Experience

Olin Robotics Lab

Student Researcher, Sep 2018 - Present

  • Developing a six-legged robotic hexapod as an all-terrain exploratory rover for space missions
  • Implementing algorithms to traverse rough terrain, ascend steep slopes, and autonomously navigate around obstacles
  • Designing and fabricating robotic actuators and custom mounts for sensors and electronics

Olin Aerial Robotics Team

Co-Captain, Sep 2017 - Present

  • Launched a new student team at Olin College to enter the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)
  • Competing to solve unsolved research problems like GPS-denied navigation, swarm coordination, and human-robot interaction
  • Designing control system architecture and writing code for localization, machine vision, voice control, and obstacle avoidance
  • Attended the 2019 IARC Competition, where we demonstrated our system and received the award for Best Presentation

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Intern, Summer 2018 & 2019

  • Led the mechanical design and fabrication of a novel folding hexacopter capable of ballistic deployment from a launch tube
  • Overcame challenges including extreme launch loads, tight space constraints, vibration mitigation, and electrical integration
  • Machined carbon fiber components, selected flight hardware, and wired up electronics to build a fully functional prototype
  • Diagnosed problems and identified potential design improvements through rapid prototyping and field testing
  • Designed and tested mechanisms for the predecessor, a ballistically launched quadcopter, during the preceding summer

Chris Lee's Research Group, Olin College

Student Researcher, Sep 2017 - May 2019

  • Analyzed a bird-inspired perching landing gear system that allows drones to land on branches and rough terrain features
  • Developed a hybrid empirical-numerical computational model of grasping forces and kinematics
  • Conducted MATLAB simulations to optimize design parameters for future iterations of the landing gear mechanism
  • Presented results at the ASME IMECE 2018 conference and published a paper in the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Olin College

Course Assistant, Jan 2018 - Present

  • Courses assisted include Transport Phenomena, Partial Differential Equations, and Quantitative Engineering Analysis I & II
  • Explaining and clarifying course concepts for students and offering guidance on their projects and assignments
  • Checking on students' progress, providing feedback on their work, and using their input to improve the course

Eastman Chemical Company

Intern, Summer 2016 & 2017

  • Assisted effort to scale up new functional film manufacturing technologies for mass production
  • Designed test equipment, operated prototype machines, and analyzed testing results to improve the manufacturing process
  • Prepared chemical solutions and performed experiments to optimize film optical properties

FIRST Robotics Competition

Software Lead, Sep 2012 - May 2016

  • Founded a new FIRST Robotics Competition team at Carlmont High School
  • Trained new team members in robot programming and coordinated the team's programmers to develop robot software
  • Brainstormed and prototyped robot designs and decided on team policies, strategies, and design choices
  • Wrote and tested robot code to accomplish challenging tasks under both autonomous and teleoperated control