Mission
Provide professional assistance as an independent or an employee on a project, part-time, or full-time basis to support most excellent organizations & individuals in exchange for support of living expenses.


Education
Magnified Healing Setauket, NY 2016
Yoga For Life Studio
First Phase Master Teacher
Insight Meditation Nevada City, CA / New York, NY 2015 – Present
Mountain Stream and New York Insight meditation centers
Continued study in courses, workshops, daylong retreats & dharma talks
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 2006, 2008 – 2011
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Ph.D. Candidate 2009 – 2011
Master of Science 2010
in Engineering Sciences: Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
Coursework +/-
The Cooper Union New York, NY 2002 – 2006
for the Advancement of Science and Art
Albert Nerken School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Engineering 2006
in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy
summa cum laude


Professional
Honest Hands 2013 – Present
Soapmaking, web development, marketing, social media, education and community support for Earth-friendly, generative living.
Co-Founder & Partner 2013 – Present
Organics Today Farm 2016 – Present
Seeding, weeding, cultivation, maintenance and farmstand tending at a 3-acre suburban organic farm
CSA Volunteer 2016 – Present
I Eat Green 2016 – Present
Slow Food inspired organic farming and cooking
Farm Apprentice 2016 – Present
Trader Joe's Seattle, WA 2014 – 2015
Customer service, retail, inventory ordering & stocking
Section Leader 2014 – 2015
Crew Member 2014
The Leonardo Salt Lake City, UT 2012 – 2013
Nonprofit informal science education
Public Programs Coordinator 2013
Education Programs Coordinator 2012
Clever Devices Long Island, NY 2007
Intelligent transportation systems
Research Engineer 2007


Independent
Web Design & Development 2012 – Present
http://honesthands.co
http://michaelthomaspetralia.com
http://roxannesharif.com
http://the-sitting-room.com
http://denverstreetsoap.com
UX Designer 2014 – 2015
Smart Cloud Irrigation / RainPal
Software Engineer 2013 – 2015
Brilliant Control Technologies
Soapsmith 2013 – Present
Denver Street Soap / Honest Hands


UX Design
RainPal web and mobile applications 2014 – 2015
Smart Cloud Irrigation
User interface for a 12-zone, wifi-enabled flow system, including zone setup forms, irrigation scheduling, user registration, flow parameters, flow dashboard with time adjustments and on/off functionality, and a customer aggregator.
Factory Flowmeter Calibration and Settings 2013
Brilliant Control Technologies
User interface for a control head used in multiple factories across the US to monitor, calibrate, and define system settings for 12 different flow zones
Collaboration space 2013
Mind Riot at The Leonardo
Website for connecting youth with experts, mentors and investors to collaborate on impactful ideas
Museum programming planner 2013
The Leonardo
Web application for staff-wide communication of museum programming information
Artist's gallery 2013
Cat Rogers
Cross platform gallery showcasing various types of artwork and details
Simple online store 2013
Denver Street Soap
Cross platform order-by-email store
Visual ingredients list 2013
Love Simple link
Exercise in consumer information display
Image-based records 2012
Personal use link
Cross platform gallery of lists
Web‐browser–typeset book 2011
The Art of Living by Epictetus link
HTML typesetting with sidebar definitions and comment dropbox
Progressive disclosure teaching tools 2010
Science and Cooking at Harvard University link
Series of review materials serving an audience with a wide-range of abilities



Teaching
Illuminating the Lamp of Awareness 2016 – Present
Yoga For Life Studio, Setauket, NY
Vipassana and Metta meditation practice beginning with gentle asana and pranayama
Private Soap-Making Workshops 2013 – Present
Honest Hands
In-home instruction of individuals and groups
Mind Riot Salt Lake City, UT 2013
The Leonardo
Developed & directed an innovation collaboration for 100 students
Create What You Crave Salt Lake City, UT 2013
Sous Vide, Beer, Tea & Soap
The Leonardo
Developed & instructed hands-on adult education creative workshops
The Stuff in Stuff Cambridge, MA 2011
Various views of the things in our everyday lives
Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Developed & instructed a graduate-level interterm mini-course
Science and Cooking Cambridge, MA 2010
From haute cuisine to soft matter science
Harvard College Program in General Education
Helped develop laboratory curriculum & taught two laboratory sections
Mechanical Systems Cambridge, MA 2008
Harvard's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Teaching fellow for coursework


Research
Comparative religions 2015 – Present
Autodidactic
Review of Buddhist, Zen, New Age, East meets West, Yoga & Ayurveda
Soft mechanical systems 2009 – 2011
Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory
Lead Ph.D. candidate developing analytical theories and numerical calculations to understand the relationship between growth and form in soft mechanical systems
Bioinspired robotics 2010 – 2011
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Technical consultant for soft actuation technologies and metrics
Anticipatory medical devices 2009 – 2011
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Technical consultant for soft actuation technologies and metrics
Adaptive architecture 2009 – 2011
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Technical consultant for soft actuation technologies and metrics
Second skin 2009 – 2010
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Technical consultant for soft actuation technologies and metrics
Chemical robots (Chembots) 2008 – 2010
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Literature review of soft actuation technologies and lead researcher of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs)
Programmable matter 2008 – 2010
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Technical consultant for soft actuation technologies and metrics
pH sensitive polymeric gels 2008
Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology
Lead researcher studying the utility of polymeric gel actuators
CleverBus 2007
Clever Devices
Researched technical & political barriers for a new transportation class
Bioinspired microrobotic fish 2006
Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory
Researched the biological mechanisms producing fish schooling behavior
Low Curie Point NiCu Alloys 2005 – 2006
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Researched the thermomagnetic properties of NiCu alloys
RagoDOCS 2005
A dynamically operated charging system for Ragobot
UCLA's Networked & Embedded Systems Laboratory
Lead mechanical engineer


Publication
Gravity short fiction
Dudley Review 2011
Fabrication and analysis of dielectric-elastomer minimum energy structures for highly-deformable soft robotic systems
2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Holistic multimodal transportation apparatus and method
United States Patent Application
US 2010/0280853 A1
World Intellectual Property Organization
Patent Application WO 2009/076216 A2


Speaking
Musical guest Worchester, MA 2012
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Short fiction reading Cambridge, MA 2011
2011 Dudley Review Launch Party
From local growth & stiffness changes to global form Boston, MA 2010
Understanding the design-space of soft-mechanical systems through spatially-differential, time-varying size and stiffness
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Second Annual Retreat Poster Session
Fabrication and analysis of dielectric-elastomer minimum energy structures for highly-deformable soft robotic systems Taipei City, Taiwan 2010
2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on
Intelligent Robots and Systems
Food thickeners, gels, and the science of soft matter Boston, MA 2010
Museum of Science
Bioinspired robotic insects Cambridge, MA 2010
Making small and squishy robots
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Engineering micro and soft robots Boston, MA 2010
In the media and behind the scenes
Harvard Science in the News Lecture Series
Actuators, generators, and sensors Boston, MA 2009
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
First Annual Retreat
The Harvard Microrobotics Lab New York, NY 2009
Gadgetoff 2009
Dielectric elastomer patch actuators Cambridge, MA 2009
Fabrication and Design
Wyss Institute Adaptive Architecture and Robotics Seminar Series
Actuation technologies Cambridge, MA 2009
from the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory
Wyss Institute Anticipatory Medical Devices Platform Meeting
Dynamically configurable robotic sensor networks San Diego, CA 2005
3rd ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems


Honors
Solo Art Show 2015
Caffe Vita Queen Anne
One month hanging of mixed media paintings
1st Place Short Fiction 2011
Dudley Review Prize Competition
Print and online publication + monetary award
January@GSAS mini-course 2011
Harvard University's Graduate Student Council
Resources to design and teach a 10 hour graduate–level course + stipend
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship 2009
United States of America Department of Defense
Three years of graduate school funding + stipend
Alexander C. Grove Prize 2006
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
For demonstration of scholarship, personal integrity, and professional promise in the field of mechanical engineering
National Science Foundation Science and Technology Summer Internship Program 2005
Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
University of California, Los Angeles
Summer research experience at the Networked and Embedded Systems Laboratory
Pi Tau Sigma President 2005 – 06
International mechanical engineering honor society
The Cooper Union Pi Phi Chapter
Members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, personality, and probable future success
Tau Beta Pi 2004
National engineering honor society
New York Iota Chapter at The Cooper Union
Membership signifies distinguished scholarship and exemplary character
Dean's List 2002 – 06
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Awarded for outstanding academic achievement
Eagle Scout, Silver Palm 1999
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 301
Highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program, requiring excellence in leadership, Scouting knowledge and spirit, and a commitment to community service