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Software: SolidWorks Associate Certification; ANSYS ICEM and Fluent; PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 (Formerly ProE); Autodesk AutoCAD, CFD Motion, Fusion 360, Inventor, 3D Studio Max
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is the use of computers for modeling, simulating, and analyzing facets of real-world or virtual subjects. With over 4 years of CAD experience, I've used the software listed above to, among other things, design a robotic arm, stronger roofing, more efficient manufacturing methods, an aerodynamics package, attractive Internet-of-Things devices, and a Hyperloop prototype.
To take the visual component of CAD a step further, I began studying animation last year. Throughout this past year, I've shown in action two Hyperloop concepts, a CNC router and a robotic arm and created several human-machine interfaces for industrial use.
CAD and animation remain my favorite means of visual expression, though the choice is easy considering my lack of drawing skills. Examples of notable projects I've done using CAD and Animation software are on the right.
Software: Processing (Java), Arduino (Java), LabVIEW, C-More, RSLogix, Stanza (circuit board design)
Microcontrollers: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, TI MSP430 Launchpad, NI MyRIO, Cypress PSoC 5LP
Mechatronics describes a multidisciplinary field that intersects electrical engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering to give physical systems the ability to perform complex computational tasks, such as automation.
I chose to study mechanical engineering because I think of at least one new invention everyday and wanted the technical ability to bring them to life. I found that these ideas mainly fell under the scope of "smart technology", so I began immersing myself in mechatronics - taking specifically geared classes, choosing certain internships and projects for their mechatronic focus and, often, teaching myself.
On the right are but a few of the mechatronics projects I've completed over the recent years. Illustrating mechatronics' broad reach, these projects include a simulator of hearing degradation over age, controls systems for some of the world's largest food producers, and a novel UAV location and actuation system.
Programming: Python, Processing (Java), Scheme, SQL, HTML, CSS, Stanza (circuit board design), some C++
Data Processing: MATLAB, Simulink, Microsoft Office
My engineering interests lie mainly in mechatronics and, feeling that my curriculum didn't cover computer science enough, I decided to study it independently. Aside from MATLAB, LabView and Simulink, I learned every language/software listed above outside of my degree, either through non-required classes, internships, or self-study.
For example, I learned Python, Scheme and SQL through a Berkeley class outside my curriculum and, working with another student, I wrote a Scheme Interpreter, tower defense game and a Yelp-like ratings collater. I taught myself Processing, a visual design language written in Java, for my work in a marine mechanics .
Also, over the course of a 48-hour period, I taught myself HTML and CSS and heavily modified a bootstrap template to virtually redo all of the infrastructure for this website.
Languages: English (I hope I'm fluent), Hindi (conversational), German (conversational), Spanish (beginner), Latin (prenatal)
Other Skills: Machining, 3D Printing, Carpentry, Sewing, Electronics, Car Repair, Public Speaking, Flying
My biggest interests today are learning how the world works and where the limits of my skills lie. These interests intersect in the form of learning new languages. Over the past four years, I've studied Hindi, German and Latin and I plan to continue with Spanish soon. I've also taught myself carpentry, electronics work, machining, car maintenance and sewing and taken flying lessons. I built my bedroom wall, made circuits for hobby projects, have done fairly involved work on my car, can fix my own clothes, and flew right up till my solo exam in a Cessna 152 (stopped because of college).
Worth noting too are my intangible skills, since they can have tangible results. Four times over the past 3 years, I have found myself thriving in towns where I once didn't know a single face and I've become very good at adapting to new environments. I also take pride in my self-discipline and ability to teach myself, which help me gain skills like those described above, and my empathy and understanding, which help me work well with others.
Lifting, Running, Reading, Writing, Traveling, Surfing, Learning, Meeting New People, Exploring
One of the biggest joys I get out of life is developing myself - knowing I'm better today than I was yesterday and that I've set myself up to be even better tomorrow. Another is learning about the world, demystifying things and people and gaining a better understanding. My hobbies, like my work, reflect these.
I exercise nearly every morning, either lifting at the university gym or running around campus. As means of training my focus and learning about the world and myself, I make it a point to read and write at least 1hr everyday. Some of my favorite books are 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull. I also spend far too much time on howstuffworks.com.
I travel whenever I can and, since entering college, have visited nearly 40 different cities in Europe, India, Mexico and the US. I started surfing this summer and am considering dropping out to pursue a career as the first Indian Kahuna. I also think I'm funny. In short, I'm a very passionate and active person - the only time I can sit still is if I'm immersed in something that, when completed, can bring me to my feet.