May 17, 2012

Run Robot Run

The hands-on experience in and out of the classroom was a major reason why I chose to continue my education.

Mark McSharry, Electronic Engineering Technology , '12

Co-op Employer:  Boston Dynamics

Co-op Position:  Electrical Engineering Intern

Hometown:  Rockland, MA

Change of Plans

After working in construction with his dad for a couple of years, Mark McSharry, BEET ’12, decided it was time for a career change. “Through positive word-of-mouth, I started taking classes in Wentworth’s College of Professional and Continuing Education program,” he says. “Because of the great experience, I decided to enroll fulltime and pursue a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from Wentworth.”

From Research to Red Carpet

McSharry has spent the last eight months on co-op at Boston Dynamics—a Waltham engineering company that specializes in building mobile robots and software for human simulation. He spent the majority of his time providing the electrical support on the Cheetah project, a robot that can gallop at fast as 20 mph—a land speed record for legged robots. It’s an accomplishment that has led to Cheetah and Boston Dynamics taking a star turn: In April, company president Marc Raibert walked the fleet-footed robot down the red carpet at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival as part of the event’s Disruptive Innovation Awards.

Big Kahuna

With graduation behind him, McSharry plans to pursue his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego, ranked among the nation’s top engineering schools. “I learned a ton from my time at Wentworth and on each co-op. The hands-on experience in and out of the classroom was a major reason why I chose to continue my education. I want to make a great contribution to the electrical design process in the future.” 

For the summer, though, his sights are set on a more immediate goal. “I plan to learn how to surf before I head out west this fall,” he says with a laugh.

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