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

[email protected] 

Favorite Projects

[05.2019]Look like a Pro, Be like a Pro: Custom Caliper Case
[05.2019]Look like a Pro, Be like a Pro: Custom Caliper Case
[Description]: Every professional has a high quality item related to their field of study or work. This item both holds significance to themselves but also...
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[01.05.19]Louis of the Creek: Custom Short-staff for Christmas present
[01.05.19]Louis of the Creek: Custom Short-staff for Christmas present
[Description]: This projects objective is to create a short-staff based off of the staff of the main character from the popular cartoon Craig of the Creek....
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[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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[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 …

[5.13.15] Xeon Phi Forced Air Cooler

[Description]: To create a durable force air system for two Intel Xeon Phi’s, to help keep them from overheating. [Xeon Phi Info link] [Processes Applied]: Laser Cutter Circuitry  [Summary]: This was a straightforward project in which I used laser cuttable wooden board to create a mounting structure in which to …

[5.5.15]Bike Power Grid (With Upgrades!)

[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 …

[8.28.14] Precision Identical Cuboids – Junior Lab

[Description]: This project was aimed at creating multiple cuboids of roughly identical size.  [Processes Applied]: Milling Fly Cutting Polishing Wood-Working Staining Sealing (Polyurethane)  [Summary]: In science one of the most important issues you will face in experimentation is systematic error. These errors generally come from the measuring instrument or the …

[8.2.14] Variable Temperature Box

[Description]: This project was aimed at creating a testing apparatus that allows you to vary the temperature between (Below Freezing) to ~100F.  [Processes Applied]: Milling Tapping Temperature Sensors PID Control  [Summary]: The reason for this project is to create a box which can cycle between 30F (or lower) and 100F so …