About

Hello!

Welcome to my blog/online portfolio. I am Arulselvi ‘Selvi’ Selvaraja,and I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate (2019).

I enjoy working on innovative projects that have the potential to create a positive impact on people’s lives. I have dabbled in different areas within Mechanical Engineering, and I have a year of co-op experience in Design, Controls Systems and Project Management, and multiple project and research experiences.

I’m aspiring to work with organizations that deal with medical devices, robots, or on jobs that have a project/risk management component. So, if you’re such an organization, you’d definitely want me on board!

During my free time, you’ll find me volunteering with the local community, snapping landscape photographs, weaving excellent and terrible poems, or exploring new cuisines. Feel free to message me if you’ve any questions or if you’d like to connect and have a chat!

(Disclaimer: All the content of this website, apart from the platform and course projects are original work. Some CAD may be inspired by real-life examples. Please email me if you would like to reproduce them in any form).

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Online Resume

 

Education

Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, CAD, Biomechanics and Control Systems, June 2019

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, CAD, Manufacturing and Control Systems, June 2018

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) – Lyngby, Denmark

Study Abroad, August – December 2015

Technological Skills & Languages

Mechanical Design and Fabrication: PTC Creo Parametric (Pro-E), AutoCAD, SolidWorks, COMSOL Multiphysics (FEA), CNC, Mills, Lathe, Injection Molding, Laser cutter, 3D Printer, Soldering, Hand Tools

Programming and System Modelling: MATLAB, VBA, Python, C++/C, Simulink (PD, PID, LEAD), LabView

Electronics and Other Computer Skills: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BioLogic, Linux (Ubuntu 14), Microsoft Office (MS Word, Access, Excel, Outlook), LaTex

Languages: Tamil (Bilingual), Hindi (Intermediate), German (Intermediate), Japanese (Elementary)

Work Experience                                             

Project Management Co-op – PECO, PA

March – September 2016

  • Crafted an automated ‘track and respond’ tool to manage on over 250 solar-grid approval requests, and directed project workflow using Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS)
  • Liaised between customers and PECO engineers at Philadelphia and Berwyn to fulfill more than 50 regional projects
  • Trained two co-ops to take over the job responsibilities

Mechanical Engineering Co-op – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, PA

March to August – 2015

  • Drafted the 3D model and the relevant drawings of the EM wave applicator MA120 used in the hyperthermia treatment of cancer in Creo 3.0
  • Designed and simulated different water bolus designs along with the wave applicator and a heterogeneous tissue model using FEM in COMSOL
  • Liaised with a colleague to experimentally verify the most efficient bolus design, and established guidelines for future fabrication
  • Shared the research proceedings at the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University (2016)

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Research Assistant – Drexel University, PA

2015 – 2016

  • Constructed open tunnel oxides of transition metals using a variable combination of a thermoplastic fluoropolymer and carbon black
  • Devised three-electrode cells with fabricated material to investigate electrochemical capabilities using BioLogic VMP3
  • Replicated paper contents to assess the ability of the test material against different concentrations of acidic and basic electrolytes
  • Liaised with a colleague and supervisor to evaluate the electrical properties of the test material

STAR Scholar – Drexel University, PA

June to September – 2014

  • Worked on understanding the theory behind the mechanics of materials at a nanoscale level
  • Investigated the characteristics of Aluminum atoms subjected to nanoindentation, for different indenter orientations using Large-Scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS), a Molecular Dynamics Program.
  • Analyzed the raw data acquired from virtual stimulation using OVITO and Matlab
  • Composed a poster and presented it during the STAR Summer Showcase and Drexel Research Day

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Controls Project Experience

Alto Robot – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark

Analyst/Programmer

August to December – 2015

  • Calculated the Cartesian and Joint-Space trajectories along the tool path of the robot, with five degrees of freedom using real-time variables
  • Determined the inertia tensor, and the linearized, decoupled dynamic model based upon DH parameters featured in related literature
  • Modeled PI, PID and LEAD controllers on Simulink; assessed the impact of controllers on Alto Robot

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Humanoid Arm – Drexel University, PA

Lead Designer/Programmer

January to June – 2014

  • Designed a robotic arm with a multi-use end effector and four degrees of freedom using a Solid Modeling and Surface Modeling software (Pro-E/Creo)
  • Effectively mimicked the arm movement using Arduino and tilt sensors; optimized the data via MATLAB
  • Assembled and delivered a formal report and presentation to detail the significance and limitations of the robotic arm

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CAD Project Experience

CAD for design engineers – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark

Pro-E Designer

August to December – 2015

  • Modeled an aerial vehicle with a viable aerodynamic airfoil based on CyPhy Works LVL 1 drone in Creo (surface modeling); analyzed the kinematics of the model using servomotors
  • Utilized solid modeling to create a precise model of the Lego Man using Creo Parametric, and examined the kinematics to account for any clearance issues with the model
  • Applied surface modeling to model parts comprising sculptured surfaces including an electronic mouse, a shaver, and a helmet based on images
  • Drafted manufacturable drawings for the parts, complete with tolerances and a sample bill of materials

Leadership and Community Experiences

  • Peer Mentor, Drexel University, 2014 – 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, Drexel University, 2014 – 2016
  • Events Coordinator, Drexel Design Makers, and Thinkers (DLab), 2016-2017
  • Volunteer, Lindy Center, 2014 – 2016
  • Events Coordinator, Tau Beta Pi, 2015
  • Outreach Chair, Society of Women Engineers, 2014

Honors and awards

  • A. J. Drexel Scholarship, Drexel University, Fall 2013 – Spring 2018
  • Dean’s list, Drexel University, Fall 2013 – Winter 2015
  • Paul Peck Scholar, Drexel University, Fall 2014 – Spring 2016

Research Conferences

  • National Collegiate Research Conference, Harvard University, MA, 2016
  • Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference, Annapolis, MD, 2014 (Robotics concentration)

 

 

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Engineering Designs and Drawings

 

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Contact

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