Celebrating Women in Robotics with Katie Bradford, Electrical Engineer

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Katie Bradford with Vecna Robotics autonomous vehicles

Katie Bradford standing with Vecna Robotics’ autonomous pallet trucks

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Vecna Robotics recognizes Katie Bradford, Electrical Engineer, Advanced Development.

Katie graduated with a masters degree from Cornell University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Program in 2020. Katie joined the company in January of 2021 and serves a critical role as electrical engineer for the Advanced Development team. Vecna Robotics is dedicated to improving human and machine workflows by building autonomous mobile robots for material handling applications in warehouses and distribution centers.

Cornell University, Spotlight Recognition

Recently, her alma mater featured Katie in a spotlight article celebrating her post graduate success. The article details Katie’s  accomplishments on campus and her role as a leader within the esteemed engineering program. At Cornell University Katie’s enthusiasm for her work and roles as a teammate and teaching assistant were well known to her peers and mentors. Similarly, the team at Vecna Robotics recognizes Katie Bradford for her high level of enthusiasm towards her work. Cornell reports that Katie spent much of her time studying hardware, ranging from UAVs with the CUAir autonomous aerial system project team, to robotics projects in the Maker Club.

Cornell’s Spotlight interview asked how her experience in academia prepared her for her current role. Katie’s response explained that the basics of circuits classes are crucial to being a working electrical engineer. In addition, her experience in hands on work prepared her to transfer those book skills to real hardware. Katie also shares her advice to other students and women in robotics considering a similar path saying “worry less about getting straight A’s and more about getting your hands on some hardware!” She expresses the importance of learning practical experience, starting small, and learning from your mistakes.

 

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