TEC Center Alumni

  • Afshin Mostaghim

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Afshin Mostaghim and I currently work as a Quality Engineer in one of the largest medical device manufacturers, Boston Scientific. I graduated from UCR in 2015 with a background in Bioengineering. I was given the opportunity to join the team and be one of the individual contributors for the Bioreactor project. This was truly an eye-opening and humbling experience to be able to see a system come to life from scratch. Each component and every bolt in this system worked hand in hand in order to make it functional. This is what I learned most while being on the team with Doug: Teamwork is key. I was fortunate enough to be apart of an enthusiastic and exciting team that worked hand in hand to get the job done. We even got to publish a paper out of our hard work! In addition to teamwork, I learned how to use a 3D printer, Solidworks, and various machine shop skills. These skills have given me an extra edge in my resume and allowed me to be a competitive candidate in the job market. This opportunity has opened many doors for me including an internship I had with a start up medical device company and then numerous job interviews. I could not thank Doug and Dr. Grover enough for the opportunity, I will always be thankful to be apart of their team.

  • Allen Partano

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Allen Partano, and I am a second year in University of California, Riverside. My goal in this lab was to learn enough solidworks to design and create objects. While doing this,I am developing engineering design and skills i.e tolerance and improving designs. My work in the lab has consisted of designing Solidwork parts for the chain lift system. Although the current design tests with marbles, eventually this chain lift can be repurposed toward other designs like with plant segments or test tube segments for automated experiments.

  • Casey Hill

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Casey Hill and I currently work at an all-in-one business automation company in Santa Barbara called ONTRAPORT. To give a full scope of the impact of working with Doug and the lab in one paragraph will be challenging but let me start here. Ideas are cheap. Execution is the impetus that drives real and sustaining change. Working with Doug was about bridging that gap between ideation of paradigm shifting technologies and implementation of them. When I worked in the lab, it was in a multi-faceted capacity. I did grant writing, design work, outreach, recruiting and a range of other tasks as needed. My passion lies in creating innovative ideas that have the capacity to create real world change and working with the TEC program I could see without a shadow of a doubt that what we were building had that potential. There were many hard skills I learned in the lab. Some of the skills I learned include Solidworks design, Adobe Illustrator, G Codes for CNC, navigating around grant platforms like Pivot, etc.. But what was most impactful was iterating and working in a dynamic atmosphere where my opinions were heard and integrated into our designs and approaches. I have no doubt that the work that was compiled during my time there, and continues to be developed, will turn into transformative technology. The mark of a truly great project or company is one that can answer the question, “How is this going to change the world?” This does just that.

  • Chip Pearson

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Nels “Chip” Pearson. I have always been involved in technology with a focus on small scale embedded microcontroller systems, sensors, and actuators. I enjoy combining hardware and software designs for the best results. From March 2015 to October 2015, I was primarily involved in implementing Doug’s concepts of an I2C network of components that could support multiple devices within them. The architecture would also support auto-generated code processes to simplify development of new components. I also provided suggestions for the design of the website. Working in the lab gave me the incentive to advance local network concepts that I had been investigating for use in small scale robot platforms development. I learned a little of what Bioengineering was all about and the current state of some bio-tech investigations. I have been retired since 2013 but I still build small robots, work on various embedded microcontroller projects, and design websites.

  • Daniel Chang

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Daniel Chang, and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Bioengineering. I joined this team with no experience, eager to learn anything and everything I could. Starting with Microsoft Visio, I would draw schematics of solenoids and circuit boards. Schematics of circuit boards would eventually be translated to printed circuit boards with the help of EAGLE. The design process allowed me to see the details that went into electronics. Eventually I was introduced to SOLIDWORKS in order to design 3D models for the future MEC system. Being able to actually print my designs and use them as part of a larger system provided me with a sense of accomplishment. Before joining, I had zero ideas for what I wanted to do in the future. But working at the TEC Center allowed me to find my passion in CAD design and pursue a career in designing components and medical devices. I have no doubt this work will end up making the world a better place!

  • Humberto Sanchez

    Alumni, TEC Center

    Hello there! My name is Humberto Scott Sanchez, I graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering in the Spring of 2015. Before I started my time in the laboratory, I was interested in the field of bio-process engineering. My past research experiences were spent studying and engineering protein-DNA nano-structures, refining cell transformation processes, and optimizing the separation of cellular components from culture media. My Senior Design Project was based on the incorporation of a Microbial Fuel Cell into Organic Wastewater Treatment.

