Risto Salo brings a dimension to SDC that few MR firms have. Many of our clients come to us with design ideas but are unsure how to bring them to reality. Risto can help them bridge that gap.

Here is a little about Risto's background:

Risto received his Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree with honors from Northrop University in 1981. Prior to that he had completed the Northrop Institute Airframe and Powerplant Technology program and passed the Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics License exam.

In 1981, Risto started work at Lockheed Aircraft Company as an Associate Engineer and over the course of nearly 10 years advancing to the position of Engineering Manager. He specialized in cockpit and payload engineering for a wide range of aircraft.

In 1984, Risto received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Pepperdine University.

In 1990, Risto joined Hughes Aircraft as a Design Section Manager working on the design of commercial communication satellites. His responsibility included structural design, payload integration and support system integration.

In 1992, Risto joined Walt Disney Imagineering as a Principal Show Mechanical Engineer. He was responsible for engineering of show and animation equipment for installation in theme parks worldwide.

In 1995, Risto joined Technifex, a producer of entertainment special effects, as the Engineering Manager. His had technical responsibility for structures, show control, water effects, fire effects, motion platforms and visual effects equipment installed worldwide.

In 1998, Risto passed the California State exam and is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) - Mechanical Engineering.

In 2003, Risto started Risto Salo Design & Engineering. He specializes in the design, engineering and analysis of mechanisms, structures and fluid systems with a specialty in entertainment. All work is modeled in SOLIDWORKS, structural analysis using COSMOS FEA and the drawings are prepared in AutoCAD.

 In 2009, Risto was certified as a Qualified Safety Inspector (QSI) for rides under the Division of Occupational Safety & Heath in the state of California.

In 2010, Risto added structural strain gage testing capability to further validate the engineering analysis.

In 2011, Risto achieved a level of Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) for the Dassault Systems SolidWorks software.

In 2011, He became an active member of the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Inspectors (NAARSO)-Certified as a Level 1 Ride inspector and the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS) as a Level II Certified Ride Inspector.

In 2012, He was licensed in the state of Nevada as a Mechanical Engineer.

AuthorPeggy Ciley