Skills

 

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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.

 
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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 simulation platform.

 
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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. This was just simple flow over the valve, as I progressed I began learning static CFD in ANSYS Workbench Fluent to get more accurate results. Later in order to simulate moving systems I learned how to do dynamic CFD to simulate the flow through the valve while moving.

 
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Machine Design

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.