Dan90212

Member Since: November 13, 2009

Country: United States

Profile

Bio

Born and Raised in Michigan with a passion for anything that goes fast. First started purchasing from Sparkfun when i decided i wanted to know what the spring constant and acceleration profiles of the slides on my firearms were. Accomplished this with the 250G single axis accelerometer and a Labview VI. From there I decided my cat needed to be autonomously fed so not to disturb my sleep at 6 AM. an arduino/LCD/Servo accomplishes this nicely. Since my senior design project i have been interested in GPS tracking and have since developed a system for my dirtbike. I also like RFID, however, since i was privileged enough to use a SKYTECH M9 915Mhz module on my senior design project (range 6-10 ft) the ones you guys sell seem a little weak. I continue to buy random things as i get free time for my never ending projects. To get a little more personal; Im a recent graduate of CMU and am currently finishing my MBA there. I Hope to join the professional workforce this summer to start the long process of obtaining my PE. From there who knows….i would like to settle down have a family and run my own consulting company….that is unless Sparkfun need another business savvy Mechanical Engineer on staff :)

Role

CAD/GIS Programmer

Organizations

N/A

Spoken Languages

English…..I wish i new more but i don’t think I have the drive or mental capacity to learn a second at this point in my life.

Programming Languages

C, C++, JAVA, PHP, HTML, KAREL, PEARL, and UNIX SHELL.

Associations

ASME

Universities

Central Michigan University B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA

Expertise

Generally…Dynamics, kinematics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Vibration, Machine Design and Business Administration. However, I’m really not an expert…..is anyone? I’m also pretty dam good at building stroker Small block race engines for mud trucks.

Interests

Anything and Everything…..Mainly a weird variety of dirtbikes, cars, trucks, guns, computers, super mario, hunting, fishing, water skiing, Counter Strike, snowboarding, programming, embedded systems, hacking, Quake, building stuff, destroying stuff and blowing up stuff….you know the typical Michigan boy stuff. O yeah and Sticking it to the Man!

Websites

Too lame to post….Maybe in the Future I let you folks have a look

Publications

“A Semi-Autonomous Navigational Aid for the Visually Impaired” Published at the ASEE 2010 Conference at the University of Pittsburgh and in the January 2010 RFID journal

  • News - Project Tacit | about 3 years ago

    First i would Like to say that the Featured Project is a great idea and that more research needs to be done in this field. The “smart Cane” project posted by #bdwyer is near identical in functionality to the featured project with exception to RFID and user outputs. Both are great attempts at increasing the mobility of visually impaired people. I also like the “D.O.G.” system linked below. Here is my teams revision of the 2009 “Smart Cane” called the “Smart Robot"
    PDF Warning
    Our systems primary focus is on navigating a user to and from dorms on campus to classes and the library. We found during our research that too much sensor error occurred while walking with with sensors mounted to the user. That is why we developed a robotic platform for our device. anyways…glad to see continued research and development in this field. keep up the good work!!
    P.S.
    "FIRE UP CHIPS”

  • News - Valentine's Day For Geeks | about 3 years ago

    Its Cruel getting dumped on v day (always wondered why woman due this its like they wait for a day like this or your birthday to dump you even though they have wanted to for a while…but anyways i digress)……..in retrospect
    at least you now know for next year:
    Happy Girlfriend < $0-$100 Freeday Goodness
    (that is unless you have more than $0-$100 dollars worth of Sparkfun stuff at her house!)

  • Product TOL-10326 | about 3 years ago

    “Imagine if Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked a cloned Chuck Norris, what would happen?"
    Is anyone else thinking that this would cause a rip in the space-time continuum???
    @applekid im sure it will be ok as long as you dont mind creme brulee with a little burnt plastic after taste
    @blackrifle im with you….nice looking product but im a little skeptical on quality v.s. price

  • News - Happy Free Day | about 3 years ago

    OMG…..OMG……….OMG!!!!

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