Student Event | Alumni
From Cutting Paper to Sending NASA to the Moon and Everything In-Between
This is the second talk as a part of the ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series.
About the speaker:
Daniel graduated in 2019 from the University of Michigan with his bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, focusing on embedded systems and autonomous robotics.
Daniel is currently an embedded flight software engineer working on the Photon satellite bus at Rocket Lab. The missions he’s worked the most on involved sending a NASA satellite to a new lunar orbit, in-space manufacturing with returning the payload back to earth, and a set of Photon vehicles soon to be sent to Mars! He also joins Rocket Lab’s recruiting team at campus events to help grow the engineering teams. One time Daniel received a personal golf cart ride from the CEO, Peter Beck.
Daniel got professional embedded systems experience from a 150-year-old paper cutting company, The Challenge Machinery Company, where he built the prototype embedded system for a new product after graduating. He was also at an engineering consulting start-up in Ann Arbor, Treetown Tech, working on various projects related to autonomous vehicles, smart freezers, fuel cells, and MEMS before joining Rocket Lab.
Daniel enjoys playing classical piano, making homemade pizzas, riding his bicycle, and hanging out with his wife when he’s not working on spaceships.
What is the ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series?
The ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series is designed to help U of M undergraduate students answer the question: what can I do with an EE or CE degree? There are several facets within ECE and our hope is a series like this will provide some clarity and guidance to our undergraduate students as they begin to think about their future plans. Free food will be provided!