Profile

I am an inventor, academic, and serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating and fostering innovative new ideas and growing them into sustainable businesses. My goal is to bring the best technology to fruition and to help engineers and developers make a living doing what they love.

My research and commercialization focus is on building smart technologies for a changing world through the thoughtful application of sensing, connectivity, inference, and actuation. In my academic pursuits, I help my students invent disruptive technologies and learn to become leaders and practitioners in emerging industries.

For a more visual overview of my projects, please see my design portfolio. The print version of my Curriculum Vitae is available as a PDF.

Highlights

Research Interests: Automotive, Internet of Things, design, manufacturing, networks, sensing, machine learning, robotics, security, energy efficiency, embedded systems, entrepreneurship.

Sample Projects:

  • Developed and filed patents for an architecture improving security and efficiency for connected systems
  • Led a team across universities to develop the award-winning telematics platform behind my company
  • Collaborated with industry and academia to develop software improving use-phase vehicle efficiency

Teaching Interests: Connectivity and pervasive sensing, product design, manufacturing processes, automotive, robotics.

Sample Teaching:

  • Creating a week-long intensive MIT "bootcamp" on the Internet of Things
  • Developed and taught a four day, 18 person course on designing, building, and testing circuit boards
  • Wrote assignments and delivered lectures in Design and Manufacturing II, an upper-level MIT course

Education

July 2013 - June 2016

Doctorate of Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I work with Professor Sanjay Sarma and the members of the Field Intelligence Laboratory, researching vehicle prognostics, sensors, data mining, and Internet of Things architecture. Much of my research relates to the value in open data standards, daa interoperability, and the use of machine learning to optimize vehicle efficiency, performance, and reliability.

  • Thesis Topic: A Secure and Efficient Architecture for the Internet of Things; Data-Informed Applications for Improving Vehicle Reliability
  • Thesis Committee: Sanjay Sarma, Warren Seering, Maria Yang
  • Creating theory to reduce resource use of Internet of Things connected devices, moving intelligence from device to Cloud
  • Developing advanced analytics, vehicle prognostics, and context-aware applications making use of Cloud-sourced telematics data provided by the CloudThink platform and CarKnow hardware
  • Won the 2015 $15,000 Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition "Drive It" Award
  • Worked with MIT ILP, OSP to bring in, arrange, and begin a major, two-year, two-student funded project
  • Successfully passed qualifying examination (January 2014)
  • Previously supported by funded research project with focus on multimodal transportation
Additional Degrees

July 2011 - June 2013

Master of Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I received my S.M. degree in Mechanical Engineering, continuing in the Field Intelligence Lab under the supervision of Professor Sanjay Sarma.

  • Thesis: "CloudThink and the Avacar: Embedded Design to Create Virtual Vehicles for Cloud Informatics…"
  • Development of unified, open-source and cross-platform vehicle data acquisition standard and app store
  • Researched measurement approaches for VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax, including hardware design, embedded software design, communications protocol and remote server architecture
  • Addressed accuracy and privacy concerns for aforementioned technologies, including development of anti-spoofing technology for vehicle data collection systems.

September 2007 - June 2011

Bachelor of Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I received my S.B. degree in "Product Design and Operation Management," as recommended by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Course 2A). I concentrated in Literature.

September 2003 - June 2007

High School Diploma

Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School


  • Cum Laude, Dean’s List, AP Scholar with Distinction, Semifinalist of Michigan Math Prize Competition
  • McCaul Endowment Grant for self-directed autonomous vehicle development (software & hardware)
  • 2 Cranbrook Prize Programming Awards
  • 1st in 2007 University of Michigan, State of Michigan High School Programming Contest (team of 3)
  • Cranbrook Studio Art Award (Sculpture - Metalwork), Excellence In Art Award (Design - Prints)
  • Caltech Book Award, Strickland Writing Scholar Award

