Welcome

My name is Samuel Belden, and I am an undergraduate student at MIT earning a Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. I'm primarily interested in mechanical design, materials selection, and aerospace. My focus in Materials Engineering has generally been in metallurgy, ceramics, and composites. I have been involved in various materials science projects and research over my four years here, ranging from lab work to hands-on prototyping and manufacturing.

I enjoy working on hands-on, challenging engineering projects, both as a hobby and as a career. I've built my own electron microscope that can 'see' atoms, made custom injection molded yo-yo's, and am working on building my own carbon fiber bike, along with various other projects. I'm always up to something.

Outside of school, I'm an avid backpacker, camper, hiker, rock climber, canoer, rower, cook, baker, and entrepreneur.

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Research Focus

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Composites
  • Metallurgy
  • Mechanical Design
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Electrochemistry

Industry Experience

  • Apple - iPhone Product Design Intern
  • CEiiA (Portuguese Aero Company) - Intern
  • Research in EEL Lab
  • Research in Grossman Lab

Other Interests

  • Camping/Backpacking/Canoeing
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Travel
  • Rock Climbing
  • Consumer Technology



While at Apple, I worked primarily on both the AirPower wireless charging mat and the next generation iPhone 8 and 8+. I designed and fabricated several test setups through collaboration with electrical engineering, materials, and product design teams for benchmarking technologies and conducting user experience studies. I extensively used NX CAD, ANSYS mechanical, thermal, and electromagnetic simulation software, and Matlab.

At CEiiA, I performed market analysis and research on battery managment system (BMS) options for a large 30kg UAV. I designed multiple BMS options in Eagle and had them manufactured and tested. I also performed several carbon fiber layups for another intern's 3-axis gimal design.



Skills - Computer

  • Siemens NX
  • Solidworks
  • ANSYS (Mechanical, Thermal, Electromagnetic)
  • Mastercam
  • PCB Software (Altium and Eagle)
  • Matlab

Skills - Tools

  • Mechanical Testing - Instron
  • Characterization (Raman, BET, XRD, SEM, DSC, STM)
  • Subtractive (Mill, Lathe, Laser Cutter, Waterjet)
  • Additive (FDM, SLA, SLS/M, DED, and DW)
  • Composite Design and Layup

Skills - Electrical

  • PCB Design and Fabrication
  • Soldering
  • Arduino
  • Oscilliscope
  • Sensors



Practical experience in



Composite Design and Layup

Have designed and laid up various projects in carbon fiber, fiberglass, and burlap - including motorcycle and racecar fairings, gimbal housings, bike frames and seats, and more

Product Design

Proficient in NX, Solidworks, Rhino, various FEA softwares, ANSYS Mechanical, Thermal, and Electromagnetic packages, Eagle, Matlab, and others. Interned on Apple iPhone Product Design Team

Manufacturing

Proficient in machining, 3D Printing (SLA, FDM, SLS/M, DED, DW), composite layup, casting, welding, thermoforming and injection molding

Casting, Welding, Metal Treatments

Worked extensively in MIT Forge casting metals, welding, and testing heat treatments. Took several metallurgy classes to supplement



Please email me for the most recent copy of my resume or if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!