These are the communities where I am a member. These are Engineering, Design, Social, and Collaborative organizations, some of which are spread across the world, and others based within the local community.
Design for America
Design for America is a Social Innovation organization spread across the United States in more than 36 Universities. Its headquarters is at Evanston, Il. The studio at New York University, where I was a studio lead, is called DFA NYU. The mission is to create social impact both locally and globally by working on projects.
I have been a part of this organization for more than 1.5 years, I have become an adept Design Thinker, worked on 5 Design Thinking challenges, led 3 teams in Social Innovation projects, and served as the President during the academic year 2016-2017. One of my favourite part of being a part of DFA NYU is that I have had the opportunity to organize 20 different events, including two large scale banquet events in the form of project showcase.
The NYU MakerSpace is a two level prototyping lab located in the Brooklyn campus of NYU, at the Tandon School of Engineering. This state of the art facility is all about innovation, prototyping, and digital modeling & fabrication. I have worked here as a Graduate Technical Assistant when it first opened on September 6th 2016.
Some of my duties included training students to use machines, maintaining the machines, overhauling the machines, testing the machines, do workshops on the machines, build things for the MakerSpace displays using those machines, testing the materials that went inside the machines, assessing the quality of the products that came out of the machine. I also had other jobs to perform not related to the machines, but they were mostly administrative. The one other important thing I was in charge of was keeping the MakerSpace blog up to date.
How many machines is it possible for one person to master within the span of one academic year?
This was my challenge at the MakerSpace. There are 28 different kinds of individual machines at the MakerSpace at an NYU person’s disposal. Apart from these there are other equipment such as power tools, soldering tools, oscilloscopes and so many more things!
The following are the machines that I have had a chance to learn about and use:
- 3D printers (Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker 2+ Extended, MakerBot Replicator+, Stratasys Mojo, Stratasys Dimension Elite, Stratasys Fortus 250mc, Stratasys Objet30 Pro)
- Laser Cutters (Epilog Mini 24, Epilog Fusion M2 32, Universal ILS12.75)
- Imaging machines (Bruker Skyscan 1172 Micro-CT scanner, Shapetools Next Engine 3D scanner)
- OtherMill Desktop CNC machine
- LPKF D104 PCB prototyping machine
- Pensa Labs DIwirebender
- Roland CAMM-1 Vinyl cutter
- WARDJET EXL-1515 waterject cutter
- Bruel & Kjaer Electrodynamic Shaker
- Morgan G-100T plastic injecting machine
Now, the total doesn’t add up to the promised 28, but these are the ones I have had the opportunity to work with. And 20 on 27 is an appreciable number for one year.
GreenHouse Innovation Space
The GreenHouse Innovation Space is a student run environment meant for collaboration, ideation, and light prototyping. It provides a flexible space for meetings and creativity for the NYU Community in the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
The GreenHouse is an empty canvas for thinkers and hosts a variety of events for the personal, professional, and creative growth for the benefit of students. Such events include talks, skill shares, and opportunities to meet with professionals from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s incubators and also from various industries. The GreenHouse is designed and run by two GreenHouse Guardians, who supervise the space, maintain its inventory, and also facilitate, organize, and design events. The GreenHouse, in collaboration with NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, offers the NYU Prototyping Fund during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
As a GreenHouse Guardian during the academic year 2016-2017, I had the opportunity to work with 25 different organizations within and outside of NYU, and organize 82 events for them. The total participants in all of these GreenHouse events came to 1536. I also had the opportunity to Organize two Prototyping Fund Showcases.
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
IISE is an organization which helps the members grow with attributes such as systems world view, productivity, and efficiency. Industrial and Systems engineers strive to make the industries safe and better. Be it automobile manufacturing and aerospace, to healthcare, forestry, finance, leisure, and education.
IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.
As an Industrial Engineer, I have been a member of this organization. IISE draws upon specialized skills and concentration in fields such as mathematical, physical, and social sciences. It is the only association that supports the profession of industrial engineering and promotes an increased awareness of the value of industrial engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
IEEE creates an environment for its members to collaborate on world‐changing technologies, all the way from computing and sustainable energy systems to healthcare, communications, robotics, aerospace, and many more.
The organization also provides many educational content and publishes journals. Their presence is found across the globe. They have booths at world Maker Faires where they conduct workshops for young children so that they develop interest in STEM. As a member, I have assisted the organization during the Maker Faire in New York.
OpenIDEO is an open social innovation platform which helps to build communities that work together and design solutions to the challenges across the world. OpenIDEO is a subsidiary of IDEO. Through partnering with leading organizations to drive collaboration, innovation and impact around the world’s toughest problems, OpenIDEO launches challenges, programs and other tailored experiences.
As a community member of OpenIDEO, I have organized events for the New York City chapter during challenges such as Sustainable food waste challenge, End of life challenge, Fall prevention challenge, and Circular design challenge . These events help teams to build their ideas, develop concepts, refine them, and help them make social impact in their local and sometimes the global community.
NYU Stressbusters is a far-reaching community wellness program under the health promotion office of NYU. It trains students and sends them as volunteer teams to provide free and consensual five-minute backrubs for the NYU community throughout the academic year. Apart from this, it also provides stress related information to other students at campus events, residence halls, organization meetings, libraries, and anywhere within the NYU facilities that request the service.
I have been a part of this organization from February 2016 to May 2017. I have participated in 18 events requiring the stressbuster service during this time.
The Poly Project
The Poly Project initiative aims to provide regular and sustained opportunities for NYU School of Engineering students to engage in community service. Its objective is to provide students school-led service opportunities as well as resources to help members of the School of Engineering community find other service opportunities that interest them.
Being a part of the poly project during the Spring 2017 term helped me fulfill the requirements of the Engaging Engineer to remain involved and well-rounded within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Service and Social Justice.
International Society of Automation
The International Society of Automation is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure
I was a student member of this organization between February 2012 and May 2014 in the RVCE Student Chapter of the Bangalore Section. As a student coordinator, I had organized technical events, such as visits to automation industries, technical talks, and competitions for other students and members.