Robotics Instructors

Gina Grant

Gina Grant

assessment coordinator/online instructor

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Gina is the assessment coordinator at LATI. In addition, she teaches online ROB/EST courses. Gina began teaching in LATI's Electronics and Robotics Programs in 2006. She graduated from LATI with an A.A.S. in Robotics. Prior to teaching at LATI, she was a machine programmer for Daktronics in Brookings, SD. She then went to work at Dakota Bodies in the engineering department, where she designed utility bodies and developed laser-cutting programs. She has eight years of manufacturing experience and is PACE certified for soldering. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Technology Management from Mount Marty College and earned a Masters Degree in Education Technology from Dakota State University.

Brooks Jacobsen

Brooks Jacobsen

electronic systems technology / robotics

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Brooks graduated from LATI's robotics program in 2006. Prior to attending school at LATI, Brooks worked as a MLRS repairer for seven years with the military where he learned to troubleshoot and fix hydraulic and electronic components. Brooks has also worked with Dakota Automation, Daktronics, and Automation Technology. He is currently enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard and plans to further his education at SDSU while teaching. Brooks is the department supervisor for EST/ROB.

Bob Poor

Bob Poor

electronic systems/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.