About me

My goal is to use technology to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions to real-world problems. I have become increasingly certain of my choice to pursue this mission as I have evolved from a young student into a professional, always inspired by my academic and extracurricular endeavors.

In creating medical devices to help the blind and children with cerebral palsy in Philadelphia, as well as those in underdeveloped areas of Central and South America, I have learned it is quite rewarding to be an engineer. With every project I am able to improve the lives of others as well as refine my technical skills, which is a process I hope to keep central to my career.

If you'd like to learn more about my experience with mechanical design and assistive technologies, I invite you to peruse my website and have a look at some of the projects I've done!

Web Design
60
Biomechancial Signals & Systems
70
Arduino & Circuitry
80
3D Design/CAD
90
Coding
70
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Interests

Engineering

Engineering is a discipline fueled by data-driven creativity. Approaching academic and professional projects with my diverse skillset and technical knowledge has enabled my work to have a significant impact on my community. For instance, experiences such as repairing devices for cerebral palsy patients and creating a website for a local art studio have made me proud to be an engineer with unique and awesome power.

Medicine

My mission is to increase global access to advanced medical technologies for those in need. Through my studies in Bioengineering and work in the Penn Medicine Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, I am steadily working toward this goal and reaching small milestones. So far I have helped develop a variety of low-cost medical devices that I seek to deploy to patients in South America and Africa.

Management

Collaboration and communication with others is what truly inspires success. I have worked on many teams at the Penn Athletics Communications Office & the Office of New Student Orientation, through which I have met tens of hundreds of people. I have learned that efficiency and trust are the keys to forming a reliable task force, no matter the objective.


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Coursework

I am pursuing a BSE in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Medical Devices. I intend to submatriculate into either the Manufacturing and Design or Robotics Master's degree program at Penn.


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Projects

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Bone Fatigue Simulator for Distance Runners

Here I have created a personalized tool to view how your femur is impacted by the forces it endures from running. It is highly interactive and has a convenient window in which to view stress-failure curves for the femur in real time as the 2017 Philadelphia Marathon is completed. This simulator is inspired by an an injury I contracted in running the marathon, with hope that others can use it to practice safe training.

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Peak Pulse Protector

The Peak Pulse Protector is a diagnostic device used to monitor lung capacity and pulse during exercise to minimize the chance of an asthma patient experiencing an athma attack. This device integrates a pulse sensor, peak flow meter, Arduino Uno, LCD display, buzzer and digtial pushbuttons into one compact, portable device that can be worn conveniently on the upper arm during exercise, and utilized periodically to monitor the user’s physical state in relation to the probability of asthma attack.

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Cockroach-Machine Interface

In this lab, we used B. craniifer cockroaches to validate prosethetic limb designs and similar biohybrid devices. By applying an electrical signal to two nodes along a cockroach leg, we are able to control the magnitude and direaction of leg movement even after it is separated from the cockroach. We used MATLAB motion detection alorithims to measure these movements before moving on to create a biomechatronic system to move the leg using human-generated signals.

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Wind-Up Toy Rendering & Dissection

In this project, I designed a 3-dimensional virtual model of a wind-up toy gecko and created an animation with exploded and revolved views to demonstrate the model. The exterior shell of the the toy was rendered using surface modeling techniques in SolidWorks, and the interior gearbox components were mated to be able to recreate the exact movement of the real wind-up toy. All measurements are to scale and based on the actual dimensions of the toy.

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Penn Aerospace Club Rocket Launch

As a member of the Rocket Team of the Penn Aerospace Club, we launched an rocket with an H-class motor in order to receive Level 1 Certification from NAR. We designed the tri-fin, sharp cone rocket in CAD and built the frame and parachute system over the course of one semester. As seen in the videos, our rocket reached an altitude of 1,100 meters and subsequently drifted to the ground following the deployment of the parachute.

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PCB Design - Jousting Cars

In this project, I used Altium Designer to model two PCBs, one as a motor driver and one as a control system for a basic car. The base, PCB holder, lance, and shield were designed in SolidWorks, and the entire system was controlled with an ESP8266 WiFi microcontroller. This microcontroller was configured as a local wireless access point and displays an online interface to control the rotation of the motors on the car.

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Arduino-Controlled Crossbow

This is a demonstration of an Arduino-controlled Crossbow my partner and I created for a design competition. Two potentiometers control the x, y, and z servo positions, while the pushbutton launches the object. The entire model was designed in SolidWorks, then laser-cut and press-fit together. The launching mechanism is powered by the elastic energy of a rubber band.

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Infrared Cane for the Vision Impaired

As a board member and project lead for Penn ADAPT (Assistive Devices And Prosthetic Technologies), I am driving the development of an afforable, robustly designed smart cane for the blind and vision impaired. We are working with the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Philadelphia, where we consult with visually disabled to determine the features we will use in the cane. The prototype will feature an infrared sensor as well as an accelerometer to detect small changes in elevation along with a vibrational motor to notify the user of curbs and drop-offs. All sensors will be added to a generic cane with a 3D-printed mount, in order to bring down the cost of the device.

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