Meet Luke Dostal

Author: Jenny Hanson

This week’s blog post is the fifth entry of a seven part series showing you the members that comprise Elite Robotics. Recently we’ve expanded our team and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce everyone individually! Today the spotlight is on Luke Dostal, Mechatronic Engineer Intern at Elite Robotics.

Read on to learn all about Luke:

How old are you and where are you from originally?

I am 23 years old and have lived in Australia for my entire life, originally from the Central Coast.

Where did you attend University and what did you study?

I attended the University of Newcastle and studied a Bachelor of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering.

What led you to pursuing a degree in engineering?

I’ve always been interested in mathematics and physics throughout high school and how they apply to the world. Engineering seemed to be a field that allowed me to explore both of these fields and provided an avenue to apply them to real applications.

What peaked your interest to complete your work experience in a startup setting versus a more traditional work environment?

There is a lot more room for creativity and ingenuity when working in a startup compared to a traditional work environment. Certain protocols or guidelines in a traditional work environment may make it hard to develop a solution to a problem, whereas at Elite Robotics, I’ve been free to design and implement solutions that get the job done.

During your twelve week work experience, what did your duties consist of?

My job was to research, design and implement an appropriate blade system for the autonomous lawnmower. I was also responsible for researching information and processes regarding the application of the lawnmower for client meetings.

What are the long term benefits of your experience at Elite Robotics?

A major benefit was being able to strengthen my ability to work and communicate within a team environment. It was also very beneficial to witness everything that is required at a business level, from marketing to networking.

Biggest challenge of working at a startup?

Manufacturing! Being a small business and not having dedicated manufacturing section like a large, traditional business means we often have to manufacture parts ourselves. When we can’t create something on our own, we have to outsource it and this usually takes even longer.

How did you find working everyday in a co-working space like Three76 Hub?

Working at Three76 Hub was great. Being able to work in the same room as the team in a cool and vibrant environment was very helpful.

What is one piece of advice you have for uni students/recent uni grads?

Do what you love to do. Whether you’re currently just doing it at home or as a hobby, or have only just begun speculating that it might be something that you love.

When you’re not busy helping Elite Robotics build the future of our cities, what do you do in your free time?

I absolutely love the outdoors. Whether it be a hike over at the Watagans or a beach day in town, I love spending time in the fresh air and witnessing this beautiful planet. I also enjoy keeping fit, being an avid gym-goer and runner, I think it’s important to maintain a healthy physical state.

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