Samantha Yang

  • Samantha Yang
  • Berkeley, CA, 94709, US
  • Feb 22, 2021
Full time role Engineering: Mechanical

Personal Summary

Work Experience

Founder and CEO
Nov 2019 - Aug 2020 EarthEats

• Created project proposals, pitch decks, and business plans for fundraisers, grants, and startup accelerators
• Formed and led a team of six undergraduate and graduate students through the Berkeley StEP startup accelerator
• Designed the silicone product using SolidWorks, verified designs with FEA and LCA, produced prototype with injection
molding, worked with Chinese manufacturers to refine design and ordered mockups
• Conducted surveys, user interviews, and user testing for physical product and website UI:
• Marketed EarthEats on Facebook and Instagram
• Delivered a successful Pilot Program to 50 customers in July 2020 despite setbacks from Covid-19

Product Design Engineer Intern
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 Amazon Robotics

• Researched customer needs and evaluated the performance of previous designs using MATLAB and Excel
• Validated the importance of the project by building a business case and presenting it to directors and managers
• Designed an efficient and reliable robotic cell by combining different robots, sensors, and layouts
• Traveled to and worked with multiple vendors to procure equipment and work through unexpected issues
• Validated designs with Roboguide and FlexSim softwares, and documented the project in a whitepaper

Mechanical Design Intern
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 HaptX Inc

• Researched and redesigned the force-feedback subsystem; created the prototype from start to finish
• Compared and researched different materials and material properties to meet the set requirements
• Created test procedures, constructed test rigs, and conducted force, fatigue, and human-in-loop tests
• Analyzed data with MATLAB and documented the design process, test proposals, and test reports
• My proposed solutions are now on the latest version of the haptic gloves

Undergraduate Researcher
May 2017 - Dec 2017 NASA Ames Research Center

• Improved mechanical design for the tensegrity robot's electronics capsule that enabled easier PCB and motor access
• Developed the mechanical side of TT-4 Mini (a spherical tensegrity robot) in collaboration with the Berkeley Emergent
Space Tensegrity Laboratory (BEST) for durability and swarm capability
• Designed and prototyped a new version of the tensegrity robot that uses die-cut silicon rubber as both the lattice and the actuator, with the goal of DFMA in mind


Mechanical Engineering Honors - Society
B.S. - Mechanical Engineering
Aug 2016 - May 2020 University of California, Berkeley
M.S. - Materials and Composites
Aug 2020 - May 2021 University of California, Berkeley

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Experience Level

Current student (or less than 1 year)

Sectors of Interest

Buildings & Cities, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Research & Education, Food & Agriculture, Climate Adaptation, Consumer Goods, Entrepreneurship, Climate Science

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