Charles Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Research of Petroleum Engineering in the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at the Louisiana State University. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Cajun Artificial Heart Laboratory and a Senior Associate Member of the consultancy PhD Engineering. Charles’ current work in the energy sector is focused on fingerprinting downhole multiphase flows with distributed sensing technology and developing edge computing solutions that disseminate wellbore stability conditions to operating dashboards across the enterprise. Recent biomedical engineering research activity has been delivering ISO-conformant testing for medical device manufacturers, novel biofabrics for structural heart applications, peripheral arterial flow network characterization with gas-contrast, and development of parameterized dental prostheses for rapid manufacturing of custom-fit products. His experience as a basic research scientist through applications engineer across multiple domains enables translational concepts to be readily identified and to expedite a delivered solution.
Prior to LSU, Charles was an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Mechanical Engineering Department. During that time, he built upon his doctoral research by continuing to create investigational methods pursuant to V&V40 in the cardiovascular engineering domain. Building a system of anatomical model design and fabrication approaches for developing in vitro systems for ISO testing illustrated pathways for assessing novel device technology within preclinical regulatory frameworks. This body of work encompassed embedded system design, novel hydraulic actuators, and utilization of multiple additive manufacturing techniques (e.g. as-a-tool, direct print). His refinement of anatomical model development from DICOM stack to parametric anatomical models has shown value in producing frameworks for medical devices and optimized models for simulation pursuits.
Before graduate school, Charles worked as an analytical chemist in the Pharmaceutical Sciences division of Kalypsys, Inc. He was involved in developing high throughput ADME assay liquid handling platforms by integrating Tecan LiHA’s (EVO 100, EVO 200) and LC/MS systems (MDS Sciex, Waters). This involved designing and implementing custom components, subsystems, and analytics solutions that resulted in two patent filings. He has also worked at Stanford Medical Center and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in the Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering Department. He began his career in transgenics with Charles River Laboratories.
His software and hardware experience spans a variety of product systems. His primary expertise is with: SolidWorks as a CAD and preliminary CAE tool; NVIDIA Jetson and Atmel for embedded computing; AWS for cloud services; and MathWork’s Simscape for digital twin development in DO-178B processes. Charles enjoys reviewing proposal material and consulting on solutions for emerging concepts. He enjoys showing his two young ones the latest thing from work and satisfying their customer requirements for the custom plaything being built in the shop (rockets now have feet they land on).