Computer Aided Design (CAD)
In my sophomore year of high school in order to bolster my engineering capabilities I decided to self-learn CAD so that I could more easily design and work on engineering projects. I first learned AutoCAD myslef, although after joining the University of Washington I began learning Solidworks CAD and Autodesk Fusion 360.
Finite element Analysis (FEA)
During my work on the University of Washington Hyperloop team I had to validate the structural integrity of my designs. In order to do so I quickly learned how to do static structural finite element analysis in Solidworks. I later learned how to do more in depth and accurate FEA in ANSYS Workbench, and in Fusion 360.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
While working on the natural gas stop project I wanted to simulate the flow over the valve so I researched and learned how to use Solidworks static computational fluid dynamic simulations. I then began learning static CFD in ANSYS Workbench Fluent to get more accurate results. In order to simulate moving systems I also learned how to do dynamic CFD to simulate the flow through the valve during actuation.
Through all the projects I've worked on I can confidently say that I have the abilities to conceptualize, design, simulate, iterate, and produce a multi-part system to complete a desired task. I've done this process repeatedly on the many projects that I've worked on which is where I found these skills.
Milling and Manufacturing
At the University of Washington Hyperloop Lab I had to learn how to design the systems that I worked on, but I also had to be able to manufacture and assemble the systems. Since I had been using conventional and powered tools since all my life I was quickly able to adapt past knowledge to learn new tools and manufacturing methods. Since most of the parts on the pod are made of aluminum I spent many hours learning how to use a conventional mill and produce accurate parts.
ELECTRONICS + Coding
Through many of my projects I've needed an electrical system control. For projects like the robotic panohead and the depressurized distillation systems I design and made my own electronics boards to control the various systems, and programmed the micro-controller.
Additionally, I learned how to use Matlab to solve complex calculations and physics problems, as well as optimize engineering designs.
Laser Cutting and 3D Printing
Luckily at my high school, Tesla STEM High School, I have access to a plethora of resources: 3D printers, desktop CNCs, and (my personal favorite) an Epilog Zing 24 laser-cutter. With these tools I have been able to expand my capabilities drastically. Mostly self-taught I have been able to laser-cut parts that I designed, 3D print prototypes, learn CAM software for CNC cutting, etc.