Chibuike Okpaluba

United Kingdom
+44 (0) 7955224137

I am a pro-active, passionate and confident Graduate Mechatronics Engineer with a strong understanding of robot design, automation, computer vision (with deep learning) and the internet of things.

With several years of continuous experiences from various kinds of projects and a recently achieved masters degree in Mechatronics, I offer a unique set of technical skills complemented with good communication, project management and team working skills, always striving to exceed expectations in any role undertaken.

I am currently open to exciting mechatronics/robotics job opportunities within the UK

Please feel free to contact me using any of the links below.

Education

Middlesex University

Key Modules
  • CAD/CAM Design, Test and Manufacture
  • Control Systems (e.g. PID systems, etc.)
  • Embedded Systems (Microcontrollers and SBCs)
  • Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ABB, UR5, Baxter, ROS, etc.)
  • Factory Automation (using Siemens PLCs and Festo Didactic Components)
  • Engineering Work Ethics and Professionalism
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Others
  • Project Management
  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Digital and Analog Electronics (with simulation using NI LabVIEW and Multisim)
  • Circuit Design and Manufacture (Eagle)
  • Basic Networking and Web Design (OPC, TPC/IP, UDP, Http, etc.)
  • Robot Navigation and SLAM (using ROS)
  • Robot Kinematics (Forward and Inverse)
  • CAM Manufacturing Techniques (e.g. Laser & Water Jet Cutting, 3d Printers)
October 2015 - July 2019

The British Council

CIE AS & A Level
Components
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
May 2015 - July 2015
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The British Council

Cambridge English Language Assessment (IELTS)
Components (Academic)
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
October 2014

Baptist Model High School

Junior and Senior High
Components (Science)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Technical Drawings
  • Computer Studies
  • Geography
  • Further Mathematics
  • Data Processing (inc. database management with SQL)
  • Civic Education
September 2008 - July 2014

Work Experience

Crypto Quantique

Software Engineer (Intern)
Summary

Crypto Quantique is a modern data security company based in London, who have developed the world's first Quantum Driven Physically Unclonable Function on silicon which allows highly scalable and seamless end-to-end security for connected devices. As a part of the cryptographic team, I manage the software used on the demonstrators and quality assure key parts of the software services provided.

June 2019 - Present

Freelance

Robotics and Mechatronics Engineer
Summary

I work closely with a few individuals, a startup and a design studio, providing hardware and software solutions specific to their requirements. This mostly involves testing, designing, demonstrating and implementing product ideas.

May 2019 - Present

Richer Education

Robotics, Mechatronics and Coding Tutor
Summary

I work with other tutors at Richer Education, to teach children (ages 9 - 14) about the basics of programming, through several creative mini-mechatronics projects and or kits. These sessions/tutorials/camps are designed to promote the interest of STEM-related subjects with children.

September 2018 - Present

Middlesex University

Learning Enhancement Team Coordinator (Temp)
Summary

As the temporary LET Coordinator, I work with the members of the Academic Writing Team and the Maths, Statistics and Numeracy Team at Middlesex University to provide students with the extra support they need to adequately complete their course work.

May 2019 - June 2019
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Foresight Crops

Android Devop Intern
Summary

While working for a client, I developed, tested and managed an android service app using Android Studio to provide farmers with real-time forecasts on pest infestations based on satellite images. I maintained a certain portion of the app's service backend using PHP and later migrated to Python.

June 2017 - June 2019

Middlesex University

Summary

"Learning Assistants are experienced students who have been identified by their academic tutors as being highly motivated and capable learners who have been there before and know the typical academic issues new students face in their studies."

As an SLA, I worked closely with my lecturers, graduate assistants and members of the peer-assisted learning team to facilitate learning and enthusiasm, through informal educative methods and role modelling. This role required confidence and effective communication skills.

September 2018 - June 2019 September 2017 - June 2018

Middlesex University

Student Ambassador
Summary

As a student ambassador, I worked with the Academic Registry to ensure that new entrants to the University had completed an ID check. This role required attention to detail, confidence and effective communication skills.

September 2018

Middlesex University

Summer Placement - Science and Technology
Summary

While working as an intern at Middlesex University, I made a series of getting started tutorial videos for the ABB IRB 120.

Use this link to access the video series.

June 2018 - September 2018

Studio Waldemeyer

Design Intern
Summary

As part of a team, we conceptualized prototype designs for a light stand used for an art exhibition in Toronto, Canada. I helped in deciding the optimal design to meet our given specifications, experiencing a typical product design cycle from within the industry (adhering to real-world design and cost requirements).

September 2017

BrightSparks

Events Support Staff
Summary

I work with other event support staff to provide customers with a fabulous service experience at several prestigious locations around the UK (including Ascot, Battersea, Chelsea and Wembley).

June 2017 - Present

Projects

Eurobot 2019

About

Eurobot is an international robotics competition, in which enthusiast build mobile robots to autonomously complete a set of tasks within a given time. This competition takes place across several countries in Europe (e.g England and Serbia) with the in finals France.

