Founder and driving force behind both the LA Robotics Club and Houston Robotics Club, I have put a lot of focus into creating communities for people of all ages who have an interest in learning more about Robotics and Electronics. Being mostly self-taught, I understand the value in having friends to encourage and support one another in a group setting.
At age 8, I began programming in BASIC on a Commodore 64. I went on to earn an education in Biology, Robotics, Machining and Electronics Fabrication. Working as a middle-ware software developer in the game industry for some years, I felt my position was lacking in many ways and decided to make my hardware-related side projects my main focus. I am now a hobbyist builder who makes really cool stuff and have made various electronics and props for Hollywood shows and movies. In my extra time I’ve taught under-served teens in inner-city Los Angeles how to make robots, including how to program and design them, mostly from junk. I also offered hands-on Arduino classes all over Los Angeles and Orange County. In 2014 I moved to Houston to launch a start-up providing K-12 Engineering curriculum to public schools, utilizing data from standards tests and 3D printers. Students learn real-world problem solving and create physical representations of scientific and engineering principles.
I have a few personal projects that I’m currently working on, but still manage to find time to meet with others and speak on science and technology-related panels. Topics I am most interested in are Open-Source Hardware, Artificial Intelligence, Massive Open Online College Education (MOOC’s) and Community Outreach focused on Technology Education and I’m an active member in the Houston Start-up scene.
My radio interview with KPFK 90.7 FM, December 1st, 2012: