Inventors

The Mission of Public Invention is to "Invent in the public, for the public."

Megan Cadena

Megan Cadena

I am a Senior undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin studying for a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. I currently work as a volunteer researcher with Public Invention and am a member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). I specifically develop and amend mathematical and computational models of complex and real-world systems.
Recently, I partnered with Dr. Robert L. Read to develop an analytical solution for representing the degree of tilt of a top plane of a soft-robotic "Stewart Platform" for his nonprofit, Public Invention.This analytical solution is currently being used to implement a design of a soft-robotic "Stewart Platform" prototype in a UT design Competition, called Create-a-thon. This prototype will physically demonstrate how to alter a soft robotic effector arm in shape in order to perform configurations not currently feasible by common soft-robotic mechanisms.
I hope to later optimize the modeling of this system and its particular design to later benefit future advance applications, in vivo, such as in future endoscope designs & arterial plaque removal procedures.
Avinash

Avinash Baskaran

Avinash is driven by his desire to leverage science and technology to restore the function, independence, and quality of life of people with disabilities. His research interests include assistive robotics, telepresence and human robot interaction. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, listening to music and completing DIY projects.

Keeshan Patel

Keeshan Patel

Keeshan Patel is a student at The University of Texas at Austin who completed his bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Software Engineering. He has a passion for robotics and embedded systems. Specifically, his interests lie in rehabilitation robotics where he has conducted exoskeleton research in the Non-Invasive Brain-Machine Interface Lab at the University of Houston and the RENEU Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his undergraduate experience, he has interned at Viasat, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Apple and has continued his pursuit to extend his knowledge of the tech industry. His various projects can be found on his website: https://keeshanppatel.wixsite.com/keeshanpatel.

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Evan Bartilson

Providing mechanical engineering solutions for the aerospace, medical, amusement park, heavy equipment, and consumer product industries.
Primary design resource on Engineers without Borders Armadillo V2 and contributor for PubInv glusscon projects.

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Morgan Chen

Morgan is currently a senior Mechanical Engineering student at UT Austin. He is interested in additive manufacturing and machine design.

David Jeschke

David Jeschke

David is the founder of XtraMath, a nonprofit offering a free online supplementary math education program. Prior to XtraMath, David worked at a variety of startups, including a couple of his own, and spent several years at Microsoft. David has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from New York, University. Originally from Goshen, Indiana, David now lives in Seattle.

Joshua Hannan

Joshua Hannan

Josh completed his B.Sc from Purdue University in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015.  Post-graduation, Josh worked in verification engineering for the Apple Mac performance team and for IBM server hardware.  In 2017, he started working in the blockchain space and is currently working on building and promoting a new smart contract programming language for the Flow blockchain. At Public Invention, Josh helped with the initial design and testing of the GlussCon.