Zipline International

Mechanical Engineering Internship


I interned at Zipline International in the Summer of 2017. My first task was creating a cycle tester to validate the design of a drop mechanism (used for deploying packages mid-flight) for a new aircraft. While that project was ongoing, I picked up additional roles. I designed, built, and iterated upon assembly stations for the propellors and drop mechanism, created assembly fixtures for both stations, and produced SOPs for assembly. I helped further the design of the drop mechanism by prototyping new features and creating a desktop model to test proposed solutions. I also aided a fellow intern in the design and construction, and validation of a cycle tester known as the "pogo," intended to bounce a fully assembled aircraft up and down to simulate high flight loads. I will be returning to Zipline International in January of 2018 to work as a full-time mechanical engineer.