I'll start with the punchline and tell you that I'm looking for cool jobs! Let's talk about cool jobs.
Currently, I'm in Hong Kong to build robots, teach children, and influence education policy. I'm an associate with Robot Sapience, Ltd., a small but dedicated group of teachers who travel from school to school to provide hands-on learning opportunities that students otherwise wouldn't have. One of the company's priorities is to study educational policy and the impact it has on students: their happiness, their culture, their opportunities. For my part, I am preparing several groups of primary school students for international robotics competitions: robot soccer, relay racing, autonomous navigation, and group choreography. In addition, one of my roles is to teach the other teachers about Arduino and open-source electronics, while the company tries to shift away from expensive commercial offerings. In summary: I get to build all sorts of robots, play with kids, consult administrators, and think about the way we interact with electromechanical systems all day long.
Not long ago, I was a Mechanical Engineering PhD Student at Cornell University. I worked on a Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) combining artificial intelligence, formal logic and natural language processing. The stated objective is to address word-sense disambiguation in human-robot interactions. This is still a topic I love and think about constantly, even though I dropped out in 2015.
Before Cornell, I did my M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. My focus was robotic systems and controls. I worked in the GRITS Lab under advisor Professor Magnus Egerstedt, working on a swarm of coordinated swarm of underactuated microscale robot airships for cool low-cost swarm education in high schools and such.
Prior to moving East, I graduated with honors from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Engineering. To earn a degree in this one-word major, I had to show specific insight in various engineerings: electrical, mechanical, computer, controls, systems, and chemical. These subjects were coupled with an intense humanities curriculum, not to mention materials science, multi-variable calculus, chemistry and physics labs, linear algebra, computer science, and so on.
In my free time, I maintain perhaps the most comprehensive site for rotisserie cakes, study linguistics, and endure a love-hate relationship with 3d printers that always break down.
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