PROJECTS & EXPERIENCES

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 2016 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

The Project Team

At Ohio University

A video I put together of the experience the team had at the competition at Ohio University.

What? ASME's 2016 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge - Watson Capstone Project No. 12

Where? Construction of vehicle: Binghamton University; Competition Location: Ohio University

When? Duration of design and build: Aug 2015 - May 2016; Duration of competition: May 13 - 15, 2016

Who? Faculty Advisors: Professor Singler, Professor Yong; Team Members (left to right): Brandon Pereyra, Joseph Karp, Parker Beckett, Allen He, and Kai Sen Lathrop.

Details About the Experience
  • Goals were to design, create, and test an efficient, sustainable, and practical human-powered vehicle, and to compete in the 2016 ASME HPVC.
  • Binghamton University's first attempt for a few years to compete in the ASME HPVC.
  • Research performed by venturing out to vehicle builders around New York State to seek out design and build expertise and advice.
  • Designed and tested the entire vehicle by December 2015 using Creo Parametric 3.0, and creating an adjustable ergonomic prototype to pinpoint the best dimensions for our vehicle.
  • Constructed a jig to hold up our parts to allow for easier welding and alignment. Performed our own cuts, notches, and welds for all of the steel tubes and parts together.
  • Designed and built a fairing that improved aerodynamic efficiency for our vehicle.
  • Project Documents:

    For more details on the project feel free to refer to our project report right here, or the project Powerpoint right here.

    CAD Model of our Vehicle

    Prototype of Vehicle

    Metro-North Railroad Internship

    What? Procurement & Material Management Intern; Vendor Performance Group Specialist

    Where? Metro-North Railroad HQ @ Graybar - 420 Lexington Ave. Fl. 12

    When? Summer 2015, Winter 2015-16

    Who? Manager: John Look, VP of Shortage Control & Analysis

    Details About Experience
  • Evaluated the quality of products and services of MNR’s vendors; engaged in discussions with vendors’ senior members to devise appropriate corrective action plans.
  • Worked with the Maintenance of Way department ensuring all expedited requests for materials and parts were in executed properly.
  • Created Excel databases, Access forms, reports and queries, and system flow charts for the P&MM’s Vice Presidents, and the company’s locomotive engineers
  • Executed the company's first automated vendor performance review.
  • Flow charted the buyer, planning, disposition, and performance review procedures of the company.
  • Recreated the Shortage Control/Vendor Performance Group's Procedural Report.
  • Built queries, forms, and reports, on both Microsoft Access and Metro-North's own software "PeopleSoft."
  • Performed system-wide data and fleet clean-up.
  • Vendor Performance Group's Process Flow Chart

    Metro-North Railroad Suicide Prevention Campaign

    What? Group Intern Capstone Project Competition

    Where? Metro-North Railroad HQ @ Graybar - 420 Lexington Ave. Fl. 12

    When? Summer 2015

    Who? Mentor: Tyler Wolf, Security; The group (Left to right, bottom to top): Allen Thomas, May Lim, Christina Ramos, Addie Jackson, Raymond, Jamaal C. Glanton, Briahna Batchelor, Tyler Wolf, Allen He, Michael D. Cumming

    Purpose of Project

    The purpose the project was to have several interns from departments and offices all over Metro-North collaborate to and come up with an effective and feasible method of improving the performance of the company.

    Achievement(s)

    Our project claimed first place amongst all intern groups!

    Our Idea

    Our group, after noticing that Metro-North Railroad was one of the few railroad companies in the Northeast without a suicide prevention campaign, decided to come up with a method to increase the awareness and prevention of railroad suicides on Metro-North territory.

    What We Did
  • Researched data on railroad suicide statistics, collected information from Metro-North staff regarding the subject, and reached out to many VP's to review or material.
  • Generated a process for intervention should any of Metro-North's staff experience such a situation.
  • Designed and put together a poster that we felt was able to maximize both effectiveness and simplicity.
  • Gathered information on the impacts suicide prevention campaigns have had on other railroad companies.
  • Analyzed the costs and practicality of alternative campaign ideas.
  • Michael D. Cumming, Jamaal Glanton, and I filmed and edited a short video advertisement with our sign in action.
  • Winning Certificate

    The Poster Design

    The Campaign Video

    My Personal Website - "www.AHitsAllenHe.com"

    What? After deciding to start studying HTML and CSS, I decided to test my knowledge and creativity by creating my very own website and portfolio.

