About Me

I'm Oscar Viquez, a graduate student in the department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and part of the Institute's class of 2013. My academic interests extend over a large range of fields, but calling it "robotics, energy and transportation" is probably a good approximation. I've worked in marine propulsion, solar and geothermal power generation, electric and autonomous vehicles, custom CNC equipment, large steel structures, among other projects. A part of my appointment as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute's Laboratory for Autonomous Marine Sensing Systems, I am currently working in the field of Ocean Acoustics.

Beyond the technical realm, I am also an avid reader with a strong penchant for creative works, such as those by Jules Verne or Jim Butcher. I am always looking for new interesting texts to dive into, as the world around me reshapes with every page read. I might spend hours discovering music new to my ears, and will occasionally try my hand at new flavors in the kitchen.

Should I find myself in the midst of a good story, listening to a moving song, or otherwise inspired by experience or the outside world, I will occasionally dabble in the expressive artform of graphite on paper. And as my parents and their parents have done, I will at times sit by the computer, or with a notebook at hand to let words flow, to fill the pages.

No, I am not a novelist, and I am no painter or especially good cook either. But I believe we have the power to grow, learn, adapt, improve, as our world shifts from one moment to the next. In the words of José Hernández (quoted by Facundo Cabral, beloved latinamerican composer), "no pinta quien tiene ganas, sino quien sabe pintar." And what better teacher than experience, to bridge the gap between aspiration and reality?

Contact Details

Oscar Viquez
(617) 308-0218
oviquezr@mit.edu oviquezr@gmail.com

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Class of 2017

Coursework:
  • Precision Product Design
  • Medical Device Design
  • Acoustics and Sensing
  • Computational Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Class of 2013

Thesis:

Evaluation of an acoustic detection algorithm for reactive collision avoidance in underwater applications

Coursework:
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Biomechanics: Neural Control of Movement
  • Analysis and Design of Feedback Controls
  • Unmanned Vehicle Autonomy Sensing and Communications

Work

Giddings Engineering

Mechanical Engineer April 2014 - June 2015

Design of large steel structures and industrial equipment. Offshore cranes, conveyor belts, personnel platforms and reinforced concrete design.

Trey Technology

Mechanical Engineer September 2013 - April 2014

Designed and developed a custom, specialized CNC mill for remote underwater operation. Mechanical design, hydraulics, pressure-balanced oil-filled housings, sensor integration, controls, automation.

Tesla Motors

Intern - Systems Test and Integration Summer 2012

Developed test plans and automation platforms for vehicle charge behavior. Evaluated brown-out and reset behavior on the 12V system.

Skills

  • SolidWorks, MATLAB, LabView, C++, Arduino, CAN bus, HTML5, CSS, PHP
  • Fluent English and Spanish, Advanced French, Intermediate Portuguese

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Discover the World

Keep your eyes wide open, for the world is full of surprises!
Travel, Explore, Discover!.

Quotes

  • Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat
    and taking the tartar sauce with you.

    Zig Ziglar
  • All progress takes place
    outside the comfort zone.

    Michael John Bobak
  • Everything you ever wanted
    is on the other side of fear.

    George Addair

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