Honors

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    Corporate

    While corporate accolades would not typically appear on a Curriculum Vitae, several are included here for your reference. These accolades are a marker of my entrepreneurial spirit, and the majority of awards, recognition, and articles presented here were garnered when I was the sole proprietor and sole employee of my venture, CarKnow. As such, they are as much a reflection on myself as on any corporate entity, and they are deemed worthy of inclusion herein.
  • 2015 Hero of the Year in the Cloud Innovation World Cup
  • Finalist - Telematics Update 2015 "Industry Newcomer" Segment
  • Finalist - 2015 Global Automotive Innovation Challenge
  • Semi Finalist - 2016 Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (ongoing)
  • 2014 MassChallenge SemiFinalist
  • 2014/15 IoT/M2M Hero of the Year in the Innovation World Cup
  • 2014/15 Innovation World Cup - Finalist, Mobility Solutions
  • 2011/15 Innovation World Cup - Finalist, GEO Award
  • Top 100 (out of 900) - NASA "Create the Future" Competition
  • 2014 MassIT Government Innovation Competition Winner ($25,000 and opportunity to pilot with the state of Massachusetts)
  • 2014 IPSO Alliance Challenge SemiFinalist (mentored by Presidential Innovation Fellow)
  • 2015 Edmunds Hackomotive Invited Participant (Unable to attend due to conflict with trip to visit supercar manufacturer as followup to academic project)
  • Accepted to pitch at 2014 MIT 100K Accelerate (Unable to attend due to conflict with GAIC)
  • Graduate Career

  • Winner - 2015 $15,000 Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Graduate Student "Drive It" Prize
  • Best Ideation Award (BMW-EURECOM Summer School, "Highly Autonomous Driving in the Internet of Things," 2014)
  • Outstanding Research Travel Grant (1000 Euro) (BMW-EURECOM Summer School, "Highly Autonomous Driving in the Internet of Things," 2014)
  • Participant in 2015 deFlorez Mechanical Engineering Competition with rapid 3D printing technology
  • Undergraduate Career

  • Winner of MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Soldier Design Competition Boeing Prize in 2008 Soldier Design Competition (MIT/Institute for Solder Nanotechnologies)
  • 3rd Place Award Winner ‘11 MIT deFlorez Mechanical Engineering Competition (CloudCar System)
  • High School

  • McCaul Endowment Grant for self-directed autonomous vehicle development (software & hardware)
  • 2 Cranbrook Prize Programming Awards
  • 1st in 2007 University of Michigan, State of Michigan High School Programming Contest (team of 3)
  • Cranbrook Studio Art Award (Sculpture - Metalwork)
  • Excellence In Art Award (Design - Prints)
  • Caltech Book Award
  • Strickland Writing Scholar Award

Work and Entrepreneurship

December 2015 - Present

Founder and CTO

DataDriven (Brookline, MA)


DataDriven builds upon my Ph.D work to apply pervasive mobile phone sensing for the proactive detection of vehicle faults. Early detection of vehicle failures allows simplified response with reduced cost, and assures increased vehicle lifetime efficiency. I lead a team of researchers and businesspeople to identify and address the most significant in non-OBD vehicle diagnostics.

  • Quarter-finalist for 2017 Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge and qualified for 2016 MassChallenge Round 2 Judging
  • Currently engaging with two insurance companies and two Tier-1 automotive suppliers to collect data for model validation and develop a small-scale technology pilot

June 2016 - Present

Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)


I research context- and cognition-based secure and efficient architectures for the Internet of Things, as well as the application of pervasively-sensed data to vehicle failure prediction and design optimization. These architectures will allow more devices to be connected to the Internet, facilitating the richer data generation, sharing, and analytics necessary to build intelligent devices.

  • Developing the complete lecture and lab content for a week-long, intensive Internet of Things course. Outside of preparing content and arranging for guest lecturers, I work with a small team to market the course, handle admissions, and balance the budget
  • Submitted five new manuscripts for consideration, since starting as a postdoctoral associate in June. These relate to the Internet of Things, network device security, connected vehicle design considerations, and data-informed applications for improving vehicle efficiency and reliability.
  • Drafted $1.1M in grant applications to support my future automotive research AY`16-`17
  • Currently supervising several student researchers with projects focused on the Internet of Things, pervasive sensing, and data analytics. One of my current students is building an intelligent, Internet-connected circuit breaker. Another is building low-cost sensor-laden machine tools capable of identifying failures, tool wear, and material inconsistencies. I additionally supervise several students currently applying passive RFID tags for low-cost sensing and remote device control

February 2012 - Present

Founder and CTO

CarKnow LLC (Brookline, MA)


CarKnow commercialized my S.B. and S.M. research, building a platform for universal automotive application development, curating an app store for vehicles, and serving as a data broker for third parties. The company has a focus on embedded hardware and software, web applications, and intelligent IoT platform design, as well as vehicle reverse engineering and security analysis. Today, CarKnow primarily provides vehicle computer, network, and data analysis consulting services.

