Monthly Archives: June 2017


METECS is excited to welcome Brandon Bennett to the team. Brandon is a native Houstonian who studied music performance at Hardin-Simmons University. For the last twelve years he has worked for some of the largest corporations in Houston and around the world, designing award-winning 3D animations and simulations as well as developing immersive, interactive exhibits. Welcome aboard Brandon!


METECS is excited to welcome Jonathan Brandenburg. Jonathan graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University followed by a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He began his career at General Dynamics working on F-16 mission planning software then shifted to consulting with a focus on document and records management. He is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and volunteers with the Amateur Satellite Corporation of North America to develop and launch amateur communication satellites. He holds FAA Advanced Ground Instructor, Airplane Single Engine Land, and Remote Pilot certificates. Any spare time is filled learning to play the guitar, learn to use his CNC lathe and mill, build robots, and cook as much as possible on two Big Green Eggs. Welcome Jonathan!


METECS is very excited to welcome 5 interns to our team this summer!  Andy Hudson will be starting his freshman year at UT Dallas.  He has been making games and simulations for about 8 years and wants to go into research in machine learning.  Braeden Kennedy is an incoming senior in the Turing Scholars Computer Science Honors program at UT Austin where he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and developing video games in his spare time.  He has won Best in Show at a Game Jam for their VR game.  Lorenzo attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in robotics.  Nihal Dhamani is a Computer Science and Astronomy major at UT Austin and loves working on various coding projects.  Joshua Neu is going into his 4th year at John Brown University pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering and was part of a robotics team prototyping a cable-robot for NASA last summer.  These interns will spend the summer working on fun and technically challenging projects in the areas of mixed reality, dynamics, software, and RFID technology.  We are looking forward to an exciting and productive summer with Andy, Braeden, Lorenzo, Nihal, and Joshua!


Deep is a recent graduate from the University of Texas where he obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.  As an undergraduate student, he worked on a software-defined GNSS receiver and developed a driver-recognition algorithm capable of identifying drivers based on their habits.  As a graduate student, Deep worked on synthesizing correct-by-construction control protocols with applications in aircraft power/thermal management systems and in human-robot interaction.  In his spare time, Deep enjoys reading and playing sports (tennis, frisbee and cricket). Welcome Deep!