Spencer earned his Master’s Degree in Robotics Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University. This degree focuses on mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering as well as robotics algorithms and business administration. He additionally holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Spencer has a lifelong passion for hands-on work and its confluence with business. He first started building electrical devices twenty one years ago and he has been performing mechatronics work for over thirteen years.
Spencer is a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Mellon University Field Robotics Center and his work has always been driven by his desire to push the limits of his imagination. When he’s not building, he is volunteering with the Girls of Steel, a group of aspiring high school roboticists.
Born in the faraway land of Puerto Rico, Adriana is a talented industrial designer. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Industrial Design program and she thrives on creating products that are useful, usable, and desirable. Much of Adriana’s work focuses on products and user interactions. She makes everything from furniture to embedded devices and excels at design thinking, prototyping, sketching, styling, and design for manufacture. A self-described workaholic, Adriana is a wizard with Solidworks, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite, Cut 3D, and VCarve Pro. When she’s not working her ass off to make your dreams a reality, Adriana enjoys reading, Legos, coming up with new woodworking projects, and drinking craft beer.
Michael Fuhrman grew up in New York where he attended Cooper Union. With a degree in Electrical Engineering he came to Pittsburgh and earned a PhD in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. Michael has several patents which touch on electro-optics, image processing, and removing measurement subjectivity through the development of highly automated analysis. In his free time, Michael enjoys Scrabble and non-fiction. He is also an avid cyclist and swimmer.
Luke Yount is a no-nonsense mechanical designer who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He has been designing equipment for the nuclear safety industry for several years. Luke is a lifelong builder, making him an expert on fabrication, manufacturing, PCB layout, and computer aided design. He has been building fighting robots for competitions since he was in high school. Luke currently runs his own machine shop and spends almost all of his free time making battlebots.
Bryston Hollis grew up in the town of Girard, PA, where as a youth he developed a taste for fast American cars and rock and roll. Bryston has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he focused most of his interest on analog systems. He is an engineer’s engineer and his experience makes him an expert on controls, electronics, automotive systems, and audio engineering. Bryston thrives on making devices and processes better, more efficient, and more robust. He takes a very personal stake in his work. When he’s not designing and building things, Bryston likes to restore 1970’s muscle cars, freelance as a sound technician, play bass guitar, and cook with his friends.
Andrew Zhang studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a Electrical and Computer Engineer. Andrew’s work focuses mainly on printed circuit boards, microcontrollers, the Internet of Things, and new product development. He develops software so he can manipulate hardware. This, along with his experience in 3D printing makes Andrew a “jack of all trades” at SKA. Andrew enjoys using his time off to return to his home city in Toronto, Canada where he teaches skiing lessons.
Ashley Penman is a native Pittsburgher who grew up preferring talking to writing. Ashley stumbled into copywriting at her first job where she discovered the creative freedom that writing brings. Having studied communications, she currently writes bios, articles, and blogs at SKA. In addition to her work with SKA, Ashley develops social media content, blogs, and plans events for a leadership consulting firm. As an active human, she prefers to commute via bike, runs half-marathons, and spends her free time reading mystery novels outdoors.
Richard Ha is a talented software engineer from Vancouver, Canada. He has a degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and he has been building software for robotics projects with Spencer for over seven years. Richard is an expert on algorithms, real time operating systems, and computer architecture. One of the things he enjoys programming is the ability to interact directly with hardware to get the results a user wants. This has included creating a LED blink to operating a complex robot, connecting all the different parts together, and finally rigorously making sure everything works as intended. When he isn’t taking over the world with his flawless code, Richard enjoys biking, listening and playing music as well as cooking.
Ryan Lam has been programing since the age of 10. Hailing from Long Island, New York, Ryan is currently an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University where he studies Electrical and Computer Engineering. His area of focus is in Software Systems and Embedded Systems, so he spends a lot of time coding. Ryan’s primary area of coding expertise is in application development which has included projects like web apps, desktop apps, and various tools. In his free time Ryan is a programmer, level designer, project manager, and general team leader of his modding team, PSR Digital.
Michael Probber is a Software Engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael has degrees in Information Systems and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently focuses on front-end web development work, but also has experience as a generalist and with hardware. Michael has worked on many projects including a software development project where he was the design lead in developing a native mobile application to aid healthy shopping. Originally from New Jersey, Michael is interested in photography and travel. He also used to do flying trapeze.