Nic James

Selected Projects


Engineer Test Systems R&D Tesla Palo Alto, CA
8 months

To unlock capability of our own power electronics as test equipment
  • 2-10x cost reduction against outside test equipment
  • Wrote embedded C for a 70kW converter
  • Wrote Python webserver to control parallel converters
Test Engineer Energy Tesla Palo Alto, CA
1 year 6 months

To make gritty and tenacious microgrids
  • Creative electrical abuse of Powerwall and Powerpack
  • Wrote Python libraries to orchestrate electrical test equipment
  • Automated ruthlessly with Robot Framework and Pytest
Engineer Eclipse Cybernetics Cambridge, MA
2 months

To build prosthetic optics and grippers for an early-stage startup
  • took two products from concept to functional prototype
Faculty UPLand Eco-Makerspace Alameda, CA
8 months

To develop Alameda's first Eco-Makerspace
  • Heavy equipment and and welder repair
  • Installed a 3kW grid-tied solar and battery backup system
  • Moving and loading of 20' and 53' shipping containers
Electrical Engineering Intern Alta Motors Brisbane, CA
3 months

To build electric motorcycles
  • PCB layout for Redshift motocross bike
Machininist Pika Energy Westbrook, ME
3 months

To build small wind turbines
  • Made metal and plastic parts on mill and lathe
  • Wrangled vendors, set up a supply chain for an extruded aluminum part
Intern Sandhill Farm Rutledge, MO
3 months

To grow food
  • Grew potatoes, beans, radishes, and corn
Undergraduate Researcher MIT Aerospace Controls Lab Cambridge, MA
3 months

To assemble PCBs for research quadrotors
  • 0402 and BGA surface mount soldering


MIT, Cambridge MA, B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2011-2015
Monroe Township Public Schools, NJ