Preparing for Liftoff at SpaceX

Preparing for Liftoff at SpaceX

From the moment Andrew Thompson, BMET ’11, walked into the headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) in September 2010, he was fully immersed in the future of space travel. Founded in 2002, SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is currently developing reusable rocket technology to make space travel safe and efficient. The day he arrived...

Safety First

Safety First

piece / When motorcycles dump (biker speak for “fall over”) or crash, riders can be pinned under a still-spinning wheel without a way to shut off the bike’s engine solution / Build a depressible kill switch device on the sides of the bike that will automatically cut the engine on impact with the ground team / Brian Forde, BMET ’13, Sergei...

Getting Fresh

Getting Fresh

When Phil Carbone’s mother recently mentioned that her refrigerator had broken, he made her a deal: “I’ll buy you one,” he said, “but I’m going to modify it.” She knew her son loved to tinker, so she wasn’t surprised. Growing up, he was always taking something apart—often, the family’s new VCR—and that passion carried him...

Coaster Connoisseur

Coaster Connoisseur

Derek Poitras, BMET ’14, is an amusement park authority. His various park visits total as many as 20 a year, he cofounded his own amusement park fan site, and he has already graduated from the Disney College Program—a professional preparatory program for students interested in amusement park careers. For co-op this summer, he’s heading back...

Crash Sight

Crash Sight

Anthony Bocchichio, BMET ’03, can tell when you’re lying—and he wouldn’t even need to see your face or hear your voice. He’d just need to check out your car. As a mechanical engineer with CED Investigative Technologies, Inc., it is Bocchichio’s job to investigate car crashes to determine how and why they occurred and who might be at...