Ramon A. Colon Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering)

Ramon A. Colon Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering)

About DOE Fellow:
Ramon is currently working towards completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with the intention of continuing his studies to obtain a Master’s degree. He is highly interested in robotics research and has completed a Certificate in Robotics Engineering. Ramon is now working at Zafras Home Inspection as a home inspector.

DOE Related Projects:
Mr. Colon is currently working on the “Identification of Robotic Technology” for D&D under the supervision of Andrew Szilagyi and Dr. Leonel Lagos.

The overall objective is to continue with the research performed during his Summer 2009 internship. In addition, the data collected will be added to the Knowledge Management Information Tool (KMIT) system.

Mr. Colon’s duties are to reformat the compendium information to fit the KMIT system, and continue researching new innovative technologies used for D&D tasks.

Compendium of Technology Experts & University/Industry Research Programs Applicable to D&D

Ramon worked under the supervision of Andrew Szilagyi in developing a compendium of experts in the field of deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) technologies. The main purpose of developing a compendium of experts is to facilitate decreased search time when it come to searching for the right technology, and the company that makes it. The compendium will work as an inventory of the technologies currently used or that could be applied for D&D purposes. The technology will be divided into two main groups: characterization and monitoring technology and D&D technology. Each technology will be further classified by type, e.g., sensors, lasers, or robotic systems. Finally, the material it can identify/clean-up will also be classified.

Performance Analysis of the SensorNet’s Southeastern Transportation Corridor Pilot Viewer
Ramon participated in his first summer internship program under the supervision of Mr. David Hill in the SensorNet program. As an intern, he analyzed the performance of the Southeastern Transportation Corridor Pilot (SETCP) Viewer. The SETCP Viewer system scans trucks passing through the interstate weigh station with the help of sensors, infrared cameras, weight scales, software and most importantly without human aid. He found and suggested solutions for the inconsistencies in the SETCP Viewer and also discovered traffic and regional patterns. Ramon had the opportunity to present his work as a speaker on the SETCP Viewer, in the 2008 Waste Management Symposium (WM08).