I'm a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015) in Mechanical Engineering, currently living in SF and working for Apple as a Product Quality Engineer.
Aspiring cyclist, foodie, explorer, and designer, looking to connect with people interested in the same things.
Rural Clinic Nebulizer
Nebulizers are drug delivery devices that vaporize liquid medications, allowing direct delivery to the lungs. Electric nebulizers are commonly used in clinics, but are too expensive to use in a home environment. In rural areas, an alternativ solution is to use a bicycle pump to actuate the nebulizer. This kit was designed to allow users to customize for a variety of use cases: situations where different kinds of facial masks may be needed, different environmental air conditions, and different feedback methods for determining whether the user is meeting the pump stroke length and number/minute necessary to deliver the medication.
Responsibilities: Research of nebulizers on market, ideation of components, development of filter and analog pump sensor, creation of kit language.
ATHacks is a hackathon where students are connected with clients with disabilities to help solve some problem they face due to their disability. My team's client was a patient with cerebral palsy, a condition which made him unable to walk without the assistance of a posterior roller walker. Unfortunately, his current walker caused him to put too much weight on his shoulders, ultimately causing damage to his rotator cliient's. Our team designed a "hands free" walker which would support our clients's weight without the usage of his hands. The walker was tailored to his dimensions and provided support in the case where he fell forward or backwards. Our team won Honorable Mention for our project.
Responsibilities: Collection of measurements and client's information, FBD analysis of weight, Construction of prototype walker
Wali is a hands-free baby gate designed for the modern home. The gate can detect when there are humans nearby, sense the height of the individual, and automatically unlock if the adult is recognized as an adult.
Responsibilities: CAD for force sensor mounting bars, 3D printing of gate cap covers and sensor mounting bars, coordination of team manufacturing, development of drawings, team resource management
DOT is a device designed to monitor the walking patterns of toddlers who wear orthotic devices. Toddler who fall more often may be wearing orthotics that are improperly fitted or no longer fit the child. As a result, monitoring the frequency of falls is critical to determining whether the devices is functioning as expected. DOT utilizes a Metawear board and software developed to analze accelerometer information to detect and count falls. One huge aspect of medical devices is to ensure adoption and usage of the device. DOT encourages toddlers to wear DOT by allowing the toddler to personalize the cover face and provides a variety of different attachment options (arm band, sewing patch, clip) to allow for usage in multiple different environments.
Responsibilities: Brainstorming of ideas for device enclosures, CAD of enclosure components, 3D printing, kit language development
Glucose urine test are commonly used by those affected with diabetes to determine blood sugar levels. The goal of this diagnostic device was to develop a diagnostic device that could be used by a patient that is affected by arthritis. Patients affected by arthritis often have trouble gripping small features and making small movements. As a result, our testing device featured test holders that would allow for easy alignment of the test strip with the reader using magnets for alignment. Additionally, it featured a large handle for easy removal from the device. The device will automatically take a reading when the device is closed.
Responsibilities: CAD of diagnostic device, fabrication via 3D printer and lasercutter, testing of device
These robots was built for a competition called Operation 2.007, which was modeled after the board game Operation. My robots were built to do two different tasks. "Robin" would complete the task of placing a balloon inside a "stent" and filling up the balloon with compressed air. "Batman" would use a hook to pull up a wrench from a recessed hole in the board.
Responsibilities: Prototyping of manipulator mechanisms, CAD of robots, fabrication in machine shop (Lasercutter, Lathe, Drill Press, Bandsaw), programming of robot functions and autonomous sections, testing
Throughout the process, I thorougly documented my design thought process by utilizing sketches, photos, and CAD shots.
Together with my teammates, I designed this Space Jam themed yo-yo. The design invokes the movie through it's usage of Bugs Bunny dunking in a manner similar to the Air Jordan logo. We also created concentric rings similar to the Looney Tunes logo and covered it all off with a thermoformed piece which has a basketball design molded into it. You can read about our process online here.
Responsibilities: CAD of Bugs Bunny piece in Solidworks, mold design of piece in MasterCAM, historian/blogger
This shield puzzle was created during my externship at 5Wits. This puzzle was part of a new production that was to be installed in the Syracuse 5Wits location. The goal of this puzzle is to correctly orient a series of shields on a wall using the magical glowing gems as a guide.
Responsibilities: Designed puzzle idea and solution, developed glowing gem effect, installed and programmed LEDs in prototype, documented prototype system to develop production version