    Where Began learning through Codeacademy and Jon Duckett's book "HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites." I use the application Coda to organize my work.

    When? May 2015 - present.

    Who? Me!

    Purpose of Project

    The main purpose this project was to create a website that would be able to act as both a promotion for myself as a magician, and a portfolio of all of the academic and professional experiences I have had. Also, I thought that this would be a great way to practice photoshop, photography, and designing.

    What I've Done
  • Designed and prepared my own logo.
  • Designed and created the cover page, and photographed and edited many of the pictures. (All other pictures were obtained from Pixabay.)
  • Utilized Twitter's Bootstrap framework to create more simplistic and interactive layouts.
  • Formatted all content to be easily and comfortably viewed on a phone and tablet screens.
  • All code was written by myself, with help from the extremely useful Stack Overflow website.
  • Jon Duckett's book.

    Junior Design Project - Chair-Table

    What? A semester long project where mechanical engineering juniors must come up with an original practical idea (or an improvement of an existing one), and fully design, model, and analyze it using Creo Parametric 2.0.

    Where? Binghamton University, ME 392 - Mechanical Engineering Design.

    When? January 2015 - May 2015.

    Who? Assignment provided by Professor Roy McGrann.

    Purpose of Project

    This project was designed to test the creativity of the ME students, their Computer-Aided Designing and Engineering skills, and their ability to utilize engineering judgement to make better designing decisions.

    My Idea

    My idea was to create a piece of furniture that could serve two different functions separately when either one of the two was desired. The idea stemmed from the increasing attention social media gave to space saving furniture. With more people living in small spaces, the desire for comfortable living with limited space was rising.

    What I came up with was a utility furniture that could act as a chair, a small table, and even a large table. As a chair it was designed to be ergonomically comfortable for, and study enough to support, the 95th percentile person. The back of the chair was designed so it could be lifted up, and pivot over on the armrests to form a small table. This small table fixed a lot of the issues a lot of other similar designs has had, which was a lack of height. By having the tabletop sit on the armrests the table's height was 29 inches, compared to the average table of 30 inches. I decided to also include an extendable feature to allow the consumer to increase the tabletop's surface area from 720 to 1224 square inches. Each part's material was chosen carefully to ensure the design would be both highly stable, and economically efficient.

    What I've Done
  • Held countless brainstorming sessions with other engineers to help one another come up with ideas, and/or improve each other's existing ideas.
  • With Creo Parametric 2.0, I designed 59 different parts and assemblies, and created detailed engineering drawings for every one of them.
  • Also with Creo Parametric 2.0, I performed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on every part and assembly to ensure no safety factors were below 1.2.
  • Researched on the the ergonomic dimensions of chairs and tables, and best fit my design to the values to ensure comfort.
  • Performed extensive research on material properties, sources, and prices to best evaluate which materials would be the most idea for each individual part.
  • Compiled a 14 page report (ignoring the 45 pages of appendices which included detailed and assembly drawings, Finite Element Analysis convergence graphs, validations of work, and references.)
  • A Detailed Assembly Drawing

    A Detailed Part Drawing of a Table Leg

    Sample FEA on a Assembly

    Summer Research Internship Program at Cooper Union - "RoboRoach"

    What? A 12 week group research program that I was fortunate enough to be a part of at Cooper Union.

    Where? The Cooper Union.

    When? Summer 2011.

    Who? Mentor: Professor Uglesich, Physics; The Group: Flora Tan, Bobby Zhou, Dumitchel Harley, and myself.

    Purpose of "RoboRoach"

    This study was performed to explore principles regarding the micro-stimulation of neurons, neurotic stimulation frequencies, circuit design, and basic neurophysiology. The objective of this study was to modify and improve the original design of the RoboRoach kit provided by Backyard Brains, to find a more efficient way to provide movement signals to a cockroach without the cockroach feeling pain or habituating to our input. We also hoped that this research would inspire others to further push the boundaries of neuroprostheses for human beings and other animals.

    General Research Information

    The roaches we used were live Giganteus Blaberus roaches, from ___. We built them a comfortable home, and made sure they were warm, well fed, and well hydrated. Every person in the group was extremely friendly with the roaches, and did everything we could to stay morally just. General surgical procedures were required, but they were performed under a microscope, and we made sure the roaches were [under anesthesia during the procedure so they would feel the least amount of pain. Also, all signals sent to the roaches were low enough to not inflict any pain onto the animals.

