All posts by Ben Anthony

M5 TALK: Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair — Balloon to Space

M5 TALK

Friday, 27 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair

Balloon to Space

a Physics project gaining a worldly perspective

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time: Friday, 27 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker:  Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair —  Physics Graduate Students

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. Five lucky registrants will win DOOR PRIZES!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

Come down to M5 this Friday for a presentation on the design, development, and deployment of a UMass weather balloon!  The Physics department’s Astronomy 105 class, taught by Heath Hatch, launched this project’s maiden voyage at 10:15 am, April 19th 2012 from the Mullins Center Fields.  After its 2.5 hour flight, it landed in Bedford Massachusetts.  Early calculations predict that an altitude of 90,000 ft was reached where the minimum atmospheric pressure was 3kPa and the temperature was a bone-chilling -40 degrees C!  Check out the data they collected, the video of the flight, and see how you can get involved in the next UMass weather balloon flight!

Speaker Bio:

Benjamin Ett, Donald Blair, and Dominique Cambou are all graduate students in the Physics department at UMass.  Ben studies classical gravity theory and is overjoyed that his first experiment was a success.  Don studies information theory and packing and is relieved that the payload did not land on anyone’s pet.  Dominique studies non-equilibrium statistical physics.  She is happy to add crumpling-in-space to her current projects and is amazed the two theorists didn’t break anything in her lab.

M5 TALK: John Mardirosian, BSEE ’81, MSEE ’84 (CalTech) Performance Engineering

M5 TALK

Friday, 13 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

John Mardirosian, BSEE ’81, BS Physics ’84, MSEE ’82 (CalTech) 

Performance Engineering

an exploration of what can go wrong when subtle yet crucial
factors are ignored when designing complex systems

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time: Friday, 13 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker:  John Mardirosian, Physicist-Electrician-Electrical Engineer

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. Five lucky registrants will win DOOR PRIZES!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

Come down to M5 this Friday for a presentation on case studies that outline the significant consequences of ignoring seemingly insignificant design factors in complex systems engineering. The goal of this investigation is to broaden the horizons of students who are working on or will soon work on designing highly involved systems.  The case studies will highlight on how students must be able to pick out and concentrate on the subtle but important design elements that are crucial to the success of their project endeavors.
Speaker Bio:

Education:

John has several degrees, including a BS in EE and BS in Physics from UMass and an MS in EE from California Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing an MBA at BU.


Motivation:

From an early age John was interested in electricity. Childhood experiments with simple kits to make battery-driven experiments led to a vocational education in electrical, and eventually to a college education in electrical engineering. While at UMass, John’s quest for a deep understanding of things led to an interest in physics. A passion for excellence continued this drive through college and the rest of his career.


Career:

John’s career has spanned a range of positions, including Electrical Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Systems Architect, Program Manager, and Functional Manager.


John has worked for a variety of companies including AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, Raytheon, Foliage Software Systems, MITRE, and Philips Medical. In these companies he has worked on communications systems, early detection radar systems, weather radar systems, aircraft landing systems, personal rapid transit systems, medical imaging system, large-scale web site development, national reconnaissance systems, and medical devices.


John’s early career included modeling communications systems and development of a patented carrier recovery approach for digital microwave radio systems. Subsequent positions led to work on larger- and larger-scale systems, each with differing technologies and significantly different stake holders.


Other Items Of Interest:

John is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi and is a strong believer that investing heavily in your education and in your passion is one of the keys to a successful and satisfying life.


John is also a graduate of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School and is a licensed electrician in the state of Massachusetts. John has worked as an Electric Motor Rewinder and as an Electrician responsible for a 17-story building in Cambridge Massachusetts before entering college.


John has continued to develop new interests over time, renovating his house, trying indoor and outdoor sky diving, playing music, and riding motorcycles. John took up skiing just this past winter.

The Spring 2012 M5 TALK series is sponsored by Roberto Padavani (M.S. ECE ’83, Ph.D. ECE ’85) and Colleen Padovani (A.S. ’75, B.S. ’82).

M5 TALK: Cars, Radios and Computers >> Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85

M5 TALK

Friday, 30 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85

Cars, Radios and Computers

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time: Friday, 30 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker:  Tom Kopec, hardware, software, manufacturing extraordinaire

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. Five lucky registrants will win DOOR PRIZES!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

Don’t miss Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85! All are invited to an informal talk by a highly successful UMass ECE alum as he shares his 30-odd year adventure as an engineer, sharing some of the successes, mistakes, and lessons learned, as well as showing some of the products he’s produced and some of the projects he’s done as a hobbyist.

Tom Kopec graduated from UMass Amherst with a BSECE in 1980 returned for an MSECE granted in 1985. He’s been tinkering with radios and cars as long as he can remember, and holds an Extra Class Ham Radio license as well as a commercial General Radio Operator’s License.  His professional career has spanned hardware, software, and manufacturing engineering, and such diverse areas as CPU design, database performance, speech synthesis, and aerosol particle analysis. Mr. Kopec is the author of four patents in Computational Linguistics. Mr. Kopec has also supported M5’s outreach activities for the past two years.

The Spring 2012 M5 TALK series is sponsored by Roberto Padavani (M.S. ECE ’83, Ph.D. ECE ’85) and Colleen Padovani (A.S. ’75, B.S. ’82).

