March 16, 2014
I did 7 DOF end effector matrix calculations in graduate school, but ended up building 3 to 5 axis stabilized platforms and gimbaled mirror line-of-sight directors for Lockheed. Back in the day robot arms for automotive industry was the future of robots, while independent walking vehicles were science fiction. Decision making path planning software (stochastic automata) was also a fun area of study for me. I still have an interest in walking devices and anthropomorphic robots, even though the technology has made leaps and bounds since the last time I studied the subjects. FPV has also become a fascinating area of study and is now easily accessible to the hobbyist. That may be something I eventually get into or have an interest in building.
I love mentoring and working with students and developing engineers. Also organizing and running robot competitions has been something I have had fun with at work, for Engineer's Week events that include employee design competitions and high school mentoring.
I wish I had time to do more at-home design work, and also time enough to make it more cost effective to buy or build a maker device. There are so many things that can be created - I would like to build miniature robot manipulators and gimbals for stabilizing very small camera setups, primarily for RC airplanes.
RC aircraft design and fabrication (scale but inexpensive foam park flyers for the most part). RC hobbies, such as electric flight, cars, and tanks. Scale model building. Science Fiction and Natural History reading and study.
Engineer at Lockheed Martin, specializing in stabilized optical system development. 30 plus year resident in Orlando, and a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.