RJ attended Drexel University to study Mechanical Engineering. During his first year he became involved with the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL), where he cultivated a love for manufacturing and robotics. During his Sophomore year, he became a part of an international research collaboration with the humanoid robot, Hubo. He published two academic papers in the following two years: the first on humanoid control with LabVIEW(R), and the second on an innovative humanoid spine. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in 2012, Drexel hired him as a staff member to continue machining education and humanoid manufacturing.
In March 2013, RJ and four other DASL alumni formed a startup company called Carbide Labs. After seeing what the maker industry and 3D printing has done for small-scale manufacturing, their goal is to spark the same revolution in circuit boards. They are developing low-cost printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication and assembly tools for small businesses and home users. Their dream is to have PCB assembly be as straightforward as 3D printing is now.
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Ellenberg, R.; Gross, R.J.; Vallett, R.; Nutt, B.; Oh, P. "Development of the Skewed Rotation Plane (SRP) Joint for Humanoid Robots". Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA). April 2013. (Drexel Autonomous System Lab, DASL)
Gross, R.J.; Falcon, J.; Oh, P. "A Scalable Software Toolkit for Miniature Humanoids". Journal of International Society for Research in Science and Technology. July 2010. (National Instruments)