Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Mechanical Engineering May 2016

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Carnegie Mellon University

BS in Mechanical Engineering May 2016

GPA: 3.7/4.0
Dean's List: Fall 2014, Spring 2015


Motorola Mobility

Design Engineer Intern Chicago, IL Summer 2015

Designed PCB shields for a next generation mobile phone
Conducted drop tests for display lens
Developed an empirical model that successfully predicts the risk of glass shattering based on lens cutouts


Industry Engineer Intern Malta, NY Summer 2014

Supported capacity expansion in Fab 8.1 via Yarbrough SW
Programmed and installed heat control systems for multimillion dollar IC manufacturing equipment
Worked in Class-1 Cleanroom (ISO 3)

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Resident's Assistant Lancaster, PA Summer 2013

Mentored and organized summer activities for talented students at Johns Hopkins University


Flying Wing Drone

Grant Recipient and Principal Engineer 2015

Authored and won $1000 SURG grant (funded by Boeing) to develop a tail-sitter drone
Designed and prototyped a quadcopter that transforms into a flying wing plane for higher speed and better energy efficiency

Rover for Google Lunar XPrize

Prof. Red Whittaker Camera Systems Lead Present

Participated in the lead team in Google’s Lunar XPrize (a $30 million competition to land a privately funded robot on the moon)
Facilitated a team of 6, designed lunar rover camera systems and conducted dynamic analysis, vibration analysis, and thermal analysis

Smart Compression Sock (Soft Robot)

Research Engineer 2015

Worked on a project funded by Emirates Airline to address deep vein thrombosis using soft robotics
Designed and prototyped a compression sock using shape-memory alloys with ergonomic considerations and fine compression control

Praying Mantis Robot

MS Research 2014 - Present

Designed, machined, and programmed robot, achieved functional locomotion and manipulation
Tested and optimized robot for reliability and efficiency

Professional Clubs

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Treasurer, Co-founder 2014 - Present

Restarted AIAA CMU chapter after years of inactivity
Earned several grants to begin research projects into drone delivery systems

Formula Society of Automotive Engineers

Suspension Engineer 2014 - Present

Designed A-Arms using Solidworks and ran FEA analysis
Machined suspension system using both CNC and manual Mills and Lathes

Robotics Club

Member 2013 - 2014

Active member on various projects


C/C++ Mastercam MATLAB PTC Creo/Windchill Solidworks/PDM Machine Shop


Advanced Mobile Robot Development Biomechatronic Design for Humans Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Soft Robotics: Mechanics, Design, and Modelling Engineering Design Engineering Computation

About Me

Currently a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, I am passionate about learning new technologies and exploring new frontiers. Being a hands-on engineer, I have broad experience in engineering and robotics, covering designing, machining, coding, and testing. In my leisure time, I am involved in variety of community service organizations. It especially brings me a deep satisfaction in organizing engineering education programs.

Thank you for taking a brief look at what I've done. If you would like to talk with me a little bit more, please send me an email at or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Contact Details

Luke Tsai
77 Robinwood Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065