  • Engineering and business lead, participating in hardware and architecture development. I also manage a team of hardware and software developers
  • Conducting reverse engineering of vehicle data, networks, sensors, and security protocols in order to create telematics, infotainment and diagnostic applications
  • Winner, 2014 MassIT Government Innovation Prize - opportunity to pilot technology within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to better serve constituents
  • Press mention on AOL Media's "Translogic," The New York Times, Fox Sports Network WGME Maine, CW31 Sacramento, AutoBlog and more, including IoT whitepapers and startup profiles.
Additional Positions

December 2007-Present

Researcher, Teaching Assistant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
FIL, LMP, and Electrochemical Labs

  • Graduate student researcher and engineering lead for CloudCar (now CloudThink) project
  • Teaching assistant for 2.008 - Design and Manufacturing II (developing curriculum, writing assignments and lectures, holding office hours) & TA/advisor to “Tech Startups I” and “Tech Startups II”
  • Created an architecture reducing resource use and enhancing security for constrained connected devices. This architecture will ultimately allow low-power, low-cost devices to share information with remote servers, and facilitate secure remote actuation
  • Engineering lead for CloudThink digital object mirroring platform, which served as the base technology for my award-winning company CarKnow
  • Created open-source "Carduino" car to Cloud bridge hardware and embedded software, producing over 250 Carduinos for testing and data collection
  • Developed failure prognostics and context-aware applications using Cloud-sourced telematics data
  • Worked with MIT Industrial Liaison Program and Office of Sponsored Programs bring in, arrange, and deliver upon a major, two-year, two-student funded project with Jaguar Land Rover
  • Supported by DOT and NSF funded research project with focus on multimodal transit. This project required developing iOS and Android applications to collect sensor data and identify motion type and transit trends
  • Researched VMT (vehicle miles traveled) measurement including tamperproofing mechanisms, which helped to inform the state of Oregon's approach to mileage-based user fees for road access
  • Developed sensors for wireless home power monitoring, working with Professor Sarma and Ivan Sergeev
  • Awarded MIT Energy Initiative Summer Research Funding to develop a low-cost automotive diagnostic devices capable of sharing economy data with smartphones
  • Developed and filed for patents on vehicle diagnostic sensors and software, working with Professor Sanjay Sarma
  • Developed a test stand for thermal modeling of lithium ion batteries under supervision of Professor Yet-Ming Chiang

September 2010-March 2012

Researcher, Programmer, & Technical Advisory Board Member

AutoMob LLC [MySuzy] (Boston, MA)

  • Commercialized patented undergraduate research on road condition monitoring
  • Developed concept of sensor-based “context layer” for mobile devices, tailoring application function based on motion and timing cues
  • Interviewed as acquisition possibility by major mobile operating system and related parent company

June 2011-January 2012

Self-Employed Consultant

EngVision IT Consulting (Boston, MA)


Served clients individually and in the context of academia and industry. Services revolved around business plans, startup growth strategies, hiring freelancers, core technology R&D, rapid prototyping of MVP and related DFM, subcontractor selection, vehicle reverse engineering, mobile app development, and microcontroller software development.

  • Work with students and entrepreneurs from the MIT E-Club to develop and commercialize early-stage technology
  • Projects include large-scale thermal imaging efforts, including vehicular camera mounting hardware and weatherproof electronic cabling
    • Worked with client to design, validate, and mass-produce system
    • System has imaged millions of buildings without failure, coming in on-time and under-budget
  • Other projects include working with clients for general startup consultation, and specific industries such as food services

March 2008-January 2011

Co-Founder and President, Technology

Course Zero Automation (Boston, MA)

  • Developed and commercialized low-cost inertial navigation hardware and software, implementing advanced filtering algorithms on low-power, embedded systems
  • Designed hardware using COTS MEMS sensors to reduce cost and provide solid supply chain opportunities
  • Software algorithms licensed by game-development studio

