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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Tufts University, May 2017

Dissertation:

    Development and Analysis of an IoT Usage Tracking and

    Equipment Management System Within a University Makerspace

Advisor: Chris Rogers, Ph.D.


M.S., Mechanical Engineering

Tufts University, May 2013


B.S., Mechanical Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2006


Kollmorgen Electro-Optical, Northampton, MA 2006 – 2011

Mechanical Engineer I

Worked in specialized interdisciplinary design teams to develop the structural, electromechanical, and optomechanical systems for periscopes and optronic masts. Responsibilities included design and evaluation of both the subsafe exterior equipment and their inboard support systems, mechanical lead for new systems as well as lead for modification and upgrade of legacy systems. Significant experience with high precision mounting and alignment of optics and design of mechanical systems to military grade performance, maintenance, environmental, and shock requirements. Also experienced in cost reduction analysis of legacy systems and in design for manufacturing.


Kollmorgen Electro-Optical, Northampton, MA 2005 – 2006

Project Engineer CO-OP

Responsibilities included updating system configurations, processing updates and improvement changes to the periscope and optronic mast systems in accordance with company and military protocols.


O’Connell, Brian. “Implementation of a Mobile Makerspace in a K-8 School (Work in Progress)” 2016. In American Society of Engineering Education 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition: Proceedings, New Orleans, LA, June 2016. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Engineering Education


O’Connell, Brian. “Going From Curious to Maker: New User Experiences in a University Makerspace.” In Venturewell (Formerly NCIIA). Proceedings of the Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2015. Hadley: Venturewell (Formerly NCIIA)


Deitrick, Elise, Brian P. O’Connell, and R.B.Shapiro. “The Discourse of Creative Problem Solving in Childhood Engineering Education.” Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Boulder, CO, June 2014. Rhodes, Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences


McCormick, Mary, Kristen B. Wendell, and Brian P. O’Connell. “Student Videos as a Tool for Elementary Teacher Development in Teaching Engineering: What do Teachers Notice? (Research to Practice).” 2014. In American Society of Engineering Education 121st Annual Conference and Exposition: Proceedings, Indianapolis, IA, June 2014, 24.1127.1-24.1127.18. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Engineering Education


O’Connell, Brian P. and R.B.Shapiro. “The Use of Ideation Effectiveness Metrics as a Quantitative Assessment Tool of Creativity for Open-Ended Engineering Education Assignments.” Proceedings of Fablearn 2013, Stanford, CA, October 2013. Stanford, CA: Stanford University


O’Connell, Brian P. “PaperBots, An Inexpensive Means for Engineering Education.” 2013. In American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition: Proceedings, Atlanta, GA, June 2013, 23.956.1 - 23.956.13. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Engineering Education


O’Connell, Brian P. and Katarina A. Morowsky. "The Experience of Simplifying and Packaging Creative Engineering K-12 Education into Innovative Products." In National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., March 2013. Hadley, National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance


2016-2017 Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellowship


Tufts University Experimental College


2016 Visiting Fellow in the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences


Queensland University of Technology


2013-2014 Community for the Development of Research in Education Fellowship        


National Science Foundation DRK-12 Program


Learning Forum on New and Emerging Technologies in the Primary or Early Childhood Classroom

Queensland University of Technology, 2016.


Moderator in New Engineering Educators Division and Student Division Panel, ASEE 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition, June 26 - 29, 2016


Presenter in K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division Poster Session: Works in Progress, “Implementation of a Mobile Makerspace in a K-8 School (Work in Progress)” ASEE 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition, June 26 - 29, 2016


Presenter in Makerspaces Session, “Going From Curious to Maker: New User Experiences in a University Makerspace.” Venturewell (Formerly NCIIA), March 20-21, 2015


Presenter in Engineering and Computer Science Learning, “The Discourse of Creative Problem Solving in Childhood Engineering Education.” 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, June 23-27, 2014


