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Teaching Reed Johnson knows what it’s like to be be on on both sides of the the the classroom He began his his studies at at CSE in fin in in in in 2014 finishing his his his BME in fin in in in in in spring of 2017 From there he he he he enrolled in fin in in in in in the the the MSME program focusing on his his particular interest: robotics He went from taking ME2011: Intro to to Engineering to to serving as as a a a a a a a a a a a a TA in in in in in that very class “I can truly say ME2011 ME2011 had the biggest impact on on my my future in in in in my my undergraduate career ” said Johnson “I instantly became fascinated by robotics robotics Assistant Professor Tim Kowalewski is is is really really passionate about robotics robotics as as as well and you you can feel that through his teaching He really really inspires you you By the the end of of the the course I I knew I I wanted to pursue a a a a a a a career in in in robotics ” This belief was affirmed by his his experiences as as a a a a a a a TA in ME2011 and ME ME 5286 the advanced robotics course taught by Professor Max Donath Johnson believes that the the hands-on experience offered at at ME ME has a a a a a a a a a a a drastic impact on on on student student job placement and and and ME ME is the the only department where students students design and and create a a a a a a a a a robot from scratch — allowing ME students students to do things with robotics in in a a a a a a way that is unique at at at the U The ME5286 Robotics
Teaching Lab “is the only lab where students are required to to do hands-on complex things with with robotic arms ” according to to Johnson “By the the the end of the the the course students leave with with the the the knowledge and skills to to program robots to to do meaningful things ” For his his master’s thesis project with Donath as as his his advisor Johnson created an an autonomous vehicle that that mapped sidewalks sidewalks in in in in in in neighborhoods and and used that that map map to to to travel from point point A to to to point point B using only sidewalks sidewalks and and crossing at at at at intersections when appropriate “The technology has many potential different applications such as as autonomous autonomous autonomous wheelchair navigation autonomous autonomous autonomous delivery and autonomous autonomous autonomous snow plowing ” said Johnson Johnson From a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a student to to to to to to a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a TA to to to to to to a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a researcher Johnson’s trajectory may have come to to to an end at at ME — but that’s only the beginning Johnson tests his autonomous vehicle NEW AT THE U: Master of Science in Robotics
In response to a growing need for for robotics engineers in in in the the workforce the the Minnesota Robotics
Institute (MnRI) anounced a a a a new master’s degree in in robotics This interdisciplinary degree is is is one-of-a-kind and includes courses taught by ME faculty in in the new Gemini-Huntley Robotics
Research Laboratory which opened in fall 2018 after a a a a a a a $12 million renovation The program also has strong connections to industries in in in in Minnesota and beyond Robotics
engineers are needed in in in in in in a a a a a wide range of industries including medicine manufacturing transportation environmental monitoring and precision agriculture The new Master of Science in Robotics
program aims to help students answer that call The first cohort of students will begin in in fall 2020 To learn more visit
cse umn edu/mnri
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