Summer 2007

Engineering Intern

Thermalwave Imaging (Ferndale, MI)

  • Designed, tested high-speed shutters and suction mounting systems for thermographic camera setups
  • Analyzed data from IR cameras to determine failure points within composite materials

2004-2007

CTO and Web Designer

Predictiv LLC (Ann Arbor, MI)

Summer 2006

Summer Program Manager

Rocks and Robots (Ann Arbor, MI)

Summers, 2003-2006

Camp Counselor

Super Summer Day Camp (Birmingham, MI)

Leadership and Activities

University

October 2016-Present

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Screening Committee

  • Review student applications for Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition "Drive It" Award

December 2015-Present

ACM eEnergy 2016 Electric Vehicle Systems Workshop

  • Technical Program Committee
  • Solicit and review paper submissions

February 2008-Present

MIT Entrepreneurs Club

  • Treasurer ’08-‘11, '13-'15 and President ‘10-‘14
  • Host weekly meetings with local entrepreneurs, provide feedback and networking opportunities, organize events to inspire MIT students to create start-up ventures, sponsor associated for-credit seminar and Startup Bootcamp program
  • Organize community outreach and recruitment, including younger students through activity fairs and MIT ESP events
  • Helped to organize industry-affiliate Hackathon at MIT

October 2007-August 2009

MIT Electric Vehicle Team

  • Co-President ’08-’09
  • Converted 1976 Porsche 914 to electric drive; researched future of rapid recharge technology and various EV technologies
  • Regular presenter at MIT Energy Club events

November 2007-June 2012

MIT Soldier Design Competition

  • Team Captain/Engineering Lead ’08-‘10/Team Mentor ’10-'12
  • Developed solutions to meet urgent soldier needs, including mechanical hardware, electronics, and software
  • Main project was a MEMS/COTS based inertial navigation system, for soldier use in GPS-deprived environments

November 2009-March 2011

Hibur Delegation

  • Event Planner, Entrepreneurship Lead ’09-‘11, Steering Committee ’10-‘11
  • Member of student-led delegation to the Technion in Haifa, IL, focusing on entrepreneurship and electric vehicle research
  • Worked with Technion students to set up exchange programs for internships and research partnerships

December 2007-June 2011

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Mu Tau Chapter

  • House Manager, Parking Manager, Risk Manager, Steering Committee Member
  • Maintained two houses, coordinated major renovation (new heater, new brickwork and yard, infrastructure upgrades)
  • Volunteer work & philanthropy –organize food drives, charity events, run Gift of Life registry
  • Teach with other members in MIT’s “Splash” program, run by MIT Educational Studies Program
High School

2000-2007

Cranbrook-Kingswood Robotics Team


Participated in FIRST, FIRST LEGO League, Robofest, and SME and Trinity (fire fighting) Competitions.

  • President 2005-2007
  • 1st Place World Exhibition (’05, ‘06)
    2nd Place World Exhibition (’07)
    Judges’ Video Award (’04,’06)
    1st Place Advanced Division (‘02)
  • Individually developed autonomous Power Wheels vehicle, using real-time image processing and other sensor data to drive on- and off-road without user intervention, including parallel and angle parking, lane-holding, and waypoint following

2004-2007

Cranbrook-Kingswood Programming Team

  • President 2006, 2007
  • First place team, 16th annual University of Michigan High School Programming Competition
  • Regular competitor and COMCON and ACSL programming competitions

2004-2007

Cranbrook-Kingswood Video Journalism Club

  • Co-President 2006, 2007

2006-2007

Cranbrook-Kingswood President's Club

Posters

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  • Siegel, Joshua. "CarKnow: Avacars Enabling Virtual Vehicles." SENSORS Expo 2014. Rosemont, IL, USA.
  • Siegel, Joshua. "CloudThink: Using ‘Avacars’ to Solve the Vehicle Data Access Problem" --- BMW/EURECOM Summer School, "Highly Autonomous Driving in the Internet of Things."
    Outstanding Research Travel Grant (1000 Euro)
  • Siegel, Joshua. "Local Viscosity Control Printing." MIT deFlorez Competition 2015. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Siegel, Joshua. "CARduino and CloudThink." MIT deFlorez Competition 2013. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Siegel, Joshua. "Remotely Reconfigurable Vehicle Telemetry System and Supporting Applications." MIT deFlorez Competition 2011. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Siegel, Joshua. "Wearable Non-Contact AC Voltage Detector." MIT deFlorez Competition 20110. Cambridge, MA, USA.

