Thursday, June 6, 2019
How to Build a Robot
Registration: 5:30 - 6:00
Buffet Dinner: 6:00 -6:45
How to Build a Robot
Each day at iRobot, engineers are hard at work developing new technologies to amaze and delight our customers. While part of our job is developing cutting edge robotic solutions to real world problems, a significant challenge for all our engineers is designing our robots such that they seamlessly integrate into our daily lives. This means the robots need to work well, work every time, and work for a long time. Making our robots work reliably in all expected environments requires a level of planning and design rigor far beyond an initial prototype or demo. Attention to detail, proper design documentation, customer centric thinking, and systematic design methodologies are key to the long-term success of our robots. This talk will cover an overview of the engineer development process of an iRobot robot from concept to prototype to production to sustaining engineering, with specific focus on the detailed engineering and testing required to field and maintain a world class product that improves our lives. I will share my perspective as a mechanical engineer on how the engineering concepts you learn in school have real world applications and try to answer any questions you may have at the end.
Russell Morin is a Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer at iRobot Corporation in Bedford, MA. Originally from Tewksbury, MA, he now lives in Burlington, MA with his wife Alex. He studied at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in International Relations in 2008. He went on to complete his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at WPI in 2010. He began at iRobot as a summer intern in 2005 and worked there for several internships during school until joining full time in 2010. While at iRobot, he has been a key contributor to the 500, 600, 700, 800, and 900 series Roomba products, the Scooba 450, the i7+ Clean Base with automatic dirt disposal, the Create 2, and several yet to be released products. He is a certified professional engineer and a named inventor on more than 15 United States patents, both utility and design. Russell is passionate about bringing robotics into our daily lives and fostering STEM education in our schools.
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