An FE approach to limiting peri-prosthetic bone resorption

An FE approach to limiting peri-implant bone resorption

In the fall 2012 semester I took a course in analytical biomechanics.  The capstone project for the course was to develop and conduct an FE model of a failed implant to attempt to explain the implant’s failure.  Though I would have preferred to use the opportunity to gain experience in Ansys, Abaqus, or Nastran we …

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CouchSurfer: Joystick-controlled armchair

Henry Snow and I built CouchSurfer on a whim as a 24-hour project in February 2012.  Most of the components for CouchSurfer were scavenged from CWRU Cutter’s old and unwanted components.  We started the project at around 9pm, worked through the night and well past sunrise, took a few-hour break, and then had a working, …

BSAE 2012 Rear stack

Baja SAE – 2012

While serving in a supervisory role as team co-captain I focused primarily on four long-term goals: recruiting, retention, concurrent development, and system modularity.  This was a new direction for the team, and it proved much more difficult challenge than I had originally intended. Though I vacated my previous positions as CNC/manual machining lead to focus …

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

The Case Western Reserve University “Footlighters” group is the only musical theatre organization on the CWRU campus. It is entirely student-run and student-motivated, and completely unaffilliated with the CWRU Theatre Department. In the past, the Footlighters have produced such notable shows as Chicago, West Side Story, and Beauty and the Beast. In fall 2012 I …

CWRU Cutter Cinco

CWRU Cutter “Cinco”

“CWRU Cutter,” Case Western’s team for the ION “RoboMow” autonomous lawnmower competition, competed in its fifth season from May  31 – June 2, 2012, in Dayton, OH, placing third in the advanced category.  Replacing Andrew Smith as the team’s lead mechanical engineer, I was responsible for hardware development on the mower.  In addition to designing …

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Chainless Challenge 2012

From the blurb I wrote for the university press release: “Mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate students Nick Badger and Andrew Smith competed in the Parker Hannifin Corporation’s 2012 ‘Chainless Challenge,’ in which students designed and built a human-hydraulic hybrid bicycle. The competition was held April 12-13 in Irvine, Calif. Instead of a direct chain link …

Finished eccentric cam

Nottingham-Spirk Internship

I interned at Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates from May to August of 2011.  While there, I worked on various clients’ projects, including (briefly) BTE, Infusion Brands, and Delphinus Medical.  Several of the projects are nearing commercial release, and my responsibilities ranged from very minor conceptual input to ergonomics testing to project lead.  Probably the most noteworthy …

Baja team picture, 2012

Baja SAE – 2011

My involvement in the the CWRU Baja 2011 car (competition number 62, “Loki”) was much more substantial than it had been in previous years.  Though as manufacturing lead I primarily concentrated my efforts on supervising and coordinating component fabrication, as a senior member of the team I also served as a design consultant, and in …

Micro Wind Turbine

Micro Wind Turbine

  Design-and-build project for MAE 360 at CWRU during the Fall 2010 semester. I designed and manufactured approximately 85-90% of the project. The remaining 10-15% was created by Adam Jones, Bobby Bott, and Greg Miranda. The control architecture was developed by Bobby Bott and Amber Abbott. The entire project was completed in a 3-month timeframe.