Inspiration All Stars

Students participating in VEX Competitions encounter “Inspiration All-Stars” each and every day. Some are teachers and mentors who work with individual teams to make a robotics program work. Others are volunteers who help make events happen. They all are devoted individuals who put in many hours of hard work with persistence and passion. Whether these individuals help students achieve goals that may have seemed out of reach or provided opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and solve problems in the worlds of STEM, these all-stars show true leadership and dedication to the VEX Competition experience.
Dr. Johan Potgieter
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban; Assoc. Professor of Mechatronics & Robotics and oversees the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group. Professor Johan Potgieter is a professor of Robotics within the Massey Agritech Partnership (MAP) Research Centre. His current research interests are mainly in areas of Additive Manufacturing and advanced mechatronics/robotics with applications in medicine and automotive related areas. He has been an avid user of additive manufacturing since the mid-90s and is passionate about the potential it offers for innovation and how it allows small businesses to much more easily reach the world market.
Being able to help young people achieve their goals is so rewarding. How could I not get involved? As an engineering professor, I live for STEM, and seek to share my interest with others.
Professor of Robotics
Massey University Agri Partnership Research Centre
New Zealand
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