Albert K. You, Ph.D.
With a PhD in Bioengineering, my wide breadth of engineering skills allows me to solve challenging interdisciplinary problems, and present outcomes to people of varying backgrounds. I excel at algorithms, digital signal processing, machine learning, mechanical design, and embedded systems. This skillset allows efficient end-to-end development, from system design to prototype/MVP..
In addition to my technical skills, I am a strong communicator, value mentorship and organization, and enjoy managing projects and small teams of engineers.
I'm a maker and a tinkerer. I like solving problems - that's what drives my projects. My research work has revolved around brain-machine interfaces, devices that use signals recorded from the brain and translate them into movements of a robotic arm or computer cursor. Namely, I'm interested in how our brains adapt as they learn to control these devices and if we can leverage these mechanisms to cause positive changes in patients with neuropathologies.
Outside of work, I'm also a prototyping engineer and have designed numerous products. In fact, I invented the Rubik's cube you see on the right! I'm a competitive "speedcuber" and back then, there just wasn't a cube stable enough for speedsolving. So, I designed my own mechanism in SolidWorks, then worked with a toy company in Taiwan, and finally brought it to market about 6 months later. I've also designed other things such as virtual reality headsets and tools that have been used in surgical procedures.
With a focus on algorithms, digital signal processing, and machine learning, my arsenal of tools include Python and MATLAB.
My end-to-end projects have also involved programming for embedded systems in C++ and hosting data on Flask and Django servers, saving information on SQL databases.
Speedcuber and YouTube Content Creator
I first solved a Rubik's cube in 2008 after seeing my friend do it. It quickly became a lifelong hobby and it's helped me meet friends all over the world. I was sponsored by multiple stores around the world and companies including Hasbro. I also designed my own Rubik's cube and had it manufactured as an overseas partnership with Maru in Taiwan.
I started competing in 2011 and quickly became in the top 100 in North America. Around the same time, my YouTube channel started to grow and I turned my focus to making tutorial videos and working with companies to provide product reviews. These days, I inject my enthusiasm for engineering into the cubing community with hopes to excite future generations to pursue careers in STEM. Check out my projects for more details!