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Engineers in Action: Eli Krahenbuhl

September 17, 2012 —  

"Always follow YOUR path... there's not a set formula for where you're going to end up...follow your passion and something will come of it."

       --Eli Krahenbuhl – TREK Bicycle Corporation, Research and Design Engineer

In 2008, Eli Krahenbuhl graduated from the College of Engineering and Applied Science with his BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Originally from Cheyenne, Eli grew up racing long distance tours and mountain biking throughout Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

Prior to beginning studies at the University ofWyoming, Eli was enrolled in courses at Laramie Community College (LCCC) studying physical education.  After not feeling challenged enough, a friend encouraged him to further his education with the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW.

Eli went on to graduate number one in his class,with a BS in Mechanical Engineering exhibiting a cumulative GPA of 3.95.  In 2008, he was honored as the Tau Beta Pi Laureate, an honor given to those who outstandingly exemplify "the spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges."

During his time at UW, Eli was hired as an intern for the local company, Firehole Composites. As an intern, he used Solidworks to design steel grips that were developed to hold carbon fiber cylinders for material property validation in abiaxial (axial and torsion) test machine. He was also placed in charge of assembling testing components, performing analytical analyses, and data reduction after collecting experimental data.

Additionally, Eli raced for the UW collegiate mountain bike team.  This gave him the opportunity to compete in a circuit racing on courses throughout the United States and British Columbia.  This circuit continues to draw an elite level of competition usually found only in the world cup circuit.  In 2008, he was awarded the Omnium Champion at the Collegiate Nationals located in Banner Elk, NC.

After a year of graduate studies and experiencing difficulty narrowing down a research topic, Eli began to seek available job opportunities.  In July 2010, he landed his dream job as Research and Design Engineer for the TREK Bicycle Corporation.  Currently in this position, Eli is a member of the Advanced Concepts Group that focuses on creating proprietary spring/damper technology.  He is also responsible for designing and prototyping complex mechanical systems, while also working closely with internal and external groups, and companies to put designs into production.  His first designs are scheduled to go into production in 2014.

TREK's offices are headquartered in Santa Clarita, CA just north of Los Angeles.  This provides a prime location for the testing of new design prototypes.  The team regularly travels to destinations such as: Phoenix, AZ, Durango, CO, Moab, UT, and Whistler, BC.

As an engineering professional, Eli combines 19 years of mountain bike experience with a creative engineering mind to design, model, prototype, test and manufacture suspension components, with the goal of raising bike performance beyond expectation.


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