Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to work on a number of engineering projects. These projects helped me learn to be a better engineer, give back to the community, and gave me something fun to do in my free time.
Of all of the projects I worked on MakerWorks is the project that I am the most proud of. It has made hands-on engineering more accessible and created an environment to fosters innovation at MIT. I worked with a small team of graduate students to create MIT MakerWorks, the first student run makerspace on MIT’s campus, where members of the MIT community can work on any project that interests them. As a member of the original team I spent over a year planning the space, creating policy, and building the space. During the initial stages of planning I was in charge of the layout of the space and procuring all of the small and mid sized equipment. I currently serve as the vice president and as a mentor.
The goal of this project is to allow MIT faculty, staff, and students to make things at their own convenience. Sometimes it is simpler to take the tool to the project. In these cases the current MIT maker infrastructure is insufficient. This proposal leverages the current MIT library system and knowledge (librarians and MIT MakerWorks mentors) to provide a means for tool checkout.
This was a team project done for the MIT class Product Design. The goal of this project was to create an educational puzzle or experience for Five Wits, a company that specializes in live action immersive experiences. My team conceptualized, designed, and built a zoetrope puzzle. A zoetrope is an old fashioned projector that consists of a wheel rotating around a light source. As part of a team of six I built a full sized zoetrope system where the frames fall out and the user has to reassemble them. I was responsible for designing and building the cabinet that housed the zoetrope and the mechanical drive system that rotated the zoetrope wheel.
As an undergraduate student I was a member of the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team. As a member of this team I worked to design, build, and race ChopperDelSol, a solar electric vehicle. I was a team member, design lead and mechanical lead. This included designing key components, leading the manufacturing process, designing tests and running tests.
This was a team project done for the MIT class Medical Device Design. The goal of this project was to create an Endoscope stand for Ear surgery to free up a doctors hand. I was responsible for designing and building the gantry, making the magnetic sphere, and building the device.
HeatWare was the final project of MIT’s course 2.009: Product Engineering Processes. This was a group project class where I led the technical team in designing a flameless cooking vessel. The goal of this project was to provide a safe and convenient way for people to heat food in high fire risk areas. HeatWare uses a magnesium based exothermic chemical reaction for heating. My role in this project was to lead the engineering sub team and analyze the heat transfer and thermodynamics of the device. We successfully built a device that could heat a 32 ounce can of soup to 80 degrees Celsius in ten minutes without a flame.
This was my undergraduate senior thesis. The goal of this thesis is to build a wall climbing system that utilizes the viscosity property of ferrofluids. Ferrofluid viscosity is varies based on the magnetic field applied to it and this property enables ferrofluids to be used as an adhesive. This would allow a human, with a specially designed climbing gripper, to climb up walls by varying the magnetic field on the ferrofluid that sits between the gripping surface and the wall. The goal of this study was to create theoretical models of how a gripper would work, and then build a climbing gripper using the data from the models.
I developed a method for processing the metal vapor exhaust in manufacturing processes that allows for the metal vapor to be safely recycled and condenser design. This method was created during summer internship at Infinium Metals and was patented as part of a larger patent by this firm. The condenser is a unique design used to condense vaporized metals to liquid form and filters and recycles toxic metal vapor. The condenser is currently being used in a magnesium manufacturing prototype.
I became interested in teaching and mentoring began the after the semester of my junior year when I was offered a unique opportunity to be the first undergraduate to TA Thermal-Fluids Engineering II. Holding office hours was an amazing and gratifying experience. Every week I helped 10-20 students understand a complex and interesting topic. The experience was so rewarding that, even though I have an NSF fellowship, for the last three years I volunteered to be the TA and mentor for a new Global Engineering project class. I also have elected to take classes in education and mentor students in fabrication and design at the MIT MakerWorkshop.
The focus of my PhD is energy sciences. For this major I done projects on energy systems modeling. One of my projects focused on modeling automotive emissions with a focus on identifying what technologies can be used to meet 2054 Emissions Goals set by Stephen Pacala and Robert H. Socolow. The second project was on identifying what technologies could be used in conjunction with demand response in order to better integrate renewables into the electric grid.
One of my hobbies is metal working projects. I try to combine a variety of different tools and techniques to create functional and interesting pieces. A couple of my projects are on display in this section.
One of my hobbies is wood working projects. I especially enjoy using modern fabrication techniques in conjunction with classical woodworking in order to create unique designs.