    All of these experiences led me to helping Doug Hill with his analytical bioreactor, I was only able to assist the lab for a short time, but that time helped me a lot. In that project I helped redesign the heating unit and temperature control system, I designed a testing rig for that system, and fabricated prototypes of those components. Along with the hands-on work I developed many design equations for those systems. I learned a lot about how I can translate my background of chemical engineering into other fields of engineering. I learned how to solder, design milli-fluidic systems, and handle 3D printed components. Most importantly I gained confidence that I can convey most physical phenomena to others using design equations. The lab was a big inspiration for me to pursue instrumentation and microfluidic research for when I go back to get my doctorate.

    I am currently a support technician for the Amgen Pilot Plant in Thousand Oaks, CA. The lab has helped me be a more well rounded engineer who is able to communicate with others in different fields of engineering. I plan to go back to back to graduate school in the future and implement what I learned in the lab.

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  • Ivan Sotelo

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Ivan Soleto, and I am a Bioengineering alumni of University of California, Riverside. My Objective to participate in this program, was to learn and understand better design techniques related to 3D Printing, such as the use of CAD softwares, as well as evaluating the printed pieces and printers themselves. I also learned the overall process of multi-disciplined involved projects, and how related fields come together to see the big picture of the project. Such projects involved were the creation of bioreactors, lab on a chip projects, etc. Thus, my participation in lab was 3D printer evaluation, printed piece testing (especially with cell filters and quality control), and bioreactor design with the inline filter. These skills built upon one another and culminated in my mastery of Image J, AMScope, Solidworks, and Excel. These skills will help me greatly to pursue my 3D printed prosthetic designing aspirations.

  • Joey Milia

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Joey Milia, and I am an undergraduate at University of California, Riverside. My Primary objective is to make a 100% duty cycle compressor/vacuum pump that can be used in any TEC center project that requires compressed air or vacuum to operate. This pump will have electronic sensors so that max pressure can be maintained and modified from a connected computer. The pump will have four output all on manual valves, two (one from each tank) for connecting to an external system, and two for manual venting each tank.

  • Kevin Pham

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Kevin Pham, and I graduated from University of California, Riverside with a Masters degree in Bioengineering. I joined this lab hoping to learn more about sensors and automation, and so my work in MEC was tailored for these goals. I started with circuit board layout to create boards that would link our MEC systems to a microcontroller for automation. Designing and creating my own circuit boards provided insight into how electronics are assembled and operated. Eventually, I began building 3D models to prototype, test, and improve new 3D printed components for the MEC systems, parts including t-joints, valves, solenoids, optical density sensors, edge detectors, and many more. This lab has taught me how to solve problems through engineering design. Working in a team environment also promotes communication skills and collaboration. We each have our own tasks, but it is important we understand one anothers plans and needs to create a functioning system. It has provided a hands-on experience and valuable skills that can carry over into industry.

  • Norman Li

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Norman Li, and I have worked on the MEC project for two summers. I worked on mostly mechanical aspects of the project, as well as refining fabrication techniques and aiding in the design process. My first summer was mostly spent creating the Coulter system through board design and testing. My second summer was spent aiding in Solidworks design of parts, designing the heater part and helping to refine parts of other interns. I also helped to manage other interns and fabricate the parts and electronics required for the Solidworks parts. Another important aspect of my involvement was testing the solenoids. I helped to test and build many early designs of solenoids and helped test new standardized components. During my time as an intern I learned important fabrication skills including: soldering, using a jig saw, using a drill press, and printing parts on two different 3D printers. The rapid design and revision process allowed by the 3D printers was key in putting together these systems, and knowing that these many of these parts were easily created in a few steps and couple hours made logistics more simple. I feel that my time working as an intern with Doug helped me learn marketable skills and begin to understand the design process integral to a large project such as MEC.

  • Ryota Saito

    Alumni, TEC Center

    My name is Ryota, and I am a recent graduate (Class of 2016) of University of California, Riverside. I began by assisting fellow undergraduates in the lab with programming. Later on, my work in the lab has been with an Arduino and an ATiny 84 mounted onto a I2C bus. This meant interpreting the AVR spec sheet, translating to code, then working on servo control for pulse-width modulation. After weeks of studying and learning this subject, I was able to successfully teach another undergraduate my work in order to carry on the project. This allowed me to solidify my I2C bus knowledge for the future.

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