Papers

For up-to-date citation counts, try my Google Scholar page.
Theses

Theses

Conferences

Conferences

Journals

Journals

Manuscripts & White Papers

Submitted Manuscripts / White Papers

    Submitted
  • J. Siegel, S. Kumar, S. Sarma, "The Future Internet of Things: Secure, Efficient, and Model-Based," 2016. Submitted to JNCA Special Issue on IoT
  • J. Siegel, S. Kumar, "Cloud, Context, and Cognition: Paving the Way for Efficient and Secure IoT Implementations," 2016. Submitted for consideration in "Integration of Cloud Computing, Cyber Physical Systems, and Internet of Things."
  • J. Siegel, D. Erb, S. Sarma, "A Survey of the Connected Vehicle Landscape – Architecture, Applications, and Enabling Technologies." Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems Journal.
  • J. Siegel, D. Erb, S. Sarma, "Algorithms and Architectures: A Case Study in When, Where and How to Connect Vehicles." Submitted to IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine.
  • J. Siegel, R. Bhattacharyya, S. Kumar, S. Sarma, "Air Filter Particulate Loading Detection using Smartphone Audio and Optimized Ensemble Classification." Submitted to ACM TIST Special Issue on Urban Sensing.
  • Pending Whitepapers
  • E. Wilhelm, J. Siegel, S. Mayer, J. Paefgen, M. Tiefenbeck, M. Bicker, S. Ho, R. Dantu, S. Sarma. CloudThink: An Open Standard for Projecting Objects into the Cloud (manuscript, available http://cloud-think.com/downloads-3/?dID=8)
Many papers will be made available for download on this site depending on licensing terms. Typically, IEEE and ASME allow for the sharing of "accepted" but not "published" versions of these papers for personal use. Please contact me at j_siegel(@)mit.edu if your use qualifies and I will be happy to provide these versions.

Patents

Patents

System and Method for Providing Road Condition and Congestion Monitoring Using Smart Messages

US8566010 B2 (issued)

This patent grant describes the use of a smart message to provide road and congestion monitoring information to remote servers.

System and Method for Providing Predictive Software Upgrades

US 9086941 B1 (issued)

This patent grant describes a system improving the deployability and safety of remote software updates.

Systems, Devices, And Methods For Three-Dimensional Printing

14/711,213 (pending)

This patent application describes a novel type of bulk 3D printing that relies upon varying the rheological state of a polymer to locally modulate viscosity and deposit entire layers of material in parallel, a substantial rate improvement over both conventional FDM and SLA (including multi-extruder and DLP technologies).

Clutchless Shifting of a Manual Transmission

62/199,758 (pending)

This patent application describes a new transmission architecture that maximizes performance and efficiency for hybrid vehicles. It was the result of a class project in collaboration with an Italian supercar manufacturer.

Provisional: System and Method Applying Local and Networked Data to Estimating Vehicle Idle Times

62/332,518 (pending)

This provisional patent application describes how vehicle context data may be used to estimate idle times, eliminating annoying and inefficient shutoffs when using start/stop technology.

Provisional: Method for Feature Generation, Selection, and Classification for Audio Detection of Anomalous Engine Operation

62/356,640 (pending)

This provisional patent application describes an approach to using audio data for identifying common vehicle faults.

Provisional: System And Method For Applying Motion Sensor Data To Wheel Imbalance Detection, Tire Pressure Monitoring, And Tread Depth Measurement

62/356,673 (pending)

This provisional patent application describes an approach using smartphone data for identifying vehicle wheel and tire maintenance needs.

Provisional: Application of Data Proxies and Cognitive Firewalls to a Secure and Resource-Efficient Implementation for Connected Systems

62/319,845 (pending)

This provisional patent application describes an approach to applying context and cognition information to creating a secure and efficient implementation for connected systems such as those found on the Internet of Things.

