 10 years.
Jon made the transistion from support role to lead mechanical designer on a number of challenging designs including the Anritsu E Series portable test gear platform, e-Omni’s solar module, Wescor slide strainers and Ventana Medical’s iScan HT slide carousel and drive mechanism. Jon also contributed to the CAD development on several carbon fiber bicycle frames. Jon has made several trips to Asian factories to assist with the development of our client’s production tooling and manufacturing.
Jon is also an accomplished musician having written for, performed and toured with two popular Santa Cruz rock bands.
John Fertig, Sr. Product Design Engineer
John Fertig is a Senior Product Design Engineer with over 20 years of product design experience. John is a detail oriented engineer very well disciplined in all aspects of mechanical and electro-mechanical design. John is currently in his second tenure at IDE following a 2 year hiatus in which he worked for Kopin Corporation, one of our consumer electronics clients. He was also a former IDE client, having served at E-MU Systems for over 9 years as a Sr. Mechanical Designer. During his tenure at E-MU, IDE worked with John and his team on the design of numerous successful electronic music modules, and a full size keyboard, for the pro-am music industry.
John has made significant contributions on IDE product designs for a variety of our clients including Anritsu Corporation; Auxogyn; Fluidigm Corporation; Kopin Corporation; Ventana Medical (a Roche Group company); and Wescor (an Elitech Group company). His vast expertise in electro-mechanical packaging has proven to be invaluable to several clients, mitigating risks, and allowing them to avoid costly manufacturing problems. John is very well versed in the use of 3D CAD and is an experienced user of both Solid Works and Pro Engineer.
Earlier in his career, John spent six years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for Ultrapoint Corporation where he designed and oversaw the development of automated laser scanning microscopes.
John graduated from West Valley College with an Associate of Science Degree and has completed several College courses in electronic theory and computer aided design.
Warren White, Industrial Designer
Warren White is a key member of our industrial design team and is a very talented and skilled designer. Since joining IDE in 2012, Warren has contributed to a number of important IDE projects including the Kopin head wearable computers which were demonstrated in the Verizon Wireless booth at CES 2013 and featured in several Super Bowl ads touting Verizon's newest technology solutions. Working as a key member of our Kopin Golden-i design team under the direction of IDE Design Director Raphael Hebert, Warren was able to demonstrate his multi-faceted design talent and skills developing critical ergonomic and aesthetic solutions.
In addition to his contributions on the Kopin/Verizon programs, Warren has also created design concepts for a new digital pathology instrument, design concepts for smart home wireless security interface modules, and the industrial design for a new Anritsu product (to be announced soon). He is also a very talented graphic designer and has taken a lead role in the development of IDE's corporate portfolio and collateral.
Prior to joining IDE, Warren designed an innovative case and packaging for a new eyewear line from Almond Eyewear and helped design a custom bussing station sink system for Blackbird Bar in San Francisco. Warren also worked as an industrial designer at Speck Design and at Osprey Studios where he was a key contributor on the design of a new bicycle headlamp.
Warren is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. He also has over a decade of hands on experience building motorcycles and off-road vehicles utilizing his skills in metal fabrication and design.
Patrick Moriconi, PD Operations
Patrick Moriconi joined IDE full time in 2005, upon graduating from CSU Monterey Bay. Prior to 2005, Patrick had worked part time at IDE since 2001, primarily in IDE’s model making and prototyping facility, where he programed and operated the CNC milling machines and assisted with the fabrication of industrial design models and engineering prototypes.
Since turning full time, Patrick handles a variety of roles in IDE operations including documentation, vendor research, procurement, materials and inventory control, prototype assembly, receiving and shipping, and operation of our 3D rapid prototyping system.
Patrick plays a crucial role in almost every project IDE does, making sure designs are documented, and the right parts are procured, inspected and kitted for assembly. He works closely with project engineers to ensure that prototypes and other deliverables are shipped on time and he maintains detailed minutes of internal design reviews and project team brainstorming sessions.
Patrick also conducts post project audits that are key to IDE’s on going ability to refine our product development process, improving design efficiencies for future projects.
Patrick is a graduate of California State University at Monterey Bay with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Global Studies.
Christine Moriconi, Administrator
Chris Moriconi joined IDE in 1995 as its Administrator, managing the company’s HR, AP and AR functions as well as maintaining IDE’s books and assisting the staff with any and all unusual project needs.
Chris also is the person you first hear when calling IDE and she will help clients find the person they need to talk to—an important function in a service oriented company.
Chris handles all personnel requirements including researching the market for the best employee benefits, and assisting employees with any benefits/insurance questions, etc. Chris also manages and coordinates employee timecards, making sure invoices are properly formulated and issued on time.
In addition to those duties, Chris also manages the company’s payroll and insures that all employees are properly paid and receive the appropriate tax documentation.
Chris is graduate of Hayward State University (now California State University, East Bay) with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology.