Portfolio & CV

ALFRED COCHRANE

 

ABOUT

Alfred is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s of science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Tech. He was formerly the instructor for the EE department’s course in 3D printer fabrication, and was the president and founder of M-lab, a student-led makerspace club on the NMT campus. Additionally, he was the 3D printing lab officer at the Quelab Makerspace in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alfred grew up on a rural farm in Ohio with almost no access to technology of any kind. Despite this, he now hopes to use his education and hands-on abilities to help create technologies that will better the human condition here on Earth, and hopefully someday in space too. Alfred now lives with his lovely wife and their two adorable dogs at their home in Albuquerque.

 
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PAST EXPERIENCE

PROCESS ENGINEERING INTEL

Summers 2015 and 2016

As an intern, I designed and built a handrail safety sensor for use in Intel factories, a thermal management system for cloning tool hard drives, and prototyped a circuit for solar panel health monitoring. Additionally, I completed rigorous corporate and departmental training including clean-room protocols and Intel lockout-tagout certification. I presented the handrail sensor at the fall 2015 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, CA.

INSTRUCTOR NEW MEXICO TECH

August 2016 to Present

I currently teach the Electrical Engineering Department's 3D Printer Fabrication course to other undergraduate students. I overhauled the course, saving students 28% on the lab fee. I also increased the student's successful completion of their printers from 30% to 90%.

3D PRINTING LAB OFFICER QUELAB MAKERSPACE

December 2011 to August 2015

I organized a fundraising drive to purchase components for the lab's first 3D printer. The drive was a stunning success raising 134% of our goal. Upon building the device, I then went on to manage the finances and material purchasing, perform maintenance, and instruct others in 3D printer operations. The lab eventually grew to include a total of 3 machines under my tenure.

 
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EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

NEW MEXICO TECH. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, B.S.

-May 2017

While pursuing a degree in EE I maintained an overall GPA of 3.62 and met the requirements for a minor in Optical Science and Engineering. Additionally, I have completed extensive course work in the areas of Mathematics, Economics, Biology, and Philosophy.

CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE. BIOLOGY, A.S.

-December 2013

After beginning my college career pursuing a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico I discovered my passion was in working with electronics. As a result, I transferred to CNM where I took the classes needed to prepare myself for the EE curriculum at New Mexico Tech. While at CNM I made a point to also develop my soft skills, taking courses such as public speaking and technical writing.

 

SKILLS

I’m always looking for new and useful skills that will increase my knowledge and efficiency. Whether I’m working on a new collaboration or doing something on my own, there is always room for improvement and new things to learn.

 

3D PRINTING

With several thousand hours spent refining this skill, I have accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge in the design, construction and operation of Filament Deposition Modeling style 3D printers. What I love most about 3D printing is that it provides an excellent platform for exercising deliberate practice when it comes to mechanical and aesthetic design. I can set out to create something, quickly iterate through several revisions, learning from each, and implement improvements until success is realized.

LEADERSHIP

I have had the opportunity to cultivate effective leadership experiences from a number of sources. These include volunteering with my local makerspace Quelab, founding and managing the Makers Club at my university, leading a design team of fellow EE students, and teaching in the department. These experiences have taught me both how and when to apply these skills and also useful techniques for supporting and enhancing the effectiveness of others in these roles.

PCB DESIGN

My experience with PCB design spans personal, educational, and professional settings. My meticulous attention to detail has made picking up this skill quite rewarding. I find the process of sourcing parts, delving into datasheets, and balancing precise interdependent values between an entire constellation of components to be an exciting challenge. I enjoy the task of assembling the results and have also developed exceptional soldering skills. Testing a newly completed board and finding that after weeks of planning and research it works exactly as desired is one of the most satisfying forms of accomplishment. I can say without a doubt that it is one of my favorite skills.

CAD -SOLIDWORKS

Give me a good pair of digital calipers and you can skip buying that expensive 3D scanner! Whether its creating models from scratch or modeling something that needs to be reproduced, I have the CAD skills to produce outstanding results. I have worked with a variety of programs and I find that my ability to think in spatial relations allows me to easily learn new CAD tools.

PROGRAMMING

Whether designing firmware for a custom piece of hardware, or writing code to do simulation and testing, I have the ability to get the job done. I have experience programming in Assembly, C, VHDL and MATLAB. I hope to soon add Python to this list, as I am always looking to develop and augment my programming abilities.

 

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Winston Churchill

 

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©2017 BY ALFRED COCHRANE.