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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[3.1.16] MITERS Door

[Description]: The project was aimed to create a reliable system in which MIT students could find-out if the MIT Electronic Society (MITERS) was currently open. MITERS is a Student Operated club for Students, with the occasional MIT Community members (Staff, Faculty, Alumni).  [Processes Applied]: Twitter API RaspberryPi Python [Github Repository] Temp …

[8.21.15] Gear Reducer Refurb.

[Description]: To clean out an older thrown out gear reducer, replace the gaskets and fill with new oil.  [Processes Applied]: Gasket Replacement [Summary]: The main purpose of this project was to asset the integrity of the worm-gear drive in the gear reducer and then replace the components required to get …

[5.5.15]Bike Power Grid

[Description]: The project is aimed to replace my current battery powered lights for my bike with a dedicated power system with more capacity and durability.  [Processes Applied]: Lithium Battery Soldering Lithium Battery Balancing Soda-Bottle Armoring Circuitry soldering basic design 3D printing Machining Lathe [Summary]: The Battery: The first major consideration …