Meet Doug Byrnes

Author: Jenny Hanson

This week’s blog post is the third entry of a six 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 Doug Byrnes; the first salaried employee hired on by Elite Robotics!

Read on to learn all about Doug, Mechatronics Engineer.

How old are you and where are you from originally?

I’m 25 years old and I’m originally from Peak Hill in central NSW. Later we moved to the Central Coast while I was still young.

Where did you attend University and what did you study?

I attended The University of Newcastle and studied a Bachelors of Engineering in mechatronics.

So what exactly is “Mechatronics”?

Mechatronics is the field that combines electrical and mechanical systems together in a harmonious way. So basically (but not limited to) robotics and automation.

As a Mechatronics Engineer, what do your duties consist of?

So far at Elite Robotics my duties have consisted of designing, acquiring parts relating to, and assembling the mechanical and electrical system for our retrofitted lawnmowing prototype.

What made you decide to work at a startup instead of other more traditional career paths?

I really enjoy the type of work working at a start up offers, it’s something new and exciting, and it’s always a challenge. It’s also a great mix of working in a team and independently.

What peaked your interest in Engineering & robotics

During my time at Erina High School on the Central coast, I worked weekends for a small family-run business that produced uninterruptable power supplies for coal mines. During my time in their workshop they patiently taught me some basic electronics, as well as basic construction techniques while extending their house/building sheds/concreting etc. They called me their handyman. Their infectious passion for electronics and general DIY rubbed off on me, and Graham suggested that mechatronics would be something I’d be interested in. He was right.

Biggest challenge working for Elite Robotics?

Challenges are a daily occurrence, I guess the overall biggest challenge would be consistently working through problems, and when something fails, dusting yourself off and getting back into it!

When you’re not busy designing the future of our cities, what do you do in your free time?

Well I work some nights and weekends at the Jesmond Hotel, but when I ask for time off I enjoy going to music festivals, hanging out with mates and going camping.

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