Engineering consulting services for the design, analysis and testing of reciprocating

internal combustion engines and engine systems.

  • office: (858) 456-3511
  • fax: (858) 456-3512

Neil D. Holmgren

Neil has worked as a marine engineer, including the position of Chief Engineer aboard ocean-going vessels and as a field service engineer for several different firms, with a specialty with reciprocating engines for propulsion and electrical generation systems. He graduated with honors from the California Maritime Academy with a degree in marine engineering technology and earned a Master of Arts in sociology from Loyola University in Chicago.

Neil has a very high level of skill as a mechanical designer which includes considerable work with a wide range of apparatus, from diesel engine components to prosthetic heart valve mounts. Neil’s approach to design often enhanced procedures as well as devices. After a very short time in the industry, Neil was promoted to head R&D at Fogarty Research, a medical device think tank, where he supervised four inventors and brought several devices from the initial conception, through the FDA regulatory process, distribution to surgeons and use in patients. Neil designed and fabricated many prototypes earning him more than 30 patents in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

Neil also worked as an adjunct professor. At the California Maritime Academy, Neil served aboard the current 27,000-horsepower medium-speed diesel engine powered training ship and its previous steam turbine-powered training vessel. He taught classes to cadets in diesel engineering, steam and diesel power plant operation, maintenance, and watch standing. At the Illinois Institute of Technology, Neil taught several courses for engineers and architects studying innovation, technology, and the role and responsibilities of engineers in society.

Neil holds an unlimited horsepower U.S. Coast Guard License as a 2nd Assistant Engineer for both steam and motor-powered vessels. He’s received the following awards and commendations: 

  • Golden Bear Award 1993 and 1994, for outstanding leadership performance aboard a vessel at sea
  • American Maritime Officers Service Award 1995, for outstanding service toward the improvement of shipboard training
  • Naval Order of the United States Award 1995, for outstanding leadership in the Engineering Department
  • Military Order of World Wars Award 1995, for the demonstration of outstanding professionalism

Since joining the Vronay Engineering team in 2009, Neil and long-time colleague John Vronay have collaborated to bring modern design theory and a team-based, collaborative design approach to bear on engine systems projects

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Contact us for solutions to your need for assistance with diesel, spark-ignited or dual-fuel engines. We have applied our expertise to engines ranging in size from less than 100 kW to more than 10,000 kW.