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    Introduce yourself!

    Hey guys,

    I figured since this community seems to be growing at a good pace, we could start a thread to introduce ourselves. Feel free to let other members know what you do for a living, what you do for fun (you know, aside from robotics), and maybe post a picture of yourself. Post as little or as much as you want.

    I'll start it off!

    My name is Andrew, I'm a Network Admin for a smaller IT firm based in Portland, OR. I've worked in the IT field for about 6 years, working for Intel for quite some time as a network admin/teacher, AT&T and some contract work for the gov't. I've been building programmable robots since I was 13.

    Update: I started working for Trossen Robotics in 2008.
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    Re: Introduce yourself!

    Maybe we need an off-topic forum? This would fit better there~
    Done, and done Tyberius, thanks for the suggestion! I've been rolling that idea around a bit, and after talking to some peeps here about it and seeing that others wanted it as well, I decided why not?

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    Re: Introduce yourself!

    Well done Alex, now introduce yourself

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    Hello,

    Introducing myself...
    I am a retired Engineer (Applied Physics, Power Electronics). I like anything electronics, mechatronics, motor and motion controls, especially if it is Kilowatt and/or Megawatt stuff. My top career challenges were designing a 1.8 Megawatt oven controller (480VAC, 1200A, 3 phases), and designing a 60VDC, 5000ADC, pulsed power system for a particle accelerator electromagnet.

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    Hi,

    Hope everyone is safe!
    I am completely new to robotics and I want to understand how to implement automation ideas that one may have.
    I am from a programming/machine learning background trying to venture into robotics.

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    Re: Introduce yourself!

    Well done Alex, now introduce yourself
    oh yeah, hehe.

    My name is Alex. I work here at Trossen Robotics as well. I was the first hire, hired back in April '05, back when we were still Phidgets USA.

    My official title is Systems Analyst / Administrator, which covers a lot of what I do, but I am pretty much everywhere. Basically if it involves technical expertise, I'm the guy who looks into the feasibility, development & execution. You name it, I do it; programming, architecture, administration, setup & deployment, marketing, website design, database work, operations, order packing, vendor orders, and even a little accounting (ewe). I don't get to play around with the goodies as much as I used to though I really hope to get back into that sometime soon.

    Outside of work, I love gaming, but not so much the online type. I'm more of a hermit when it comes to my games. I have an awesome finance (update wife), Heather. We've been together since 2003. UPDATE: We're having our first child this June (2011); Her name will be Lexi.

    Here's a pic of Heather and I back in I think '07 (?) when we were in Colorado:


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    Last edited by Alex; 03-23-2011 at 10:11 AM.

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    Nice intros, guys!

    Hi, I'm Dave. When I'm not at work, I'm usually absorbing knowledge, tinkering around with electronics, playing guitar or bass, or banging random objects together to see what kind of sounds they make. I also spend a lot of time in weird bars seeing weird bands and meeting weird people. I am a fiend for music; the more subversive, the better. I live with two other miscreants in an apartment in Chicago.

    Like Alex, I'm a DeVry graduate. My degree is EET, which is like the Wal Mart version of an EE degree. I started working here in... July '06, I think. When I'm at work, I'm something called a "Product Engineer." We're still not entirely sure what that means. I maintain all of the technical information in our catalog, evaluate and review new products, handle a bunch of hardware-related tech support type stuff, and help customers figure out what they need when they're planning a project. Another important part of my job is harassing Alex. I think Matt may have hired me because I'd worked with Alex when we were in college and had plenty of Alex harassment experience.

    I don't have a decent picture of myself readily available, so here's a monkey with my name on it:

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    New to the TR Community? Feel free to introduce yourself and show off your projects!

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    As my user name implies, I'm Jon...

    I'm 40, married, into.... wait a sec, this isn't that kind of forum, is it?

    Okay, so I'm a professional software developer, been writing code for something like 27 years now. I started doing embedded development and building robots in 1997, although I've been building mechanical stuff since I was a little kid. My first computer was an Apple //c, and I spent many hours hacking 6502 assembler...

    My main goal in robotics right now is to do research and development on advanced AI. I have a lot of ideas about how intelligence can work in a robot (see my MicroRaptor page for some details).

    I'm not really into music, I like sailing and off-roading (Jeeps are my thing), reading, playing video games with my 3 kids (all boys), and all things with an outdoor/wilderness setting.

    Oh yeah - I'm Canadian

    - Jon

    ps - the picture below is one of me on my 40th birthday, last September...

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    Re: Introduce yourself!

    Hi!

    Nice initative Tyberius!

    I'm Kåre Halvorsen (Zenta) from Norway, age 35. I'm not married yet.. I and my fiance have two kids (both boys, age 1,5 and 3,5 years).

    I work at The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service. I work with solutions and facilities for persons with disabilities: stairlifts, platformlifts, home lifts and environmental control.

    My personal interests are robotics (electronics, mechanics and some programming), RC (cars, boats, helicopters), model train and photography.

    We also love to walk trips in the nature.

    A picture of me and my eldest son:
    Last edited by Zenta; 04-01-2008 at 10:43 AM.

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    I guess I probably should introduce myself. My name is chris sanders and I live In the state of Ohio. I have just decided to take some time off from the art institute of Pittsburgh. While I was their I studied game art and design, and my hobbies are animation, and i would love to get into some robotics. Right now my goal is to build a real time Virtual Reality game.

    I know that the task seems impossible with the budget that I currently have but I have been studying game design for well over 3 years. and I am rather proud of my cgi Graphics. And last year I started learning how to program, so I fiquired now was the time to try and build it.
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