I created this page as a sampling of some of the work I have done that would not fit on a traditional resume.

Fall 2015
During this, my first semester at North Carolina State University, I worked in a team of 3 to design and build an autonomous machine that could blow bubbles.
Being a project, we had to abide by certain constraints, which were in place for safety and equality as well as practice. Most notably, we had to remain within the $25 budget, and were limited to 9 volts of power across the entire system. This project ranked 3rd in its classification.
bubble machine image

Designed and built by: Andrew May, Matthew Hrycyna, and Bret Reynolds



2016
During the spring semester, the majority of my studies were focused on computer programming. I worked in teams developing different programs designed to control systems with multiple objects, and actions to manipulate those objects (such as a automobile repair garage). We wrote in Java, creating the objects, and actions, as well as designing Graphical User Interfaces, and test cases the program had to pass. GitHub was used in order to share and submit code files for collaboration and grading.
In the fall semester, I once again worked in teams to design both a water bottle rocket, and a pneumatic launcher (separately).
The water bottle rocket was meant to launch an egg and recover without damage. Using water as a propellant, air pressure within a single 2 liter bottle forces the water out causing a change in momentum. Similar to the bubble machine project we worked under specific constraints, though this project was more restrictive, as our parts were limited to:

Our design placed a capsule atop the pressure vessle such that it would fall off at apogee, deploying the parachute inside and bringing the payload to ground safely. However, the system could not handle the launch forces, and the capsule detached during ascent and was thrown to the side. This prevented the parachute from deploying fully, and the capsule hit the ground with too large of a horizontal velocity. The egg was thrown form the capsule (which was a first among all of our tests), and broke.