Carolyn Estrada

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I am from a fabulous agricultural town in the San Joaquin Valley, Merced, CA. While going to school I was interested in connecting with my community through academics and art. I was able to do this as an entrepreneur restaurant owner and as an associate publisher of a local magazine — both of them focusing on enriching arts in our community.
 
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Where do you come from? Before coming to Stanford I did my BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Merced.
 
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What are you interested in? I am interested in the functionality of simple and efficient products and designs. I am fascinated by affordable, beautiful and action-ready products that can be implemented quickly and rapidly produce results all over the world. And when it's all said and done I want the owners or benefiters of these products to look at and touch these products and be proud to own it.
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My name is Carolyn Estrada and I am a 1st year graduate student. I recently graduated from Texas A&amp;M University with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy playing racquetball, playing guitar, and watching college football. I am also halfway done obtaining my private pilot's license!
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What is your design experience? I have created campaigns to support and fundraise for arts organizations in Merced using my standing as a business owner. These challenges have allowed me develop good brainstorming skills, good leadership initiatives, and a firm understanding that not everything goes as expected. This experience has taught me that stress and failure are part of the design experience and ultimately lead to better and more sustainable results.<br>  
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<br>In my first semester of my senior design class in undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to Spain and work with students at the University of Castilla-La Mancha to design a wind driven power generator. The opportunity to improve an existing model for the wind turbine was my first proving ground in the product design universe. I also loved getting new perspectives about design, engineering and life in general from my Spanish teammates. Although we had our design on paper, the semester was too short for us to create a prototype for our turbine.
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<br>In my second semester of senior design, I was in a group that had to design a testing tank for oilfield sub-sea systems. The problem statement was provided by FMC Technologies and we had to consult with them throughout the semester for feedback. Additionally, part of my group attended Texas A&amp;M at Qatar, all the way in Doha. This project reinforced the lessons I had gained from my time in Spain, but with the added challenge of effectively coordinating a project with and communicating with people that were on the other side of the world. Once again, however, time did not allow us to create a physical model of our test tank.
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<br>This past summer, I worked in the new product development division of Schlumberger, an oilfield services company in Houston, TX. I helped lay the groundwork for the design of a safety device for one of their perforating gun firing heads. It was here that I realized that I really want to work in product development.<br>  
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Contact Information

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206
  • jannar@stanford.edu


About

My name is Carolyn Estrada and I am a 1st year graduate student. I recently graduated from Texas A&M University with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy playing racquetball, playing guitar, and watching college football. I am also halfway done obtaining my private pilot's license!


In my first semester of my senior design class in undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to Spain and work with students at the University of Castilla-La Mancha to design a wind driven power generator. The opportunity to improve an existing model for the wind turbine was my first proving ground in the product design universe. I also loved getting new perspectives about design, engineering and life in general from my Spanish teammates. Although we had our design on paper, the semester was too short for us to create a prototype for our turbine.


In my second semester of senior design, I was in a group that had to design a testing tank for oilfield sub-sea systems. The problem statement was provided by FMC Technologies and we had to consult with them throughout the semester for feedback. Additionally, part of my group attended Texas A&M at Qatar, all the way in Doha. This project reinforced the lessons I had gained from my time in Spain, but with the added challenge of effectively coordinating a project with and communicating with people that were on the other side of the world. Once again, however, time did not allow us to create a physical model of our test tank.


This past summer, I worked in the new product development division of Schlumberger, an oilfield services company in Houston, TX. I helped lay the groundwork for the design of a safety device for one of their perforating gun firing heads. It was here that I realized that I really want to work in product development.

Education

  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (expected 2014)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Merced 2012

Publications

  • PATENTS
    April 2012 Janna Rodriguez, Roy Taylor Gore, Michael Katz, Pedro Contreras
    “Security camera enclosure using a thermal control,” provisional patent application (PTO Reg. No. 61/688,177), filed on May 8, 2012. Licensed to Pelco by Schneider Electric.


  • SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
    2012 [Poster - Talk] “Optical setup required to convey radiated energy”, Merced, CA
    2011 [Poster] “Flammability Testing of Fire Resistant Fabrics”, Winner in my Discipline, Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native
    Americans in Science (SACNAS) at 2011 National Conference. November.
    2011 [Poster – Talk ] “Flammability Testing of Fire Resistant Fabrics”, Outstanding Presentation at Berkeley, CA. August 2011.
    2010 [Poster] “Time Series and Neural Network Models for Wind Turbines”, Merced, CA .February.

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