Meet Matthew Rossi, Winner of the 2018 Off the Clock Design Challenge!

Earlier this year, we announced our second Off the Clock Design Challenge winner and introduced you to Matthew Rossi.

Now, we'll learn more about him and his winning design process!

How did you hear about the Off the Clock Design Challenge?

I receive newsletters from Wurth Electronics and there was a section describing the challenge.

What gave you the idea to apply and compete?

As an engineer, it is extremely important to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and this design challenge was perfect. I was not familiar with solar powered theory and design. Wurth supplied the evaluation modules which allowed me to understand the technology and go from paper to prototype quickly.

What's your engineering background?

I have undergraduate and graduate studies in power electronics and speech processing. I have mainly been doing hardware and systems engineering for 6 years in the aerospace and test equipment fields.

How did you document your design process?

I documented the design using Adobe Illustrator and posted each section to my blog. My intent was to include a lot of graphs, tables, photos and sketches to allow a wide audience range

What was the biggest challenge you faced during the design process?

The biggest challenge was final integration where all the pieces were coming together. The main difficulty was waterproofing the turbidity sensor with the various 3D printed parts.

Was there any time during the challenge when you wanted to give up?

During the initial design phase, I had a hard time with some of the LED technology and considered giving up.

What was your favorite part of being a contender?

My favorite part of contending was sharing my design methodology with others on my blog. My goal was to layout the project from start to finish and capture the main design points.

Have you made any changes to your design since the contest ended?

I have unfortunately not made any design changes.

What other projects are you working on now?

Hackster has a design competition using NXP's Rapid IoT. I will be hopefully be accepted into that design contest. I am also looking forward to Wurth's next design challenge.

Any words of advice for our new Off the Clock contestants?

Never give up - just apply.

Keep Up with Our Off the Clock Design Challenge!

We loved learning more about Matthew's experience with our Off the Clock Design Challenge. We hope you did, too!

If Matthew's interview piqued your interest, you can learn more about Off the Clock.

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