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 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.

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.