About

Here is some info about me and my career.

Hello, my name is Roberto Moratore Jr and I fix things.

My passion in life is to come up with clever solutions to everyday problems. I believe that simple designs often can lead to the greatest innovation. My diverse background gives me the tools to completely forget the box even exists, allowing me to get to the root of the problem to find a simple solution. Let me share my passion with you!

Some quick facts about me:

· I'm a Brazilian and Italian citizen.
· I'm educated in physics, mathematics and engineering (pretty cool huh).
· I also happen to know a thing or two about graphic design.
· I think the world would be a much better place if everybody played with lego.

Download my CV here

Education:

MSc. Biomedical Engineering
2012-2014
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands
Master Coursework in Mechanical Engineering
2008-2012
New Jersey Institute of Technology; New Jersey, USA
Bs. Physics and Mathematics (cum laude)
2004-2008
Saint Peter's University; New Jersey, USA

Experience:

  • 2014
    Research and Development Internship
    Delft Prosthetics; Delft, The Netherlands
    Responsible for developing a Voluntarily-Opening modification of the Delft Prosthetics Tweezer for children.
    Designed, manufactured and tested the prototype.
  • 2012
    Freelance Web Designer
    Ocean Frost; New Jersey, USA
    Developed the website from the ground up.
    Performed SEO to ensure ample visibility in the local marketplace.
  • 2008-2012
    Lead Graphic Designer
    Marco Antonio Studio; New Jersey, USA
    In charge of ensuring all customers needs were met.
    Supervised all work done by other staff.
  • 2007-2012
    ESL Teacher
    Harvest Institute; New Jersey, USA
    Was in charge of large groups (15 to 25) of students.
    Created lesson plans and ensured the academic schedule was met.
  • 2006-2008
    Plasma Research Assistant
    Saint Peter’s University; New Jersey, USA
    Assisted the head of the physics department (Dr. Jose Lopez) with research into practical uses for plasma.
    Responsible for data collection, result collation, and maintenance of all lab equipment.
  • 2005-2006
    Graphic Designer
    Extra Newspaper; New Jersey, USA
    Responsible for page layout for weekly issues.
    Worked under pressure and tight deadlines ensuring that all issues came out on time.
  • 2003-2007
    ESL Teacher
    Cultural Center for Language Studies; New Jersey, USA
    Experience with both children and adults, from beginners to advanced levels.
    Responsible for designing engaging lessons plans as well as extracurricular activities.

My Skills:

My technical skillset:

  • SolidWorks90%
  • Pro/e75%
  • MATLAB95%
  • LaTeX85%
  • Photoshop90%
  • InDesign80%

Apart from my technical skills here are a few things I am also skilled at:

  • Ingenuity
  • Design
  • Speaking
  • Leading

Languages I speak:

  • English100%
  • Native fluency.
  • Portuguese100%
  • Native fluency.
  • Spanish80%
  • Working fluency, especially orally.
  • Dutch10%
  • Currently learning dutch.

Honor Societies:

Pi Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honor Society)
2008
Vice-President of St. Peter’s college Chapter
Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society)
2007-2008
President of St. Peter’s college Chapter

Volunteer Experience:

  • 2010-2014
    Kiva (Microfinancing Company)
    Backed Microloans to developing countries.
  • 2006
    Jersey City Library
    Computer tutor to the elderly.
  • 2005
    Habitat for Humanity
    Fundraising walk.
  • 2004-2008
    Saint Peter’s University
    Physics and mathematics tutor.

Projects

Here is some work I have done professionally.

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Master Thesis

Pressure sensor system for investigating stresses at the stump/socket interface.

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Pressure sensor system for investigating stresses at the stump/socket interface.

thesis

Upper-limb deficient persons (UDL) often report musculoskeletal and stump pain after prolonged usage of prosthetic devices. One possible cause is the stress between socket and stump. This stress has never been investigated in literature. In this project, a system of pressure sensors was developed using Force Sensing Resistors in order to measure this stress during activities of daily living (ADL). This project is being done in partnership with an existing project by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the UMCG, whereupon the effects of flexible wrists on socket pressure are being investigated. Due to this partnership, the study design from their project has been emulated here, and pressure differences between flexible and static wrists were compared.

Eight participants were measured performing six different ADLs. Participants were measured while wearing the Otto Bock® Flex-Wrist (OB) (-40, -20, 0, 20, 40 flexion/extension) and Motion Control’s® Multi-flex wrist (MC) (-30, 0, 30, free flexion/extension with free radial and ulnar deviation) with corresponding hands. These wrists allow users to select different degrees of flexion or extension. The measurements were done in a static condition, where the wrists were set in the middle setting, as well as a flexible condition where the participants were allowed to choose the position of the wrist freely.

