MIT and Olin College Engineers Innovate at Barrett Technology
Barrett Technology, Inc. Posted 04/02/2012Barrett Technology, Inc., the leader in advanced robotic manipulators, has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's University Professional Opportunity Program (UPOP) and Olin College to recruit elite engineering students for summer internships. Both institutions work throughout the year to provide these students with real-world professional environments. The Boston/Cambridge area, with its renowned technology and science companies, offers one of the best training grounds for aspiring engineers.
Barrett sponsors field trips, career symposiums, and live product demonstrations at its offices. Students demonstrating academic excellence in science and engineering are invited to apply for internships, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students receive guidance and instruction from Barrett's team of world-class engineers and technicians from June through August.
Last summer, interns were tasked with several specific projects. One challenging project was to design a pedestal, or stand, to support the weight of the robotic arm while being aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective, unobtrusive, stable, collapsible for travel, with a total mass of only 5 kg. The students worked in teams, wrote technical overviews for each project, and documented all phases of their work. They ultimately delivered a machine-ready pedestal design.
Barrett Technology, founded in 1990 as a spinoff from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now CSAIL) at MIT, values its deep-rooted partnerships with Olin and the MIT-UPOP program. Bill Townsend, the company's founder and CEO, states, "These students haven't been taught what they cannot do, so they are exactly the people we want at the leading edge of our innovations."
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Barrett Technology, Inc.
Barrett Technology, Inc. is the technology leader in high-performance robotic arms and hands for emerging applications requiring superior versatility.