John Wason, Ph.D.
Tuxedo, NY 10987
Highlights of Qualification
Robotics and Software engineering expert
Over ten years as owner of Wason Technology, LLC
Experience working with Research Universities, Fortune 500 corporations, Small Business, and Government Laboratories
Four engineering degrees, including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Extensive interdisciplinary skillsets with hands-on experience
Development of several flagship projects that have received funding from the United States government
Numerous conference and journal publications on a wide range of topics
Visiting Researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Doctoral Dissertation on robotic microassembly of MEMS structures
Owner, Lead Engineer, Wason Technology, LLC, 2011 - Present
Visiting Researcher, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013 - Present
Center for Automation Technologies and Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 2006 – June 2012
Telerobotics Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, Summers of 2004 and 2005
Mechatronics Research Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, February 2003 – March 2006
See Portfolio for descriptions of products and projects
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Graduated December 2011
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Graduated May 2007
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Double Degree, Graduated May 2006
System Design: Design of complex multidisciplinary automation and robotic systems, specializing in experimental testbeds
Software Engineering: C++, Python, C#, Java, MATLAB, LabView, VB, Windows, Linux, MacOS, Arduino, Android, iOS, FreeBSD, ABB RAPID, ROS
Embedded Systems: Computer interface and dynamic control applications
CAD: SolidWorks Solid Modeling Software, Mastercam
Modeling/Control: Extensive experience in control design using MATLAB/Simulink
Dynamics and Control analysis
Electronics: Analog/Digital circuit design, VHDL, microcontroller integration, automation electronics
Computer maintenance: Software, Hardware, and network experience in Linux, Windows, MacOS, and FreeBSD
Microfabrication: Spin coating, contact alignment, Deep RIE, wet bench
Distributed systems: Design and programming of complex systems involving numerous computers and computational modules
Web and Cloud: Websites, Web Applications, Client and Server side development, Cloud Infrastructure
Computer Vision and associated optics
Private pilot certified for VFR flight
SCUBA diver, certified Advanced Open Water by PADI
J. Wason, J.T. Wen, J. Gorman, N Dagalakis, "System and method for probe-based high precision spatial orientation control and assembly of parts for microassembly using computer vision," U.S. Patent 8746310B2, May 11, 2012.
J. Wason, "System and method for implementing augmented object members for remote procedure call", U.S. Patent 10536560B2, Mar 12, 2018.
J.D. Wason, "Robot Raconteur® version 0.8: An Updated Communication System for Robotics, Automation, Building Control, and the Internet of Things", in Proc. IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, 2016, pp. 595-602.
Y-C Peng, S. Chen, D. Jivani, J.D. Wason, W. Lawler, G. Saunders, R. J. Radke, J. Trinkle, S. Nath, J.T. Wen. "Sensor-guided assembly of segmented structures with industrial robots," Applied Sciences, vol. 11, no. 6, 2021
J.D. Wason, J.T. Wen, J.J. Gorman, N.G. Dagalakis, “Automated Multi-Probe Microassembly using Vision Feedback,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 28, no. 5, October 2012.
J. D. Wason, W. T. Gressick, J. T.-Y. Wen, J. J. Gorman, and N. G. Dagalakis, “Multi-probe micro-assembly,” in Third Annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Scottsdale, AZ, 2007.
J. D. Wason, W. T. Gressick, J. T.-Y. Wen, J. J. Gorman, and N. G. Dagalakis, “Multiprobe microassembly experimental testbed,” in International Conference on Micromanufacturing, Pittsburg, PA, 2008.
J.D. Wason, W. Gressick, J.T.-Y. Wen, K. Morgan, J. Heald, and S. Mueller, “Model-based control of a high-temperature crystal growth process,” in Fourth Annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Washington D.C., 2008.
H. Bai, K.D. Chapin, J.D. Wason, and J.T. Wen, “Experimental verification of formation control with distributed cameras,” in 48th IEEE conference on Decision and Control, Shanghai, China, 2009.
J.D. Wason, J.T.-Y. Wen, Y.M. Choi, J.J. Gorman, and N.G. Dagalakis, “Vision Guided Multi-Probe Assembly of 3D Microstructures,” in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010.
Elsabee KA; Wason JD; Boyle J; Nazarian R; Wen JT; Carl AL; Ledet EH. Adjacent Level Changes in the Entire Thoracolumbar Spine Following Surgical Intervention as Measured Using a Novel In Vivo/In Vitro Active/Passive Robotic Simulator. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society. October, 2010:182.
Elsabee KA, Wason JD, Boyle J, Nazarian R, Wen JT, Carl AL, Ledet EH. Adjacent Level Effects: A Novel In Vivo/In Vitro Active/Passive Protocol for Assessing Redistribution of Motion of the Entire Thoracolumbar Spine Following Surgical Intervention. The Albany Medical College Orthopaedic Journal, 2010; 2:32-9.
J.D. Wason, J.T-Y. Wen, and N.G. Dagalakis, “Dextrous Manipulation of a Micropart with Multiple Complaint Probes through Visual Force Feedback,” in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, China, 2011.
J.D. Wason, J.T-Y. Wen, “Robot Raconteur: A communication architecture and library for robotic and automation systems,” in Seventh Annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Trieste, Italy, 2011.
Elsabee KA; Wason JD; Boyle J; Nazarian R; Wen JT; Carl AL; Ledet EH. An In Vivo/In Vitro Active/Passive Simulator to Quantify 3D Kinematics of the Thoracolumbar Spine. Accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Hartford, CT. October, 2011.