Max Blackburn, an Electrical Engineering student, is currently on the Mapleseed project involved with “the design and testing of a new PCB design that will include the addition of a dipole antenna for accurate data capture”.
As he is pursuing his degree, he is, also learning to have other responsibilities and experiences like “working collaboratively with fellow design members to test antenna effectiveness and signal attenuation, as well as integrating our work with other subteams to ensure a useful final product”.
Max had a lot to say about his experience through MDP and his project: “ This helps me fulfill my idea of what an engineering student should learn about, especially at the University of Michigan; I am getting hands-on experience working with actual circuitry and creating a product that I can call my own with guidance from helpful friends and world class faculty. There is no substitution for this kind of experience, and it allows me to envision the kind of work I would like to complete at the graduate level once I graduate. Involvement with various projects within MDP, not just with Mapleseed but also with Woven Wind, have let me grow as both a student and a person while expanding my knowledge of a field I value greatly”
We hope that Max will continue to learn and grow as he finishes his degree and heads into the his next stage in life!
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Date: Fall 2018
Previous MDP Team: Sensor Network Laboratory – Mapleseed Project,Electronics Sub-team Member