Michael Albinson


Aspiring Mechatronics Engineer

About Me


My name is Michael Albinson and I'm a fourth year dual degree candidate in Biomechanical Engineering and Computing at Queen's University. I thrive when working in teams, am very self directed, and am a fast learner. I am willing to put my nose to the grindstone in order to excel and deliver. Challenges that other people shy away from are my bread and butter. I love to take on the new, the demanding, and the seemingly impossible.










Work Experience


Skills

Java
Javascript
Arduino
Python
Teamwork
MATLAB
C
HTML
CSS
Teaching
Leadership
Technical Report Writing
Public Speaking
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
Time Management
Solid Edge
Ruby
Platform as a Service
Software as a Service
Data Analysis
AGILE Development
Accessible Web Design

Software Engineering


ServiceNow Platform Software Engineering Intern

May 2016 - August 2017

Brief

  • Delivered software as a service (SaaS) based products to internal customers in real time
  • Worked in a scrum team staffed with highly talented software developers, quality engineers, and product owners focused on delivering a high quality feature
  • Collaborated with senior engineers to consistently achieve frequent deadlines set under Scrum Agile development
  • Wrote production code that met the strict coding standards and adhered to our ServiceNow’s world class established coding guidelines
  • Worked in a team to develop a must-ship feature of the company's latest software version
  • Responsible for tasks including debugging code, helping to execute core software development as needed, and manually testing core functionality of features
  • Created and was responsible for a large amount of automated testing (JUnit, Selenium) around the core functionality of various platform features
  • Helped to triage failing automated tests in the core of the ServiceNow's Platform
  • Extensive work with Java, Javascript, Jelly, XML, and HTML

Queen's Engineering Society Software Development Team Manager

May 2017 - May 2018

Brief

  • Managed a small team in a major year-long design project designed to improve the engineering experience at Queen's
  • Architected and contributed to a web app that utilized NodeJS, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Bootstrap technologies
  • Wrote primarily server-side code, but also contributed to the front-end
  • Educated on core web technologies and their role in the system
  • Responsible for reviewing team code and making suggestions for future improvement

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering


Pandora [Previously Ticketfly]

May 2015 - August 2015

Brief

  • Worked in a project team creating a product to change the way we experience ticketing
  • Project prototyped an Internet of Things (IoT) device, created a companion mobile iOS app, & integrated into backend with mocked data.
  • Utilized an open-source beacon format with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) for direct, point-to-point communication.
  • Delivered the product to the company in three months & demoed prototype to entire company upon completion.
  • Extensive work with Javascript, Python, Intel Edison, Ardiuno (C#, electrical prototyping), and Swift.

Queen's Fuel Cell Team Electrical Manager

May 2017 - May 2018

Brief

  • Directed, delegated and assisted the Electrical team in designing the electrical circuitry and software for a cutting edge hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
  • Designed and executed a fuel cell control system including designing the electrical system, instrumentation, and software
  • Worked on the design of real-time performance analytic and power use optimization via sensor fusion
  • Worked with an interdisciplinary team of mechanical, chemical, electrical and computer engineers
  • Worked closely with the mechanical, chemical and general managers to create an effective, efficient vehicle
  • General Member for two years previous to promotion (Mechanical and Electrical team) in charge of redesign of electrical systems within the vehicle, vehicle sensor instrumentation, and power use regulation

Teaching and Mentoring


Queen's University APSC 100 Project Manager

September 2017 - May 2018

Brief

  • Managed and led three small teams of first year students on a real world engineering problem
  • Instructed on problem solving methodologies outlined in the APSC 100 curriculum
  • Mentored young students through first year, helping them better understand the career paths available to them through engineering and the choices they had, as well as mentoring students on their first year of university on the resources and opportunities available to them
  • Responsible for marking reports, direct communications with the real word client, orchestrating meetings and communication between the faculty, the client and the students, as well as offering guidance and support to students on their projects

