I am a Mechanical Engineering student at Penn State. I've enjoyed many of the courses here, but
the engineering electives in particular have been my favorite courses.
Microprocessor Interfacing was a very interesting course that got me interested in building and programming simple robots. You can see some of the work that I've done in robotics
if you visit my mechatronics page. One of my electives was Engineering Optimization and I enjoyed it enough that
I decided to take the graduate level version of Optimization. The required courses on Vibrations and Modeling of Dynamic
Systems made me want to also take a Vehicle Dynamics course and the Vibrations Lab to learn more about dynamic systems.
Additionally I took a course on Gas Turbines because I felt like I needed more experience with Thermodynamics.
I decided that I wanted to learn how to build a custom PC. After quite a bit of research and shopping
here is the finished project. It isn't that great of a picture but it certainly is satisfying turning the thing on
for the first time. With my new knowledge I've gone on to help some of my friends build their
own custom PCs. I'm always willing to help somebody build their own.
Disc Golf, or "Frolf" as I like to call it, is a big hobby of mine. I haven't played in any big tournaments but I play often
on the two courses here in State College and I have played on some of the other bigger courses in PA.
I think Particle Physics might fascinate me more than any other subject. I very much want to understand how the universe
works at its most fundamental level. This website
run by Professor Matt Strassler is an amazing resource for getting started. I thought it would be fun to create
a card game that I could use to teach some of the basic ideas of particle physics. I'm still working on
the rules a bit, maybe I'll eventually try to sell it.
This game is a lot of fun if you like action-packed puzzle games. I made a custom map for this game that you
can play (if you own Portal 2, if you don't own it it costs $20) by subscribing to my map making page on
Steam. I can speed run it in about 8 minutes,
but I challenge you to beat it on your first try in under 30 minutes :)
Richard Feynman was a brilliant man who has on many levels inspired me. I've always been driven by curiosity,
I've always been interested in learning about how things work. I don't think there is anything
more important to describing my personal characteristics than that. This defines who I am and makes up the
lens that I use to view the world.