Provisional: System and Method Applying Local and Networked Data to Estimating Vehicle Idle Times

62/332,518 (pending)

This provisional patent application describes an approach to estimating the duration of upcoming automotive engine idle events. By predicting idle duration, short idles may be eliminated, saving fuel and improving customer comfort.

Additional disclosures filed with MIT Technology Licensing Office

These disclosures span vehicle systems, prognostic algorithms, and Internet of Things related research.

Voltage detecting personal protective glove

Lapsed provisional application

Electrolysis chamber for octane boost

Lapsed provisional application

Presentations and Panels

I have been involved with panels and provided interviews and consultations for dozens of major consulting firms and media outlets. Some of these contributions have been published in the NYT, WIRED, Consumer Reports, and Science Friday and as parts of whitepapers for the "big three" consulting groups. I am a frequent contributor and "ghostwriter" for internal corporate presentations on the topic of the Internet of Things and On-Board Diagnostics.
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  • IoT's Role in Industry
    Disruptive Angels ``Hacking Innovation'' Conference, (International WebEx)
  • Data Proxies and Cognition in Industry
    MIT ILP R&D Conference, (Cambridge, MA)
  • The IoT for Energy Applications
    Lincoln Labs Seminar Series, 2016 (Lincoln, MA)
  • The Field Intelligence Lab
    MIT Office for Digital Learning Lunch Series, (Cambridge, MA)
  • Cloud, Context, and Cognition
    Viakable Forum on Technology and Innovation, 2016 (Monterrey, Mexico)
  • Automotive Engine Misfire Detection Using Smartphone Audio
    ECML-PKDD 2016 (Riva del Garda, Italy)
  • Smartphone-Based Vehicular Tire Pressure and Condition Monitoring
    SAI Intelligent Systems 2016 (London, England)
  • Workshop: Low-cost, pervasive sensing leveraging existing wireless infrastructure
    IoT 2015 (Seoul, Korea)
  • Conversations with Connected Cars
    IoT 2015 (Seoul, Korea)
  • Engineering Connectivity: Hot-Rodding in the Digital Era
    Lemelson/MIT EurekaFest 2015 (Cambridge, MA, USA)
  • CarKnow - NextEnergy GAIC Pitch
    SAE World Congress (Detroit, MI, USA)
  • Vehicular Engine Oil Service Life Characterization Using On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Sensor Data
    IEEE Sensors 2014 (Valencia, Spain)
  • Workshop: Unlocking Open Data Standards
    IoT Conference, October 2014, (Cambridge, MA)
  • CarKnow and the Virtual Vehicle
    t=0 Hardware Night, September 2014, (Cambridge, MA)
  • CloudThink Status Update
    CloudThink Workshop, July 2014 (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Solving the Vehicle Data Access Problem
    BMW-EURECOM Summer School, "Highly Autonomous Driving in the Internet of Things," July 2014 (Lake Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany)
    --Best Ideation Award, Outstanding Research Travel Grant--
  • Member, 3 day IoT workshop
    "Unlocking the Value of IoT" Deloitte Workshop, May 2014 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Unlocking Vehicle Data
    Doctoral Qualifying Examination, January 2014 (Cambridge, MA)
  • CarKnow Investor Presentation
    University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium, April 2013 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data (Keynote)
    IoT Meetup, February 2013 (Cambridge, MA)
  • EntreTech Forum - IoT
    EntreTech IoT Panelist, May 2013 (Waltham, MA)
  • CloudCar
    Verizon 4G Venture Forum, October 2013 (San Francisco)
  • Connected Cloud Research Opportunities
    GS1 Board Meeting, 2012 (Cambridge, MA)
  • CloudThink's Connected World
    GS1 Board Meeting, 2014 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Regular presentations to MIT Industrial Liaison Program member companies (30+ companies)
  • Presenter on entrepreneurial and technology panels (MIT Entrepreneurs Club, MassChallenge, Global Automotive and Mobility Challenge
  • Many presentations will be made available for download on this site. If a presentation you would like is not yet listed, please use the contact form to make a request. Note that many investor or other privileged presentations may not be sharable.