    A Giaganteus Blaberus roach on my hand. (Metro NY)

    Initially when we first played with the original RoboRoach kit, we found that there were several flaws. It was too heavy and large for the cockroach to be moving comfortably, they were connected to a cut-off antennae, which obtained input via physical feel, and the roaches were able to habituate to the signals sent after only a matter of minutes. To address the first issue about the weight, we decided to remove some components of the circuit board, and modified to keep all of its functionalities with a fraction of the weight. Regarding the second issue, we decided to use the cerci located at the back of the roaches instead. This area was more sensitive, less obstructive, and less invasive compared to using the antennae. Also, by moving the area of input to the cerci, the roaches became a lot more responsive to our signals. With the third flaw, we put a lot of thought into methods of creating signals that would be difficult for a species to habituate to. We attempted using steps, an Arduino board to create unique patterns, and even music. We ran several tests using different set-ups to see what would be the most efficient set-up.

    Concluding Words

    The research turned out to be a great success. After presenting our research findings and ideas to the rest of the Cooper Union faculty, we attracted a lot of media attention from many news publishers including the New York Times, NY Metro, and many more. We hoped that with our research we can inspire other education facilities to use a similar experiment to educate students about neurophysiology, and other researchers to develop newer technology for neuroprosthetics.

    In fact, one group has already taken our research and took it to the next level by combining it with an App. They stated on their website, "The RoboRoach has already led to a scientific discovery... This could have implications for the future design of "brain pacemakers" that are being tested for problems ranging from Parkinson's to OCD to eating disorders." Feel free to check out their work here. If you have any more questions regarding the research, check out our website, feel free to reach out to me and I would do my best to answer.

    Me working with a roach for a demonstration for the New York Times.

    Things We Worked On
  • Microsurgical operations on live cockroaches, while making sure the cockroaches were anesthetized.
  • Coded an Arduino circuit board to create varying signal patterns.
  • Modified the RoboRoach circuit board to make it more efficient.
  • Prepared a presentation on our research studies.
  • Put together a research report with all of our procedures, data, analyses, etc.
  • Put together a website for others to look into our research. Feel free to check it out here.
  • Links to media publications

    The New York Times

    NY Daily News

    Metro New York

    CBS Local

    Cooper Union

    Buzz 60

    Photo of the Metro New York newspaper's photo of me with a roach on my shoulder.

    Computer Aided-Engineering - Landing Gear

    What? The final project for my Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) course, where I had to use Creo Parametric 2.0 to model, analyze, and redesign a landing gear.

    Where? Binghamton University, ME 381 - CAE.

    When? August 2014 - December 2014.

    Who? Assignment provided by Professor Ryan Willing.

    Purpose of Project

    This project was designed to introduce the students to Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and encourage them to use sound engineering judgment to redesign an existing landing gear to be safe and material efficient.

    What I Worked On
  • Modeled the original design on Creo Parametric 2.0, and performed FEA on all of the pins.
  • Tested the design using both a kinetic motion analysis (the motion of the wheel being retracted and extended from the plane), and a static force (experienced from the wheel resting on the ground).
  • After analyzing the design, I made modified the design by making the entire design symmetrical to a plane to evenly distribute the stress on the pins.
  • Adjusted pin designs to keep the factor of safety above 1.2 for both tests.
  • Compiled a 10 page report (ignoring the 38 pages of appendices which included detailed and assembly drawings, Finite Element Analysis convergence graphs, validations of work, and references.)
  • Modified symmetrical design

    Original design we had to work with

    "In The Making," Click@MoMA

    What? An art program geared towards inspiring students to engage their creativity and build anthropomorphic and interactive art work.

    Where? Museum of Modern Art.

    When? Summer 2013.

    Who? Mentor/Artist: Kacie Kinzer; Apprentice Educator: Sofy Yuditskaya.

    (Kacie Kinzer has been a great impact to my life even though we only worked together for one summer. She was a fantastic instructor, and an overall amazing mentor and friend. I learned more from her than I did in many of my classes as a high school student. I highly recommend that you check out her work and her website here!!)

