About Me

"What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand." - Xun Zi

My name is Andrew Birkel and I am an experimental physicist who enjoys figuring out how things work, repairing/refurbishing the old, and building the new.

I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a B.S. in Applied Physics with a concentration in Electronic and Optoelectronics. My scientific background is in both semiconductor physics and experimental plasma physics with a focus on instrumentation for ICF experiments. You can find more about the research I worked on Here

I currently work at MIT in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and have been proudly working at MIT since 2012. A rarity in this day and age, but I find you can't put a price on the community you live and work in. And there is no place quite like MIT!

Highlighted Projects

A selection of my favorite projects, more can be found on the project list page.

Cruzin' In Style: An Electric Trike

In MITERS we have a tradition of building electric vehicles and riding them around campus/cambridge for fun. This projects goal was to create a comfortable, peppy, and robust electric trike while also limiting its top speed for safety.

Look Like a Pro, Be Like A Pro: A Custom Caliper Case

A simple project of creating a CAD model of a Swedish fish. This is more of a silly than practical project, but was generated because of the excitement I got when someone in MITERS mentioned McMaster had Swedish fish drawings.

Louis of The Creek: A Custom Short-Staff for Christmas

This projects objective is to create a short-staff based off of the staff of the main character from the popular cartoonCraig of the Creek. This staff was a present for my roommate who loves the show and has gotten me into the show. The staff created will be from scratch.