Coursework - Examples

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  • 2.008 YoYo - In this course, a team of students designed and produced 100 yo-yo's of a custom design, containing parts that were injection molded and thermoformed.
  • 2.008 PCB Presentation - This was my final presentation for Design and Manufacturing II, and the basis for a lecture I gave when I served as a Teaching Assistant for the course in 2012.
  • 2.009 IceTek Ice Scraper - This product was our electrically-actuated ice scraper, designed as part of a team project for MIT MechE's capstone engineering course.
  • 2.752 GreenWheel Presentation - This presentation was our final deliverable (along with business plan and patent disclosure) for Precision Machine Design. The GreenWheel was based off of Arthur Petron's graduate research; during the class, I helped to design a wireless control interface PCB.
  • 2.739 Car Organizer / Charger Presentation - This product was part of a collaborative course between MIT and RISD students. A major portion of the product development process revolved around conducting user studies, and building the product to address particular stakeholder needs.
  • 2.744 Corner Keepers Presentation - This product was produced for a graduate level design course, sponsored by an office supply company. The product was well received and several competitors are sold today.
  • CMS.100 Top Gear Paper - This paper is a summary of the impact the TV show "Top Gear" has on people's everyday lives. It was published on MIT OpenCourseWare.
  • 2.96 FireHosed Business Plan - This business plan was developed as part of a management in engineering course ,and was similar to the demand aggregation that a GroupOn model provides.
  • 2.671 Impact of Acceleration on Heart Rate - This paper and poster combination was written as part of a communications intensive instrumentation and measurement course.
  • 2.S998 EagleTurkey Bridge - This bridge addressed a competition designed to challenge students to build the strongest (strength:weight) bridge possible using consumer-grade FDM printers.
    Our team built the strongest bridge in the additive manufacturing class (strength:weight 7000:1)
  • 2.S998 Final Report - In this course, we developed a novel type of bulk 3D printing.
  • 2.76 Final Report - This class tasked students with developing products for a global marketplace. This report discusses the design and optimization of a high-performance hybrid vehicle transmission.
    As part of my coursework, I worked with a team of students to develop and prototype new transmission concepts for a supercar manufacturer. This concept is the subject of a provisional patent and may be developed further by the company. Our group flew to the corporate headquarters to present this concept, where it was favorably received.
  • MAS.552 Final Trip - This class focused on changing the perception of the micronation Andorra. This trip finalized months of work, researching topics from how to cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem to how to deploy autonomous vehicle technology. My work focused on designing low-cost, vision-based autonomous vehicles. The course, and our work, received a lot of press.
These presentations and papers will be made available shortly. In the meantime, a small portion of these documents is available at SiegelAutomation, my (outdated) portfolio site.
For immediate access, please use the contact form.

Class Listing

Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics and Materials I (2.001)
  • Dynamics and Control I (2.003)
  • Thermal-Fluids Engineering I (2.005)
  • Design and Manufacturing I (2.007)
  • Design and Manufacturing II (2.008)
  • Product Engineering Process (2.009)
  • Structural Mechanics (2.08)
  • Sustainable Energy (2.65)
  • Measurement & Instrumentation (2.671)
  • Product Design and Development (2.739)
  • Product Design (2.744)
  • Developing Mechanical Products (2.752)
  • Mfg Processes and Systems (2.81)
  • Energy, Materials & Mfg (2.83)
  • Intro to Manufacturing Systems (2.854)
  • Management in Engineering (2.96)
  • Additive Manufacturing (2.S998)
  • Global Engineering (2.76)
General Science, Math, and Engineering
  • Intro to Solid-State Chemistry (3.091)
  • Electronics Project Laboratory (6.07)
  • Elec, Signals, Measurement (6.071)
  • Introductory Biology (7.012)
  • Physics I (8.01)
  • Physics II (8.02)
  • Computer Games (11.127)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (14.01)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15.354)
  • Law & Cutting Edge Tech (15.618)
  • Special Seminar in Management (15.975)
  • Calculus (18.01)
  • Calculus (18.02)
  • Differential Equations (18.03)
  • Computational Science & Engr I (18.085)
  • Project Management (1.04)
  • Machine Learning [Listener] (6.876)
  • Data Mining [Listener] (15.062)
Electives
  • Technology and Culture (21A.340)
  • The Film Experience (21L.011)
  • Comedy (21L.421)
  • Studies in Fiction (21L.702)
  • Writng & Readng Short Stories (21W.755)
  • Materials Fatigue & Fracture (22.A01)
  • Introduction to Media Studies (CMS.100)
  • Intro to Videogame Studies (CMS.300)
  • Writing for Videogames (CMS.612)
  • Startups At MIT (SEM.089)
  • MIT Tech-based Start-Ups Pt II (SEM.095)
  • City Science (MAS.552)
  • (New) Media Ventures (MAS.664)

