As the only Electrical and Computer Engineering student in this multidisciplinary design project, I was actively involved in all stages of the design process starting from idea generation to implementation of the prototype. This includes contributing in all important team and client meetings, attending workshops and clarifying any questions my team-mates had regarding the implementation aspects of the design. During this project, I was required to participate in several workshops which enhanced my engineering skills. I found following workshops really interesting:
I was responsible for extracting data from the Razor 9 degree of freedom (DOF) inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor using arduino microcontroller and sending it via a serial port to MATLAB Simulink. To achieve this, I wrote code in arduino programming language using arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). To help my teammates understand and use the code, I commented important parts of the code and documented common errors they might encounter.
As Arduino was used to extract data from the sensor and send the data on serial port, either a script or Simulink model was required to receive the data from serial port and enter it into MATLAB database. Therefore, I coded a script to receive data from serial port from Arduino controller. Along with the code, I also provided a Simulink Model comprising of blocks from Instrument control toolbox library in Simulink to receive data from serial port.
I was responsible for interfacing MATLAB Simulink control model with the actuators, Dynamixel RX-24F. One actuator was connected to an external power supply of 12V using a breadboard while remaining five actuators were connected in daisy chain sequence. There are four pins, positive data, negative data, power and ground. I used Visual C++ programming language and Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write,edit, compile and debug code.
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I have taken four courses in engineering design. Engineering Strategies and Practice 1 (APS111),Engineering Strategies and Practice 2 (APS112), Communication and Design (ECE297) and Multidisciplinary Capstone Project (APS490). Each course was essentially a project for one semester,except APS490, which was a two semester course. During these projects, i learned engineering design process, communicating with team members during team meetings, sharing documents and working on the same document with rest of team members( e.g. Using Microsoft Office 365), presenting and defending designs, communicating design ideas via multiple media, drafting an implementation plan and presenting in visual form using block diagrams.
Projects in computer networks, distributed systems and operating systems taught me important concepts required to build different types of software applications. I have sound knowledge of socket programming and network protocols such as TCP, UDP and IP. Also, i am confident building multi threaded and distributed applications(software that run on different computers and interact over a network).
I have taken courses in Energy Systems and worked on labs related to balanced three phase systems. I have used PowerWorld and PSCAD software to analyse power distribution network. I have sound knowledge of balanced three phase systems, power flow , stability, symmetrical faults, DC/DC and AC/DC converters
I have taken courses related to energy generation via rotating machines that work on Lorentz Force principles including DC Machines, Synchronous Machines and Induction Machines. In the labs, I analysed speed-torque characteristics of separately excited DC Machines, concept of a dynamometer and its instrumentation for the testing of electric machines, DC machine characteristics in motoring forward direction and regenerative braking in the forward direction, Voltage and Current control for DC machines, operation of permanent magnet synchronous machine and speed torque characteristics of induction machine using three phase voltage source converter (VSC)
I have worked on several Web Programming projects that are displayed on my business website. Some projects I have worked on include Electrical Engineering Capstone Project (ECE496) course website design, Boston restoration Corp website and European House Furniture Interiors website
I have taken courses in PLC ladder logic programming at George brown college and have work experience with Allen-Bradley PLC-5, SLC 500 and ControlLogix 5000 with RSLogix (5, 500 and 5000), SoftLogix 5800, 1734-Point I/O and RSLogix Emulate 500 software, Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), Distributed control systems (DCS), Human-Machine Interface and View Anywhere Display. I have also worked on Feedback control design, block diagrams, and state models, Linearization of a non-linear system at an equilibrium, Review of Laplace transforms and their use in solving linear constant coefficient differential equations, transfer functions and block diagram manipulations, the time response of a linear time-invariant system, Stability, the concept of feedback. Proportional control design, asymptotic tracking: the internal model principle, the Nyquist stability criterion, Frequency response and Bode plots, Lead, lag, and PID compensator design, Robust control and loop shaping
Crafting and executing entrepreneurial business strategies in technology-based companies. Understanding of the external, internal and dynamic environment of a business and the elements of a superior competitive position, Designing and delivering customer value, strategic decisions about segmentation, targeting and positioning, tactical decisions related to product introductions, marketing communications, distribution channels and pricing, examine challenges related to innovation and industry dynamics, industry life cycle, disruptive technologies, product renewal, relationship between R&D and commercialization
Leadership, strategy, ethics, designing organizations for rapid change and differing cultural environments, communication, job design, managing and motivating people, fostering creativity, and team work
Read and analyze basic financial statements including statements of financial position, comprehensive income,changes in equity, and cash flows. Key management accounting concepts and methods of costing for decision making. Financial projections, value complex investment opportunities, controlling risk, determine cost of capital, cash flow management and project valuation
The economic evaluation and justification of engineering projects and investment proposals are discussed. Cost concepts; financial and cost accounting; depreciation; the time value of money and compound interest; inflation; capital budgeting; equity, bond and loan financing; income tax and after-tax cash flow; measures of economic merit in the private sector; sensitivity and risk analysis. Applications: evaluations of competing engineering project proposals; replacement analysis; economic life of assets; lease versus buy decisions; break-even analysis; decision tree analysis. Entrepreneurship, the Canadian business environment and the business plan for a new venture will be discussed.