I’ve been MIA for awhile but now I’m back! As a tribute to National Engineers Week, which happened last week, I wanted to share this awesome video that USC Viterbi, with its usual flair, created to celebrate the week. This was in addition to a bionic pig race, volunteer events, the Viterbi Ball, and many other great events to celebrate the week.
Also, in the spirit of National Engineers Week, the picture above shows one of the many things I’ve been working on in my Industrial and Systems engineering Mechatronics class. We are learning to build mechatronic systems using microcontrollers and in this lab, I was controlling a motor using a microcontroller and a BJT transistor circuit. Since then, I added an optical encoder to this set-up to detect the motor’s relative position and control speed and created a rotary-to-translational transmission fixture to convert the motor’s spinning into linear movement of a nut. Remember, a little duct tape always goes a long way.