Vincent Vu

(347)220-9854 | v.vu014@gmail.com
Bronx, New York


EDUCATION

State University of New York at Buffalo '17
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

EXPERIENCE

University at Buffalo Computing and Information Technology | Buffalo, New York
Computing Site Consultant | February 2015 – May 2017

- Performs routine maintenance checks to ensure that all major computing sites are fully operational
- Provides technical support for the university-wide IT department serving over 29,000 students
- Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and resolves technical issues for patrons in a timely manner

Holy Rosary Church | Bronx, New York
Sacristan | December 2010 – August 2013

- Facilitated inventory management and conducted routine checks on mass necessities
- Handled weekly collections and assisted priest with miscellaneous tasks
- Prepared sacred linens and vessels for liturgical celebrations

PROJECTS

Manufacturing Automation | Fall 2016

- Used MATLAB and VREP to implement forward kinematics to control a robotic arm
- Designed a simple vibratory feeder (VBF) to orient bottles in a closed loop
- Utilized CNC G-code and PLC for various tasks

Arduino Packaging Simulation | Spring 2016

- Created a system that was able to warn the user when a load of 8N was exceeded
- Wrote Arduino program to communicate between the sensor and computer
- Used a 3 axis accelerometer and distance sensor to determine force experienced by package
- An LED would remain illuminated when the load has been exceeded

CAD Product Modeling | Spring 2015

- Created over 15 unique components for a desk lamp using CAD software Creo Parametric
- Finite element analysis (FEA) performed on components to ensure proper design
- Calculations for tolerances, fits, and cost were carefully considered

Additional Projects

- Wind Turbine Redesign, Solar Panel Research, Ideal Car Material Research Analysis, Mathematical Modeling of Vehicle Suspension, Water Pump Mechanical Analysis

SKILLS

Technical Skills

- Experienced with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) - Basic knowledge of Autodesk, C++, Adobe Premiere, MATLAB, Arduino, Maple, PTC Creo, Lab View, & V-REP

Coursework

- Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Statics, Dynamic Systems, Machines and Mechanisms, Product Design, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing Automation, & Road Vehicle Dynamics

Projects

Recyclable Wind Turbine
Project that spanned two semesters to design and construct a recyclable wind turbine. Worked collaboratively with four other mechanical engineering students and successfully completed a working prototype.

Wind turbines are typically constructed out of complex components that are very difficult to recycle. The desired outcome of this project was to create a wind turbine that was environmentally friendly not only during operation, but also past its lifespan. Various materials were analyzed and aluminum was chosen due to the short timespan allotted for the project. Aluminum is a simple metal that was able to provide the criteria’s desired; such as strength, corrosion resistance, and cost.

CAD modeling, FEA, and 3D printing were used during the initial stages of prototyping in order to validate the design. Vertical axis wind turbines are typically not as effective as horizontal wind turbines, but the simplistic design allowed for quick prototyping. The aluminum blades for the vertical axis wind turbine were used because they satisfied all of the factors that were needed to solve the problem. The aluminum is 100% recyclable, light, strong, corrosion resistant, cheap, and easy to maintain.


Arduino Packaging Simulation
The premise is that an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) control unit is being shipped in a specialized container. In designing the shipping container, it is desired that inertial loading on system not exceed 8 Newton or else the control unit may be damaged.

In this experiment, two different methods to determine if the sensor has exceeded the maximum loading of 8N were utilized. Hooke’s Law and Newton’s second Law of motion were considered when designing this experiment. . An accelerometer and distance sensor are utilized to detect the inertial loading on a system. Through knowledge of dynamic systems, a warning system was developed for easy indication whether or not the system has exceeded its limit. The biggest inaccuracy possible during this experiment is the calibration of the accelerometer itself. The accelerometer is very sensitive, meaning that anything hitting the table of which the unit was mounted onto could produce a slightly inaccurate reading.

The data gathered from this experiment comes from the serial monitor of the Arduino software, and displays data collected from the accelerometer as well as the distance sensor. To allow workers to easily identify if the shipping container exceeded the allowable force, an LED is connected to the breadboard.



CAD Product Modeling
Analyzed a desk lamp and modeled the product via through the CAD software Creo Parametric. A total of 15 non-standard components were modeled and assembled. Using the built in tools, the weight and volume of each component were found in order to estimate the total raw cost. Several components underwent finite element analysis under various loads to determine the likely point of failure. The result was a structurally sound product that was able to withstand the daily stresses.


Product Analysis
Irrigation Pump
Super Money-Maker is an irrigation system that utilizes technology from two high performance cylinders operated from manpower. This product is intended to be sold in different regions in Africa, mainly in Kenya, Tanzania, and Mali. The design of this irrigation pump were analyzed to find the maximum stress allowed on each component. In addition, improvements were proposed and validated through calculations.

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Vincent Vu

(347)220-9854 | v.vu014@gmail.com
Bronx, New York