Bob Breznak is a 2009 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). A native of New Jersey, Robert has been involved with robotics and computers for some time. His experience includes teaching at a children’s robotics camp, computer science tutoring while at WPI, and working as a software engineer. Bob was also a part of a comedy troupe at Worcester.
Some of his earlier fond memories include going to his grandmother’s home for the weekend and taking apart her electronics. He also took his father’s stereo out of the car and took it apart — an act that is amusing now but at the time was not appreciated.
Bob has been into computers since the start of High School. At Mendham High, he started the Computer Club and was the head of the Theater Group. His twin interests in computers and theater continued at WPI, where he was the Computer Science Student of the Year in 2009 and also performed in improvisational theater. This included an appearance as the friar in the school’s production of Much Ado About Nothing and a triple threat stint as the Master Electrician, Lead Actor and Lighting Designer for a play called Wonder of the World.
Bob’s activities also included holding the Presidencies of both the Upsilon Pi Upsilon Engineering Honor Society Chapter at WPI and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He was also the IEEE Webmaster (Lenses and Lights) for WPI in 2006.
For Bob, the best part of the process has been seeing all of the little decisions that are made impacting others and playing bigger roles. For example, packaging has an impact that may not be readily apparent. He is “enjoying the logistics of the projects moving forward.” He wants Neuron Robotics’ work to be elegant and well-designed — for it to do what its meant to do.
Happily, Neuron Robotics is the kind of work that he has always really wanted to do. “Robotics and startups are actually very similar. The building up is the culmination of a lot of different systems. Unless everything has been balanced and accounted for and compensated for, it’s not going to work.
The future of robotics, to Robert, is not Star Wars or the Jetsons but, rather, is beginning with the automotive industry. Migrating those advancements to the home, such as keyless entry (or smart keys), is coming. After all, he can telephone his car, but not his house. Bob’s question regarding that is: why not?