Our Project Lead Curtis always had a passion for robotics. From grades 10-12, Curtis was a part of his school’s robotics team (FIRST Robotics Team 4719) which competed in the FIRST Robotics Competitions. As the team formed when he was in grade 10, Curtis held a key position in helping to pioneer andlead his team. His contributions include being the Project Manager and Lead Programmer of his team, which became a Western Canada Regional winner and a participant in the World Championships (2014 & 2015).
Curtis pursued a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Alberta, joining ARVP’s mechanical team in his first year of university. As a mechanical team member, Curtis was instrumental in the design of ARVP’s then-robot Auri. He was responsible for the design of the robot’s pressure hull, 3D printed trays to hold the interior electronics, and other aspects of theoverall design.
Curtis’s skill in mechanical design was recognizable and undeniable, enablinghim to take the position of Mechanical Team Co-Lead from September 2017 to August 2019. He helped design and implement significant modifications and improvements to Auri, in addition to leading the complete redesign of Auri’s frame, which greatly improved structural stability and balance of the robot.
In August 2019, Curtis was elected as ARVP’s Project Lead, heading the entire student club. Since becoming Project Lead, he has been involved in nearly all team projects and activities and has provided overall direction towards the design, construction, and operation of a brand-new robot (Arctos) for the 2020 RoboSub Competition. Curtis has been involved in all four sub-teams, but his primary contributions have been on the admin and mechanical teams. He led the redesign of the team website and ensured financial success of ARVP in the 2019-2020 year. In addition, Curtis aided in the design and construction of Arctos, providing valuable input, training new members to use SolidWorks (3D modelling software), and contributing directly to modelling in difficult areas.
Curtis’s extensive experience and interest in robotics has led him to pursue aMaster’s in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he will begin his studies in Fall 2020. He will be joining a team under the supervision of Dr. Khamesee focusing on the development of mechatronics systems for micromanipulation and microrobots. Curtis will apply his interest in areas of control systems, computer vision, and machine learning to aid in the development of a large magnetic levitation robotic platform called MagFloor, which will be used for flexible manufacturing using AI.