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!




METECS is excited to welcome the newest member to the team, Sanjay Joshi. He has a PhD and a couple of post-docs in different areas of Computational Mechanics. For last 13 years he has worked for different companies in Houston and developed software for structural and marine analysis of fixed and floating offshore structures. Welcome Sanjay!




Travis has a Bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University, both in software engineering. He has 7 years of development experience from a broad range of projects and platforms including desktop GUIs, mobile apps, websites, continuous integration, and automated testing. Prior to METECS, Travis worked at a Boeing subsidiary in the field of software-defined radio and at UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics as a research associate. He also previously interned at Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Application Center, where he studied then-emerging Augmented Reality (AR) technology.




METECS is excited to welcome Yan Zhao to the team!  Yan received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science in 2005 from Harbin Institute of Technology in China.  Before joining METECS, he worked as a C++ compiler developer at the University of Houston and developed intermediate representation (IR) language in the Clang compiler.  He also worked as a C++ developer in Fidelis-Group to develop a simulation engine.  He is an expert in C/C++ languages, and has published two books about each of them.  In addition, he translated two other C++ language books from English to Chinese.  Welcome aboard, Yan!



METECS at ConExpo

METECS is happy to be collaborating with Ditch Witch at ConExpo in Las Vegas this week to showcase our Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) training simulators.  We are demoing Virtual Reality (VR) enabled training simulators in the Ditch Witch booth and also at ConExpo's all new Tech Experience area.  "We are excited about our collaboration with Ditch Witch on the HDD simulators and to be with them here at ConExpo. Their commitment to training and to the success of their customers is very impressive." said John MacLean who is the founder and president of METECS.

If you are interested in HDD training or simply want to check out the latest in training technology please stop by and see us at the show.  The Tech Experience showcase is also well worth seeing - lots of great demos and new technologies.

You can also visit our page to find a video overview of our commercially available HDD simulator. For purchase and support of the HDD simulator please locate your nearest Ditch Witch dealer at



VR enabled Horizontal Directional Drilling simulator in the Tech Experience area.






The Ditch Witch VR Simulator is drawing big crowds at ConExpo in Las Vegas.



2016 Open Source Award Winners

METECS would like to congratulate the winners of our 2016 Open Source Award: The Blender Foundation, Git, and the Free Software Foundation.  METECS employees nominated and voted on projects that impact their work.  METECS will be making a donation to each of these software foundations to support their development.

METECS appreciates the work and devotion that people put into projects like these every day.  Thank you!




METECS thanks An Huynh for 10 years of outstanding service and expertise in multi-body dynamics and simulations.  Thanks An!




METECS is thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Michael Park.  Michael relocated from the Boston area in August 2016 and worked several months developing software on an autonomous brazing robot at Houston Mechatronics, Inc. (HMI).  In Boston, he worked as a robotics software engineer for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) at the R&D center of Aurora Flight Sciences.  Prior to this, he was a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for 5 years, where he worked on various autonomous systems programs, including the first iteration of the RACECAR project (Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot).  He also won an internally-awarded research grant for the development of a sensor-integrated navigation system for a target-finding UAV.

Michael received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.  His dissertation was in the area of configuration recognition and architecture for CKBot, a modular robotic system.  He received his B.A. in Physics from Vassar College.  Welcome aboard Michael!



Goodbye Summer 2016 Interns

METECS would like to thank the summer 2016 interns for their outstanding work this summer!  Amy Quartaro worked on a new algorithm for triangle-polyhedron contact in Pong.  She also generated an interactive docking simulation based on the International Docking Standard (IDS).  She used tools such as Blender/PMTK, Trick, Pong, Mechdyn, and Edge.  Alec Griffin worked on a Mixed Reality research project using an HTV Vive, cameras and a green screen.  Alec worked through challenges such as designing the calibration scene, modifying a Chroma-Keying Algorithm, and applying an image correction algorithm to address image distortion.  Austin Middleton worked on converting a commercial simulator to VR and building a visualizer for NASA's Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Embedded Automated Logistics Management (REALM) project.  Austin setup a Turtlebot to search a habitat for RFID tags.  He also got to work with Unity and an Oculus headset.  Amy, Alec, and Austin enjoyed touring the Mission Control Center (MCC) Houston, Rocket Park, Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL), Systems Engineering Simulator (SES), TS21 Cupola, and Virtual Reality (VR) Lab.  Thanks summer 2016 interns for the fun and productive summer.  Good luck during the fall semester!2016MetecsInternPhoto


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