Goals

Our goal is to design, build and program two ROS-enabled mobile robots to autonomously find and pick up ice-hockey pucks distributed around a given map. Visit www.eurobot.org to find out more about this competition.

Personal Contribution

I was tasked with interfacing the low-level hardware components with ROS, this includes the robot's end-effectors and drivetrain which uses Maxon's EPOS4 compact controllers. I was also responsible for the power supply and navigation systems embedded within the robots.

Skills Used

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ArtBoT

About

ArtBoT - an artist from the future

Experience magnificent, colourfully, jaw-dropping artworks from an autonomous AI robot. This project was done as a part of my 3rd-year design project at Middlesex University London. Visit the link to find out more.

Goals

The aim of this project was to design and build a pen-holding end-effector for the ABB IRB 120 and to set up an interactive system that showcases some of the key features of the end-effector to the public.

Personal Contribution

I designed an end-effector for the ABB IRB 120 which used a self-centring chuck mechanism to hold a pen with the right proportions, To demonstrate the features of the end-effector, I designed a system that allowed users to have their portraits automatically processed and drawn by the robot using the end-effector.

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Deep Brain Stimulation

About

Demonstrating the regulation of Deep brain stimulation using real-time feedback from external sensors.

Patients with neurodegenerative disorders often suffer from movement disorders such as dystonia, tremor and Parkinson's. Deep brain stimulation is often used to treat the symptoms caused; by changing some of the electrical signals in the brain using electrodes to provide targeted high-frequency stimulation.

Goals

Adaptive deep brain stimulation aims to control the intensity of the pulse generated by the pacemaker, which is normally connected to the electrodes.

In this project, we aim to demonstrate the regulation of deep brain stimulation by designing and building sensor nodes to provide real-time feedback on selected DBS parameters which will be analyzed and used to control a virtual DBS pulse generator.

Personal Contribution

I have been tasked with designing a waist mounted sensor node to measure posture and balance using an inertial measuring unit. The information gathered by this sensor node will be used to determine the user's activity (e.g. walking, running, etc.).

Skills Used

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Card Recognition with Baxter

About

Baxter is a robot manipulator built by Rethink Robotics which is used for simple industrial tasks and research.

Goals

The goal of this project was to write a program that allowed Baxter to interact with objects in its visual and manipulation workspace using its eye-in-hand camera and a parallel gripper.

Personal Contribution

I presented a system in which Baxter could accurately detect a card bin with four playing cards, using its camera and a few aruco markers placed on the card bin. I used deep learning to recognize the suit of the cards in the card bin, with a LeNet model providing the best result.

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Writing with the ABB

About

This project was carried out as part of my submission for Middlesex University's 2017-2018 Mobile Robots and Manipulators module.

Goals

The goal of this project was to demonstrate my understanding of robotics concepts such as pose configurations, coordinate systems, and work objects, surfaces and tools.

Personal Contribution

To demonstrate the required concepts, I wrote a RAPID program the can automatically draw characters typed on the flex/teach pendant on a given work surface using a preselected tool. The program presented could also generate special artworks for a user based on the options presented on the flex/teach pendant.

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Playing with Cozmo

About

Cozmo is a fun little mobile robot with a lot of really polished animations designed to play and keep its audience constantly engaged and surprised.

Goals

This project was set up as a mini-class hackathon to get Cozmo to autonomously navigate a table, moving blocks to marked target locations. The blocks and targets were marked with unique QR codes.

Contribution

As a team, we wrote a program that got Cozmo to search for the marked blocks (by constantly rotating until it finds one), picking one up and then proceeding to search for a marked location before dropping the block at the location and driving back home.

Skills Used

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UR5 Grasping End Effector

About

This project featured a LabVIEW controlled cup grasping end effector for the UR5. It was carried out as part of 2016-2017 Robotics and Mechatronics module.

The goal of this project was to design, make and test an end effector for the UR5 robot that will be used to grasp and pick up a transparent plastic cup filled with water and empty this water into a plastic bath. The end effector was also required to detect the presence of water in the transparent plastic cup and feed this information to a LabVIEW control program.

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Industrial Automation Control

About

A Ladder logic program was written to solve the control sequence shown in the image using Festo didactic equipment and the Siemens S7-1200 PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) equipped with KP700 HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces).

This project was to demonstrate a proficient understanding of Ladder logic using Festo didactic equipment and the Siemens PLCs equipped with HMIs.

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MDX Pixels

About

In September 2016, Middlesex University opened a new building The Ritterman Building named in honour of the University's Chancellor, Dame Janet Ritterman.

I wrote several Christmas light animations, all of which were used during the official launch of the new building in December. The source code contains scripts that directly interacts with the opc library used for communicating the LED light strips.

Some of the light animations include:

  • Breathing
  • Chaotic Worms
  • Bouncing Balls
  • Noisy Particles, and
  • Purple Rain
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Industrial Automation Simulation

About

FluidSIM is a comprehensive software for the creation, simulation, instruction and study of electro-pneumatic, electro-hydraulic, digital and electronic circuits.

This project the use of FluidSIM to design, test and simulate an electro-pneumatic sequence without a PLC.

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Thank You

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