    What I Learned
  • How to utilize an Arduino board, C++ code, and solar panels to create interactive artwork.
  • Methods of handling textiles, painting, soldering, sculpting, and assembling structures.
  • How to work independently, and collaborate with others to create art.
  • How to help others find art and wonder in some of their daily activities.
  • How to find inspiration from other artists, artworks, and day-to-day life interactions.
  • How to make art anthropomorphic, interesting, and enjoyable to passersby.
  • My Work

    "The Polite Beggar, Steve Edgar."

    Steve Edgar is a 34 year-old man with cotton as body tissue, and a mustache cut from a sheet of fabric. He lost his most recent job at a restaurant by giving a homeless guest too much free food. As a result, Steve Edgar became homeless himself and now sets camp on a bench between 30th Street and Lexington Avenue with a cup half his size, and a sign that reads "Spare some change?" When coins are placed into Mr. Edgar's gargantuan cup his sign automatically does a 180 degrees turn and then reads "THANK YOU! :]"

    "The Owl That Hated Sunlight"

    The first thing I created was an owl made out of blue foam, a luscious coat of fake fur, googly eyes, a solar panel, and a circuit board. The head of the owl was attached to a rotary motor, held up by the body. On the back of the owl was the solar panel, which was connected to the motor. As a result, when the right amount of light is directed towards the panel the owl's head would spin out of control. To keep the owl safe, a hand must be placed over the solar panel... or remove it from the source of light!

    "Eye Cannot Believe My I's"

    My final project was a collaboration with two other students. We wanted to create something that was slightly out of the ordinary, but also fun to interact with. It is essentially a large board with an Arduino built into it, with two large plastic painted shells with a photosensor attached to each. The shells are representative of eyes, and the board is painted to house the veins and blood that runs behind the eyes. When a photosensor receives above a certain amount of light the corresponding eye will begin to spin. To keep the eyes from going crazy, and weirding out whoever is looking straight into them, the light to the eyes must be blocked off to allow them to rest and regain focus.

    Camp Counselor / STEM Ambassador @ The 92Y Camps

    Excerpt from 92Y Camps' Facebook Page - "Counselor of the Week: Allen He"

    "Another wonderful counselor from Unit 1...Allen He! This is Allen's first summer at Camp Yomi and his first time winning COW. Since he is a magician in his free time, it is no surprise that Allen makes magic happen for his campers every day. Allen says, 'I am so surprised and happy to win Counselor of the Week! It is sos important to push yourself and give the kids the best experience possible.' Unit supervisor Frankie says Allen is always around to help whenever it is needed and he is always stepping up to the plate. As a rising junior at Binghamton, it will be hard for Allen to leave camp at the end of the summer because, in his words, "The best part is watching the kids smile."

    What? A summer spent with three other counselors entertaining, educating, and ensuring safety for a group five-six year-old children.

    Where? Camp Yomi, The 92Y Camps

    When? Summer 2014

    Who? Alan Saltz, Camp Director; Frankie Muraca, Unit Supervisor; The Feisty Fish Group Counselors: Rejene Alima, Sophie Bryant, Rose Qing, Will Pollock, and myself.

    Achievement

    Given the title "Counselor Of The Week" on my second week at camp.

    What I Did
  • Coordinated entertaining activities while ensuring every child was participating and having fun and learning.
  • Formulated fun and engaging methods of teaching the STEM concepts to the children.
  • Worked with the other counselors to create an entertaining, captivating and educational environment at all times for the children.
  • Kept spirits and energy levels high at all times to keep the children energetic, motivated, and excited for camp.
  • Managed all the allergy, health, and safety concerns for all the children by maintaining spreadsheets and managing daily precautions.
  • Addressed the children as if they were friends, while also making sure they are aware of why I need make sure they follow the rules.
  • Volunteer for New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    What? Volunteered for four seasons working with Fashion Week's PR and designer teams.

    Where? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Lincoln Center.

    When? Fall 2013 - Fall 2015.

    Who? NYFW's Volunteer Manager, Kate Simpson.

    My Motivation for Being A Volunteer

    Growing up in New York City, I easily became someone who was fascinated by fashion. I always enjoyed its trends and patterns, and was amazed by how it affects daily human interactions all over the world. I decided to volunteer for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to have an more inner look at the life of those who make a living through fashion, and to seek inspiration from their work.

