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

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Favorite Projects

[02.2020]Cruzin’ in style: An Electric Trike
[02.2020]Cruzin’ in style: An Electric Trike
[Description]: 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...
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[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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[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 and sturdy chaos pendulum for the RPI Society of Physics Students. [Processes Applied]: -Drill Press -Tap -Horizontal Band Saw -Belt Sander [Summary]: This project was …

[Summer ’10] Half-life Crowbar Mounting

[Description]: This is a simple week long project where I created a wooden mount for a crowbar, which I painted to resemble a crowbar from a popular science fiction game (Half-Life). [Processes Applied]: Wood Working Spray Painting Polyurethane [Summary]: This project started with the desire to practice some basic woodworking …

[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 used in a machine shop or laboratory. Welding techniques and tool making are also considered.” <Taken from RPI Course Catalog> I am a Teaching Assistant …