I have always been passionate about two things; music and machines. I love all forms of music and the interesting creativity behind it. I also have a love of developing ways to make my life easier and more efficient.
"Art without Science is just dreaming. Science without Art is also just calculating." --Anonymous
I grew up in the city of Escanaba Michigan, where I also attended high school. Even in my Junior and Senior years, I loved the concept of developing something useful or interesting using science. I was passionate enough that I took 2 years of CAD and a year of Machine Shop during that time. I even joined the Escanaba High School F.I.R.S.T. Robotics club, where our team developed a robot that could shoot baskets with a small basketball. I also organized and hosted a small local music festival in Escanaba in my Junior year of high school to help revive public interest in a local coffee shop. I spent my final summer before college working for a Wedding Service as an assistant to the Master of Ceremonies, where I learned alot about electronics, music, and lighting.
After graduating from high school, I went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mi. There, I became a part of the Advanced Metalworking Enterprise(A.M.E.), where I helped develop, manufacture, and sell a bottle opener. I also took part in another project within the enterprise which was sponsored by G.E. Aviation. In this project, I helped research and test various techniques of superfinishing endmills for obtaining the smoothest finish when machining Aircraft Titanium.
Later on in my college career, I was placed on an assignment for Milwaukee Tool as my Senior Capstone Design project. My team was tasked with studying the effects of laser beam welding carbide rails to steel reciprocating saw blade blanks and developing an effective method of doing so. Unfortunately, due to my college financial situation at the time, I was unable to finish the project because I ended up taking on an 8-month Co-op position with Ardisam, Inc.
At Ardisam, I worked in the Lawn and Garden division, mostly doing CAD work, such as creating and updating print packages. I also developed packaging configurations for new versions of a few of their products, such as the Earthquake Edger and the Tazz Woodchipper. Overall, I learned a lot about engineering from working there. I learned about 4-stroke engines and even left with a Professional Solidworks Certification(CSWP).
After returning from my co-op experience, for my final semester of Senior Design, I was placed on a team that was developing a collection method for airplane deicing fluid runnoff at smaller airports as a part of a Design competition for the Airport Cooperative Research Program(ACRP). Our collection method developed into a cart that sits below the wings of the airplanes and a vehicle tows it from one wing to another. Our design won 2nd Place in the ACRP Design Competition under the Environmental Interactions category, as well as an Honorable Mention in Michigan Tech's Senior Design Expo.
Past Work Relevant to Appropedia[edit | edit source]
- 2nd Place Winning Team
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ACRP Design Competition, Senior Capstone Design(Spring 2020) Project: Designed method for collecting wasted airplane deicing fluid in small airports to prevent it from entering waterways and suffocating local marine species. - Won 2nd Place in the Environmental Interactions category of the Airport Cooperative Research Program design competition. - Manufactured a 1/3-scale prototype collection cart for the glycol deicing fluid - Simulated one use-cycle in Solidworks to ensure operation would require a reasonable amount of space
- Laserbeam Welding Reciprocating Saw Blades Research ==
Milwaukee Tool, Senior Capstone Design(Spring 2019) Project: Designed a laser beam welding process for joining carbide rails to steel reciprocating saw blades using a CNC laser cutter. - Learned about and experimented with how to utilize a CNC Laser Cutter to weld - Refined the process through testing inorder to produce a higher quality weld
MSE 5621 Open Source Scientific Hardware[edit | edit source]
- name of literature review
- Science hardware for children project
- Final project