design, fabrication, experimentation


rapid hardware, software & design fabrication

From circuit board milling to laser cutting to CNC machining to embedded processing, here is the work I created over a term in MIT's legendary How to Make (Almost) Anything class taught by Neil Gershenfeld and the Centre for Bits and Atoms

Designer's Minds Eye
Making Machine
Curved Cornered
Cardboard Box
Too-Many-Key Chain
Winking LED Circuit

Textured Surfaces
Winking LED Circuit, II
A Chair of Many Forms
Touch Sensitive
Colour Wheel
Hand-woven Composites

Automated Iris
LED Interface
Talking LEDS
Drawing Machine
Emotive Orb

POESIS (2013)

surrealist game design

Poesis is a poetry board game to collectively create expressive verse. Inspired by the collage poetry of the Dada movement and the collaborative creation process in Japanese Renga poetry, the objective of the game is to collectively create an aesthetically pleasing poem from an assortment of words. A collaboration with Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe developed at the MIT Media Lab as part of the Design Across Scales course led by Neri Oxman and Meejin Yoon (May 2013)

Contents of Poesis board game
Poem created at end of Poesis game


biomimetic material design & testing

As part of my Aeronautical Engineering Masters at the University of Bristol (2006-7), I used inspiration from natural material science to develop advanced new composite materials designed for impact energy absorption crucial to prevent damage in a birdstrike on the front fan blade in an aeroplane turbine engine.

This project explored new materials to minimise the damage to the fan blades under impact. New composite materials called fibre metal laminates (FML) were developed, using aluminium and glass-fibre composite layers to optimise the load bearing and impact energy absorption characteristics of both of the materials . Impact testing of the FMLs showed that the combination of metal and composite improved the impact damage tolerance over either metal or composite alone. The experimental testing was used to verify a computational model, which was then used to further the investigation by modelling the reactions of the material with different material properties throughout the layers.

Impact tested fibre-metal laminate sample with correlating Finite Element Analysis model

Damage to a aeroplane engine front fan blade from a mid-air birdstrike
Inspiration from the composite structures in natural materials and their energy absorption fracture mechanisms
Schematic of the fibre-metal laminate composite structure designed to optimise the different material properties for load bearing and impact energy absorption

Impact tested samples of the
individual materials which made up
the FML composite
Impact tested thermoset glass-fiber epoxy FML sample; sample did not delaminate thus the fibers fractured
to dissipate the energy
Impact tested thermoplastic glass-fiber epoxy FML sample; sample dissipated the energy through delaminating the composite layers from the metal, thus the fibers did not fracture