Queen's University APSC 142 Teaching Assistant

January 2015 - May 2017

Brief

  • Managed a small team in a major year-long design project designed to improve the engineering experience at Queen's
  • Architected and contributed to a web app that utilized NodeJS, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Bootstrap technologies
  • Wrote primarily server-side code, but also contributed to the front-end
  • Educated on core web technologies and their role in the system
  • Responsible for reviewing team code and making suggestions for future improvement

Design Experience Through Class Work


MECH 460/462 - Capstone Design Project

September 2017 - May 2018

  • Designed and prototyped an X-Ray, Motion Capture and Force Plate system synchronization verification device
  • Worked closely with a client and faculty advisor to understand the needs of modern biomechanical laboratories and design accordingly so that the device could be marketed to biomechanical labs across the world
  • Extensive use of CAD modelling, MATLAB programming, and electrical prototyping to create the final device
  • The project heavily focused on communication, teamwork, project management and technical writing

MECH 323 - Gearbox Design

January 2017 - May 2017

  • Designed and manufactured a proprietary gearbox from first principles
  • Used a great deal of mathematical modelling through MATLAB and Microsoft Excel
  • Extensive use of CAD modelling in NX 11 to produce a 3D printable model
  • Raced the car the gearbox was designed for in competition with the entire third year Mechanical Engineering class

APSC 200 - Scaled Wind Turbine Design

January 2016 - May 2016

  • Designed and manufactured a scaled model of a potential design for a wind turbine from first principles
  • Modelled the device using SolidEdge
  • Implemented the turbine with a group of other design teams possible turbine designs in competition with the entire third year Mechanical Engineering class

I have also done some additional web design work, which can be found here



Education


Queen's University

September 2014 - May 2019 [Expected]

Brief

  • Majoring in Biomechanical engineering, is also a candidate for a dual degree in Computing (BSc)
  • Participated in and managed on the Queen's Fuel Cell Team (Mechanical and Electrical Divisions), the Club Varsity Baseball Team, Robogals Queen's Chapter, Qhacks and was a Freshman Orientation Leader, Queen's Engineering Society Software Development Team (ESSDev).

The Branson School

September 2010 - June 2014

Brief

  • Varsity Baseball (4 year athlete), Varsity Cross Country (4 year athlete), School Musical, School Play, Senior Class President, Exchange (and Service) Trips to China, The Dominican Republic, New Orleans and Chile.

Volunteering


Boy Scouts of America - Eagle Scout

September 2009 - February 2014

Brief

  • Eagle Scout as of February 2014.
  • Conducted a self-conducted Eagle Project in conjunction with the Marin Edible Garden, helping to complete the construction phase and promote the garden in the local community.
  • Held leadership positions such as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Instructor.
  • Also assisted in various service projects over the course of my scouting career.



Personal Experience

Interests


Outside of school I have a large number of interests including:

  • Music (I play both the guitar and banjo)
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Running (I am also a triathelete)
  • Game designer (you can check out some of my work here)
  • Baseball - I used to play on the Queen's Varsity Team

Strengths and Weaknesses


Personal Strengths

  • Good team player - can fill the gaps of a team when needed
  • Very hard working
  • Passionate about new, exciting projects, even if they seem impossible
  • Flexible in terms position within a group
  • Well organized - capable of successfully taking on and completing a good deal of work
  • Categorizing, delegating, and prioritizing work

Weaknesses Being Improved On

  • Can get over excited and lose sight of the larger scope of the project
  • Can rush through something in order to get it working before it works properly to share with the team

What I can Contribute to Your Team


  • A high impact, hard working team member
  • Efficient and effective organization and communication
  • Three years of industry-standard software enigneering training
  • Two years of electrical engineering training
  • Extensive experience in electrical prototyping using microcontrollers
  • Extensive experience in accessible web design
  • A highly interdisciplinary approach to tough projects

Career Goals


  • Work on the bleeding edge of a technology poised to make dramatic change
  • Constantly challenging and invigorating problems to work on
  • Working with a hardworking, committed team
  • A positive impact on the people who use the result of our work
  • A positive impact on the global community as a whole