Presenter in Addressing the NGSS, Part 1 of 3: Supporting K-8 Science Teachers in Engineering Pedagogy and Engineering-Science Connections, “Student Videos as a Tool for Elementary Teacher Development in Teaching Engineering: What do Teachers Notice? (Research to Practice).” ASEE 121st Annual Conference and Exposition, June 15-18, 2014


Presenter in Short Papers Session, “The Use of Ideation Effectiveness Metrics as a Quantitative Assessment Tool of Creativity for Open-Ended Engineering Education Assignments.” Fablearn 2013, Oct. 27-28, 2013


Demonstrator “PaperBots, An Inexpensive Means for Engineering Education.” Fablearn 2013, Oct. 27-28, 2013


Presenter in K-12 and Pre-College Engineering Poster Session, “PaperBots, An Inexpensive Means for Engineering Education.” ASEE 120th Annual Conference and Exposition, june 23-26, 2013


Presenter in Programs Model, "The Experience of Simplifying and Packaging Creative Engineering K-12 Education into Innovative Products." National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance: Open 2013, March 21-23,  2013


Engineering and Science for Middle and High School Educators II - Teaching Engineering Education Program - Tufts University

Instructor of record - Summer 2016

This course focuses on product design, manufacturing, and human factors and their role within engineering. Topics include skills and practices within product design, fundamental human factors techniques and theories, and the tools for prototyping and modeling.


Creativity, Fabrication, and Problem Solving - Tufts Experimental College

Instructor of record and designer of course - Fall 2015 & Fall 2016

This project based course engaged students in developing their technical literacy through use of a makerspace, develop and understand their personal design process, and complete advanced technical projects.


Transporters, Force Fields, and Death Stars: Engineering in Science Fiction - Tufts Experimental College

Instructor of Record and designer of course - Spring 2014

This course reviewed and explored the relationship between science fiction and modern technology starting with the works of H.G.Wells and the technologies they inspired to modern literature, film, and television and the active research leading to the realization of the technologies within.


Novel Engineering (Formerly Integrating Engineering and Literacy) - 2011 - present

National Science Foundation DRK-12 program grant # DRL-1020243

Research Assistant

Responsibilities include Collecting video and audio data from classroom implementations and assist in analysis of the data, supporting workshops and other outreach activities, and developing educational technologies for use during the program.


Jumbo’s Maker Studio - 2014 - 2015

Lab Manager

Establish and organize campus makerspace for student development of technologies. Manage the part time undergraduate assistants.  Organize and oversee research efforts taking place within JMS including data collection.


LEGO NXT Student Workshops


LEGO EV3 Student Workshops


LEGO EV3 Professional Development


LEGO WeDo 2.0 Student Workshops


LEGO WeDo 2.0 Professional Development


Novel Engineering Student Workshops


Novel Engineering Professional Development


Mini-Maker Student Workshops

PaperBots Technology - Behind the Touch Screen


PaperBots - Robotics Workshop


PaperBots - Rube Goldberg Activity Workshop


Radio Interview. Education 2.1: Careers in STEM, 99.7 FM 4RED, Radcliffe, Queensland, AU, Mar. 28, 2016

Certified in ASME Y14.5-2009 Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Computer Aided Design


Statics


Dynamics


Solid Mechanics


Materials and Processes in Manufacturing


Mechanical Design


Control Systems


Electro-mechanical Systems


Design for Manufacturing


Internet of Things


Rapid Prototyping


Design Development and Production


Fabrication:


3D Printing, Laser cutting, soldering, CNC milling, hand power tools, general metalworking (mill, lathe, grinding, etc), general woodworking (table saw, skill saw, hardware selection, joining, etc)


Design:


IoT devices, Electro-mechanical systems, high-precision optics systems, ruggedized systems, rapid design prototyping


Software:


Office, Solidworks, Pro-Engineer, MathCAD


Programming Languages:


Arduino, LabView, C, Python, Postgresql, html, php


Web Framework:


Django


American Society for Mechanical Engineers

Professional Member – 2006 - 2011

Student Member – 2011 - Present


American Society for Engineering Education

Student Member – 2011 - Present