Academic and Research
I’m currently working towards a
Bachelor of Science MASTER OF SCIENCE! in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachvsetts Bay Colony Institvte of the Technologickal Arts. As part of the process, I get to build stuff.
My projects and works related to MIT or other real-world pursuits are here. Individual pages, if they exist, are linked through the images.
2.737 Mechatronics and ongoing personal project Segfault is a balancing scooter (Segway-esque) which runs a 100% hardware controller. That is, no code runs to keep the vehicle stable. All signals are processed with passive and op-amp based filters. The vehicle uses a fairly standard accelerometer and gyroscope complement, but with the processing occurring in continuous-time. I also built a set of custom Class-D amplifiers to power the drive motors.
2.009 Product Engineering Processes team final project. The year’s theme was food, and what better way is there to serve food than using a cluster of adorably cute disc-shaped robots? The Noribo (nee Sushibot) project aimed to create exactly this. The physical implementation was an exercise in rapid prototyping and PCB design, but another important part of the whole project, the business case, also had to be researched, developed, and finally integrated with the product in a final presentation in front of everyone. And by everyone I mean about 1,000 people from both MIT and industry. This was legit.
2.007 Design and Manufacturing I 2009 competition robot sculpture. Having more build experience than most in MIT’s sophomore design class, I tried to execute the one-week robot blitz at the end of term. It worked – except for one minor detail. The tragic tale of 2.007 is linked through the image.
6.115 Microcomputer Project Laboratory final design project, which caused me emotional trauma and my swearing off of programmable microcontrollers for the next 2 weeks. An attempt to make a hard drive clock turned into a flickering, sporadic hard drive something-or-other that crashed if the light bars tried to overlap each other or if one got near the zero mark. The class was programming-heavy, something I was not used to. Even worse? It was in ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE.
6.131 Power Electronics Laboratory final design project, recap part 1, part 2, part 3. For once, an academic project I am content with, since it actually did function as expected. The idea was to make a logic-gate commutated brushless motor driver, i.e. one that used no programmable microcontrollers (due in part to my lingering post-traumatic school disorder from 6.115). While a fun thought experiment and attractive at the time, I now know they make these things on a single IC.
2.12 Introduction to Robotics final project robot, which harvested PVC pipes and delicately ran MATLAB, Simulink, Python, and embedded Linux, all over WiFi. It worked until MATLAB couldn’t locate its license file.
Research & Teaching
Tradition dictates that first-year graduate students in my design research group at MIT have to build the competition stage for each year’s 2.007 Design and Manufacturing I … yes, that class listed third up there which I wrote a pretty detailed summary on. A preview of the Spring 2012 class is in this post. This table featured more automatic scoring and electronics than ever before. The theme of this year’s competition was “Tech County Fair”.