My name is Matt Stofleth and I am a 2016 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. My primary interests include mechanical design, control/embedded systems, manufacturing processes, space technologies, and innovative transportation technologies. I have also recently been exploring the techniques of sustainable engineering design and am passionate about practicing them in my future projects.
I enjoy very much the concept of human transportation and what it means for the advancement and quality of human life. From 2015 through 2017 I have worked on two teams that competed in SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competitiom, Purdue Hyperloop and rLoop (see more in PURDUE HYPERLOOP DESIGN and RLOOP under the WORK tab). The Hyperloop interests me because it could allow commute distances for the common worker to increase without increasing its duration, and it provides an upcoming generation that is so passionate about travel the opportunity to experience distant landscapes and establish more diverse communities.
In the Spring semester of 2016 I was involved in a senior design project in which the objective was to explore spacecraft anchoring systems for use in low gravity applications, such as on a comet or asteroid, that would directly compete with the ESA Rosetta Mission's previously unsuccessful anchoring system on its Philae lander (see more in PROJECT TALUS under the WORK tab). My interest in this particular niche of the aerospace industry stems from its implications in regards to development of interplanetary spacecraft refueling stations and resource harvesting factories. With the creation of spacecraft refueling stations, space exploration missions could cross distances at speeds that aren't currently cost effective and may act as the catalyst for the mining of precious metals present on some asteroids.
MACHINE / TOOL EXPERIENCE
- 3D Printers (FDM and SLA)
- Angle Grinder
- Band, Chop, and Jig Saw
- Keyence Image Measurement System
- Laser Cutter (Universal Laser Systems)
- Lathe (metal and wood)
- Oscilloscope and miscellaneous electrical equipment
- Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
- Soldering Tools
- Vertical Mill
- Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
- AutoCAD and similar CAD software
- Autodesk Fusion 360
- CATIA v5
- C language
- Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel
- Minitab Analytical Software
- Python (WIP)
- Rhinoceros 5.0