• Douglas Hill

    Project Leader, TEC Center

    My name is Douglas Hill, and I manage the TEC Center. My mission is to “Save the world one step component at a time, and in the process train the next generation of scientists and engineers”. The TEC Center is a multidisciplinary learn-by-doing environment where we tackle real world problems. We do this first through the development of MEC components, then by combining these components for the rapid develop of instruments (see projects). I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, in June 1979. My first job was with Texas Instruments, where I was given the honor of being the only junior engineer awarded ‘key contributor’. I started my own system design house, Advanced Electronic Packaging Corp., solving electronic packaging problems for major corporations across the United States for over 20 years. I’m currently a bioengineering graduate student at the University of California, Riverside. I came back to school to implement methods I had developed in electronics, to do early disease detection. Unlike electronics, I found bioengineering lacked a standardized tool set from which to work from. So the MEC system was born. The development of this multidisciplinary tool set is a daunting task, so I brought in interns from all areas of engineering, and the TEC Center was born. The students lacked many of the skills necessary to attack these real world problems, so training became an integral part of our program. The “E” stands for Evolutionary, and the Center, its people and tools keep evolving in amazing ways. I invite you to come to the center, see for yourself, and possible share in our adventure.

    Read more about Doug’s story and the formation of the TEC Center

  • Adam Veres

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Adam, and I am a fourth year Computer Science Major at University of California, Riverside. My work in the lab is to develop software to create and control MEC devices. This entails programming and/or debugging AVR for major MEC components, programming python interface for MEC components, and teaching others how to use this software. As such, I have created appropriate tutorials for programming these different devices. During the 2016-2017 school year, I would like to assist in integrating GUI with MEC software, develop AVR components for outreach or TEC as needed, and assemble computers for TEC.

  • Chandler Morehouse

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Chandler Morehouse, and I am an undergraduate at University of California, Riverside.My objective for this program is to be able to properly implement a three stage communication system between a personal computer, Arduino Uno, and various ATtiny84 microcontrollers. The project will consist of writing code that will use I2C interfacing to communicate between all devices and to design a system of devices that control mechanical systems and multiple sensors. The purpose of this system is to be able to write high level programs in Python which is translated through the Arduino into I2C serial data protocol. This data then communicates with address specific AVR controllers to execute specific commands created in the original Python code.My objective for participating in this project is to further my knowledge in the use of AVR microcontrollers and programing. I wish to learn how to use I2C communication and to get a better understanding on how a system of AVR controllers work together to accomplish particular goal. From this project I would also like to get more experience with working with a team of engineers and more specifically learn how working with engineers who are not from the same field of engineering.

  • Hashim Chaudhry

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Hashim Chaudhry and I am a senior undergraduate studying Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. My project for this lab is to design, program and build a fluorescence image processing system for blood/bacteria samples in order quickly collect and analyze data from a sample. This is an interdisciplinary project pulling knowledge from computer science, biology, 3D CAD design, and optics. Specifically, the project will utilize a DAPI or Phalloidin staining protocol onto various bacteria/blood samples. These samples will be analyzed via Python (utilizing the Python Imaging Library or sci-kit image) to test for and determine variables such as cell density, ID50, and cell growth rates. The importance of this project is to provide a more cost effective way to determine these parameters without sacrificing quality as modern day imaging systems can cost upwards of $20,000. This can be done due to advances in 3D printing, open source imaging libraries and other biomodules developed by my peers at the TEC center. Research is always difficult, and at the TEC center I learned how to improve from my mistakes, how to keep going even in the face of multiple failures and how to communicate effectively. I also learned how to begin building a physical system starting from only an idea, how to read research papers to extract useful information quickly, and how to ask professionals for help when I reached a dead-end.

  • Hayden Karich

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Hayden, and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major at University of California, Riverside. As a mechanical engineer, I want to develop my design abilities and learn proper machinery operation safety in order to fabricate my designs. I hope to gain a professional level of ability with Solid Works and gain a better understanding of programming. I would also learn to use as many different fabrication machines as I can. I am designing a material transport system using pressure and vacuums. Since entering with minimal experience, my first task will be to transport a marble with the pressure system so I can develop the skills I need to pursue a larger scale project. Eventually during the 2016-2017 school year, I would translate the same method of transportation to horizontally transport samples for experiments into different stages of the experiment like in/out of light or in/out of different temperatures.

  • Krishna Addanki

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Krishna Addanki, and I am a fourth year Electrical Engineering major at University of California, Riverside. I am interested in working on creating a basic system that allows for hardware integration with the main computer or master device. Currently, I am working on a software I2C to integrate an external I2C device. Utilizing an ATtiny84 to control an accelerometer, the lab would be able to use a customized I2C interface for most of the lab devices. Microcontrollers connected to this interface allows for premade I2C device additions when needed. During the 2016-2017 school year, I would like to be able to finish working on software I2C creation as well as begin on a system etching in-house PCB through either manual etching (using Eagle and Printed PCB) or computer guided etching (using laser printer).