    What I Did
  • Prepared stages, catwalks, and even seats in between shows, making sure every show was set exactly to how the designers wanted them to be, and quickly enough to keep the shows moving.
  • Prepared back-stage venues to ensure it was both presentable and easy to use.
  • Managed the crowds that entered and exited the venues to ensure satisfaction, safety, and venue rules.
  • Worked with designer PR teams to create the most efficient and creative ways of setting up their venues.
  • Aided with model item preparation, by making sure all necessities were always where they needed to be.
  • Coordinator for New York Chinese School Patrol

    Representing the school in a parade.

    A photo of one of the teams I worked with. I am on first row, pink tie.

    What? NYCSP is a non-profit organization dedicated towards training and teaching other adolescents leadership and communication skills, while also enforcing safety and regulations for the New York Chinese School.

    Where? New York Chinese School, 62 Mott Street.

    When? Fall 2007 - Spring 2013.

    Who? Worked under several staff and faculty members, along with being in charge of overseeing and supervising two teams of patrolmen.

    (Left)Representing the school for a local parade. (Right)Volunteered to be a part of a dragon dance for a Lunar New Year's celebration parade.

    More About NYCSP

    I have been a part of this program for a little over five years and it has had an enormous impact in shaping who I am today. Over the course of the school year I would attend the School for weekend classes, and volunteer for the Patrol program before, in between, and after classes. I initially joined the program at the entry level, a patrolman. The main tasks for patrolmen were to be front-line members of maintaining school regulations and safety for the school, and provide a helping hand to all parents and faculty. The members of the program play a huge part of representing the school, so professionalism was a necessity from everyone. of I managed to quickly move up the hierarchy as many of those working above me save a lot of potential in my work, and were eager to train me for more tasks. As I moved up, I gained a lot more social confidence, and began to hone my skills in leadership, communication, and management.

    My Responsibilities as a Coordinator

    As the coordinator of the program I had many responsibilities and duties, but my main task was to make sure everything goes well for the entire Saturday. Saturday had a morning and evening session, each session with their own team of patrolmen, and team leaders. I had to make sure each session's volunteers had the day planned out, and everybody was performing well. I would supervisor the team leaders and aid them in their daily processes, and be there for any of the other patrolmen for any help. My other responsibilities included managing the students, maintaining the budget, running fire drills, and organizing and executing events for both the school and the program.

    Awarded

    "Outstanding Community Service - 2007"

    "Best Performance - 2009"

    Object Avoidance Robot

    What? My freshman engineering design project.

    Where? Binghamton University, the Watson School of Engineering.

    When? Fall semester, freshman year, 2012.

    Who? My team: Kyle Chafetz, Alex Marcus, Sean Mooney, and myself.

    The Project

    This project focused on allowing the students to learn engineering principles and project management through hands-on work. Students were placed into teams of four and were given a project that involved different interdisciplinary skills. Basic project management tips were taught, such as building Gantt Charts, maintaining a budget, and holding our own meetings. Engineering principals varied by project, but most of them involved using Arduino and C++, solder, and various additional DIY project materials like motors, LEDS, etc. At the end of the semester all projects were brought together in the Freshman Engineering Exposition, and a winning group for each project was chosen.

    Our Robot

    Our project involved creating an Object Avoidance Robot. It was programmed to detect objects within its path, and choose the direction to turn to with the most about of clearance. It was built and put together using workshop tools, household items, and solder. The sensor used to detect objects was a Ultrasonic Distance Sensor, and standard full rotational servo motors were used for the robot's movements. Our project ended up winning first place in terms of design, functionality, and presentation, at the Freshman Engineering Exposition.

    Me soldering wires onto the sensor.

    The basic set-up of the wires.

    My team working on the project.

      Our General Process
    1. Created a Gantt Chart to make sure we had a working schedule in mind.
    2. Designed and created blueprints for a working and easy to follow building procedure.
    3. Purchased all of the items required for the project (i.e. Arduino board, breadboard, wires, solder, PVC, flat wood, sensor, motors, and random items for robot's body).
    4. Coded and set up the Arduino, making sure all functions required for our project were present, as well as adding our own ideas and twists for both aesthetic and performance purposes.
    5. Used workshop tools to modify our items to match our blueprint design.
    6. Housed the Arduino, breadboard, and wires inside our robot.
    7. Produced a project board with all of the details on our robot and process.
    8. Presented our project, and board at the Freshman Engineering Exposition.