Devyn began his work with CEEO as
freshman at Tufts, taking simple robotics with Merredith Portsmore.
Drawn to the overlap of interfacing with children and his education
as an engineer, he sought out other ways to engage. This resulted in
7 semesters working as a Fellow in STOMP, with 3 years as a member of
the Executive Board. Devyn was the first Head of Publicity for
STOMP, and has seen a steady increase in Fellow applications as the
program has gained more visibility on campus. Academically Devyn
focused on robotics, a path which culminated in developing a robotic
arm to hit a drum cymbal like a human in a prototype quality
assurance system for Zildjian. On a volunteer basis, he spent 3
years as the head of Play Pals, an organization that brings children
with special needs to campus to play with volunteer buddies while
providing parents a relaxed environment and social group. After such
a positive rewarding experience with STOMP, Devyn applied to be the
manager for Fall 2015 to Spring 2017, hoping to push the fulcrum out
in terms of his impact on the program. He was accepted, allowing him
to continue his robotics work with the University, and embark on a
path to becoming a double jumbo!
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2015
Combining his education in robotics and experience working with
children with special needs, Devyn has focused on developing robotic
pets for children with autism. He is specifically interested in
students engaging with the robot as a client in the engineering
design process, and the related benefits in terms of STEM
engagement, social facilitation, and perspective taking.
As STOMP Manager, Devyn immediate directs an executive board of 8
undergraduates, and the greater program of 57 undergraduate STEM
Teaching Fellows. He coordinates the recruitment and logistics for
all 43 classrooms involved in the program, handles teacher
relations, and oversees the Fellows' recruitment and professional
"Experimental Investigation of Crash Cymbal Acoustic Quality"
submitted to the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America,
June 23, 2014.