Launching the Design of the Mark II Engine

What an exciting week!  I finally got the new office 90% ready and our new team showed up on Monday to begin work.  The first thing to do is introduce our new engineers.

Seated around the conference table in the new office from left to right: Ed O'Malley, John Clarke, Azra Horowitz, Abhishek Sahasrabudhe

Seated around the conference table in the new office from left to right: Ed O’Malley, John Clarke, Azra Horowitz, Abhishek Sahasrabudhe

Abhishek Sahasrabudhe came to us after finishing his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford.  He has experience working on an advanced engine efficiency technology at Bosch Automotive.  He was a graduate research assistant at Stanford where he was also a teaching assistant in the finite element analysis class.  Abhishek completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pune in India where he graduated first in his class.

Azra Horowitz recently completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied internal combustion engines under Dr. Wai K. Cheng.  He has designed a novel organic rankine cycle engine for powering submersible unmanned autonomous vehicles and was the winner of the Sherman Math Prize at Wesleyan University.

I could not be more pleased with our team, their knowledge of engine thermodynamics and design, and their enthusiasm.  It makes Motiv a very exciting place to be and we have already launched the design effort on the new engine.  This work is being done in our new office, of course.  Here are some more pictures, before we got started working in it.

Desks with Dell M4700 mobile workstations and 23" second monitors.

Desks with Dell M4700 mobile workstations and 23″ second monitors.

Brainstorming/meeting area

Brainstorming/meeting area

Break area.  Fridge and microwave to be added to the already well-used coffee maker!

Break area. Fridge and microwave to be added to the already well-used coffee maker!

We started the week out with a review of engine thermodynamics, as well as general engine design concepts implemented in applications ranging from model airplanes to Ferrari Formula 1 race cars.  It was a great way to get the gears turning (pun?) and prepare our minds for the task ahead!

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Preparing for Orientation Week

Kickoff day for the design of MkII of our engine is coming soon – September 23rd. Our two new engineers, Azra from MIT and Abhishek from Stanford, will be starting that day and John will be in town for the week.  I’m busily getting the new office ready.  As you can see, it is still mostly empty.  It’s 1350 square feet in Midtown South in Manhattan on West 36th Street. I will post pictures of it once it is done.  Furniture is being delivered tomorrow.  I have the new Dell M4700 mobile workstations and 23″ monitors as well as a new PowerEdge server. Our design software should be here tomorrow.  Here is a before picture.  I’ll post more pictures once everything is all set up.

Our new, empty office

Our new, empty office

Somehow popular lore makes it seem like orientation for a startup should be full of games, lavish parties and tons of promotional gear with quirky logos.  Ours will be a little bit more like jumping into the middle of an advanced graduate thermo-sciences semester… But for us that is actually fun! I can’t wait until we finish the first part kick-off meetings so I can watch how the engine is born and see what it looks like, part-by-part.  I considered having the first orientation task for the engineers be unpacking and assembling their desk and chair, but that does not seem very welcoming, so hopefully I will have all that done before they arrive!