Motivation: Recreational camping stoves are heavy and unwieldy.
Solution: Ferno is a sleek, lightweight, and compact outdoor multi-burner stove for recreational campers. Inspired by the MacBook Air, Ferno's low profile design makes it not only 29% lighter and 50% smaller than its closest competitor - but also easily carried in a common book bag.
Target Consumer: Recreational backpackers
Collaborators: Nathan Robert, Anna Christensen, Kelsey Brigance, Katie Inman, Ryan Madson, Bethany Lemanski, Sara Comis
Motivation: Ironing, steaming, and dry cleaning soil garments is time, labor, and cost intensive.
Solution: Vivify is a low-profile, passive, and fast garment refreshing solution. Vivify steams, cleans, and sanitizes soiled garments in less than five minutes with minimal user interaction - thus freeing our users to wear what they want, when they want it.
Target Consumer: Young professionals and businessmen/women
Collaborators: Andrew Kriebel, Arman Nalbrand, Ankita Kaul, Jasmine Florentine, Naomi Arnold, Paolo Passeri, Diana Du
Motivation: Rural Indian farmers lack actionable information about their soil health, leading to low crop yields and limited profitability
Solution: My master's research is centered around developing a new type of soil diagnostic device. My sensor comprises of disposable strips with four channels corresponding to the main macronutrients in the soil (N, P, K, Ph) as well as a fixed reader device that converts signals in each channel to a Low, Medium, High measurement. Coupled with a mobile-phone based input and output system, the farmer will receive both their soil test result as well as actionable information as to how to improve their soil health with irrigaiton and fertilization.
Target Consumer: Rural small-landholding Indian farmers
Collaborators: Soumya Braganza
Motivation: Traditional underarm crutches are painful and energy intensive.
Solution: The "S" crutch combines material and geometric properties to provide a far more comfortable crutch experience. The "S" shape affords just the right amount of compliance and elasticity to return energy to the user, while the curved bottom guides the user throughout the gait cycle, providing stability and reduced impact force. The crutch is made of a glass-fiber polymer composite around a foam mold for optimal strength and minimal weight.
Target Consumer: Injured adults
Collaborators: Vivian Dien, Will Taschman, Fei Pu
Motivation: Brain surgeons performing surgery on the skull use primitive solutions to test depth drilled through the skull
Solution: The Leftshark Drill is a smart drill that can measure real-time drill depth, determine the material family being drilled, and simultaneously optimize drill feeds and speeds for optimal drilling. It operates via stochastically perturbing the material by randomly dithering the voltage supplied to the drill
Target Consumer: Brain surgeons, DIY and home improvement consumers
Collaborators: Taylor Farnham, Jeff Clayton, Allie Yost, Megan Roberts, Morris Vanegas
The robot that I completed for the 2.007 Intro to Manufacturing and Robotics competition. Each student was tasked to create a robot that would be able to complete a few tasks inspired by the game of "Operation" board game.
A collection of short-term mechanical engineering projects I was tasked with creating for a fast-paced startup, focused on making a commercial non-invasive glucometer.
Most of the activities took place in the San Francisco Tech Shop. There, I was able to learn and become proficient on the laser cutter, lathe, and CNC mill. The Tech Shop was a fascinating place, full of machines, dreams, and makers with boundless creativity. Quite the inspiring environment to walk into every morning.
MOTIVATION: The Shockbox combines electrophotography, holography, and music to create a magical experience with friends. With the Shockbox, users choose an object to be shocked and a song input on a central computer. The object is then shocked at 30,000 volts (using a car ignition coil) according to the song frequency. A webcam takes real time video, and the computer streams that video in the form of four images rotated 90 degrees to one another. Users connect to the server with their smartphones and view the video with a transparent pyramid on top. The four images reflect off the pyramid to create the illusion of a floating object in the center - in essence, a “hologram” of the object shocked to the beats of the song.
I present here a collection of my digital photography through travels across South America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Traveling is an incredible opportunity to leap into the unknown, embrace spontaneity, and challenge perceptions.
When I return home each time, I bring back a little with me. Not just the mementos of natural beauty, celebration, uncomfortable bus rides, and street food. But also the growing reverence of other cultures and ways of living; a reverence I hope will serve as a foundation for bridging cultures wherever I go.
A collection of my black and white photography throughout the years. As opposed to digital photography, I love the challenge of black and white photography: stripped, naked, raw. Rather than colors and tones, I like to explore elements of mystery and surprise through combinations of symmetry and asymmetry, sharp tonal contrast, and warped expressions. In this way, I hope to tell a story that even the most mundane of scenes can be transformed into bold statements of art.
A collection of some of my favorite photos that I took and edited as teaching assistant for the capstone mechanical engineering product design class at MIT, called 2.009. It was an incredible experience to not only get to know the students, but also mentor them through the intricacies of the product design process. My photos highlight some of the euphoric team and personal experiences that students felt throughout the class.