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Theodore B

- Research Program Mentor

MSE Master of Science in Engineering


Biophysics, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Quantum Physics, General Physics, Physical computing

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.

Circuit bending and hacking

Do you have electronics around your house that you wished would be a little more useful? Do you want to combine two circuits to make something new? This project involves taking apart and fiddling with everyday toys and objects to figure out how they work. Once we've figured out how they work, we can use microprocessors and other components to hack into the exiting electronics and turn them into anything we want! I've worked on hacking into a remote control car so that I could control it with an ESP-32 board, but we could do different projects such as adding a clapper to lights on/off or any projects you would have in mind!

Wait, it flies as well?

Snakes, Spiders, Squid! What do all these animals have in common? Is it that they all start with the letter S? Yes, but also no. All of these animals "fly" in the loosest sense. There are species of snake the glide, species of spiders that balloon and squid can jet out of the water! This project would look at the existing literature to determine how these animals are able to "fly" and what makes them different from their air/land restricted siblings.

Coding skills

MATLAB, Mathematica, C, C++ (Arduino IDE), Python, Max MSP,

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