Robotics Instructors

Brooks Jacobsen

Brooks Jacobsen

electronic systems technology / robotics

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Brooks graduated from LATI's robotics program in 2006 and has been instructor since March 2006. Prior to attending school at LATI, Brooks worked as a MLRS systems repairer, from 1999-present, in the military. Brooks has also worked with Dakota Automation, Daktronics, and Automation Technology. He is currently enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard, has an AAS in Robotic, AAS in Electronic Systems Technology, BS in Engineering, and is currently finishing a MS in Information Management-Project Management. He also sits on the ATEA National Board of Trustees, is secretary for the ATEA Region 5 board, and helps with many local and state committees.

Tim Moes

Tim Moes

electronic systems technology

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Tim graduated from Watertown High School in 1974 and from LATI in 1976. After graduation, he worked at Burghardt Amateur Center in Watertown repairing amateur and commercial radio equipment for 24 years. He started teaching Electronics and Computer Hardware for the Lake Area Multi-District in 2000 and remained there until 2008 when he started in LATI's Electronics program. He is A+ Certified in computer repair, certified in network copper cabling and fiber optics and has a FCC First Class Radio Telephone License.

Bob Poor

Bob Poor

electronic systems technology / robotics

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Bob joined the Lake Area Tech team in August 2014. He is a graduate of Watertown High School and earned a diploma in mechanical drafting from LATI and his A.A.S. degree in EST from Lake Area Tech. He has 13 years experience as a sign frame finisher, 2 years in custom cabinet building, and a year as an R & D technician. He was also a night shift supervisor at Superior Homes. Bob is married and has three children. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, electronics, riding bike, playing disc golf and spending time with his family.

Mathew Weinzirl

Mathew Weinzirl

electronics/robotics

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Mathew, a graduate of LATIís electronic systems technology program, joined the Lake Area Tech team in August 2015 as an online instructor for the EST/Rob programs. Previously, he worked for two years as the robot programmer at Dakota Tube in Watertown. Mathew lives by Henry now but is a native of Eureka, SD. In his free time, he enjoys working with his 3D printer.