Extreme STEAM Science Kids Staff
Juliana Deacon, Robotics 1 Teacher
Juliana has been teaching robotics for the past year with Extreme STEAM Science Kids. She is a nurse by profession and loves everything science and technology related. Her passion for robotics began with her children’s interest in the field, and as she began learning about it more, it led to her wanting to be a part of the movement to educate our young generation on the possibilities of this innovative program. She looks forward to a fun summer filled with enriching activities to immerse your child into the wonderful world of robotics!
Alan Pengfei Zheng is a graduate student at Stony Brook University. He finished his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2018, and he is in the 5-year accelerated program to pursue his master degree. During his college life in Stony Brook University, not only he graduated cum laude in the mechanical engineering department, but also he was actively involved with a lot of extracurricular activities. He was an eboard of Stony Brook Robot Design Team (SBRDT) in the year of 2017-2018, and he was the mechanical subteam lead for the Mars Rover Competition. In 2016, he was invited and joined Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and in May 2018, he was awarded Student Leadership Activity Recognition Award for his outstanding leadership of SBRDT. In addition, ee worked with Professor Anurag Purwar and did research on SnappyXO in Prof. Purwar’s lab. He also worked as technical advisors for Prof. Purwar’s classes. Alan Zheng is a very easygoing person, and he likes fishing, traveling, and robots.
Kyle Diaks is an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at NYIT. This will be Kyle’s second summer with Extreme Steam Science Kids at Park Shore. He is involved in SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) doing cad design and engineering of a competition race buggy at NYIT. He looks forward to helping our Extreme STEAM Science campers learn the design process and appreciate the world of engineering.
Tina has been a part of the Park Shore family for 12 years. During this time she has worn many hats, including Toddler Counselor, Toddler Group Leader, bus driver and most recently she was one of the faces greeting parents in the Director’s Office. This is her first year in the Extreme STEAM Science Kids camp and she is excited to be part of such a prominent program. During the school year Tina teaches Science at Park Shore Country Day School and is looking forward to being able to expand on what she already loves.
Dr. Purwar received his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, both in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are in machine design area with a focus on kinematic design of robots and mechanisms, CAD/CAM, and application of Computational Geometry, Virtual Reality (VR), Computer Graphics and Visualization in Design Engineering.
Dr. Purwar’s research work has been published in several international journals and conferences and he is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by Stony Brook University. His work on the interactive dimensional synthesis of planar 6R mechanisms won him a best paper award at the 2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC). He was one of the eight presenters invited from around the world to give a lecture on the topic of Quaternions and Clifford Algebras at the Kinematics Summer School for PhD students and early career faculty and organized by the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee in Buffalo, NY, 2014.
He has been twice elected as a member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics committee and served as the Program Chair for the 2014 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, as the Conference Chair for the 2015 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference and has served as symposium and session chairs for many ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. He is the general Conference Co-Chair for the 2016 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC/CIE).
Dr. Purwar is also the department’s representative to the NY state-funded Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program. As the SPIR representative, he identifies and coordinates projects between the department and Long Island based industries. SPIR projects include joint proposals for federal funding, manufacturing and quality assurance improvements, research and development, and testing and evaluation.
He won a SUNY Research Foundation Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) award, which enabled him to develop a multifunctional Sit-to-Stand-Walker assistive device for people afflicted with neuromuscular degenerative diseases or disability. The technology and the patent behind the device has been licensed to Biodex Medical Systems for bringing the device to institutional market. In 2014, Dr. Purwar gave an invited TEDx talk on Machine Design Innovation through Technology and Education which focused on enabling democratization of design capabilities, much needed for invention and innovation of machines by uniting the teaching of scientific and engineering principles with the new tools of technology.