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Education


M.S. Mechanical Engineering | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | Provo, UtahJun 2016

  • Thesis: Design and Analysis of Compliant Mechanism-based Instruments for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Coursework: biomechanics, neuromechanics, compliant mechanisms, optimization, mechatronics, stress analysis, advanced dynamics, product design, rapid visualization
  • GPA: 3.91

B.S. Mechanical Engineering | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | Provo, UtahApr 2013

  • GPA: 3.93

Skills


  • Solidworks, NX, ANSYS, Linux, Python, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Eagle, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • OpenSIM, Vicon Nexus 2.2
  • Electrical circuits, Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer, Arduino, Raspberry Pi
  • Rapid prototyping, welding (Arc, TIG, MIG), mill, lathe, band saw

Experience


Research Assistant | COMPLIANT MECHANISMS RESEARCH GROUP | Provo, UtahSep 2014 – Present

  • Collaborate with Intuitive Surgical, Inc. to improve robotic surgical instrument performance
  • Developed three compliant mechanism-based wrist and gripper designs for MIS instruments
  • Generated a parametric FE model that incorporated large deflection analysis and nonlinear material properties to decrease instrument diameter by 40% while increasing range of motion

Systems Engineer | IMSAR, LLC | Springville, Utah May 2012 – Sep 2014

  • Led engineering team that completed a custom synthetic aperture radar in 2 months
  • Assembled, tested, and troubleshot products from the PCB to systems level
  • Integrated radar systems on unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Created and tested internal and end-user documentation

Assistant Computer Support Representative | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | Provo, Utah Jun 2010 – Nov 2011

  • Configured computers for 25+ college staff
  • Diagnosed and corrected computer, networking, and printer issues
  • Supported college web server

Full-Time Volunteer | SANTO DOMINGO WEST MISSION | Dominican Republic Sep 2006 – Oct 2008

  • Provided service and gained an appreciation of the culture
  • Learned to speak and write Spanish fluently

Projects


Azule Wireless Sprinkler Valve and Controller | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITYAug – Dec 2015

  • Designed and prototyped an in-line wireless sprinkler valve and controller
  • Integrated a wireless moisture sensor to decrease the occurrence of over-watering
  • Incorporated principles of design for manufacturing to create injection-moldable housings

Autonomous Ping Pong Ball Launcher | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Jan – Apr 2015

  • Constructed a fully autonomous robot that navigated an arena to collect ping pong balls, identify goals, and score points by launching the ping pong balls into the goals
  • Defined, manufactured, and assembled the circuit boards and connections
  • Fabricated a 3D printed adjustable compliant ping pong ball launcher system
  • Set the record for the number of goals scored, averaged over 2 rounds

Crocker Innovation Fellowship | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Jan – Dec 2012

  • Prototyped functional wireless pulse-oximeter, the Owlet Baby Monitor, which won first place in the 2013 Harvard International Business Model Competition and is now in production

Global Engineering Outreach | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Aug 2011 – May 2012

  • Identified factors that affect wood combustion and stove efficiency
  • Worked to increase the efficiency of wood-burning stoves for the people of Matinga, PerĂº

BYU Streamliner | BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Jun 2010 – Aug 2012

  • Designed and machined vehicle parts for a lightweight electric vehicle that set the speed record of 175mph in its class
  • Updated CAD models of the vehicle using CATIA