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Principles of Engineering

Principles of Engineering is an undergraduate course at Olin College of Engineering that seeks to teach students to "integrate analysis, qualitative design, quantitative optimization, experiments, and simulations to improve their ability to engineer real systems". For our Fall 2014 final project, we were tasked to create a mechatronic project with mechanical, software, and hardware components.

The Team

Pratool Gadtaula

Pratool is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major from the class of 2017. It's been rumored that Pratool once disappeared into the woods of upstate New York and reached enlightenment into the inner workings of a Raspberry Pi (of the B+ variety). As a result, he was able to connect our Pi to an Arduino to allow the motors to respond to our facial detection system. He played a large role in integrating the many elements of our project.

Meg Lidrbauch

Meg is a part of the Olin College class of 2017. Surprisingly, even with her close-to-edgy sense of sarcastic humor (little did she know that everyone enjoyed her jokes), she gets along with everybody who matters, her teammates. Even our computers got along with her and her most smile of smiles. She enjoys the cold and winter (and possibly the summer), because if it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have a theme (Olaf was a hard sell, but we compromised) -- or a legit mechanical system.

Julian Morris

Engineering with Computing major, class of 2016. Is secretly a troll. Enjoys taking selfies in the corner (he says he’s working on the smile detector but we know what he’s actually up to). Skills include Java, Python, Arduino programming, and playing with everything around him when he’s bored. Is currently learning SQL, C++, and how to dance like a penguin. His contributions to this project included working on the software side, website, and causing a minor battery explosion.

Michelle Sit

A Wellesley College senior. Biked to come to team meetings from Wellesley sometimes on weekends. Helped create the dancing motion, the smile detector, the final website, and came up with the dancing moves for the penguin. Dreams of becoming a penguin one day. Likes to perform martial arts. Possibly related to her desire to become a dancing penguin.

Jay Woo

Jay likes to work sideways. No one knows why, but he does. In addition to making life harder for himself, Jay is taking 6 classes (5 for credit). For this project, Jay pretended he was a Mech:E, designing the ornithopter linkage that makes the wings flap. Hmm… ornithopter… ornithology… the study of birds… eeenteresting. Oh, uh. Yeah, Jay. Okay. Jay was very helpful, but we can’t remember what he did. But we couldn’t have done it without him! We <3 Jay.