Employee Spotlight - Alan

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What project(s) are you currently working on, and what do you find interesting or exciting about this project and/or its resulting technology?

I am working on mechanical aspects RADR-T, our Air Force retrofit kit project.  I’m a total gear-head, so the fact that this enables remote operation of heavy equipment is really cool.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at RE2?

The people by far are what makes this an enjoyable place to work. Everybody is very informative and hard working. Taco Tuesday would be a close second, though...

 

If you could switch jobs with anyone else at RE2 for one day, whose job would you want and why?

I would probably switch with Brian or Andre. I started out working as a machinist in high school and college and have always enjoyed working with my hands to create parts.

 

Where did you go to school/receive your training and what was your major? Which course was most relevant to your work at RE2?

I attended Butler County Community College (BC3) and attained my Associates Degree in Manufacturing Technology.

 

What task(s) would you most like to see a robotic arm perform?

Defusing explosives.

 

What is your favorite robot (real or fictional)?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Bender from Futurama. It's hard to not like a robot that has vices such as drinking beer and smoking cigars.

 

What do you enjoy about living in Pittsburgh?

It's a great area. By far, the Penguins are the highlight of living here, but the growth in culture, food and craft beer have really made the city an exciting place to live. There is always something new to discover.

 

What other jobs have you held?

I worked as a machinist in high school and college. We built rear ends for sprint cars and late models (which was a huge bonus for me, since I'm a motorsports fanatic). Most recently, I spent almost 10 years working as a Mechanical Designer for a company that built and customized auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry.

 

Where do you see robotics going in the next 25 years?

As technology advances in the controls as well as mechanical abilities, I feel that we will be able to use robotic equipment similar to HDMS in hazardous work environments to ensure the safety of employees across multiple industries.

 

When you’re not working on robots, how do you enjoy spending your time?

In my free time, I am often participating in antique tractor pulls throughout western PA and eastern Ohio with a 1950 John Deere Model A that I built.  I am an avid motorsports fan and attend the Indianapolis 500 each year, along with several other Indycar and IMSA races.

 

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