Employee Bio

MJ Vander Heiden

Degrees Held:

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience:

Mag-Num Consulting Services, LLC, Hubertus, WI (10+ years)
A business providing product development support in design and analysis services for electromagnetic and electromechanical devices using state-of-the-art finite element analysis tools for many companies.

Consulting Engineer
Responsibilities include design and analysis of electromechanical devices as well as project management, test planning, scheduling, execution, writing reports, giving oral presentations, providing quotes to potential clients, and accounting.

Eaton Corporation- Innovation Center, Milwaukee, WI (11 years)
A publicly held $8 billion manufacturer of highly engineered products for automotive, truck, and electrical industries.

Senior Engineer
Member of a key group of electromechanical engineers. Responsibilities included design and development activities as well as project management and leadership duties.

The MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, Milwaukee, WI (3 years)
A company that produces state-of-the-art computer aided engineering software.

Co-op Engineer
Worked for four co-op engineering terms analyzing electromagnetic devices using Finite Element Software (MSC/EMAS.)

Technical Papers:

Arkadan, A.A., Vander Heiden, M.J., and Brauer, J.R., “The Coupled Problem in Electromagnetic AC Contactors”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 33, No. 2, March 1997, pp. 1630-1633.

Vander Heiden, M.J., The Coupled Problem in Electromagnetic Actuators, M.S. Thesis, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, May, 1996.

Brauer, J.R., Ruehl, J.J., Juds, M.A., Vander Heiden, M.J., & Arkadan, A.A., “Dynamic Stress in Magnetic Contactor Computed by Coupled Structural and Electromagnetic Finite Elements,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 32, No. 3, May 1996, pp. 1046-1049.

Vander Heiden, M.J., and Juds, M.A., “Verification of a 3-D Electromagnetic Finite Element MSC/EMAS Model for a DC Actuator,” presented at the MSC/EMAS User’s Conference, September 13-15, 1994, Milwaukee, WI.

“Coupled Thermal Analysis Using MSC/EMAS and MSC/NASTRAN,” presented at the MSC/World User’s Conference, March 13-15, 1991, Los Angeles, CA.


  • IEEE Member
  • Member of MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) Industrial Advisory Committee (1999 to present)
  • Best Presenter Award: MSC/EMAS User’s Conference
  • W.D. Bliss Outstanding Co-op Award: Marquette University
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Hartford Youth Football League (2010 to present)

Patents Held:

5,886,599: Molded Case Circuit Breaker Having Improved Electromagnetic Trip
6,813,127: Blade Tip for Puncturing Cupro-Nickel Seal Cup
6,853,524: Vacuum Arc Interrupter Having a Tapered Conducting Bullet Assembly
6,853,525: Vacuum Arc Interrupter Actuated By a Gas Generated Driving Force
6,952,332: Vacuum Arc Eliminator Having a Bullet Assembly Actuated by a Gas Generating Device