I find the combination of mechanical and electrical systems exciting. What fascinates me is the complexity and endless possibilities for new creations that arise when mechanical seamlessly integrates with electrical. This is demonstrated in the below interests I have pursued over the years.
Have achieved approximately three years of professional engineering experience in a hands-on environment working for ConXtech. Responsibilities included design and manufacture of many electro-mechanical projects from concept to support. For example, see the Bi-Axial Test Frame Video. This is after graduating from Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo with; a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a concentration in Mechatronics (Electro-Mechanical), and a minor in Math.
Controls & Electronics: In mechatronic concentration courses - programmed in Assembly on the Robo Mouse project and programmed an Omeron Bradly PLC. After graduation, got manufacturing and industrial experience at ConXtech including: programming a Twido PLC for the ConXL Weld Cell and two National Instruments LabView controllers for the two ConXL Test Frames. Both test frames used LVDT's, Strain Gages, and String Pots. In addition, programmed and used a FARO robotic arm in order to compare our manufactured parts to their CAD drawings.
CAD and FEA: Completed college classes using AutoCAD. Professional experience at ConXtech included Detail Manager which required making corrections, organizing, and cleaning up standard structural drawings using AutoCAD. Also created an Ansys model of the first ConXL test frame and programmed and used a FARO robotic arm to compare our manufactured parts to their CAD drawings.
Mechanical: Educational experience includes a senior project that involved a concept many avoid, the Gyroscopic Balancer. This project required an exceptional ability to visualize mechanical concepts. This ability is further demonstrated on the professional level by designing and creating various brackets, cable management solutions, and other mechanical parts in addition to completing electro-mechanical projects. These projects and others required the use of a mill and lathe to create parts.
Computers: Troubleshooting and critical thinking skills applied so well to IT that my responsibilities at ConXtech were expanded to include management of six servers and over 100 user computers, see IT suggestions.
My desire to do something different and innovative is demonstrated in my various projects and accomplishments in my resume and can be seen on my Innovate page. Many of the projects I have worked on did something that no one else had tried or offered.
Many times I am asked about what motivates me. The below youtube video hits the nail on the head regarding why I go to work.