Wearing my light-up Graduation Cap

May 29, 2012

Light-Up Mortar Board. Because I can.

This was one of those “Why Not?” moments. While sitting at dinner with family and friends the night before my graduation commencement, somebody mentioned that a light up Mortar Board would be really cool. Realizing that I had all the … Continue reading

HelioWatcher System

May 18, 2012

HelioWatcher – An Automated Solar Tracking and Analytics Platform

The HelioWatcher is an automatic sun-tracking solar panel capable of performing long-term solar analytics for developing efficient solar panel deployments. Continue reading

Speaking at the White House Young America Series

May 5, 2012
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Speaking at the White House Young America Series

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at Syracuse University as part of a speaker series for young Americans promoting social change. In this White House-sponsored event, I spoke about the work I did to develop Cornell University Sustainable Design, and how we’ve used interdisciplinary collaboration to further our goals. Continue reading

On The News

April 28, 2012
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The Future of 3D Printing

It’s no secret that I’m excited about 3D printing. I work on Cornell’s Personal Printer, the [email protected], I own two MakerBot printers, and I’ve worked for MakerBot, designing electronics for their open-source 3D printers. In this local news story on 3D printing, I talk about how the technology is advancing. Continue reading

CUSD and Rick Fedrizzi

April 8, 2012

CUSD Pulls in Some Major Grants and Meets with Rick Fedrizzi (President/CEO of the US Green Building Council)

My fellow Cornell Sustainable Design team leaders and I recently met with Rick Fedrizzi, President of the US Green Building Council. We also won a $10,000 geothermal research grant, and a $1000 grant from Cornell’s Engineering Alumni Association. Continue reading

Potato Battery Exhibit at the USS Intrepid

March 5, 2012
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Teaching about Electricity & Chemistry at the USS Intrepid Museum in NYC

This weekend, other members of Cornell University Sustainable Design and I, were invited to the USS Intrepid museum to teach kids about electricity using potato batteries, and molecular chemistry using gumdrop-and-toothpick models. Continue reading

Machine Metabolism Robot

February 29, 2012

Machine Metabolism Robot Meets the World

I recently released a video demonstration of the autonomous structure reconfiguring “metabolic machine” that I designed along with Franz Nigl, Shuguang Li, and Hod Lipson in Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab. The paper will be published in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine soon. Continue reading

SRF Rendering

February 23, 2012
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CUSD’s Sustainability Research Facility Renderings

Cornell University Sustainable Design has recently completed renders of our proposed on-campus interdisciplinary sustainability research facility. Now, we’re working hard to make these renders into reality! Continue reading

I love Startups

February 2, 2012
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Cornell’s First Startup Career Fair

I recently helped organize Cornell’s first annual startup career fair, hot on the heels of working on Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus Bid. I was simultaneously recruiting for MakerBot Industries at the fair. Continue reading