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Shaun F

- Research Program Mentor

MS candidate at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)


Mechatronics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science


I am mechatronic masters student at the University of Pennsylvania. I finished my undergraduate degree in physics December 2020. I will have a Bachelors of Physics and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering by December 2021. Professionally, I have done research in fluid dynamics, l investigating the effect of viscoelasticity on lubrication forces. I have also had various jobs that have involved an intense degree of coding, this includes my time as a Digital Scholar where I designed back end frameworks for websites that solved social justice issues. I am currently doing research in compliant robotics under Professor Sung at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Computational Physics

Learn how to do calculus numerically and use this power to simulate and solve real world physic problems. We can go over the basics of numerical methods and apply topics to solve real world physical systems ! We can model such things as a nonlinearized version of a pendulum, collision between solid masses, or some basic finite element analysis Prerequisites or Learn quickly: Coding, Intro Physics, Calculus Nice to Knows: Linear algebra and Differential Equations

A basic mobile robot

Using an Arduino based microcontroller we can design a simple robot to accomplish a simple task. Depending on the student's mathematical maturity and coding expertise we can develop a mobile robot that acts semi autonomously to follow a wall, line follow, or detect objects in its vicinity. Prerequisites or Learn quickly: Coding , Electronic Circuits Nice to Knows: PID control and Cad

Robotic Arm/ Hand

Using a microcontroller and servos we can build a tension system that simulates a human arm. We can design several ways to actuate this tension system either with a physical controller(i.e some potentiometers or physical strength) or through software (via a website or GUI). Prerequisites or Learn quickly: Coding, Some Electronic Circuit, Intro Physics Nice to Knows: Intro Physics and Cad

Coding skills

C++, C, Java, Python, Matlab, Mark Up languages (CSS, html, latex)


Work experience

Haverford College, Physics Department (2018 - 2020)
Research Assistant
University of Pennsylvania, Grasp Lab (2020 - Current)
Graduate Researcher
Varsity Tutors (2016 - 2018)
Tutor (Physics and Calculus)
Haverford College (2019 - 2020)
Physics Tutor ( Mechanics and E&M)


Haverford College
BS Bachelor of Science
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
MS Master of Science candidate
Mechanical Engineering ( Mechatronics)

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