Philip A. Wdowiak

Patent Engineer


Philip Wdowiak is a patent engineer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm's Chicago office, he is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Philip was a model based system engineering intern at The Boeing Company in Everett, Washington in 2019, where he developed an advanced product quality planning tool and implementation instructions in Cameo thereby eliminating mistakes from past processes and establishing a digital thread, all with stakeholder input and collaboration. He also modeled and simulated aircraft cargo loading operation in Cameo to determine inefficiencies in current practices.

While a student at the University of Michigan, Philip was an undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, where he assisted in turbine engine ceramic matrix composite research focused on correlating stress induced fiber breaks. He also ran an X-ray microscope to obtain detailed composite image stack then further refined results using a Gaussian Blur/Hessian segmentation culminating in clear, high-contrast images of fibers within composite sample. Philip wrote MATLAB scripts to recognize fibers within the composite sample and characterize their radii and distance from other fibers resulting in data analyzed to determine fiber clustering and fiber break correlation.

Philip was also an opto-mechanical engineering intern working with lasers and advanced sensors at General Atomics - Electromagnetic Systems in San Diego, California in 2018. He designed a lens conditioning system and plenums to counter mirage effects and clean optics, integrating with final laser design, meeting all design requirements, and proved feasibility with tests on 3D printed testing rig. He also manufactured, heat treated, and bonded an optic mount for thermal and shock testing to validate material and design proving low coefficient of thermal expansion benefits of invar and strength of adhesive.


  • University of Michigan (B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, 2019)
    • Dean’s List
    • University Honors
    • Member, Sigma Gamma Tau
    • Aerospace Student Award


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