Teaching

Courses Taught
  • Course Co-Creator / Instructor - Internet of Things (IoT) Bootcamp, MIT Office of Digital Learning Program
  • Course Creator / Instructor - Hands On Fabrication of Cloud-Connected Devices, MIT IAP 2016
  • Teaching Assistant for 2.008, Design and Manufacturing II
    Responsibilities included writing exams, homework assignments, holding office hours, and proofing lectures.
    Guest lectured, covering topic of PCB DFM/A and manufacturing processes.
  • Teaching Assistant for SEM.089, Tech Startups At MIT I
  • Teaching Assistant for SEM.095, Tech Startups At MIT II
  • PI/Manager for UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity) students, summer interns, and visiting students.
    Projects include embedded hardware and software, mobile software, battery test stand design, and data analytics.

Skills

Computer
  • Microsoft Windows (Proficent)
  • Mac OS X (Proficent)
  • iOS (Proficent)
  • Android (Limited Proficiency)
  • Microsoft Office (Proficent)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Proficent)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Limited Proficiency)
  • iMovie (Proficent)
  • 3D Studio Max (Version 8) (Limited Proficiency)
  • Embedded C ('Give me forums and a week and I'll build you anything')
  • Java ('Give me forums and a week and I'll build you anything')
  • Python ('Give me forums and a week and I'll build you anything')
  • EAGLE PCB Layout and Schematic Editor (Proficient)
  • SolidWorks (Proficient)
  • MATLAB (Proficient)
  • MasterCAM ('Hey, this looks familiar!')
  • MathCAD (Limited Proficiency)
Prototyping
  • Sensor packaging
  • System integration
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Design for assembly
  • One-off assembly
  • Assembly subcontracting
  • Circuit assembly (SMT placement by hand)
  • 3D printable design and execution
  • Laser cutting
  • Milling, turning & other machine shop skills
  • Injection molding and thermoforming
  • Hiring and managing subcontractors
  • Job shop project documentation and scoping
  • Project planning
  • Minimum valuable product (MVP) identification
  • Proof of concept model generation and execution
  • Most critical module (MCM) validation
Languages
  • English (native speaker)
  • Spanish (unpracticed; medium working proficiency)

Hobbies

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  • Auto repair & restoration
  • Electric vehicle conversion
  • DIY CNC (3D printers, laser cutters, mills, lathes and routers)
  • Videogames
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Hardware Hacking
  • Robotics
  • Radio control vehicles
  • Programming (embedded & desktop applications)
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Multi-medium arts

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Companies
Hobbies and Activities

Fundraising

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I have experience working with companies to scope, negotiate, and conduct new research engagements. With MIT's Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), I helped define a collaborative project with a major automotive OEM that funded two PhD students for two years each, with additional funding for project resources. Additionally, I played a key role in securing and retaining funding for two other graduate research projects.

Not all ILP meetings are hosted with the intent to fund a project -- many companies simply come to MIT to learn about a particular technology landscape, or to evaluate the feasibility and potential of joining ILP as a member company or becoming a sponsor of a consortium or specific project.

In my work with MIT's ILP or through meetings arranged by my faculty advisor, I have hosted meetings with representatives of:

  • Accenture
  • BOSCH
  • BMW
  • Delegation of Business and Government Interests from Wuxi, China
  • Deloitte
  • Delphi
  • Denso
  • Dyson
  • Ferrovial
  • General Electric
  • Hexagon
  • Hill-Rom
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • John Deere
  • Nielson
  • Tata
  • Telecom Italia
  • ThingMagic
  • Trimble
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Via Scientific
  • ...and more

My research has been funded by:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • United States Department of Transportation / Volpe Center
  • Oregon Department of Transportation

References

References will be made available to interested parties upon request.