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I love being a key player in the design of a project's mechanical, electrical, and software modules. I enjoy digging deep to understand the core principles behind design decisions, whether it be cost, simplicity, manufacturability, user experience, etc. When it comes time to testing, I enjoy debugging issues to di… Read More
I love being a key player in the design of a project's mechanical, electrical, and software modules. I enjoy digging deep to understand the core principles behind design decisions, whether it be cost, simplicity, manufacturability, user experience, etc. When it comes time to testing, I enjoy debugging issues to discover root causes until we have the best performance.

I am interested in companies in the medical device space, especially with robotic mechanisms. At my current employer, Varian Medical Systems, I work on a new project introduction (NPI) team developing a new radiation therapy product. At Varian, I am a mechanical engineer who has designed several components, ranging from simple sheet metal, to castings with a mass of over 500 kg. In addition, I am the Console subsystem lead, managing the design and manufacturing of a mobile computer platform to operate the new radiation therapy product. Read Less
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I attended Virginia Tech to study engineering after excelling in math and science courses throughout middle school and high school. I chose to major in Engineering Science & Mechanics because the class size was fairly small (~15-20) and there was a variety of coursework to learn. Biomedical engineering was becomin… Read More
I attended Virginia Tech to study engineering after excelling in math and science courses throughout middle school and high school. I chose to major in Engineering Science & Mechanics because the class size was fairly small (~15-20) and there was a variety of coursework to learn. Biomedical engineering was becoming very popular during my studies, and I noticed this when my department added biomechanics as a concentration option, which was required to complete the undergraduate program.

I took 6 courses for my biomechanics concentration: engineering analysis of physiological systems (x2), biomaterials, biomechanics of movement, mechanics of biological materials and structures, and mammalian physiology. I was the only undergraduate student taking the mammalian physiology course, which was offered typically for medical school students.

My senior design project involved optimizing the performance of electro-active polymers for an artificial arm designed to perform arm wrestling movements. These polymers acted as artificial muscles, contracting and expanding to rotate the arm about its shoulder joint. I led a team of 8 people (including myself) over the course of a year. After learning how to make the polymers, which took a few months, we improved the performance of the polymers and found material processing conditions to achieve 30% contraction with a 5-pound mass attached to the muscle.

In 2004, I research rehabilitative robotics at the University of Kansas as part of a National Science Foundation grant for Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Combining my interest in robotics with my favorite coursework in biomechanics and rigid-body dynamics, I decided to attend graduate school to study bio-inspired robotics.

I graduated #1 in my class at Virginia Tech in 2006. Read Less
I attended graduate school at Stanford University initially to study bio-inspired robotics. After taking a few courses in robotics, I craved more, and specifically how to make them. Some of my friends took coursework in "smart" product design (mechatronics) and raved about what they learned. I initially resisted t… Read More
I attended graduate school at Stanford University initially to study bio-inspired robotics. After taking a few courses in robotics, I craved more, and specifically how to make them. Some of my friends took coursework in "smart" product design (mechatronics) and raved about what they learned. I initially resisted taking the courses when I heard how my friends stayed up until 3 AM, but gave in when I heard they were making autonomous robots and learning about wireless communication. When I graduated with my MS in Mechanical Engineering, half of my coursework consisted of mechatronics courses, all involving a team-based project. 3 of these projects are shown on my Behance portfolio. Read Less
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