One to Watch: Jeremy Hatcher
Marti Coley and Jimmy Patronis look on, research engineer Jeremy Hatcher demonstrates the latest advancement in robot technology used by the military for the detection of explosives at the Littoral Warfare Research Facility at Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division.
As a research engineer and local expert on the intricate design of the Packbot
, a robot with cameras used to search for explosives, Hatcher
was invited to demonstrate the capabilities of the devise.
"Our goal is to standardize the communications protocols so that if you like a particular robot but do not like its controller you will be free to choose a different one," Hatcher
"You will also be able to use the same controller for multiple robots simultaneously.
This will promote competition and reduce costs."
The 31-year-old former U.S. Marine earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and will receive his
master's in software engineering in the spring of 2011, both from Florida State University Panama City
Hatcher will pursue a doctorate in software engineering as he continues his work with the technological advancement of the military.
"The same patriotism that led me to join the military led me to a career in our country's defense," he