Soft Robotic Prosthetic Hand (September 2016-July 2017)

Organic Robotics Lab, Cornell University, Overseen by Dr. Rob Shepherd

We've developed a soft, 6 degree of freedom (DOF), tendon-driven prosthetic hand capable of both high-force actuation (under load) and high speed actuation (without load). To achieve this, our system uses one motor and a soft, passive transmission system for each of our hand's degrees of freedom. Our goal is to produce a device that is both stronger and more agile than comparable soft, pneumatically-actuated prosthetic hands. Furthermore, we hope to achieve improved performance than that provided by current commercial prostheses (BeBionic Hand, iLimb) at a drastically reduced cost. We manufacture this device using stereolithographic (SLA) techniques using elastomeric & rigid polyurethane resins provided by Carbon3D.

This work will be presented in a journal publication, and was also presented as an abstract-only poster submission at IROS 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

Cryogenic Spacecraft (August 2016-September 2016)

Space Systems Design Studio, Cornell University, Overseen by Dr. Mason Peck

Along with one other undergraduate student and a graduate student advisor, I have developed the characteristics and requirements for a cryogenic spacecraft that will function at, or below the temperature of liquid nitrogen. I have generated a detailed analysis of the power, thermal, structures, and science subsystems that could exist on a cryogenic spacecraft, and the specific components that exist or need further development to enable a cryogenic design. Such a design could revolutionize space travel, as it would eliminate power and mass-based constraints that prevent cryogenic operation. A cryogenic system, if accomplished using these criteria, could enable a potential mission to the interstellar medium or to exoplanets, such as Proxima Centauri b.

This work has culminated in a senior design paper that could potentially support a larger publication.