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Adam Libert
Works at SpaceX
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lives in Cambridge, MA
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Occupation
Structures Engineer at SpaceX
Skills
Mechanical Engineering: Structures, Machine Design, Dynamics, Controls, Mechatronics, Robotics, Aerodynamics
Employment
  • SpaceX
    Structures Engineer, 2014 - present
    • I make machines that make rockets
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduate Researcher, 2012 - 2014
    • Leading the design of a machine to prove scalability of a novel manufacturing process capable of printing micron-scale patterns at high rates; goal is to enable printed electronics at a fraction of the current cost • Collaborating with two teammates to develop a real-time closed-loop control algorithm for consistent printing
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Teaching Assistant, 2010 - 2012
    • Taught three courses: “Mech. Prototyping” / “Intro to Mech. Design” / “Machine Design and Manufacturing” • Lectured for three different project-based courses on mechanical design, prototyping, and manufacturing • Instructed machine design and manufacturing techniques like sketching, CAD, GD&T, machining, and metrology
  • University of Pennsylvania MODLAB
    Engineering Researcher, 2011 - 2012
    • Led a team of five to design and prototype a spiderman-like robot that could swing from ceiling object to object • Integrated mechanical, electronic, and pneumatic components to fire actuated grippers and swing from them
  • US Genomics
    Engineering Intern, 2008 - 2009
    • Interpreted scientists’ needs in order to design and fabricate improved reaction chambers for their experiments • Prototyped a device for hazardous biological experiments; led to a production run to retrofit all machines
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Cambridge, MA
Previously
Philadelphia, PA - Sydney, Australia
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MIT Mechanical Engineer
Introduction
My name is Adam Libert and I’ve been an engineer from the day I was born. Engineering is not just six years of University-acquired knowledge in my head; it’s also in my blood. My grandfather and his two brothers went to MIT, and I’m there now finishing my Master’s. I don’t have data to prove that there’s an engineering phenotype genetically coded into my DNA, but it sure feels like it.

Since early childhood, I have always loved taking things apart to see how they work. Unfortunately, to my parent’s dismay, it took me a few years to realize that the trick was putting those things back together. It wasn’t long before I understood that the real magic of the things around us is in their design and fabrication. Ever since then, I’ve had a persistent desire no longer to dissect, but rather to create.

I’m excited by all things engineering, but I’m specifically interested in mechanical design, robotics, transportation, space, energy, education, and entrepreneurship. Outside of engineering, I love photography, and am an avid rock climber, skier, and scuba diver. Not only are these sports immensely fun, but they’re also incredibly interesting from an engineering and physics perspective. My engineering background helps me to be better at these sports and to appreciate both their natural beauty.

In addition, I try to be as engaged and involved in my community as possible, so I’m the co-chair of both the Social and Orientation Committees of the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers, and am responsible for planning the orientation and social events for the department’s prospective, new, and current graduate students.

This portfolio contains a small selection of the many awesome projects I’ve worked on. These photos and descriptions are meant to serve as a window into my world and to share with you my passion for engineering.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Mechanical Engineering, 2012 - 2014
    Graduate level courses in Structures; Machine Design; Dynamics; Controls; Mechatronics; Robotics; Aerodynamics
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Mechanical Engineering, 2008 - 2012
    Graduate level courses in Structures; Machine Design; Dynamics; Controls; Mechatronics; Robotics; Aerodynamics
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