ESP Biography



DANIEL KRAMNIK, MIT Junior Studying Electrical Engineering




Major: 6-1

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2016

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Past Classes

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Introduction to Feedback and Control Systems in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Learn the basic math and science that allows thermostats to regulate temperature, satellites to hold precise orbits, and supermaneuverable aircraft to perform turns that would normally be impossible. We'll start off by covering some basic topics in signals and systems and introducing the Laplace transform as a powerful technique for solving differential equations. Then, we'll define what a feedback system is and learn to rigorously analyze whether a control system built with feedback is stable. Along the way, we'll investigate various examples of physical and electronic systems with feedback such as the polarization of water molecules, electric motor speed controllers, and operational amplifiers.


DIY Cults in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, supposedly said “If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” We will explore the vibrant history of cults. The course aims to explore questions including what defines a cult? Why do cults exist? How do some of them become accepted by mainstream society? We will not be examining the veracity of their messages; instead we will examine the anthropological and sociological context of selected cults throughout history. At the end, students will have the opportunity to draw upon what they have learned to create a mock cult.


DIY Lightning: Build Your Own Singing Tesla Coil in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Ever wonder how a Tesla coil works? Interested in how you can make 10'+ sparks, and how those sparks can play music? Want to build your very own Tesla coil? Then this class is for you! We'll begin with a quick lecture on how a Tesla Coil works, from the bottom up. We'll then provide you with kits to build solid-state Tesla Coils that can make music, and we'll be there to assist you in building and debugging. The end product is a 10" tall coil, capable of 15" sparks playing polyphonic music, or 2' sparks in spark-optimized mode. All necessary hardware will be provided - a pretty sweet deal, if you ask us!