I’m a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, planning to major in Electrical Engineering, and am interested in robotics as a career. I’m currently a member of CWRUBotix, the Case Western Robotics Team, and an intermittent member of the Case Western "Hacker Society". Prior to this, I was involved in VEX competitive robotics from 2012 - 2016 and am cofounder of VRC Team 8768A. I also enjoy things like messing with electronics, recreational computer programming, hardware hacking, woodworking, playing the clarinet, and tropical fish keeping.
I'm a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University studying Elecrical Engineering.
I am a member of CWRUBotix, Case Western's Undergraduate Robotics club, and the team's elected Lab & Safety Manager. My involvement with the team began in my freshman year (2016).
- This year I'm on the club's NASA Robotic Mining Challenge (RMC) Team. I'm contributing as a member of the hardware subteam, which deals with the robot's electrical power and control. More specifically, I'm contributing to the "Locomotion" sub-system team, which deals with designing and building the robot's drive train.
- I was elected Lab & Safety Manager. This role involves keeping our robotics lab stocked with tools and supplies, keeping it clean, neat, and organized, and making sure it's safe for working in (craft lab-safety rules, provide PPE, etc.). It also makes me a member of the club's executive board.
- Member of the club's NRC Non-Tactile Maze Robot team. I built a circuit that enabled the robot to efficiently sample 8 TOF ultrasonic distance sensors simultaneously. It uses capacitors and differential op-amps to give our microcontroller an analog signal that was proportional to the time of flight returned by the sensor. I designed the circuit based on a suggestion from our NASA team's hardware lead. I also wrote a google document analyzing the robot, intended as advice for a future team, that can be viewed here.
Case School of Engineering Web Support
Since the Fall of 2016, I work part time for the Case School of Engineering Web Support "dev ops integration" team. My primary task is assisting with and training users in using the Drupal content management system. We're in the middle of a switch to a newer version of Drupal and as a result I've also been tasked with self-teaching myself the new version then writing usage documentation for faculty and staff. I've also gotten some contact with the LAMP stack webserver.
I have been involved in several research projects at Marshall University (MU). Information pertinent to those projects can be found on this page.
Summer 2016: Norton Lab
Custom stainless steel AFM stage-plate, designed to be heavy to dampen noise.
During June and July of 2016, I worked as a lab assistant at the Marhsall University Molecular and Biological Imaging Center (MU MBIC) for Dr. Mike Norton. I primarily worked with 3D printing parts for use in research. I increased my proficiency with SolidWorks and with ImageJ. I also worked briefly with the Robert C. Byrd Institute to machine a custom stainless steel AFM stage-plate to dampen noise.
At one point during the summer, Dr. Norton mentioned to me that he would like to 3D print AFM scans, so I wrote a program in Python that makes a 3D printable STL file from an AFM scan. I later adapted this to work as a plugin for NIH ImageJ. The plugin takes an AFM image and exports an ASCII STL file suitable for 3D printing. Details about and source code for these projects can be found on my github.
2015 - 2016: Norton LabLeapfrog (left) & Makerbot (right) running in tandem.
During June and July of 2015, I worked as a lab assistant at the Marhsall University Molecular and Biological Imaging Center (MU MBIC) for Dr. Mike Norton. My experience has included Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), some Atomic Force Microscopy, and some work with DNA origami and gold nanoparticles. Primarily, I worked on designing and 3D printing parts for use in research. I brought the lab's Leapfrog Creatr Dual Extruder into working condition and became proficient in using Solidworks and ImageJ. Later in the summer, the lab acquired a Makerbot Relpicator 5th Generation. The lab also posesses a FormLabs SLA printer which I have never used.
I continued similar work part time through the fall and spring semesters.
During the spring of 2014, I conducted research using SEM studying the wear on oboe reeds due to playing over time. I did this with much help from MU MBIC and Dr. Richard Kravchak, oboist and former director of the MU School of Music and Theatre (now Director of the School of Music at Univ. of Southern Mississippi). I presented a poster on this project at Marshall's Sigma Xi day titled "Wear Analysis of Oboe Reeds with Scanning Electron Microscopy". The poster is displayed below and the full resolution version can also be viewed here.