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Mechanical Design Intern at NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center)
Designed small parts, electronics casings and test rigs for a series of mid-size autonomous and tele-operated robots, and ran remote field operations tests for data collection and operation interface improvement. The primary robot that I worked on was Sensabot, a remote industrial facility inspection robot, and I assisted in field test runs for the semi-autonomous humanoid robot CHIMP, the 3rd place award winner in the DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015.
Machining Operations Intern at SpaceX
A complimentary internship to the engineering design and analysis work in the SpaceX structural engineering department, I worked in both the rocket engine and R&D machine shops at SpaceX learning to set up parts of industry-grade machines (mostly VTLs), CAMing fast turnaround parts in Mastercam X7 for the R&D shop, and hand-writing programs in CNC G-Code for horizontal lathes, vertical turret lathes and 3-axis mills.
Photo credit to Jonathon Goff (as no in-company pictures are allowed by employees or visitors)
Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop Work Study
Fall 2011 – Spring 2013
A job entirely focused on heavy machinery use, upkeep, and maintenance through the fabrication of anything required of the Mechanical Engineering department. Commissioned shop parts range from simple stock blanks to complex parts for graduate student projects. Fabrication was mostly done on machines including a Haas CNC mill, Haas CNC lathe, a variety of manual mills and lathes, most common shop hand tools, and steel/aluminum MIG and TIG welding. Necessary CAM programs were written using Mastercam X6 and X7 toolpathing from Solidworks (or any STEP model). Experience in welding was more limited than desired.
Undergraduate Teaching Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University
Worked as a TA for the junior-level undergraduate mechanical design course (24-370, Engineering Design 1) in two capacities, first as a reference for students to go to for help with homework and projects and second as the designer and implementer of the class final project, the description of which can be found here.
Structures Intern at SpaceX
Worked in the Structures group within the company on a team that was in charge of the fairing design and construction, designing four separate carbon fiber composite component packs that launched on the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket fairing in September 2013. In the beginning of the summer, worked to create a reasonably sized test rig to simulate flight conditions of pressurization, heat and shear forces on the rubber and thermal seals in and around the fairing as an introductory project to the company.
Cycles Intern at Halcyon Molecular
Work at Halcyon is broken into various departments, from chemistry (creating heavy metal labelled agents for DNA) to analysis of SEM images. Primarily, I worked in the processing stage in the company, which consisted of optimization, design, and fabrication of various micro-scale process machinery. Although heavy in CAD design and testing, optimizations required a lot of rapid prototyping, the parameters of my work changing daily to match the dynamic atmosphere of a research-based start-up. As well as my handyman jobs in machine optimization, I labelled, synthesized, prepared, threaded and analyzed DNA, using in-house processors, carbon-coating devices, fluorescent microscopes, a Hitachi S5500 SEM, and occasionally helping out in the chemistry department.
Satellite Data Analyst Intern
Fall 2009 – Spring 2010
Worked within Lockheed Martin analyzing satellite data to understand magnetic reconnection in the plasma boundaries between the solar winds, magneto-sheath and magneto-sphere. My team traced the origin and magnitude of magnetic storms from the sun to the earth in order to better understand how magnetic reconnection affects solar wind leak, and how those field changes affect the aurora, as well as electronic equipment on earth. My job was just a small part of the project – looking at minute-by-minute graphs of the clock angles of the sensors, the temperature and velocity of the satellites, and the density of the electromagnetic fields. I compared the chronological fluctuations to determine when the satellites Cluster and Geotail crossed a plasma boundary, and through that information, mapped out a four-year simulation of magnetic reconnection through plasma boundaries from the Sun to Earth.
Fabrication Lab Intern at Stanford University
Worked with the FabLab team at Stanford to promote independent fabrication of 3D computerized design globally, implementing rapid-design prototyping methods and promoting familiarity with with various fabrication machines (laser cutter, 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, LED technology), to personally engineer and manufacture a sensor-driven, light up toy castle. The main purpose of these internationally-located labs is to create interest in self-motivated design, fabrication and engineering mentorship, as well as extend new technologies to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An overview of my personal work in the lab can be seen here.