Jonathan Burris joined the San Diego Fluid System Technologies team as Project Engineer in April of 2013 and accepted the role of Director of Engineering/ Manufacturing in 2017. He joined the Swagelok Field Engineer program early in its inception and, in 2018, he completed his MBA the University of California San Diego.
From his time at UCLA, prior to Swagelok, Jon brings a thorough background in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on fluids and thermodynamics. While at UCLA, he developed a robust understanding of Swagelok products for a variety of applications and processes. At San Diego FST, he has been a key player in helping many companies simplify their designs and their supply chain with Swagelok's assembly solutions.
"Jon's uncanny ability to take highly complex projects and simplify them for purposes of explanation and design, is immensely useful for our team and our customers," explained Mike Schleyhahn, President, San Diego Fluid System Technologies.
Jon knew engineering was an option for him early on. He attended NC State University as an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, but always wanted to come to California. As a result, UCLA was the only graduate M.E. program he applied for. The school offered him a teaching- assistant position and in-state tuition, so the decision was easy.
"I began my graduate student work as a teaching assistant for Thermodynamics. The professor of the class offered me a position as a paid graduate student researcher on his team after my commitment as a teaching assistant was completed. My research was experimental work in the field of magnetohydrodynamics, which is the flow of liquid metals inside magnetic fields. Experimental research in the university setting is rewarding because it is hands on work that you control from start to finish. Swagelok products were used extensively on our experiments. I stayed on at UCLA, after graduating from the Master's program, as a research staff member. My primary work contributed to the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) Nuclear Fusion project currently being built in France. Fusion is a potential nuclear power source that will be cleaner and safer than current fission reactors, and hopefully is something I will see in my lifetime.”
When Jon decided to move to San Diego, he was pleased to join San Diego Fluid System Technologies.
"My research dealt specifically with measuring, interpreting, and understanding the flow characteristics of liquid metals inside large magnetic fields. Studying flow characteristic, such as velocity profiles, pressure drops, etc, in my research, has really helped me to add value to our customers by recognizing potential solutions in their fluid applications."
Jon is the primary technical point of contact for Custom Solutions services, specifically assemblies, regulator applications and tube bending. He works with customers, along with a San Diego FST project engineer, to optimize CAD models. Component selection and quoting follow and he then manages a local team of integrators through scheduling, procurement and fabrication.
"I work through my team or visit customer locations on a regular basis to address assembly and fabrication projects. I also visit customers' facilities to learn more from them about the issues and challenges that they face in their operations. Through this in person experience, I have been able to recognize a few areas in particular where Swagelok products or assemblies can add efficiency or effectiveness at these facilities.”
When asked what he would want customers to know about San Diego FST, Jon said, "this group of integrators has years of solid experience with fabricating assemblies. I tell customers 'we can build that' all the time. Our CNC tube bending, orbital welding and fabrication capabilities are our key strengths in particular.”
"San Diego Fluid System Technologies was one of the first Swagelok authorized sales and service centers to invest in CNC tube bending, in order to provide a full service approach to tube bending for our customers in Southernmost California. We have a CNC tube bender that allows us to coil tubes and bend in both directions with multiple radii.”
Area companies are encouraged to utilize San Diego FST technical personnel for assistance with component identification and assembly or fabrication queries. Please call 858.320.4000 for more information or request technical support here if you have specific questions you would like to address.