Pope John alum takes position with robotics firm

| 23 Jan 2018 | 02:59

SPARTA — Michael J. Janov, Jr. graduated cum laude from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2017. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, with minors in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics. The son of Michael and Lynn Janov, Sparta, he graduated with honors from Pope John XXIII Regional High School, was electrical captain and received Varsity letters for his participation in Pope John’s award-winning F I R S T (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, and contributed to the team’s published text: FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies and Secrets.
While at Northeastern University, Michael successfully completed a paid internship as well as three paid cooperative education experiences in his field. Northeastern is well-known for its strong cooperative education program; however, cooperative education positions are highly competitive and not guaranteed to students.
The summer after Michael’s first year, he interned at Dicar, Pine Brooke, NJ, where he helped to develop quality assurance equipment for their plastic products.
The following year he joined SpaceX’s Systems Integration Group as an avionics engineer, Hawthorne, California, where he developed a testing suite for critical Falcon 9 flight electronics.
Next, Michael worked with the Autonomy Incubator division at NASA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. He was involved with increasing the autonomous capabilities of small unmanned vehicles.
His final cooperative education experience was at Fetch Robotics, San Jose, California, where he designed electronic circuit boards and firmware for autonomous mobile robots used in industrial environments. Michael was also featured in one of Fetch’s website videos. Upon graduation, he has accepted a position as an electrical engineer with Fetch Robotics.