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Engineering Quality Assurance Pistol Whipper. Making sure broken stuff gets fixed and getting documentation updated and monitoring the products' GitHub repositories.

Spoken Languages

English, Italian


University of Colorado at Boulder - Applied Mathematics and Italian Colorado State University - Biomedical Engineering Penn State University - Applied Statistics


Biomechanics and medical applications of electronics. Traveling. Snowboarding. Fun blinky things. And of course, sparklers!

Enginursday: The Hormes Robot Platform

For those of you who have been living under a rock and weren’t aware, we really love robots around here. Flying robots, cute robots, ingeniously engineered robots and generally chill robots are always guaranteed to catch our eye. With this year’s AVC quickly approaching (and with it…

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Enginursday: Key-chain Hardware Comparison

Ah, yet another Thursday has come upon us. It’s almost nostalgic at this point. Nostalgic like the awkward stories parents tell about your youth while visiting for family gatherings. I lived through my own version of this recently, and while hiding in the basement I came across some old,…

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Enginursday: The RedBot/MathWorks Collaboration

As Jim mentioned on the last Enginursday, visually programming is a great way to get started with Arduino and other platforms, especially if you are relatively new to coding. We have been working with the awesome folks over at MathWorks on implementing visual programming for the RedBot, to…

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Enginursday - Open Source Documentation Tools

My current job here at SparkFun includes organizing documentation for our products, as well as determining what parts need to be examined for possible revisions and acting as a liaison between customer feedback and the engineering team. When I first started this job a few months ago, we didn’t…

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Engineer Thursday - Bring on the Lasers!

First off, a quick plug - we’re proud to be one of the sponsors an awesome new artist-in-residency program by our friends at Public Knowledge/Eyebeam! The idea of the program is to find artists, engineers, designers, curators, and creative technologists who will use some of the technology that…

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Tech Support RoboJoust

Robot Wars! If you hear those words and are in touch with your inner geek, you likely think of things like an epic battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, or if you are more old school, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. While both of the aforementioned items are awesome, your friendly…

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Uh-Oh Battery Level Indicator Hookup Guide

April 9th, 2014

Learn how to assemble and use the Uh-Oh Battery Level Indicator Kit.

Programming FPGAs: Papilio Pro

March 28th, 2014

Learn the basics for writing HDL and programming the Papillio Pro.

OBD II Uart Hookup Guide

March 4th, 2014

How to start working with the OBD-II Uart board.

Copernicus II Hookup Guide

December 18th, 2013

A guide for how to get started with the Copernicus II GPS module.

MPR121 Hookup Guide

December 18th, 2013

How to get started using the MPR121 for capacitive touch sensing with your Arduino.

PCA9306 Level Translator Hookup Guide

October 31st, 2013

A quick primer to get you going with the PCA9306 Logic Level Converter.

Tilt-a-Whirl Hookup Guide

October 2nd, 2013

A simple hook up guide to get started with the Tilt-a-Whirl sensor.

Accelerometer Basics

March 28th, 2013

A quick introduction to accelerometers, how they work, and why they're used.
  • Product KIT-11561 | about 2 days ago

    Good catch! The author moved everything to GitHub, and we’ve fixed the link above. Sorry about that :)

  • Product DEV-12750 | about 5 days ago

    good catch! Thanks!

  • Tutorial - Sunny Buddy Solar Charger Hookup Guide | about 5 days ago

    I think they are finishing up the last few bits of editing on the Wunderground tutorial, which should be live either by the end of today or beginning of next week. Sorry to keep you waiting!

  • Product ROB-11876 | about 6 days ago

    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your set up! I recommend contacting techsupport@sparkfun and walking through your set up with them. Because the motors you were using are unipolar, it’ll be important to ensure you have everything hooked up properly. They’ll be able to help you out with all of that better than we can in the comments.

  • News - Enginursday: The Hormes R… | about 6 days ago

    While I don’t necessarily disagree with you, ‘robot’ has many different meanings to different folks. That’s why for our AVC competition they are specified to be ‘autonomous’.

  • News - Reminder: SparkFun Live -… | last week

    The sticker was! The lunchbox was just purchased online and painted red.

  • Product COM-11222 | last week

    I believe these blink at the same time. I am not aware of anyone attempting to hack these to alternate, but if you are successful in doing it, please let us know!

  • News - Reminder: SparkFun Live -… | last week

    We use GitHub to keep up-to-date versions of our schematics where anyone can access them. It helps because there’s a built in search function on GitHub. Many of our engineers also use DropBox to sync up between their work machines and home computers.

    However, keep a large number of schematics from becoming a mess is a never ending battle we fight here :/

  • Product COM-09590 | last week

    These are the LEDs we use in our Inventor’s Kit with the Arduino Uno and the Redboard. We do run these off of a 5V line, but always with current limiting resistors in circuit. You shouldn’t have any issue with that.

  • News - Engineering Roundtable - … | about 2 weeks ago

    We also order the adhesive vinyl for in-house from Amazon. You can get every color and sizing you might want.

Name Pieces Total
Random Pick-up Line Generator
Parts list to make the Random Pick-Up Line Generator fro…
13 76.95
Camera slide
3 22.97
Guitar Hack
18 135.3
AVC Retail
13 247.45
OBD II Uart Hook Up
6 105.25
Open Hardware Summit
20 924