mechanical design


I created a robotic ventriloquist dummy for a performer friend. This involved dissecting an off-the-shelf doll toy.

Skull & Twerk – Mechanism Design

I created these projects to illustrate using stepper motors and mechanisms. One is a twerk bot based on Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 VMAs. The other is a skull (it was Halloween at the time) with a fun background

Open Source Limb Control

We created an API for the body, allowing remote control over the internet (iPhone accelerometer in the video) or through local devices (flex sensor attached to skeleton in the video).

Wag Sensor

A device that relays a dog’s emotions in LEDs: here only detecting a wagging tail. The goal here was to create a soft circuit that detects when a dog is wagging its tail – which then activates LEDs in a

Robotic Biomimetic Fish

For my senior design project in undergrad, I worked with a team on designing and building a robotic fish. This was part of a research project funded by the US Navy to increase the efficiency of underwater vehicles by mimicking

Ceiling Shelving Design

Design project at UIUC – system for ceiling-based storage that could lower down to access the contents. My role: design, 3D modeling

Ceiling Shelving Design

This project was for an undergraduate mechanical design class. The goal of this project was to design a way to maximize storage for a constrained space (i.e. a dorm room). This is a pulley and bucket system that can store