Research

Independent Work with Astronaut & Columbia Prof. Michael Massimino — “Space Debris: Observation, Mitigation, Remediation, and their Legal Factors,” Spring 2014 – Fall 2015

Comprehensive analysis of existing and proposed projects to mitigate the impending problem of man-made space debris, from an engineering and a legal perspective. Synthesizes various proposals for positive “next steps” in engineering and legal/policy disciplines that will promote the secure handling of debris currently and in the near future.

Selected to present comprehensive research at the Harvard National Collegiate Research Conference (Jan. 22-24, 2015).

Invited to present comprehensive research paper at the Columbia Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Columbia Family Weekend Research Showcase, and Egleston Scholars Seminar.

Profiled on this research and other work for the biannual Columbia Engineering Magazine in its “Meet the Future” feature for Columbia  Engineering’s 150th Anniversary.

“Update on Research in Space Debris & Law” (Nov. 3, 2014).

Columbia Robotics Lab with Prof. Peter Allen — low-cost, brain-controlled assistive robotic arm/mobile manipulator project, Spring 2012 – Spring 2013

Distinguished Recognition at Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel — Walt Disney World expo (May 4, 2013)

Team project  featured on Engadget, The Huffington PostWillow Garage, and Columbia Spectator

Finalist for Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel  (February 22, 2013)

National competition at Walt Disney World in May 2013

Follow the team blog, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

Columbia’s Summer 2012 Undergrad Research Symposium (September 27, 2012)

Progress Report 4 (July 29, 2012)

Progress Report 3 (July 14, 2012)

Progress Report 2 (June 28, 2012)

Progress Report 1 (May 21, 2012)

Past Experience

Wreckers Robotics Founder, Co-Captain — Dean Kamen’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) High School Robotics Team 0577

1st Place World Champion 2011 — St. Louis, MO

pre-championship feature  about the team and post-championship article by Paul Schott, Westport News

3rd Place at 2010 World Championship — Atlanta, GA

2nd Place at 2009 World Championship — Atlanta, GA

article in Westport Now

Mentor for freshmen FTC team, “passing the torch” to younger engineers

“GeEco” local sustainable technologies project for Westport Green Village Initiative (GVI) — Summer 2011

Paid internship at Westport’s environmental and sustainability center, Wakeman Town Farm

Engineered and built sustainable tech projects, constructed windmill technology for local organic farm

article by reporter Kirk Lang and column by Woody KleinWestport News

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