Hi, my name is Alex Tacescu, and I am a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, pursuing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Robotics Engineering. Throughout the 8+ years of experience working with robots, I have designed and built over 20 robotic platforms, written thousands of lines of code, and worked for companies like Tesla, Amazon Robotics, and NASA.
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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 for 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.
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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!
Throughout my sophomore year, I completed my Inquiry Qualifying Project. My team and I developed an application for Poverty Stoplight, an organization that helps social workers create better-customized plans to help those in need to get out of poverty. If you would like to learn more, click here!
During my junior year at WPI, I started work on my Major qualifying project: SmallKat. It is a robotic quadruped that is designed to offer an inexpensive alternative to software development for researchers and developers of multipedal robots. Click here to learn more!
In my spare time, I love to play sports and hang out with my friends. Among my favorite sports are tennis and ultimate frisbee, for which I play for my school’s teams. I also enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking, and camping with my family and friends.
My ultimate aspiration is to one day start a company specializing in applying robotics to enhance people’s lifestyles through innovation and technology.