The design was proved to be successful and pressure was measured with significant repeatability. Results showed no difference in the pressure between flexible and static wrists. However MC had higher mean and maximum pressures than OB in some participants, but no apparent reason for this was observed. It can be concluded that flexible wrists offer no advantages over static wrists when it comes to the pressure in the socket, but further research to confirm this conclusion is needed.

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internship

Internship

The WILMER Appealing Voluntary Closing Prehensor: A design analysis and optimization.

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The WILMER Appealing Voluntary Closing Prehensor: A design analysis and optimization.

internship

The WILMER Appealing Voluntarily Opening Prehensor was redesigned as a Voluntarily Closing Prehensor. However many areas of concern remained after the design was finalized, including axis distortion and only a 0.5 force transmission ratio. This project first corrected the axial distortion issue of the original design, and then redesigned the mechanism to increase the force transmission ratio. A mechanism with sliding levers was designed, which provided a maximum 1.4 force transmission ratio at the maximum opening, and 0.32 transmission when the Prehensor is fully closed. This design remains more efficient that the original design for 85% of the opening range. It is only in the last 7.5mm where the transmission ratio goes bellow the original 0.5. Unfortunately due to manufacturing delays and time mismanagement, a prototype was not finished, however results are promising.

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And here are some of my personal projects.

rat cage

Rat Habitat

A new home for our four adopted Wistar rats.

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Rat Habitat

rat cage

When my girlfriend and I adopted four female Wistar rats, they came in a small plastic cage. We first considered traditional cage options sold at pet stores. However we found them to be both expensive and underwhelming. So we decided to turn an IKEA-like bookshelf we had into a habitat for our rats.

First I created a model of the shelf in SolidWorks so we could plan out all the features and measure where the cuts needed to be. After we were satisfied with the design (we double checked to make sure the rats fit everywhere and were able to go from level to level), we took the shelf apart and made all the cuts. The doors are made of just wooden strips and some chicken wire. They are held in place on the cage by neodymium magnets placed all around the door and in the rat cage. We then varnished all the areas to prevent rat urine from soaking into the wood, and resembled everything. We bought some flannel fabric to cover all the floors of the cage, and some extra so the rats can nest.

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DIY Sous Vide

For a long time, sous viding has been expensive and limited to restaurants. Not anymore!

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DIY Sous Vide

sous vide

Sous vide can be used to cook pretty much anything, however its pièce de résistance is steak. The magic of sous vide is that you cook the entire piece of meat at the precise temperature you like. To cook a steak to the perfect medium-rare temperature of 55C, you cook the steak in 55C water. It takes a lot longer to get a steak to 55C by cooking at 55C, but the benefits are worth it.

  1. It's impossible to over-cook. No part of the steak can get over cooked.
  2. The entire steak, from edge to edge, is exactly how you like it.
  3. Timing is easy. I usually cook my steaks for somewhere around six hours. If your guests are late, an extra hour (or three) doesn't make any difference.
  4. The fat in the steak is always perfectly rendered. It's absolutely amazing how great inexpensive cuts of meat turn out when cooked sous vide for six hours.

Traditionally, sous vide is done in expensive (over €400) immersion circulators. These circulators are able to hold the water bath temperature with 0.1C precision. In reality however, you only need 2 to 3C precision. So combining my love for making things and food, I set out to build my own sous vide cooker. Originally I thought about using an arduino as a PID controller, but decided that would add unnecessary costs and complications. Then upon further research I came across digital temperature controllers used for warm water aquariums and wine cellars. These controller cost less than €15, and function as an electrical switch which can turn on or off based on the temperature measured by a probe. Then by connecting a rice cooker to the controller and placing the probe inside it, it is possible to maintain a water temperature with about 2C precision.

And here is what the end product looks like...absolutely delicious!

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Hobbies and Interests

This is what I do when I'm not working

RC Planes

planes

I have been building and flying (and crashing) RC planes since I was a child. I have since moved from building kits into building my own designs.

Watch my latest cras..err..flight

Cooking

Cooking

I enjoy cooking for friends, learning new techniques, and searching for the latest cooking gadgets. I am currently interested in Sous Viding.

Check out my favorite recipes here

Making

making

I am a big fan of the making community. As a maker, I believe in building things myself rather than buying premade things. Check out my builds in the project section above.

Check me out on instructables

Contact

Feel free to leave me a message!

Roberto Moratore Jr
Robijnstraat 29
9743KN, Groningen
The Netherlands