About Me

Since 2008, I have been a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, where I have received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on power. While attending school, I have gained incredible knowledge and experiences which boosted my interest in power flow analysis, control theory, robotics, medical applications, and technologies designed for improving society.

During my time at UC Santa Cruz, I have had the opprotunity to work at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Here I was able to work under Professor Patrick Mantey, who assisted in my focus on power engineering research and its impact on society. This research included harmonic distortion, fault detection, renewable energies, stabilization, synchrophasors, and led to my M.S. Thesis.

For the past 3 years, I have been tasked with assisting in the Senior Capstone course at UC Santa Cruz. A list of project teams that I was/am affiliated with can be seen in my Experience section.

Experience

Graduate Coursework

  • Applied Feedback Control
  • Power Conversion
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Hybrid Dynamical Systems
  • Bio-inspired Locomotion
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Optical Communications
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • VLSI
  • Hi-Speed Low-Power IC Design
  • Computer Networks

Work Experience

  • Baskin Engineering Lab Support TA

Maintained, developed, and provided assistance to all engineering laboratories at UCSC. This included: software installations, computer imaging, laboratory equipment repairs/replacements, computer installations, network verifications, laboratory room designs for expansions and use by multiple different disciplines, work documentation, and laboratory safety assessments.

This position also made me the liaison for Senior Capstone projects, where I became the primary source for laboratory resources throughout the senior design teams (including teams I was not affiliated with). I also worked closely with ITS to ensure network setups for the labs, and teams that need additional support for things like servers, databases, and operating system changes.

  • Senior Capstone TA

Managed multiple (up to 8 simultaneously) undergraduate engineering team projects over the 6 month course. The teams were required to have a working prototype of their project by the end of the third month, with iterations and improvements applied in the remaining months. I also provided technical assistance and guidance to teams and individuals on their design challenges, such as: PCB layouts, circuit layout, signal integrity, feedback control, prototyping, team interactions, personnel communications, work ethics, and system debugging.

With this, I also assisted in helping the instructors of the course meet the ABET requirements, which promoted professionalism, teamwork, and project management development amongst the projects.

A list, by academic year, of the projects I was affiliated with can be seen below.

Senior Capstone Project Affiliations
  • 2012-2013
    • Project Name Description
      Aeroberry (Quadcopter)
      Designed a quadcopter to autonomously fly and track a user using IR.
      Amateur Radio Satellite Ground station
      Designed a HAM radio station at UCSC to communicate with satellites. Built their own antenna, controls, and wrote custom software for user interfacing.
      Autonomous Lifeguard
      Designed an autonomous lifesaving buoy and controller for ocean deployment. The system consisted of 2 parts, a base station controlled by a lifeguard, and a deployable buoy to autonomously navigate to a potential drowning victim faster than a swimmer.
      Ceiling Robot
      Designed a robotic arm to travel along the ceiling and assist elderly, or disabled individuals with various object oriented tasks.
      Hybricycle 2.0
      Developed an electric bike for transportation with regenerative braking capabilities.
      NASA SRR Challenge
      Competed in the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge 2013. Details of requirements can be viewed here: SRR Challenge Rules
      Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring System
      Designed a monitoring system for wind generation turbine efficiency and health monitoring.
  • 2013-2014
    • Project Name Description
      Amateur Radio Satellite Ground station II
      Continued design of previous ground station for communication with satellites. Improved user interface, radio controls, and antenna (moved from circular to helical).
      Mobile Solar Charging Station
      Designed a photovoltaic charging system to mount on a trailer for mobile charging for UCSC Groundskeeping vehicles.
      Motorized EMG Controlled Hand (MECH)
      Designed a customizable hand prosthetic for amputees, while also providing haptic feedback to the user. System had a rotating wrist, temperature measurements for safety, and sensitivity control. Recipients of Deans' and Chancellor's Awards 2013, and nominees for the Steck Award 2013.
      Multi-purpose Immersive 3D System
      Designed a 3D environment to assist in physical therapy exercises for stroke survivors. The system included 2 attachable gloves for hand measurement and gripping strength of the patient. Publication
      Nano-grid for Load Control Simulations
      Developed a small scale power grid with the ability to implement load shedding techniques developed in research.
      Snow and Rain Analyzer/Detector
      Developed a system for determining the difference between rainfall, snowfall, and ice accumulation. The device measured the amount over a given time to assist in rainfall calculations.
      Team UCSC Rover
      Competed in the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge 2014 as UCSC's second attempt. Details of requirements can be viewed here: SRR Challenge Rules
  • 2014-2015 (Ongoing Projects)
    • Project Name Description
      Eye Tracking Autism for Mobile
      Designing an eye tracking system to assist in the diagnosis of autism in children. The project is contributing to the work of Dr. Pierce at UC San Diego.
      MECH II
      Developing a second version of the previous MECH team's accomplishments. Their goal is to design the hand with additional features and improved biomimicry.
      Robust Controller for Power Inverters
      Designing and implementing a hybrid controller proposed by Dr. Ricardo Sanfelice and graduate student Jun Chai for DC/AC conversion. The project is comparing the hybrid version to the standard PWM version of DC/AC inverters.
      Roux-Bot Home Cooker
      Designing a roux-making cooking appliance. The team is working on making this a controllable device via remote access
      Smart Energy Analysis and Disaggregation
      Developing a measurement tool for home power analysis and data collection for future research. The project is creating 2 versions, a research device (for applying machine learning algorithms and transient identification on appliances), and a consumer device (offering a higher resolution than Smart Meters, and much cheaper).
      Smartbar
      Designing a bar tending robot to promote safe drinking habits. The project incorporates a database of drinks and identification processes for users to order drinks via mobile devices, or online, authenticate their identity and receive their drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from the dispensing system.
      Smart Sole
      Developing a sensor system for measuring a person's foot at all times. The project will grant users the ability to review the pressure applied on their foot during walking, running, and other activities for better data on foot health.

