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 electro-mechanical systems, project or data optimization, and a burning desire to change the world. So, if you’re such an organization, you definitely want me on board, because you won’t find a more passionate individual than me!

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, June 2019

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 2018

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) – Lyngby, Denmark

Study Abroad, August – December 2015

Technological Skills & Languages

Mechanical Design: PTC Creo Parametric (Pro-E), AutoCAD, SolidWorks,

Simulations: COMSOL Multiphysics (FEA), ANSYS, Autodesk Moldflow, FEniCS Package

Fabrication Tools: CNC, Mills, Lathe, Injection Molding, Laser cutter, 3D Printers (SLA, FDM), Soldering, Hand Tools

Programming and System Modelling: MATLAB, VBA, Python, Simulink, LabView

Electronics: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, TIVA Launchpad

Project Management & Other Skills: MIE Trak Pro (ERP/MRP), BioLogic, Linux (Ubuntu 14), Microsoft Office (MS Word, Access, Excel, Outlook), LaTex

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

Work Experience                                             

R&D Mechanical Engineer – Load Control Technologies, PA

July 2019 – Present

  • Conceived and designed a non-magnetic bolt investigation system to optimize measurements at varying temperature for the ultrasonic transducer, and improve validation methodology
  • Developing the internal system design and packaging for an optomechanical system to detect the ultrasonic transducer on bolts as part of the next generation product development
  • Designing the packaging for a micro-scale wireless temperature sensor to optimize the ultrasonic wavelength used for load measurements, and debugging any issues with the design using root cause analysis
  • Rapid Prototyping components to develop feasibility studies with functional models using 3D Printing (Stratasys Dimensions, Lulzbot Mini, FormLabs 2), Machining and Injection Molding
  • Researching and liaising with different vendors and OEMs to reduce manufacturing time
  • Designing custom tooling equipped with I-bolt technology as per customer requirements and supporting production with safety and process improvement

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

  • Reverse engineered the EM wave applicator MA120, an FDA compliant medical device that is used in the hyperthermia treatment of cancer and modeled it in Creo Parametric
  • Designed and investigated the efficacy of different water bolus designs on a heterogeneous tissue model using FEA in COMSOL with CFD, Heat Transfer, and EMW Modules to improve patient’s healthcare quality
  • Developed an automated investigation system in LabVIEW and tested the heat distribution under transient and steady-state conditions using 16 thermocouples
  • Drafted documentation for replicating bolus design, and shared the research poster at the 2016 NCRC Research Conference in Harvard University

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Teaching Assistant & Peer Mentor – Drexel University, PA

2014 – 2019

  • Taught Dynamics to a class of 120 mechanical engineering students, and developed lesson plans and exams in collaboration with the professor
  • Collaborated with the Lindy Center team and various professors within Drexel to teach and mentor 200+ freshman engineering classes to develop experiments such as basket robots and airfoil testing for demonstration within the Philadelphia community; includes coordinated presence during the Franklin Institute Science Festival in Philadelphia
  • Mentored various classes of 40 incoming freshmen with the Rube-Goldberg experiment, which involved working with renewable sources of energy, energy transfer methods, and 3D printing; includes at least 48 unique experimental setups
  • Mentored senior design student groups in projects, and maintained the logistics for the Senior Design for the graduating class of 240+ students

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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Leadership and Community Experiences

  • Outreach Director, ASME Philadelphia, 2019 – Present
  • Community Volunteer, Lindy Center, Drexel University, 2014 – 2019
  • Peer Mentor, Drexel University, 2014 – 2017
  • 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)

Project Experience

Hobby Projects (CAD & Control Systems) – Ongoing

Please note that the below-mentioned projects are hobby projects.

  • Designed autonomous CAD models inspired by Legos and drones; verified joint integrity and kinematics through stress and motion analysis respectively
  • 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
  • Applied surface modeling to model parts comprising sculptured surfaces including an electronic mouse, a shaver, and a helmet based on images
  • Determined the inverse kinematics and dynamics using Lagrangian Dynamics and DH parameters, and implemented the path planning methodology for the virtual models using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Investigated the effects of different controllers such as PI, PID, LEAD and Observer-based feedback controls
  • Developed dynamic models and numerical solutions for different robots using root-finding methodologies such as Newton Raphson, Secant, and Bisection in Python and MATLAB

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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Engineering Designs and Drawings

 

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Contact

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