Work Experience

Research Scientist / Lecturer, Yale University, Jul 2018 to Present

  • Create a junior level mechanical design and manufacturing course
  • Teach senior design and mentor special projects
  • Teach freshman design

Postdoctoral Associate Researcher, Yale University / Purdue University, Jul 2016 to July 2018

  • Designed, built, and tested a modular robotic skin capable of manipulating inert objects
  • Began design work on a morphing robot structure.
  • Mentored and advised several Ph.D. students and 4 undergraduate students

Technical Adviser for BOCE LLC, West Lafayette, IN, May 2015 to Dec 2016

This is a company I’ve helped start.  Our product is a quick-release mount for Go-Pro cameras.  The rest of the company is a group of students I formerly taught in ME 263, and I thought their design was good enough to market.  I’ve worked with the entrepreneurial group at Purdue and the team to establish a Kickstarter campaign.  We were unsuccessful in our launch.

Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. K. Ramani and Dr. T. Reid, W. Lafayette, Indiana, Aug 2010 to July 2016

  • Research emphasis on sketching, idea generation, functional analysis, and design environments
  • Synthesizing new research directions, reading and writing papers, and conducting experiments
  • Presented engineering sketching workshops to 200-300 people at the Maker’s Faire in May 2012

Lecturer, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana, Aug 2015 to Present

  • Primary lecturer for one section as a part of the prestigious Lambert Fellowship
  • Wrote tests for my section, and otherwise managed my section independent from the others
  • Taught advanced machine design topics, including shafts, bearings, brakes, and bolts analysis

Lab Coordinator, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana, Aug 2011 to May 2015

Examples of student work can be found here.

  • Awarded the Magoon Award for Teaching  in 2012 and 2015 and Teaching Academy Award for Graduate Teaching in 2015 for being in the top 5% of department TA’s
  • Head Teaching Assistant from Jan 2015 to May 2015
  • Promoted from lab assistant to lab coordinator after first semester
  • Taught 48 students per semester how to apply design method by Ullman to various projects

Manufacturing Engineering Design Intern, IMMI, Westfield, Indiana, Jun 2014 to Sept 2014

  • Designed assembly fixtures for high-mix, low-volume assembly lines
  • Introduced a platform for controlling and measuring manual assembly processes
  • Designed a fixture which combined 3 assembly operations into 1 step, while also improving ergonomics

STEP/MITE Coordinator, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana, May 2012 to Jul 2012

  • Coordinated tours for around 300 high school students
  • Developed a product dissection exercise for the tour, with high acclaim from the department and participants

Intellectual Property Intern, Booth-Udall LLC, Tempe, Arizona, May to July 2010

  • Prepared prosecution arguments for filed patents
  • Drafted several provisional patent applications
  • Analyzed the patentability of a product by reviewing 20+ patents

Prints Manager, Mity-Lite, Orem, Utah, May to Nov 2008

  • Developed reusable parametric models of an entire product line
  • Validated manufacturing drawings by measuring and comparing manufactured parts
  • Produced approximately 400 manufacturing drawings in Solidworks in 3 months

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Total Quality Systems, Roy, Utah, May to Aug 2007

  • Discovered a geometric error perpetuated through several revisions of a model of cockpit
  • Read, interpreted, and redrafted over 200 ITAR drawings for the A-10 Thunderbolt II

I have also held a couple of other part-time summer positions, not included here due to irrelevance to engineering.  More information on these is available on request.

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