Who Am I?
Hi, my name is Alex Tacescu, and I am a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, pursuing a Bachelors in Science in Robotics Engineering. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed taking things apart to discover how they work. When I was 8 years old, I saved up my money and pre-ordered the LEGO Mindstorm NXT 1.0, which sparked my passion for robotics. After joining my high school FIRST FRC Robotics team (FIRST FRC Team 2761), I became captivated by innovation and the engineering process to making a product. As the Engineering Team Leader of the FRC Team 2761, I really enjoy designing, building, programming and testing robots.
Inspired by my grandfather's suffering from Parkinson’s disease, I started Project Maverick, an omni-directional robotic mobility system for people with walking disabilities (read more here). Since then, I’ve built a fully functional prototype and I am currently working on implementing additional features to optimize the driving capabilities of my system. This project has taken me from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where I got 2nd place in my category of Applied Mechanics, to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
As a freshman at WPI, I worked in the WPI Humanoid Robotics Lab, where we competed at the NASA Space Robotics Challenge, programming a humanoid robot designed to perform tasks on Mars. Learn more here!
My ultimate aspiration is to one day start a company specializing in applying robotics to enhance people’s lifestyle through innovation and technology.