Employee Spotlight - Greg


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

Gripper Technology: Testing gripper capability and durability under repeated field simulated loads has been insightful. The test results have established this specific gripper's impressive characteristics, and will inform future gripper designs.

Underwater inflatable manipulators: The inflatable underwater manipulator arm concept design uses low pressure water hydraulics to actuate 7 degrees of freedom, and is sized to pick up 25 lbs. The project is a rare opportunity to develop a blank sheet manipulator design that addresses the usual manipulator load cases, but, also, combines elements of inflatable robotics and underwater operation.


What do you enjoy most about working at RE2?

Everyone is smart, capable, and invested in the work.


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

Keith Gunnett (CTO), because he is the man.


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

The University of Pittsburgh & the University of Texas at Austin (Longhorns). Every engineering class I've taken in school or through work is put to use in one way or another here.


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

Save lives and limbs... pretty much what we do.


What is your favorite robot (real or fictional)?

Any one that's shipping to a customer is my favorite.


What do you enjoy about living in Pittsburgh?

Access to world-class career opportunities, education, music, scenery, food, sports...without the imposing feel and filth of a big city.


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

More military applications... that's where they are absolutely needed.


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

Making good food and riding very easy bike trails.

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