During the summer of 2011, I interned at Titan Aerospace Corporation (now aquired by Google) as a structural engineer/SolidWorks drafter. Throughout my 3 months in New York City, I worked with a tight-knit team of innovative engineers to construct a prototype HALE aircraft, powered by solar energy. My main contribution to the design effort was to create a complete and accurate 3D representation of the aircraft using SolidWorks software. I also came up with the iconic shape of the fuselage, which was inspired by the profile of a swan in flight.
OSU Solar Vehicle Team
My proudest achievement at Oregon State University was to be an integral part of the OSU Solar Vehicle Team. Over the course of 3 years, I helped to create two working solar powered, highway-legal vehicles, and race them across the country in the American Solar Challenge. After an electrical failure destroyed our first vehicle in 2011, most people thought we would not be able to participate in the next competition. Against all odds, we pulled together sponsors and fabricated a second vehicle in time to participate in the 2012 ASC. The OSU Solar Vehicle Team is now one of the most respected student engineering groups on campus, and was recently invited to take part in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge.
Everyone needs a hobby; mine is 3D printing. In 2013 I purchased a mid-grade desktop 3D printer just to see what I could do with it. I had learned about 3D printing in college, and was excited to get my own machine and start making some of the 3D models that I had created over the years. Since acquiring the printer, I have created hundreds of parts, toys, and random creations, pushing the limits of the hardware and software. Over time, I've become very good at judging whether a model is "printable" or not, and also how best to print it. There are many limitations to the technology, but overall I see it as a major disruptor to multiple industries. New printers are coming on the market every year, and I can't wait to see where this technology goes.