ESP Biography



CHRIS MERRILL, MIT Junior studing EE/CS




Major: 6

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2012

Picture of Chris Merrill

Brief Biographical Sketch:

My brain is on fire.



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Reverse Engineering in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Reverse engineer something awesome!


Molecular Gastronomy in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
om nom nom... with science! We'll use chemicals not normally found in your kitchen to create interesting foodstuffs that defy traditional cuisine.


Pizza Appreciation in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Learn about what makes a pizza truly beautiful on the inside.


Reverse Engineering in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Reverse engineer something awesome!


Build steam circuits! in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Let's extend the water analogy for circuits to steam! Make audio filters with brass pipes and steam! Be as steampunk as you can!


Reverse Engineering in HSSP Spring 2011 (Feb. 19, 2011)
Do you wonder what exactly makes a watch tick? How a camera manages to advance film, focus, zoom, and capture an image? How a hard drive spins and stores large amounts of information in a small amount of space? So do we! Join us in the process of Reverse Engineering -- Learning about how stuff works by taking it apart and looking at the pieces. Every class we will take apart at least one new product, culminating in a student-chosen final product.


Internet Reeducation, Part 1 in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
The Internet Reeducation Project is dedicated to educating the populous about the Internet through a high-intensity lecture and seminar series designed to expose the participant to a maximum number of historically significant memes and videos in minimum time. For more information, see http://web.mit.edu/cmerrill/www/reeducation.html


Internet Reeducation, Part 2 in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
The Internet Reeducation Project is dedicated to educating the populous about the Internet through a high-intensity lecture and seminar series designed to expose the participant to a maximum number of historically significant memes and videos in minimum time. For more information, see http://web.mit.edu/cmerrill/www/reeducation.html This is part two a series. Sign up for one, or both. But remember...double sessions are SO INTENSE!


An Interactive Introduction to Robotics in HSSP Summer 2010 (Jul. 11, 2010 - Jul. 11, 2011)
Robots -- creations of metal and plastic, code and circuits, the combination of ideas and physical design. They build our cars, may soon /be/ our cars, fight our wars, control our political establishment, and-- wait, scratch that last one. Anyways, robotics is an interesting field that combines computational problem solving with real-world interaction in ways that solve many common problems while at the same time exposing new ones. The class will cover at least the following topics: Robots as state machines Analyzing control systems Using and processing sensor data ...and applying the above to robot navigation and solving complex problems


Master the Knot: Introduction to Knot Tying in Spark! Spring 2009 (Mar. 07, 2009)
A rope can be a powerful tool. This class will teach you a variety of knots to let you tie anything to anything. Moor a boat, climb a mountain, or tie your best friend to a tree, all with the power of knots.