  • Manoel Tamraz

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Manoel, and I am a second year Bioengineering major at University of California, Riverside. I joined this lab as wanted to know if I can meet expectations in a working environment and if I can exceed those expectations through technical and working skills learned from lab. I am interested to find out if I can handle responsibilities placed upon me. Furthermore, I want to have more valuable experience that I can show on a resume which will help me in the future as I search for jobs within my field. My project objective in lab is to create a working track system and all related components, create a lift system to keep the system running in a loop, and develop a system whereby I can use black and white balls to send a binary message down the track and trigger a response. I will meet these objectives by learning Solidworks, Visio, and any other required skills. Furthermore In my lab work during the 2016-2017 academic year, I will utilize this base knowledge to streamline the solenoids used for the bioreactor which previously held a 95% success rate.

  • Matthew Smith

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Matthew Smith, and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major in University of California, Riverside. My goal in this lab is to further increase my understanding and ability in Solidworks. Furthermore, I would like to learn how to 3D print and be able to design a product fully through Solidworks into the 3D product. My work in the lab involves developing a flipping mechanism involving Muscle wire to swap the marble ball between the two connected tracks.

  • Raymond Iu

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Raymond, and I am a third year Bioengineering major at the University of California, Riverside. When I entered the lab in the Fall quarter of Sophomore year, I had no vision of what engineers did, nor did I have any technical skills. Nevertheless, my role in the lab started with Microsoft Visio diagramming of systems of which I wrote a HowTo lab guide on the subject. My background in technical writing came in handy to organize and write grant applications for three of our students (him and two others), and all three students won Sophomore STEM Success grants. Summertime was spent furthering my writing skills by improving the TEC center website. This meant soliciting testimonials from past and current students in the Center, to learning the Python web framework Jekyll and how to host sites on Github.

    My current project is a collaboration with Hayden Karich to improve the quality control (QC) of his muscle wire valves. I began by learning how to build the part while writing a QC document with all the information needed to create a proper valve. This is where I learned to use all the machine tools and processes in fabrication in addition to proper 3D printing procedures. This project also provided me the opportunity to learn Solidworks design software to create a pressure tube end cap. This project pipeline will have me presenting a poster on this work in Spring 2017! This lab experience functions much more like an industry experience than a lab. I enjoy this type of free-form research as it allows me to get creative and innovative while contributing to the lab. I learn something new daily, testing my abilities to the extreme that I could never learn from class settings. This lab has been my number one experience discussed during interviews as a result. I look forward to the potential of this lab and its ambitious undergraduates, Doug, and Dr. Grover to change this humble world we live in.

  • Raymond Wan

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Raymond Wan, and I am a third year Bioengineering major at the University of California, Riverside. My first project in this lab is the automation of a marble machine. Furthermore, I am helping to set up the inventory system in lab to organize the 3D printed parts manufactured in the TEC center. As my interests lie in prototyping, programming, microcontrollers, and fabrication, these projects will help me to further develop these skills. During the 2016-2017 school year, I plan to build a new system from the ground up to learn how the process works.

  • Razn Abu Qamar

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    It was Hugh Herr that proclaimed “A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken.” My goal is to dedicate my work to ensuring people have the technology to overcome any disability or disease, to always have the option to live whatever life they choose. In this pursuit, I have joined the TEC lab. This lab has already garnered a multitude of skills. Amongst the most prominent of which has been experience with SolidWorks, AVR coding, and systems design/analysis. I hope to further learn skills in management and leadership, as well as other practical skills through the experience I gained here. I work on the heating component of the bioreactor, which regulates heating of fluids and cells whilst analyzing and moderating flow. The bioreactor regulates the growth of cells within its system whilst boasting modularity and cost efficiency. My work has taught me skills in calibration, hardware design, and design intuition. I have created modular parts that are incorporated throughout the bioreactor allowing for flexibility in design and construction. Furthermore, my work around lab circulates towards training new recruits in lab procedures, SolidWorks, and system design. The work I conduct at the lab has been invaluable. This work has helped propel my education and my knowledge as an engineer, teaching me important skills that will come to use throughout my lifetime. My name is Razn Abu Qamar, I am a senior bioengineer, and I push to save the world one small component at a time.

  • Ryan Milton

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Ryan, and I am a 3rd Year Bioengineering major. I want to learn how to utilize Bioengineering design software in order to learn how to design and build complex systems from sets of components. I began with a solidworks project in the lab. Currently, I am working on Eagle PCB design to create an Eagle board to gain knowledge of circuitry and schematics.

