Monthly Archives: June 2018


METECS is excited to welcome five interns to the team this summer!  Ethan Dickey is a Software Engineering major and Physics minor going into his sophomore year at Baylor University.  He enjoys coding in his free time and wants to pursue research in Quantum Computing in graduate school and beyond.  Rebekah McCartney is an incoming Sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  She spends her free time working on cars and being active in the Purdue Drumline.  Austin Gonzalez is a senior Computer Engineering major at Texas A&M and is graduating in December 2018.  He was the President of the Aggie AI Society for 2 years and looks forward to doing future work in AI and Machine Learning.  Andy Hudson is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has 9 years of experience as a simulation hobbyist and is planning to do deep learning research after graduation.  Lorenzo Lucchese attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ and is entering his senior year pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree with an emphasis in robotics.  He is a second year METECS intern and returned this summer to continue his work with linear actuators.  We look forward to an exciting and productive summer with Ethan, Rebekah, Austin, Andy, and Lorenzo!

John Maclean speaks at the 2018 AFPM National Conference

METECS president, John MacLean, was the guest speaker at the 2018 American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) National Conference in New Orleans. John’s TechTalk presentation was well attended on “Application of Emerging Technologies to Virtual Training”.  METECS also had VR simulations from Ditch Witch and Flint Hills Resources on-site at the conference that were highlighted by the AFPM publications.


METECS is excited to welcome Ahmed Fayed to the team! Fayed is a graduate from Purdue University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. He was born in Memphis, TN when his parents came from Egypt to the states for their PhDs. He worked on his own microprocessor and his senior design project is titled “Virtual-Reality Based Cognitive Training Program”. Fayed had a Computer Organization & Architecture class where he studied microprocessors. As a sole project he implemented the, codename, “Pride Processor” on an FPGA chip, namely Altera Cyclone IV. It clocked the fasted single core 5-stage pipe lined design microprocessor on campus! He was accepted to publish a research paper on the project in the Intl. Conference on Applied Cognitive Computing in the World Congress of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing 2018 in Las Vegas this past July. The design involves the user wearing both an HTC Vive and an EEG headset. He used their brain to control the VR world around them. The objective was to train focus and improve attention span.


AR Street Party at AWE….John MacLean, METECS president, and team present a customlow-light Hololens AR presentation to clients on the street of Sunnyvale, CA while at the2018 Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, CA.AWE_01