Ace Shelander PE

Ace Shelander is a mechanical engineer and co-founder of Beaker & Wrench. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California. He and his co-founder Lilibel de la Puente own and operate Beaker & Wrench located in downtown Los Angeles CA. He has been building machines almost his entire life and participates yearly in Battlebots. 

Ace has brought wiped-film evaporation and machine design to a new level of excellence in cannabis. His dosing pump made formerly unuseable machines useable and Beaker & Wrench is now releasing their own wiped-film evaporator. 


  • Professional Engineering CA License no. 38850
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering
  • 4 Patent listings
  • Expert design, and prototyping engineer. Has demonstrable ability to design and fabricate working mechanisms of all sorts that meet or exceed performance objectives, quickly, reliably and within budget.
  • 10 years of varied work experience and has demonstrated leadership and superb understanding engineering skill
  • Very strong in Solidworks, especially in the conception and design of original components that are lighter, stronger and easier to fabricate.

Computer Skills:

  •  CAD Expert (SolidWorks, SolidWorks simulation, OnShape, Autodesk)
  •  Programming: Arduino
  • Xcos

Fabrication Skills:

  • Welding including TIG, MIG, Arc, Oxy-Acetylene
  • Vertical Mill: CNC, Manual, CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Manual lathe
  • Composites layup: fiberglass, aramid

Other Qualifications:

  • Experienced with variety of electric motors; primarily permanent magnet motors- brushless and brushed.
  •  Mechatronic systems, stability and controls, multiple classes in vehicle stability and dynamics.
  • Knowledge and experience with critical, weight sensitive part design.
  • Injection molding DFM


Beaker & Wrench
October 2016 – present
Title: CEO, Professional Engineer

Design custom hardware equipment for natural products processing

  • Design custom motors
  • Custom extraction equipment
  • High-throughput filtration apparatuses
  • Distillation consulting: Hardware and technique
  • OSHA safety compliance
  • Process optimization consulting
  • Peer review process for hardware (PE licensed)
  • Develop early stage concept to commercial design
  • Design interfaces
  • Design Control Systems
  • Contact external vendors in the fabrication of components and assemblies
  • System and component testing (e.g. tensile, stress), performing complex calculations
  • Write verification test plans, protocols and report, implement testing and root cause failures
  • Work with fabricators to develop assembly instructions and establish manufacturing line
  • Perform user research to inform design decisions


  • Ability to apply user feedback to design solutions
  • Ability to design experiments, analyze data sets and draw conclusions
  • Extensive hands-on experience and approach; ability to rapidly create, troubleshoot, and iterate on prototypes
  • Skilled with machine shop equipment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of fabrication processes used in volume manufacturing (e.g. injection molding, casting)

Radicand , Inc.
May 2015 – December 2016
Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer:

  • Designed, developed, and tested all aspects of mechanical components, equipment, and machinery.
  • Applied knowledge of engineering principles to design products such as engines, instruments, controls, robots, machines, medical devices etc.
  • Involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation and/or repair of mechanical products
  • Project lead, expected to exercise independent judgement and wide degree of latitude in design implementation.
  • Reported directly to company CEO
  • Involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical products.

Aperia, Inc
July 2011 – Jan 2014
Title: Mechanical Engineer

  • Designed, operated and fabricated numerous test fixtures for reliability testing of Halo Tire Inflation System
  • Played high-impact role in the design and optimization of internal sub-systems including air intake filter, and drive system
  • 4 Patent listings



● Designed, built and drove the Gemini robots on ABC’s Battlebots

UC Davis Formula Hybrid Team
Captain / driver / founding member

  • 3 rd place in international competition (30 universities: US, Canada, Italy, Russia, Taiwan)
    ○ Driver for Auto X and Endurance events
  • Leadership role directing the conversion of an existing chassis to a hybrid vehicle.
  • Designed, analyzed and constructed the electric drive system which includes:
    ○ Electric motor
    ○ Motor/Engine Interface
    ○ Freewheel clutch
    ○ Chain drive
    ○ Motor mount/ Chain Tension System
    ○ Five-gear transmission
  • Design for steering geometry and rear suspension for 2011 car.

UC Davis Formula SAE
(open wheel race car, 610cc gas engine)
2010 Davis, CA

  • Design, analysis, and construction of Front and Rear Uprights
  • Designed in Solid Works to be lightest in team history
  • FEA Analysis in COSMOSworks
  • Fabricated by CNC mill running FeatureCAM g-code
  • Hydraulic disk brake system: analysis, design, and construction
  • Assisted with suspension design and chassis construction.2008-2010

Carnegie Mellon West at NASA Ames
2006, 2007, 2008 (summers)
Intern Mountain View, CA

  • Carnegie Melon Outstanding Achievement Award in Robotics 2006
  • Modeling and design of accessories for an autonomous robot, MAX 5 Rover.
  • UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and micro-UAV CAD modeling, design, construction, and
    modification. Served as flight line mechanic.
  • Remote control racing class sailboat: CAD modeling, construction, & modification

University of California Davis
Graduated 2011

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

  • Formula SAE Team
  • Aero-Brick (competes in SAE Aero-Design)
  • Formula Hybrid Team
  • Men’s Water Polo Club

1. USP 9,039,392, Tire Inflation System
2. USP 9,039,386 Tire Inflation System
3. USP 201,503,676,93A1 Tire Inflation System
4. USP 9,151,288 Tire Inflation System