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Who Am I

I’m a Mechatronics and Robotics engineer specializing in electronic design, and embedded and backend software for mechatronic systems. I’m formally trained in Mechanical Engineering (MSE from UPenn), but most of my professional experience is EE and Backend software.

For the past 10 years I’ve spent my time doing work in the Robotics field, but if it has moving parts, fun electronics, and hooks up to computers it probably interests me.


O’Hara, Paulos, Davey, et al., “Self-Assembly of a Swarm of Autonomous Boats into Floating Structures” in IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation. June 2014. Won ICRA Best Automation Paper pdf draft result video


Mechatronics And Robotics Contracting: Apr 2016 -

I am not currently looking for work, but am always open to talking about interesting problems. If you have Mechatronics, EE, or Software problems you’re working on and are looking to bounce ideas off of someone, please contact me. I’m always looking for interesting problems to think about!

Transcriptic: Jun 2013 - Mar 2016

At Transcriptic I spent my first 2 years designing the electronics and writing the firmware for robots that do biology.

I spent the rest of my time helping modularize, make reliable, and add significant new features and device capabilities to the backend software system responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and running all the automated biology. I also design and put in place a weekly production release process as part of a push on reliability.

Willow Garage: Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

My second time at Willow started with working on the first prototype of a 3 fingered version of the Velo2G gripper.

Then, when the need presented itself, I acted as the Electrical Engineer on a fully functional prototype for the next Willow Garage robot.

Modlab Robotics Lab: May 2011 - Dec 2012

I was at Modlab for a long span, so I worked on many projects. The biggest of these was the DARPA TEMP modular boat project. I did the system architecture and infrastructure design, and wrote a lot of software for the project.

I also worked on a project we called parkourbot doing a lot of simulation work, real time linux on gumstix, and rapid functional prototyping using the lab’s CKBot modules.

Willow Garage: Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

My first time at Willow Garage was split between creating functional prototypes of different robot ideas the company was thinking of pursuing, and iterating on the mechanical design of what would later become the Velo2G gripper.

UPenn Machine Shop: Jun 2010 - Apr 2011

In UPenn’s machine shop, I spent time as a teaching assistant for MEAM150, acted as a staff member overseeing proper and safe student use of the shop, and when given the chance, made components for different projects going on in the engineering school.

I really enjoy machining.


I have a BSE and MSE both in Mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. I was there from 2007-2012. During my senior year of undergrad I was given the Ralph Teetor Award.