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Next TU Talk to focus on ‘Future Robotics Engineers’

The Thomas University Library will focus on robots during its next TU Talk at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Joe Maroney will present “Future Robotics Engineers.”

He describes robotics engineers as 8- to 18-year-olds who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the past six years Maroney has coached and mentored these young robotic engineers in competitions in which they design, test and build a functioning robot to accomplish a given task in contests at the regional and national level. These events involve working as a team to solve a real-life challenge.

“They learn core values which are used during the competitions and turned into life lessons turning them into future engineers and leaders of tomorrow,” Maroney said.

Maroney’s interest in computers began when he was 12. That’s when borrowed library books introduced him to the KIM-1 microprocessor. Now he’s a Solutions Engineer as well as a Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Consultant.

“My passion is coaching young engineers in STEM-based competitions,” Maroney said. “This education platform will introduce young, hungry robotics engineers to a sport for the mind. For those robotics engineers who put in the hard work and dedication to the program and the team, their time can be translated into scholarship money for college.”

During the TU Talk, audience members will get to interact with robots built by young engineers in a “robot petting zoo.”

The TU Talk will be held in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome. For more information, contact the TU Library at 229-227-6959 or


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