M5 TALK: Cars, Radios and Computers >> Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85

M5 TALK
Friday, 30 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85

Cars, Radios and Computers

SIGN UP HERE: http://m5kopec.eventbrite.com

time: Friday, 30 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker:  Tom Kopec, hardware, software, manufacturing extraordinaire

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. Five lucky registrants will win DOOR PRIZES!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

Don’t miss Tom Kopec, BSECE ’80, MSECE ’85! All are invited to an informal talk by a highly successful UMass ECE alum as he shares his 30-odd year adventure as an engineer, sharing some of the successes, mistakes, and lessons learned, as well as showing some of the products he’s produced and some of the projects he’s done as a hobbyist.

Tom Kopec graduated from UMass Amherst with a BSECE in 1980 returned for an MSECE granted in 1985. He’s been tinkering with radios and cars as long as he can remember, and holds an Extra Class Ham Radio license as well as a commercial General Radio Operator’s License.  His professional career has spanned hardware, software, and manufacturing engineering, and such diverse areas as CPU design, database performance, speech synthesis, and aerosol particle analysis. Mr. Kopec is the author of four patents in Computational Linguistics. Mr. Kopec has also supported M5’s outreach activities for the past two years.

The Spring 2012 M5 TALK series is sponsored by Roberto Padavani (M.S. ECE ’83, Ph.D. ECE ’85) and Colleen Padovani (A.S useful source. ’75, B.S. ’82).

M5 Talk: “Wireless Sensor Networks” with Jeremy Gummeson. Were you there?

Hey gang!

So we had a great M5 Talk this afternoon with Jeremy Gummeson, CSE’ 06 and current PhD candidate, about RFID Sensor Networks.  Many folks attended and a few won some of our door prizes.  Look forward to more talks in the near future.  Remember that they are Friday afternoons around 3:30.  Look for more information here!

Before the Show
Mr. Gummeson talking about RFID
Food afterwards.... now you wish you came!

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M5 TALK: Jeremy Gummeson, CSE ’06 – “Wireless Sensor Networks”

M5 TALK on Friday, 9 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

Jeremy Gummeson, CSE ’06

“Wireless Sensor Networks”

Video Invitation by Jeremy Gummeson>> 2012-03-gummeson

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time: Friday, 9 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker: Jeremy Gummeson, researcher in Wireless Sensor Networks

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. DOOR PRIZES FOR REGISTERING!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

The days of the cord seem to be dwindling. It seems that everything has a wireless connection, from the magnetic fields used to charge batteries to the latest satellite technology. So how is this happening in the world of sensors, and what kind of work can a student do towards furthering wireless research? Alumnus Jeremy Gummeson will be here to discuss various sensor networks from a student’s perspective, more specifically for our viewing pleasure: programmable RFID units.

Mr. Jeremy Gummeson graduated from UMass Amherst in 2006 with the BSCSE. As a kid growing up, Mr. Gummeson spent many days dismantling his household’s electronics, just to explore what was inside the “black box.” After many years playing music, he decided to come to UMass, and left knowing that embedded systems engineering was for him. Jeremy’s first engineering “job” was a research position within UMass’ own Computer Science department.  After a successful completion of his Masters and PhD in sensor networks, Mr. Gummeson’s research has taken him to many places, working with a plethora of wireless protocols and with many interesting people!

M5 Trashcan

Hey gang!

We’ve recently discovered that M5 has a classic metal trashcan — way better than these plastic ones we’ve got kicking around.  We think that it would be great to have it back in working order, it definitely needs a little tender loving care.  Some staff may be working on it periodically in Thor’s Machine shop, but if anyone is interested in restoring paint, taking care of some rust, and fashioning some new legs, we think this would be a classy receptacle bin!  Maybe we can even work an Arduino in there?

Stop by M5 and let someone know that you’re interested.  Its a great way to learn how to use some tools and get familiar with M5!

 

 

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M5 Sound

Hey guys!

So this week a few staff members, specifically Josh Lowe and yours truly were busy using some of M5’s resources to install an automotive sound system.  Using the Thor Shop’s wide rang of tools, M5’s collection of wire accessories, and soldering irons and the heat gun, we were able to get the job done.  The system sounds great, and a bunch of people came to watch.  I’ll post more pics soon.  Any time you want to undertake a project like this, ask a staff member about tools we might have to help you!  We may even have some expertise in the project you are working on!

Not what we installed, but still pretty clever?

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M5 Bikes

M5!

In an effort to get the M5 shop, now known as Thor’s Machine Shop, up and running to full capacity,  staff and volunteers are working feverishly to get maximum floor space for more great equipment.  Many of you have seen posts about the bike rack outside M5, but inside we needed some way to better store our bikes for your hacking!  Thanks to Dave, we’ve got a neat rack that better serves the corner space of the shop!

If you are interested in the shop, or any other function of M5, please think about volunteering, or becoming an M5 “Intern.”  Volunteer work is what really helps M5 serve you better, and to return the favor, doing things engineers love of course, is a great way to say thanks to our sponsors and Prof. Soules.  Please ask a staff member about scheduling regular help, or just stop by and see what staff members are up to in Thor’s Shop.  We’d really appreciate your help!

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M5 Tubs!

We are working hard here at M5 to get your hacker gear organized and available in a neat and organized manner.  Please pardon our appearance while we work out how to best sort and label all of our unique parts.  Also, please observe the do not touch signs!

 

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