The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families explored robotics.
The event was led by Shane Farritor, professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Farritor, along with students from the department, talked with visitors about the important role robots play in our everyday lives. Children had the opportunity to operate a functioning robot that simulates surgical tasks. There were several other robots on display and videos demonstrating robots in action.
Dr. Shane Farritor joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1998. Prior to coming to UNL he worked in the Field and Space Robotics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Unmanned Vehicle Lab at the C.S. Draper Laboratories. Dr. Farritor has studied at the Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the AIAA Robotics Technical Committee.