1) Design and Manufacturing I (2.007), Student Instructor, Spring ‘13 & ’14
I helped students develop good design skills and thought processes. I answered design questions, instructed how to use the machine shop, and guided them as they developed from a bucket of materials to a (semi-) functioning robot that can compete among others’ robots.
2) Product Engineering Processes (2.009), Team Mentor, Fall ‘14
Advised my team on design choices, presentation techniques, and general “how-to-work-in-a-team” tips. It was interesting to see that many of the issues they encountered my team had also encountered when I was a student in the class during the fall of 2013.
1) Design and Manufacturing I (2.007)
This class is a great introduction to learning to create something from just some basic materials. I loved how it helped shape the way I now think about a design problem. By the end of the course, I felt very comfortable working in a machine shop.
2) Product Engineering Processes (2.009)
Definitely the most time consuming class of my MIT undergraduate career, and well worth it. In this class I learned what is involved in bringing a product from ideation through initial prototype and ready for being launched into the market.
3) Furniture Design
This was the first class I took that worked with wood nearly exclusively. I learned about various aspects of wood such as types of cuts, joints, grains, as well as the different wood-working machines (table saw, planers, etc.). My final product was a jewelry box of bent wood with walnut drawers that swiveled out!
4) Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671)
This was definitely a time-intensive class, but well worth it. I learned to design my own experiment; what it means to look up literature on a subject; determine what sensors/devices were needed to conduct my experiment; and just how filled with painful, glorious, and everything-in-between moments data collection and analysis is.
5) D-Lab Development
An extremely insightful class, I learned about what it means to design products for developing countries. A great stress on understanding your market as well as building things within a budget and locally sustainable is placed in every case study presented as well as the products we design in class. From interesting in-class challenges like how to design a means of suspending dried ears of corn at least six inches off the table with just two pieces of paper (spoiler: you create two cylinders and stack the corn– we managed to suspend 8 ears!) to things such as performing stakeholders analyses, the class definitely challenged the way I think.
6) Chinese I-IV
These were also classes I greatly enjoyed. Not only did I learn how to converse in another language, but I learned a lot about a culture with which over one seventh of the world identifies.
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