How an open door led to fulfilling a robotics dream

Professor Jessy Grizzle shows Victor Popa-Simil a Cassie robot with a lidar sensor on top.
Professor Jessy Grizzle shows Victor Popa-Simil a Cassie robot with a lidar sensor on top. Papa-Simil, who studied remotely in 2020, utilized that lidar data while taking ROB 101.

Victor Popa-Simil, an engineering undergraduate, recently shared this letter he sent to Professor Jessy Grizzle, Director of the Robotics Institute, earlier this year:

Dr. Grizzle,

My name is Victor Popa-Simil and I was in your ROB 101 class last semester. I’m a freshman from Los Alamos, New Mexico looking to go into biomedical engineering (robotic integration in the medical field). I’m not sure if you remember, but I walked into your office about 5 years ago and we had a conversation that shaped my educational career.

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