THOMAS N. SOLLEY
Electrical engineer, transhumanist, and Maker with experience as a research assistant and product designer seeking to get involved in prototyping, IoT, robotics, prosthetics, or renewable energy. Possesses the analytical skills, abilities, and technical knowledge necessary for engineering innovative designs and applications. Solid understanding of engineering theory, industry standards, testing tools, and embedded microcontroller systems.
Patriot American Solutions Rockaway, NJ
Electrical Engineer August 2016 – Present
Perform product testing, failure analysis/tracking, and test-setup analysis for various consumer, medical, and first-responder products. Perform equipment specification and vendor outsourcing for multiple test-station systems. In addition to this, I also implement and perform upkeep of an asset-management and tracking system, as well as other tasks to promote workplace and resource efficiency.
Performed the design and testing, as a Project Lead and Product Designer, of a 9 DOF MARG system with computer vision & machine learning components to achieve centimeter level relative-position accuracy in motion capture. Sensors were programmed in C, with data acquisition handled in Python and sensor fusion performed in MatLab.
Designed, debugged, and implemented a test program in Python with PyGame GUI elements that performs automated measurements and mask-testing using VISA commands. Data is saved to a networked location via CSV; incoming data is checked with RegEx groups for authenticity before being saved.
Researched thermals analysis, Joule heating, UL specification, and appropriate electrical components to achieve a UL- certified bedbug catcher. In addition-to this, designed scaled temperature circuits, testing, and documented prototypes using AutoCAD for schematic drafting.
Designed and installed a Raspberry Pi-based Linux shop-floor display system, utilizing networked videos and CEC-commands in BASH Shell-scripts to control and display videos over HDMI. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Troy, NY Research Assistant June 2015 -September 2015
Testing of color sensors and lights using Raspberry Pi B and B+ systems, using Python 2.7 and Linux Mint Mate commands.
In addition to this, individually assembled and debugged TAOSTCS34725 color sensors, LED fixtures including Telelumen Luminaires, and Glade touch panel GUI.
SELECT ACADEMIC PROJECTS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Active Modular Phytoremediation System (AMPS) Troy, NY Undergraduate Research Assistant January 2015 – May 2015 Design and integration of sensors and user interface for a desiccation chamber, conforming to ASHRAE standards. Project work included research of sensors to fit ASHRAE standards, comparison of products to maximize efficiency and cost, as well as creation of schematics for integration of the system as a whole. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Engineering Capstone Troy, NY Undergraduate Student August 2014 – December 2014
Research, programming, and testing of USB cameras with QT and C++ protocols in a multidisciplinary group project to meet customer’s deliverables and project deadlines.
Implemented a camera API for tablets in QT with C++ for rendering and image-processing of still images and video for a Raytheon project.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Mechatronics Troy, NY Undergraduate Student August 2014 – December 2014
Designed and implemented a single-wheeled LEGO Segway-system via Simulink and MatLAB feedback-controls programming. Sensors included angular position, linear accelerometer and gyroscope on an Arduino Mega. Projects and homework throughout the semester tested the capability of individual functions of the “Segway,” culminating in the final product. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Microprocessor Systems (AMPS) Troy, NY Undergraduate Student August 2014 – December 2014
Work included developing programmable formulae to translate from analog sensor outputs to digital measured values using datasheets and manuals.
Developed and integrated distributed sensor networks within active hydroponic systems for air purification and energy reduction in building systems.
Wrote the script to store output data in a binary (.BIN)-file on an external SD-card, using C-programming on an RPiSoC with Arduino Yun connection.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: ADAMUS PADDLES Paid Research Troy, NY Undergraduate Research Assistant February 2014 – September 2014 Interfaced with CubeSat and IARU systems to provide a frequency for effective communications.
Designed a communications station for earth-to-satellite data transfers using open-source publications. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: CeMSIM & NOTES VTEST Paid Research Troy, NY Undergraduate Research Assistant May 2012 – May 2013
Designed and built a device to provide haptic force-feedback in the form of torque, linear, and stop-action systems to simulate a NOTES cholecystectomy. Project work included CAD drafting in NX and 3D-printing of custom parts to fulfill researched anatomical organ capabilities.
Kinematic-controlled, arm-mounted blade prop August 2017 to Present
Research and testing of motor types, metallurgy, and linear actuators with embedded microcontrollers to reach the desired objective.
Temperature-controlled, water-cooled costume with touch-display controls September 2015 to Present
A multi-phase project requiring circuit schematic designing, GUI programming in 4D Systems WorkShop/C, image rendering
& batching in Python Pillow, control theory & CFG design---plus a lot of hand-machining with dremels, drills, and some use of vertical mills.
Dargar S., Solley T., Sankaranarayanan, G., and De. S., “The Development of a Haptic Interface for the Virtual Translumenal Endoscopic Surgical Trainer (VTESTTM).”
Accepted as poster presentation in the MMVR 2013 conference. EDUCATION
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
B.S. Electrical Engineering August 2011 – June 2015 B.S. Design & Innovation in Society (Dual-major)
ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge in: Raspbian, Linux, Python, Robot Raconteur, LaTeX, Arduino, C, C++, QT, OpenCV, SDCC Compiler, LabVIEW, UGS NX 7.5 CAD, OrCAD PSpice, LogicWorks, MatLab, MS Office, Windows, Mac OS Experience in: Debugging embedded control systems, interface hardware design, circuit building and simulation, soldering, robot assembly, SMD and Through-hole soldering, general assembly, woodworking, basic chemistry and biology lab equipment, computer and machine repair, critical thinking Knowledge of: French, Italian
3D Printing – Robo R1+ December 2017 to Present
Cosplay, costuming & DIY electronics June 2015 to Present RPI Ballroom Dance Team - Social Chair Fall 2014
RPI Dean’s List Spring 2013
Rensselaer Leadership Award
PHS Honor Society 5 Semesters
PHS Community Service Senior Award for over 235 work-hours