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Class Notes: MAE

Degree Year
  • 2009

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Michael Psiaki

Degree(s):

  • BS

Mike Psiaki, B.Sc. 2009, a LEGO® designer since Aug. 2012

Designs a replica of the iconic Ferrari F40, with sleek aerodynamic lines, vented, hinged rear hatch, opening doors and detailed interior.  Now you can build your very own Ferrari F40!  Get up close to one of the world’s greatest supercars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl-TKIp-A8k

LEGO® Creator - Build your very own Ferrari F40! - YouTube

UPDATE:  Mike Psiaki, Senior Designer, the LEGO Group. On Air: March 29, 2016 How do you design toy sets like Lego's Ferrari F40?  http://www.innonavi.com/mike-psiaki/

Degree Year
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2010

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Michael Schmidt

Degree(s):

  • BS
  • MEng
  • PhD

There aren't enough data scientists to go around-unless you automate them.  http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2014/entrepreneur/michael-schmidt/

Degree Year
  • 2007

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Tuhin Sahai

Degree(s):

  • BS
  • MS
  • PhD

Alumni Tuhin Sahai was awarded the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) grant by the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.

The research will be conducted by Tuhin Sahai, a UTRC (United Technologies Research Center) staff research scientist located at the company's offices in East Hartford, under contract with the University of California at Davis.

Sahai, who joined UTRC in 2007, holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University, along with a masters and bachelors in Technology in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.

Degree Year
  • 2011

Joshua Velson

Degree(s):

  • MEng

Joshua Velson (MEng '11) of Nexant Consulting is featured in Conference Daily published by HYDROCARBON PROCESSING® March 2014. The article titled, "Coal re-emerges as a primary petrochemical feedstock," begins as follows: 

Coal was, historically, a critical resource in the infantry of the organic chemical industry. Among many other applications, coal tar provided aromatics, and coal syngas was used for ammonia and methanol production. The invention of the electric-arc furnace allowed coal-based calcium carbide to unleash a wealth of early acetylene-based production of butadiene, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, and acetaldehyde.

To read the full article visit:
http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/about/IPC2014_Day1.pdf

Degree Year
  • 2009

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Michael Psiaki

Degree(s):

  • BS

Mike has been working at Lego in Billund Denmark since Aug. 2012 as a designer -- one of 120 or so people who dream up and design the kits that, Lego hopes, millions of kids around the world will want to buy, or want their parents to buy for them.  Or maybe some of the parents will want the kits for themselves?  Designing for Lego is fun, and he hates to have to go home at the end of the work day, but it is not all fun and games.  What if the company should ship millions of kits that are missing a critical piece?  Ouch!  The designer is responsible for ensuring that this not happen.  Or what if millions of perfectly good kits should go unsold because Matel is selling a cooler shark or beach house?

check it out:
http://creator.lego.com/en-us/Designers/BuildingTips/Creatures_482585.aspx