Q&A: Robotics Mentor and Champion

Peter’s FIRST team is pictured at the 2009 championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. (Peter is standing fourth from the right.)

Peter Matteson, a Senior Project Engineer at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT, has a passion for robotics. We recently discussed how he became involved with mentoring a high school robotics team, the types of robots the team designs, … Continue reading

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Q&A: Networking Expert Dru Lavigne

Dru Lavigne

Dru Lavigne wasn’t always interested in networking applications. I recently interviewed her about how she discovered UNIX and launched her career as an OS specialist and technical writer. She also described her “to-do” list, which includes more writing, and her … Continue reading

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Q&A: Hacker, Roboticist, and Website Host

Dean "Dino" Segovis at his workbench

Dean “Dino” Segovis is a self-taught hardware hacker and maker from Pinehurst, NC. In 2011, he developed the Hack A Week website, where he challenges himself to create and post weekly DIY projects. Dino and I recently talked about some … Continue reading

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Q&A: Scott Garman, Technical Evangelist

Below is a completed JeeNode v6 Kit Scott built one weekend.

Scott Garman is more than just a Linux software engineer. He is also heavily involved with the Yocto Project, an open-source collaboration that provides tools for the embedded Linux industry. In 2013, Scott helped Intel launch the MinnowBoard, the company’s … Continue reading

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Q&A: Andrew Godbehere, Imaginative Engineering

This is the central control belt-pack to be worn by a dancer for CUMotive, the wearable accelerometer project. An Atmel ATmega644V and an AT86RF230 were used inside to interface to synthesizer. The plastic enclosure has holes for the belt to attach to a dancer. Wires connect to accelerometers, which are worn on the dancer’s limbs.

Engineers are inherently imaginative. I recently spoke with Andrew Godbehere, an Electrical Engineering PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, about how his ideas become realities, his design process, and his dream project. —Nan Price, Associate Editor NAN: You … Continue reading

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