My name is Geoff Spielman and I’m currently in my fourth year of Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I’ll be graduating in the spring of 2020 and hopefully begin working as a mechanical automation designer.
I’ve always been passionate about robotics and automation. My favourite TV show growing up was “How It’s Made” because it walks you through all the machinery in a manufacturing facility. When I arrived at the University of Waterloo, I immediately joined the robotics team where I was a member for three years and the mechanical team lead for one. I’ve completed co-op placements focused on CNC machining, multi axis robotics, design of precision fixtures, design of small-scale automated stations, and design of full-size factory automation machinery. These experiences and my university program have prepared me for my dream job: mechanical design of automated machinery.
In terms of interests and hobbies, I like to design and 3D print things that make my life easier (various phone holders, cable management solutions etc). I own two 3D printers: an FDM printer (deposits layers of melted plastic) and an SLA printer (selectively cures liquid resin in a tank) which I use for personal and school projects. I also enjoy sailing; I trained every summer at the Sarnia Yacht Club from when I was 13 to 17 and have my CanSail Level 4 certification. I prefer to sail dingys, particularly Omegas and 420s, but I’ll happily sail anything. I play intramural volleyball during the school terms and try to find leagues in whichever cities I’m in during co-op terms.