Andrew Birkel

Andrew Birkel

Building things, Learning New skills, Having fun doing it!
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About Me

(Photo Credit - Deanne Fitzmaurice)

My Name is Andrew Birkel,

I am currently a Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Plasma Science Fusion Center.

I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Applied Physics with a concentration in Electronics and Optoelectronics.

I enjoy hiking, electronics, machining, tinkering, sailing, camping, and taking things apart to understand how they work.

 

Andrew Birkel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Research Specialist - (PSFC-HEDP)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - B.S. Applied Physics

ABirkel@MIT.edu 

Favorite Projects

[Fall ’12] The Hopper: A Personal City Transportation Vehicle
[Fall ’12] The Hopper: A Personal City Transportation Vehicle
[Description]: A personal city transportation vehicle, A.K.A. The Hopper. This vehicle aims at being a versatile scooter that can ride both on un-kept roads, and in-doors. The...
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[Jan ’12]Chaos Pendulum: Double Pendulum
[Jan ’12]Chaos Pendulum: Double Pendulum
[Description]: This Project outlines the simple construction of a fascinating dynamical system; a double pendulum or Chaos Pendulum. This project aims at creating a simple, cost effective...
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[ENGR-1300] Engineering Processes
[ENGR-1300] Engineering Processes
[Description]: "The use of basic machine tools such as lathes, mills, drill presses, band saws, and grinders, including micrometers, vernier calipers, and various other devices...
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[1-21-17] Book Side Table & Book Shelf

[Description]: Making decent modular shelves and side tables using cheap home depot boards, threaded rod, washers, and nuts.  [Processes Applied]: Wood Working Horizontal Bandsaw  Or hacksaw 3D printing Tap and Die Re-threading using a die Tapping 3D printed components [Summary]: The goal of this project was to create shelving that …

[11-30-16] Chinese Induction Heater

[Description]: Creating a experimental setup designed around a Chinese induction heater which allows for the insertion of alumina crucibles.  [Processes Applied]: Solidworks (CAD) Laser Cutting Soldering [Summary]: For an experiment I needed a setup that allowed me to slowly slide an aluminum crucible through the center of the coil of …

[10.10.16] Wax Heater

[Description]: To create a better way to melt enough wax to create a wax seal with my custom bronze seal.  [Processes Applied]: Machining Electronics Re-purposing Wood Working [Summary]: The aim of this project is to create a method to melt enough wax to create a wax seal quickly and with …

[9.15.16] Reeve Doorbell

[Description]: A friend is moving into a new space where he setup a few machines, and every shop space needs a door bell. So I decided to refurbish a working xylophone door bell, with a bit of customization.  [Processes Applied]: Waterjet Laser Cutter [Summary]: This project took more patience than …