  • Stefany Cruz

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Stefany, and I am a third year Electrical Engineering major at the University of California, Riverside. My interests lie within the realms of medical robotics, bio-mechatronics, and creating surgical/medical devices that would help enhance the human experience. I know the basics of electronics from what I have learned in Electricity and Magnetism physics class, Quantum Physics class, and an Intro to Electronics class. But, I desire to learn more about electronics and the computer programming aspects that it takes to build such cyber physical systems such as MEC and other related projects. I would especially like to gain hands-on experience in the lab with microcontrollers, programming languages, and other forms of circuitry. I want to learn to not only read and follow the schematics of electrical components, but design them myself as well. With this gained knowledge, I believe that I would be able to apply them to future projects and integrate them with other subfields of medical robotics. Ultimately, I see this TEC Center opportunity as one of the first stepping stones that I need to reach my goals.

  • Timothy Williams

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Timothy Williams and I am an undergraduate in the University of California, Riverside. In this lab, I want to learn as much as I can from everyone. I am particularly interested in improving my knowledge of Fluid Dynamics, 3D modeling, and Electrical Engineering. Currently, I am developing an inexpensive, reproducible weight sensor. My work thus far has consisted of Solidworks design to create the motor holder, bottle holder, and the baseplate of the device.

    Read more about why Tim enjoys project based learning over schoolwork

  • Vishak Kumar

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Vishak Kumar, and I am an undergraduate at University of California, Riverside. The reason for me joining the Outreach program at the TEC Center was because I wanted to gain insight into the real life scenarios of engineers and the jobs they do. I also wanted to improve the quality of life for those in need of it, and for those who deserve it. That, to me, is an obligation and a privilege that all engineers should strive for. Beyond this, I definitely wanted a personal gain in knowledge, which can only be done by acquiring new experiences and by being challenged. The TEC Center seems to me like a perfect opportunity to do just this. Being part of the TEC Center and the Outreach program has taught me a multitude of skills and lessons. The most fundamental lesson learned during my time in the lab was determination. Something that does not go according to plan or yields an unexpected result is no reason to give up or to submit to failure. The TEC Center taught me that there is always a lesson in any attempt, no matter the outcome. Another main skill learned while in the lab was Microsoft Visio, which is an incredibly useful program for engineering. While the program was relatively daunting at first, I learned how to use it as time went on and could complete the design of my system in the program. One of the main uses I had for Visio was to design an electric and pneumatic schematic for the vacuum pressure transport system that was being designed in the lab. I also learned about time management, which is critical to a successful team and project. On top of this, I learned a lot about different techniques on component creation, such as epoxy resin sealing and drilling via drill press. All of these techniques can be very useful when creating prototype parts that are unique to an original design. Lastly, I learned the valuable skill of teamwork, which is important in any engineering environment. Though it is important to value yourself and your knowledge, it is just as important to value others and what they can bring to a project. With more minds, more can be accomplished.

  • William Grover

    Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering

    Dr. Grover is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Grover received his postdoctoral training in the Biological Engineering Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In Prof. Scott Manalis’ group at MIT, Dr. Grover used the group’s microfluidic mass sensors to make the first precision measurements of the density of single living cells. Dr. Grover obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In Prof. Richard Mathies’ group at UC Berkeley, Dr. Grover developed microfluidic “processors” that bridged the chemical, biological, and computational sciences. A native of Tennessee, Dr. Grover received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Zareh Hairapetian

    Undergraduate Researcher, TEC Center

    My name is Zareh Hairapetian and I am studying Materials Science and Engineering in my third year at UC Riverside. I joined the TEC Center hoping to acquire the basic skills necessary in starting off in the engineering career path. I hope to learn the proper methods of making schematics, using solid works, and using a 3D printer. Also, I want to understand learning in a work and research setting rather than a classroom and how I may incorporate the said basic skills and proper methods to reach a final product. I hope to get out of this program a wide variety of research experiences in different engineering disciplines, a mentor figure that will assist me in finding the correct career path for myself, friends and colleagues with similar aspirations, and to familiarize myself in a research lab setting. Since my time in the lab I have worked with multiple projects such as inventory, automated syringes, and bark removal for the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. My work has taught me skills in programming, design, construction, and group communication. The critical thinking required to make successful project decisions encompasses all of these skills and welds them into the core ideals of the TEC Center. In the words of Dan Bilzerian, Take pride in who you are as a person, what you have accomplished, and what you have done for others. I can humbly say I am proud of my work at the TEC Center and look forward to how I may further help others.

    Read more about Zareh and Letter of Recommendation to Doug

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