My name is Benjamin Nollan. I love to build and fix things and am currently attending DigiPen Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering. My main focus of study is Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

From a young age I liked to find out how things work. I would often take things apart to see the insides. My dad works on electronics so naturally I started doing experiments with small circuits.

One of the first projects that I built was a “singing” electric arc. It uses a high voltage transformer powered by a custom driver circuit to create a high voltage arc. The duty cycle of the PWM going to the transformer is varied by an audio signal to create music from the arc.

In college I’ve been learning all of the math and physics models that describe all of the components that have been black boxes. This has brought about thinking of how to do things better.