Projects

Interactive Breadboard (Circuit Assistant)

In my Human Computer Interaction course, my team of 4 (including myself) built an interactive breadboard to assist with UCSC's EE101 course - Introduction to Circuits. From our own experience, debugging a breadboard, even a simple circuit, can be difficult. Our project addressed this issue by creating a breadboard that found connections, displayed them on a computer screen via a GUI, and notified the user if the circuit would work as built. The user could also pre-build the circuit on the GUI to verify that the circuit would work.

Switch Block for FPGA Logic

For my VLSI course, the class was tasked with building a layout for a known FPGA logic configuration. My task was to develop the switch block, which acts as the intersection within the grid configuration. Since this was meant to be an intersection, I had to account for all possible paths for a signal to take, while also storing the signal in a flip-flop until another part of the block needed the signal.

Wormbot

In bio-inspired locomotion, myself and another student developed a robot that propelled itself based upon a worms's locomotion. The robot used a system of servos, springs, and acrylic body that remained stable enough for terrain traversing, but also had the ability to roll and continue moving.

Single Turn ALOHA Protocol

In advanced networks, each individual was given a project to complete by the end of the ten week quarter. My project consisted of modifying the ALOHA protocol to use a single turn based algorithm. The purpose would be to mitigate packet losses and interference by forcing only one node in the network to communicate at a time.

Hybrid Control of Load

Within my hybrid dynamical systems course, I developed a hybrid controller to turn off and on a random sized load to stabilize the output voltage around a user defined constraint. This simulated grid load shedding techniques.

UCSC Campus Power Flow Simulation

As part of my research and internship with UCSC's Physical Plant, I developed a full scale simuation of the power flow on campus. This took in measured data given by the campus' data aquisition system, and gave a steady state output simuation of the power flow on campus.

Classroom Design

While working for CITRIS, I was tasked with redesigning one of the top rooms requested by guest presenters. I designed the room to allow for multiple forms of connections and display their connection to a user defined projected screen. The user was also given the ability to change what the screen was displaying at any time. During the redesign, audio improvements were made to meet ALDS compliance, multiple microphone inputs, and computer or laptop audio to send through the speakers in the room.

SOE Lab Design

During my time at Baskin Engineering Lab Support, I designed a lab for a professor to use up to 12 computers networked to multiple different screens, interaction for group activity, master controller for the lab teacher, and documented controls for anyone to use the lab.

Accomplishments

Eagle Scout

In 2006, I was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, the highest award that can be issued to a scout. Additionally, I received 2 palms, which are awarded for every 5 additional accomplishments, every 3 months after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Excellence in Teaching Award 2012

Chosen by the graduating class.

Affiliations

A three-course sequence in which students apply knowledge and skills gained in elective track to complete a major design project.

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) creates information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental, and health care problems.

The Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS) is poised to become a major hub for innovation in emerging clean energy technologies and tackling the challenges of energy sustainability. The Center explores the societal implications of new renewable energy technologies as well as prepares a new generation of 21st century engineers and scientists to address the problem of more efficient energy use with minimal carbon footprint.

Originally built in 1914, the Santa Cruz Wharf, a wood frame structure supported by over 4,528 wood pilings, begins at the shoreline and extends through the intertidal zone into the ocean a half-mile. As the longest timber pile wooden wharf on the US coastline, the Wharf is uniquely situated in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary to act as a base for energy and climate-related projects. The GreenWharf refers to the suite of collaboratively implemented, interrelated projects that together minimize the footprint of Wharf operations on its surrounding environment while enhancing its appeal as a visitor destination.