Bio

Paul Mirel has been MICA’s Engineer in Residence for five years, helping dozens of students to engineer their works in exciting and innovative ways. Paul works full time at NASA* as a Space Instrument Systems Engineer and as the Senior Educational Technology Engineer for the NASA Space Sciences Education Consortium (NSSEC).

*Paul Mirel is employed by Hexagon US Federal on the NASA SESDA contract.


Schedule

Paul will be available from 4pm to dinner break during class time. Sign up on the whiteboard to meet with him.

Additionally, you may schedule an appointment with Paul from 3-4pm on Wednesdays, before class. To schedule an appointment, send Paul an email at pmirel@mica.edu . Include some information on what you need help with, to help him prepare. Please schedule a couple of days ahead of time, so he knows you need him there early.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • electronics
  • microcontroller programming (CircuitPython)
  • electromechanical devices
  • mechanisms
  • structural
  • process engineering
  • Science-art exploration
  • Science questions

Engineer in Residence Workshop: From Rocks to Rocket Science: Three Saturday Afternoons in September/October

A comprehensive introduction to working with electronics in artworks: Learn about the behavior of electrons in electric circuits, and how to construct and program robust circuits for use in artworks – in just three sessions!

Three Saturdays: September 21, 28, and October 12, Each session is 2-5pm in the dFab Classroom, Station Building #120.

Enrollment is limited to 8 participants: first-come, first-served.

Email pmirel@mica.edu to enroll. This workshop is open to all graduate and undergraduate students.

Topics include:

  • the four languages of electronics work
  • creating circuits with discrete components and microcontrollers
  • strategies for understanding and debugging circuits
  • soldering for making robust circuits for art installations
  • programming in CircuitPython (a dialect of the Python language.) Python is the most widely used programming language worldwide. See this article: https://zd.net/2OJbzOH
  • controlling programmable colored lights (Neopixel LEDs)
  • using sensors to make your art interactive

Resources

Mechanical Jellyfish!!!!

I think that you should have some links to things on the internet.
Like this
and this
or this.

Sometimes I write code.

this is some code 
that I really want to share 
with you

Sandwich Manifesto

sandwiches are important

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Sketchpad

This area is where I’ll leave notes and other temporary items.