Thinking he was at "October-fest," Eric made his first appearance at Robofest 7 with his Mobile Robotic Platform. His creation worked quite well and the robot fit right in with the groups other stable of robots. He has since created numerous other robots and enjoys helping others in getting their creations to work.
When not building robots, Eric performs community service such as serving on the Liberal Arts and Science Academy Corporate Advisory Board. LASA is a nationally recognized magnet public high school. The board works closely with the administrators and program director providing advice and resources not normally available to public educators. This unique blending of corporate support and public education has created an incredible program that is something for Austin to be proud of.
In addition to his work on the board, Eric has done educational outreach with various local elementary and middle schools such as: Barton Creek Elementary Gifted and Talented GtClass2003, GtClass2004, AISD CareerDay2003, the LagunaGloria Museums' summer "Robot Art Class", LagunaGloria2004 Robot Building Class, AustinLibrary2004, OdomElementary2005, and ScienceNight at Wells Branch Elementary School.
An Austin resident for over 10 years, Eric works for a leading gaming technology and services company as a senior software engineer. He has over 23 years of experience in software development ranging from: assembly language operating system device drivers, to business applications in COBOL and RPG II, to SQL databases and Object Oriented Java and C++ applications. Building robots is a way for Eric to "get his hands dirty" with real mechanical equipment and leverage his software experience at the same time.
Eric is Married with Children with 4 children ranging in ages from 22 to 9. He also has 2 dogs and 2 cats. When not going quietly insane, Eric enjoys reading science fiction and listening to heavy metal rock.
You can contact Eric at roboenator at gmail dot com
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