Splash Biography



LUKE DOBSON, ESP Teacher




Major: Electrical Engineering

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a Yale sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. Outside of classes, I'm involved with research, Yale's Undergraduate Aerospace Association and MathCounts.



Past Classes

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E2812: Imagineering with Disney in Sprout Fall 17 (Sep. 30 - Oct. 14, 2017)
Disney Parks are world-renowned for their engineering feats, but few know about how they are pulled off! The first part of class will be spent discussing Disney’s state-of-the-art fountain system implemented in World of Color, a nighttime spectacular in one of its parks. We will learn about the “imagineering” of the science and engineering that went into it. The second part of class will be focused on one of Disney’s recent innovations, MyMagic+, a platform that attempts to make vacationing at Disney World less stressful. We will discuss its connection to the Internet of Things, and students will debate the potential benefits and consequences of the system and the privacy issues it provokes. During the last part of class, students will work in teams to apply their knowledge to help design a new Disney attraction!


E2813: Engineering the NYC Subway in Sprout Fall 17 (Sep. 30 - Oct. 14, 2017)
The New York City Subway is the subway with the most stations in the world, and its annual ridership is more than 1.7 billion! When the NYC Subway was first created, though, it was not the conglomerate it is today. This class will explore the historical beginnings of the NYC subway, and how it has grown over time. We will discover the different methods of creating subway tunnels, as well as the electrical and communications systems of subway systems. We will then observe the limitations of different subway systems, and analyze what changes can be implemented to maximize subway efficiency. After this, students will work in small groups to create a new transit system: the New Haven Subway!


E2742: Optimizing Paper Airplanes in Splash Spring 17 (Apr. 08, 2017)
Have you even been so bored that you've built (or dreamed of building) a paper airplane? Me too. But what factors affect how far they travel? This class will provide a brief overview of aerodynamics and the engineering process. Students will be exposed to different examples of successful paper airplanes. Then, they will have time to prototype your own paper airplanes in small groups before competing in a class-wide contest!