Employee Spotlight - Matti
What project(s) are you currently working on, and what do you find interesting or exciting about this project and/or its resulting technology?
Robotic Arms - I think the differences between dismount class and tactical class manipulators are interesting. It is much more challenging to make a bigger version of something than many seem to think.
What do you enjoy most about working at RE2?
That I get to help design and build things that save and improve the quality of other's lives.
If you could switch jobs with anyone else at RE2 for one day, whose job would you want and why?
Andrew Davison, Director of Software Engineering. That guy gets to work on a lot of firmware.
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?
I went to RIT for Computer Engineering Technology. Course material most relevant to my work would be circuit theory, electronics, programming with C++, and embedded systems design.
What task(s) would you most like to see a robotic arm perform?
Exploring the cosmos. Neutralizing hazards. Protecting, fixing, or cleaning the environment.
What is your favorite robot (real or fictional)?
What do you enjoy about living in Pittsburgh?
It is not too big or busy like other cities. Plenty of options for food. North Park is pretty cool, too.
When you’re not working on robots, how do you enjoy spending your time?
Cooking, photography, running, bicycling, and building stuff.
What other jobs have you held?
ITS Helpdesk for The Taunton Press, Data Analyst/Clerk for FUJI Film Medical Systems, and Software Engineer for Harris RF Communications. I was also a TA in college.
Where do you see robotics going in the next 25 years?
Where conditions are otherwise hazardous to life.
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