Career and Information Studies
Dr. Mativo’s conviction is that technology is here to stay and mechatronics increasingly has, is, and will permeate all aspects of our lives. His involvement with Robotics stems from his broader study in mechatronics. He has researched, taught and provided service in the mechatronics field. His research included the design of an intelligent wheelchair for which he received a provisional patent. The intelligent wheelchair does double duty serving as a car seat and a wheelchair thus providing greater freedom of mobility to those with upper body strength, and for caregivers, it eliminates the need to transfer wheelchair-bound patients. Dr. Mativo also studied gains acquired by talented and gifted high school students who participated in a summer mechatronics program. He has taught Advanced Robotics and Automation to undergraduates aspiring to careers in industry and to those aspiring to become secondary teachers. He has published articles on student experiences in mechatronics and animatronics. He has developed and tested products using the finite element analysis and programmed Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers using Realizer™. In addition to working with software, Dr. Mativo has designed and machined and fabricated parts to adapt to robots to reach their desired goals.