M.S. 2014, Mechanical Engineering
Earl graduated as an Honors Scholar from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science. Interested in the development of autonomous systems, Earl’s Mechanical Engineering coursework focused on control systems, mechatronics, automation, and instrumentation. He worked with a team in the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech to develop a mechanically conforming, passively actuated, robotic foot for his senior capstone design project. This design is currently in the patent process sponsored by Virginia Tech.
Earl previously worked for Microsoft as a program manager in Office Shared Services during the Summer of 2010. He then worked as a design engineer for General Motors in 2011, where he designed and evaluated thermal management solutions for automotive LED applications. In 2012, Earl worked for Schlumberger as a manufacturing systems intern where he engineered autonomous manufacturing processes for the fabrication of shaped explosive charges.
Earl is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech while working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the DREAMS Lab. His research focuses on the fusion of mechanical engineering, polymer science, optical physics, and computer science to develop projection stereolithography systems. Earl uses these systems to develop and test the material properties of nanocomposite photopolymers. Earl coauthored a paper titled Design Considerations for Mask Projection Micro-Stereolithography Systems which was presented as a poster at the Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) conference.
Earl is graduating in May of 2014, after which he will begin employment with National Instruments in their Engineering Leadership Program. Earl’s personal hobbies include cycling, yoga, film, video games, and attending live music.