What began as a hobby group for makers and robotic enthusiasts, grew into the connections and friendships that formed a business.
It didn’t take long for Oklahoma Robotics to transform from club to business as entrepreneurs and businesses began asking for help with their ideas. Nathan and Darius began working together on projects in Oklahoma and in Texas.
It was when Beau was available to join the team, he brought the project that showed everyone it was time to take Oklahoma Robotics to the next level.
We are now a team looking to to develop relationships with entrepreneurs and businesses to help take their ideas through the R&D stages with electronic, engineering, CAD, and mechanical development.
Let us take your ideas and make them real.
For over 20 years, Nathan’s career has been as an electronics technician and manager for USPS, now managing the maintenance for the processing and local facilities in the state of Oklahoma, effectively leading a large team. But he also has an extensive background in electronics with many other interests and abilities in AV, video, circuit board design, r&d, robotics, and mechatronics. Nathan also served on the Oklahahoma Alternative Fuels board. He has volunteered for over 18 years in church AV ministries and mentored for 5 years on various FIRST FLL, FTC, and FRC robotics teams.
Engineering and Software Developer
Darius received his MBA in international business from the University of Dallas and his Electrical Engineering degree from Ohio University. His past work experience consists of five general areas of focus: Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, environmental engineering and technical management. He has worked specifically in the following fields: Semiconductor designer and programmer, engineering consultant, technical staff, project manager, logistics manager, manufacturing, commercial construction, product development, CEO and instructor.
Automation Design and Development
In the early 80’s with his first ATARI computer, Beau taught himself Assembly programming language by the time he had turned 12. Ever since, he has been a programmer. Over the past 30 years, Beau developed skills in prosthetic research and development where he developed and designed various bio sensory feedback devices which included software, mechanical, and PCB design. Beau also developed IC layout skills and later progressed to designing machinery to assist in forensic design and deconstruction of integrated circuits. “Thinking outside of the box” should be his middle name as he takes great pride in the unique approaches he often takes when searching for a solution.
Amber brings over 15 years of graphic design and web design, development, and management to the team having worked with businesses and organizations with local to international footprints across various industries. She moved into marketing 4 years ago and extended her technical and creative skills to brand, multi-channel marketing, writing, photography and video, SEO, and PPC.
Lead Leather Engineer
Oklahoma Robotics breaks away from the traditional concept of a technological engineering firm by adding a professional leatherworker to the team. Although he was born in Utah, Cory has spent the majority of his life in the sooner state. The self-proclamation of being “a young man with an old soul,” describes him perfectly. As a youth, he became fascinated with the craftsmanship of ancient times. Such intrigue inspired him to pursue blacksmithing and leathercrafting. However, the leather based projects would evolve into his primary focus over time. By doing much of the work by hand, the historical influence is sewn into every last stitch. Cory is also certified to work with computers. Additionally, his background in operating commercial vehicles conveniently provides OK Robotics with an in-house CDL driver if necessary.
Rounding out the team, is our latest addition Sam. As a local of Mustang, Oklahoma, his hometown just so happens to be the same community where OK Robotics planted its roots. As part of the business development department, he is responsible for marketing, web design and managing our social media outlets. He received his formal education from Oklahoma City Community College and Epicodus Programming School. As a result, he is formally certified in Ruby on Rails, React.js, and Fullstack Development. With the heart of a true entrepreneur, Sam has already owned 3 businesses at the young age of 23.
Marketing & Creative
Assisting in the media and marketing department is a recent addition to the OK Robotics Team. As a native of the OKC metropolitan area, Austin attended the University of Central Oklahoma, receiving a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. With an inherent passion for writing, his studies primarily focused on history, due to the composition based nature of such a major. The previous work of his post-college years has mostly involved the energy sector and manufacturing industry, promoting a strong emphasis on quality control and safety. Aside from Oklahoma Robotics, he is also affiliated with Above OKC, a local startup providing aerial photography and video services.
Here we have a true jack of all trades. Nathan “Number 2” as he is often referred to around the shop, is an Air Force veteran originally from Illinois. Holding many different titles throughout his 12-year military career, he eventually climbed to the rank of Staff Sargent. Much of his work focused on aircraft maintenance. In the role of Refurb NCOIC, he was responsible for around 1.8 million dollars worth of assets and diagnostic equipment. His background further expands to include experience with hazardous materials management, supply logistics, product development, and manufacturing. Over the years, he has also acquired a vast array of construction related knowledge. While in the service, his formal education came from the USAF’s Community College for Aerospace Maintenance, but at current is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering through Rose State. Being one of OK Robotics most versatile players, Nathan “Number 2” eagerly continues to tackle any challenges encountered.
Fabrication, Machining, Welding
Fabrication, Machining, Welding
A relatively new face around here, Lucas lends his skills to the ever-expanding CAD team. After high school, this OKC local went on to spend his college years in Stillwater, studying mechanical technology at Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the OK Robotics family, his career as a design engineer focused on developing technologies for the oil and gas industry. He also has previous experience working as an autonomous robotics technician.
As a prominent member of the CAD department, Dexter is one of the team’s best kept secret weapons. Originally from West Palm Beach, this Florida native has slowly worked his way across the country, eventually arriving in Oklahoma and joining the OK Robotics’ Family. After high school, his journey took him to Montgomery, Alabama where he attended Trenholm State Technical College. It was from this institution that he received an associates degree in 3D drafting. His previous job experiences include the automotive, electrical, logistical, and industrial fields of work. However, his true passion is focused on the 3D drafting and designing of conceptual ideas, making Dexter a perfect fit for his role here at Oklahoma Robotics.
Carol received a BA in English in 2001 and taught high school English until she started her family. For the next 16 years, her 3 children were her main focus with involvement in mentoring in robotics clubs along with organizational and leadership roles in different home school organizations. As her children have grown, she has taken the opportunity to begin writing again, is the managing editor for a online blog for women, and follows other passions for herself and with her family. She brings an organizational standard to a shop full of engineers.
For years Oklahoma Robotics has been involved in FIRST Robotics and began a paid internship program with students participating on FTC and FRC teams to learn real-world application of STEM in business. Some of our interns have moved on to STEM fields, others to different career paths, but all taking away valuable hands-on skill in business and robotics.
Current Intern, 2019
Studying Welding at CV Tech
Past Intern, 2018
Studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Tulsa
Past Intern, 2017
Studying Computer Science at Oklahoma University
Past Intern, 2017
Currently working for City of Edmond
Past Intern, 2016
Past Intern, 2016
Currently working for Northrop Grumman
Past Intern, 2015
Graduated University of Tulsa