Thursday afternoon we were honored to have Kristiyan Mihaylov, co-founder of Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA), a robotics incubator program. He is from Bulgaria and in addition to touring Chicago and other parts of the U.S., he attended the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville meeting on Wednesday, and on Thursday visited Jemison and our robotics lab.
PARA fosters partnerships that connect robotic and automation companies and best practices for the industry throughout Bulgaria. Kris is a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellow who came to the U.S. through Global Ties Alabama.
He visited the Rocket City Regional last weekend, and wanted to learn more about our team. The students spent a while talking to him and learning what Incubator programs are. The team explained and demonstrated the robot to him, and at Wednesday's Rotary Lunch he got to drive the bot for a while.
We attended our annual lunch visit to the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, our primary sponsor. Twelve students attended, and sat at tables with Rotarians during lunch to talk robotics.
Prior to the program the team members presented a signed shirt and Baby Jag to Stanley Construction, one of our sponsors, and another Baby Jag to the Rotary Club.
We then viewed the presentation from the Huntsville Parks and Recreation department.
When the meeting ended we demonstrated our robot out in the atrium and several Rotarians participated by "catching" the cubes the robot presented.
We had a great time thanking our sponsor and getting to meet the Rotarians who help make our team possible!