B.S. Electrical Engineering
B.S. Computer Engineering
Certificate Hybrid Vehicle Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI
December 2012
  • GPA 3.85 and Dean’s List
  • Relevant Courses: Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, Motor Drives
  • Activities: WMTU Radio Show Host 2011-2012; Aerospace Enterprise; Broomball
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Specialization in Dynamics and Controls
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Expected 2018


Control of a glove‐based grasp assist device ‐ US Patent 9,120,220
Sep 1, 2015
Laske, E. / Bergelin, B.J. / Ihrke, C.A. / Davis, D.R. / Linn, D.M. / Sanders, A.M. / Askew, R.S. / Ensley, K.

Steuerung einer auf einem Handschuh beruhenden Greifhilfevorrichtung ‐ German Patent DE102013202749 B4
Jan 22, 2015
Laske, E. / Bergelin, B.J. / Ihrke, C.A. / Davis, D.R. / Linn, D.M. / Sanders, A.M. / Askew, R.S. / Ensley, K.

Grasp assist device with automatic mode control logic ‐ US20160361820 A1
Dec 15, 2016
Laske, E. / Ihrke, C.A. / Davis, D.R.


RoboGlove – A Grasp Assist Device for Earth and Space ‐ 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Sep 1, 2015
Diftler, M.A. / Bridgwater, L.B. / Rogers, J.M. / Laske, E.A. / Ensley, K.G. / Lee, J.H. / Ihrke, C.A. / Davis, D.R. / Linn, D.M.

Robotically Assisted EVA Gloves for ISS and Exploration ‐ ISS Research and Development Conference
Rogers, J.M. / Peters, B.J. / Laske, E.A. / McBryan E.R. / Joyce C.

Development and Testing of Robotically Assisted Extravehicular Activity Gloves ‐ 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Jul 16, 2017
Rogers, J.M. / Peters, B.J. / Laske, E.A. / McBryan E.R.

The Influence of Robotic Assistance on Reducing Neuromuscular Effort And Fatigue… ‐ 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Jul 16, 2017
Madden K.E. / Deshpande A.D. / Peters, B.J. / Rogers, J.M. / Laske, E.A. / McBryan E.R.

Work Experience

Aug. 2009 – Present
Electrical & Computer Engineer ‐ Robotic Systems Technology (JSC-ER4)
March 2013 – Present
Lead electronics engineer for Robonaut 2‘s hand, forearm and other related spin‐off projects responsible for:
  • Designing the sensing, control, and motor drive electronics of dexterous, humanoid robotic forearms for use in an EVA space environment
  • Implementing and analyzing firmware in hardware-description languages and software in C and C++
  • Continued development of the “RoboGlove” robotic grasp assist device electronics, software and sensing
  • Rapidly designed electronics and software for Robonaut spin-off project prototypes
May 2012 – October 2013
  • Continued development of “RoboGlove” electronics and software reducing size, power consumption, and complexity
  • Developed multiple-build-variation power channel controller for Robonaut 2‘s battery backpack
  • Co-chair of Website Governance Board and carried out all changes, upgrades, and updates
  • Technical lead of the Co-op Housing Board leading the migration and new implementation of the website
Jan. 2011 – Sep. 2011
  • Developed and programmed a calibration system for the dexterous finger joint sensors on Robonaut 2
  • Engineered a modular multi-axis motor driver for brushless DC motors
  • Developed high and low‐level control software (patent‐pending) for “RoboGlove,” including human interface
  • Organized and facilitated build-up of ISS flight-copy and industrial partner’s development robots’ forearms
  • Designed hardware to be used to speed up development processes and testing setup for individual components
  • Chaired Website Governance Board and carried out all changes, upgrades, and updates
Co-op – Electronics Design and Instrumentation (JSC-EV2)
May 2010 – Aug. 2010
  • Designed power supply for experimental LED panel to be flown on ISS
  • Designed circuitry and PCBs of expansion modules for wireless sensor nodes which included piezoelectric device charge-amps, automatic cross-talk testing, and interface boards
  • Was an integral team member for the Habitat Demonstration Unit’s avionics and control system development, integration, assembly, testing and troubleshooting
  • Developed firmware in C for the wireless sensor network system’s MSP430 microcontroller, which included full APIs such as a serial interface API
Co-op – ISS Mechanisms and Maintenance (JSC-DX4)
Aug. 2009 – Jan. 2010
  • Created failure case book, pertaining to the Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (Regen-ECLSS) of the ISS, to be used for planning simulations for training flight controllers and crew
  • Designed quick-reference summary sheets detailing the fluid umbilical connectors internal to the ISS, including their failure modes and troubleshooting tasks
  • Engineered a simplified electrical schematic of the Waste and Hygiene Compartment subsystem from Russian and Boeing system schematics for reference troubleshooting
  • Assisted in Mission Control Center flight controller troubleshooting and administrative tasks
Companion Computers, LLC
Jun. 2008 – Present
Owner & Technician
  • Develop marketing and advertising strategies and perform all accounting and related administrative tasks
  • Perform computer diagnostic, virus removal, upgrade, and part replacement tasks
  • Design websites for customers within strict budgets and preferences
  • Manage website customer hosting and management tasks
  • Advise and build custom computers to customer specifications
  • Design, install, and secure home and office networks
Regency Machining Co.
Feb. 2006 – July 2008
  • Programmed CNC machines using ANILAM control software
  • Developed machining processes for new parts
  • Fabricated parts using vertical and CNC mills, lathes, and other heavy machinery
Bishop Foley Catholic High School
Aug. 2005 – July 2008
IT / Teaching Assistant
  • Established curriculum and instructed a semester-long “Introduction to Robotics” class
  • Instituted and instructed summer workshop in robotics
  • Guided students through stages of robot design
  • Set-up UGS Solid-Edge CAD package on school computers
  • Provided technical support for computers on campus
FIRST Robotics, Team 910 (Bishop Foley Catholic High School)
Aug. 2004 – June 2008
Lead Programmer
  • Collaborated with other sub-teams to engineer and build an autonomous robot
  • Set goals for the robot design, control and automation
  • Programmed and trouble-shot robot control system and autonomous algorithms
  • Coached team members through design process
  • Coordinated with other team leaders to strengthen team organization
  • Analyzed and evaluated new sensors

Technical Skills

    • C / C++
    • VHDL
    • Java
    • Circuit Design
    • Python
    • HTML / CSS / JavaScript
    • Altium Designer
    • MATLAB / Simulink
    • Pro/E / Creo

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