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With a unique blend of art and science, I create things with purpose and design with personality.
Scientist, engineer, and self-taught artist, my designs come in all shapes and sizes. My design portfolio, fiddlevision, has grown to include work with robots, websites, book illustrations, logos / branding, advertising, and theme parks.

I am a PhD Candidate at Stanford University in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. I study mild traumatic brain injuries and seek to undertand the underlying biomechanics of concussions. Using novel instrumented mouthguards, head impact measurements, and computational / laboratory models, I am developing new approaches to head protection. I enjoy sharing my work at scientific meetings and through STEM outreach with K-12 students.
Previously, I earned MS and BS degrees at Stanford in Mechanical Engineering. I am an NSF Fellow, Ford Fellow, Stanford Bio-X Fellow, Stanford School of Engineering Fellow, and Sloan Scholar. Before starting graduate school in 2011, I was President of Stanford's Latino engineering society and chaired a STEM leadership conference for over 400 students and professionals in attendance from across the country.

Originally from Miami and son of Cuban-American immigrants, I am an avid dancer and former director of Los Salseros de Stanford dance team. When I'm not in lab or on the dance floor, I spend my time pursuing my interests in graphic design, SCUBA diving, travel, movies, and music.
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Brain injury is an important health problem, affecting many through vehicle collisions, violence, sports, recreation, and falls. Over 75% of reported injuries are classified as mild (e.g. concussion) and have been linked to long-term loss of brain function and depression. Mild brain injuries are often hard to detect and little is understood about what causes them. I study head impact biomechanics and am developing new ways of diagnosing and preventing mild brain injuries using novel instrumented mouthguards, high speed video, and computational simulations.

More information is coming soon. In the meantime, visit the links above for more details about my research.


High speed video of football impact.

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Fidel Hernandez
Founder | fiddlevision

PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

fidel@fiddlevision.com
Fidel Hernandez
Founder | fiddlevision

PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

fidel@fiddlevision.com
Fidel Hernandez
Founder | fiddlevision

PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

fidel@fiddlevision.com
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Zappos Commercial
Zappos Commercial
In 2011, I produced and directed a 30-second commercial with friend and college roommate Matt Cook, which we enetered into the Zappos.com "Celebrate the Art of Gifting" video contest.

The film, titled Gifting: Then and Now, celebrates the joy of giving through time. A young boy gives his crush a prank gift at a park. Generations later, the couple enjoys a romantic holiday dinner, and she has a special surprise to get him back.
GatorBot
GatorBot
While taking a mechanical systems design course, myself and a team of three students designed and built the GatorBot. Challenged to create a mechanism that mimicked an alligator's movement, our team's design transitioned from a sprawled posture to the reptile's classic "high walk" stance in which it lifts its entire body off the ground.

The GatorBot met qualitive requirements for mimicking the alligators movement and navigated an obstacle-laden course at the required speed.
Inclining Multisurface Box
The Incredible Inclining Multisurface Box
My capstone project for Stanford's machine shop course, I designed and manufactured the Incredible Inclining Multisurface Box. Built to adapt, the box can serve as a cutting board, chess board, and podium among many other possibilities. The box lid locks at different angles and holds an inset tile that can be switched to change the surface, and thus, the box's function.

Made in polycarbonate, stainless steel, and aluminum, the box was manufactured using a mill and band saw.
JotBot
JotBot
For my experimental robotics course, teams were asked to implement novel uses of already existing robots. Using a PUMA robotic arm, my group implemented a control scheme that enabled the robot to write on any oblique plane. The robot took typed user input from a laptop and wrote the font outlines onto an arbitrarily-positioned whiteboard. We also derived trans-formations to enable writing text onto the surface of a sphere or cylinder.
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Twilight Town
The park's entry, Twilight Town's theme is inspired by the whimsical town from Kingdom Hearts 2.
Port Calico
A Caribbean pirate port, Port Calico features the wet and perilous Treasure Cove Adventure Tours
The Lost Empire
At the unearthed ruins of Atlantis, guests battle anicent forces on the Triton roller coaster.
Sunset Harbor Resort
Adjacent to Olden Kingdom is Sunset Harbor, a mediterranean resort featuring a grand canal.
Parking and Entrance
A glimpse of the entrance and parking for Olden Kingdom.
Badlands
Entrance concept for Badlands, a new park featuring film's most spine-tingling villains.
Pulse
Inside an abandoned hospital, a machine measures the pulse of patients presumed dead.
Survivor
Guests face off inside the fiery pit of a bubbling volcano. Who will be crowned Survivor?
Feng
Guests soar aboard Feng, fiery phoenix guardian of China's Great Wall
Bullfrog County Fair
A collaboration with three other designers, the fair was created as part of an Atari Forums contest.