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Tony S

- Research Program Mentor

MSE candidate at Northeastern University

Expertise

Robotics, aerodynamics, system design, drones, structures, programming, computer vision

Bio

I'm interested in robotics because of its potential to help humanity. Software has helped make our lives and jobs much easier over the last decade and I think that were close to having robots that can help in the same way. I'm specifically interested in researching tactile sensing and manipulation with soft robots. If you've ever tried to drink something after getting a local anesthetic from the dentist, you have a slight idea of the struggles that today's robots currently face! Originally from South Dakota, I love the outdoors and spending as much time in nature as possible. Whether it's gardening, hiking, or woodworking, it's great to disconnected from the constant distractions brought on by technology. I also love everything about cycling!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Computer Animated Design & Manufactoring (CAD/CAM)

All fields of engineering rely on digital 3D models of parts. These models are incredibly important all the way from design to production. Fortunately, with today's 3D printers it's easy to create 3D model in your favorite CAD program and then see the final product within hours. Find something around your house that needs to be repaired or modified! You'll design a new part while learning about tolerances, assemblies, and best practices for 3D printed parts.

Robotic Simulation

Robotic arms are common place in industrial automation. Although they're very expensive, it's standard practice to use simulation to test out new algorithms. Create a simulation environment where you can learn the math and software that makes robotic arms useful in the workplace. Along the way you'll learn about the obstacles, tradeoffs, and common approaches used to make robots run efficiently.

Robotic System Design

Robots have many electromechanical parts that keep them running. Create a robotic system while learning about design tradeoffs that balance hardware, software, and cost restrictions. Your main takeaways will be learning about the sensors and electronics needed in almost every robotic design, from self-driving cars to autonomous drones.

Coding skills

Python, Jupyter Notebooks, MATLAB, R, C++

Languages I know

learning German, A2

Teaching experience

I've tutoring students in graduate school who were struggling with the material that I learned in a previous class. In addition, I also helped coach kids who competing in triathlons while I was a professional athlete.

Credentials

Work experience

Northeastern University (2022 - Current)
Graduate Student Researcher

Education

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
BSE Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2017)
Aerospace Engineering
Northeastern University
MSE Master of Science in Engineering candidate
Robotics

Completed Projects

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