Richard Bergs’ work is in new product development, using Innovation Engineering to generate new ideas for products and Technology Driven Market Intelligence to ensure there is a market. He also uses Technology Scouting to determine if components are available, and when possible, locates a vendor for the component. Richard designs prototypes using Lean Product Development principles, with an eye toward Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, and simulation to ensure the product will work as intended, as well as, actually building and testing the prototype.
Areas of Expertise:
Richard’s interests are in the area of dynamic systems and control, mechanical design, industrial automation, flexible assembly systems, PLCs, fluid power, haptic devices, autonomous vehicles and surgical equipment ranging from simple support structures to surgical devices and surgical robotics.
Scope of Experience:
Richard has worked in Process and Design Engineering for over 10 years. In that time, he has worked on projects extends from the defense industry to interactive displays to medical tools and simulators.
Richard’s assignments have included design and assembly of multiple types of new products including medical devices and new machine equipment, to name a few. Richard has worked with multiple companies in new product development, spanning from ideation to automation of production equipment.
Education and Training:
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from a joint program between the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Richard has attended Innovation Engineering Black Belt training, which allows for customizing the innovation programs for TMAC customers. Richard is one of two master trainers for the MEP Technology Scouting and Technology Driven Market Intelligence, and has conducted multiple projects in addition to training courses.
Honors, Awards and Special Accomplishments:
Richard is listed as an inventor on US patents 7,429,259 and 7,691,103. He was part of a Home and Garden television special in 2007, and was a team member for the construction of a Christmas display for Neiman Marcus. Richard designed the inner workings of Albert HUBO for Hanson Robotics head, which was unveiled at the APEC summit in November 2005 in Busan, Korea. The Albert HUBO greeted world leaders, school children, the public at large and the media over the span of five days of presentations. Resoundingly, according to U.S. News, CNN and MSNBC, the Albert HUBO was the hit of the show at the APEC summit. Richard then went on to design the inner workings of Phillip K. Dick for Hanson Robotics in preparation for Wired magazine’s NextFest in 2005. The robot was interviewed and covered on the Discovery Channel, as well as local news networks.
Automation & Robotics Research Institute