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MECHANICAL ENGINEER/CO-FOUNDER of REVOLVE ROBOTICS: Working on Battlebots

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Ilya Polyakov is the CTO and co-founder of Revolve Robotics. They make telepresence robots that use tablets. It's a robot that lets you be somewhere without actually going there.

School: SUNY Buffalo
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Co-Founder, CTO
Employer: Revolve Robotics

Job Summary: Mechanical Engineers

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Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

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m='13980'>started</span> <span m='14390'>out</span> <span m='14790'>doing</span> <span m='15710'>robotics</span> <span m='16309'>back</span> <span m='16540'>in</span> <span m='16620'>high</span> <span m='16790'>school</span> <span m='17700'>in</span> <span m='18100'>the</span> <span m='18180'>'90s.</span> <span m='18700'>And</span> <span m='18780'>I</span> <span m='18850'>started</span> <span m='19320'>fighting</span> <span m='19330'>robots</span> <span m='19340'>on,</span> <span m='19350'>back</span> <span m='19360'>then</span> <span m='19370'>was</span> <span m='19380'>called</span> <span m='19390'>\"Robot</span> <span m='19400'>Wars\",</span> <span m='19410'>and</span> <span m='19420'>then</span> <span m='19430'>\"Battle</span> <span m='19440'>Bots\"</span> <span m='19450'>on</span> <span m='19460'>Comedy</span> <span m='19470'>Central.</span> </p><p><span m='19480'>I</span> <span m='19490'>continued</span> <span m='19510'>fighting</span> <span m='19660'>robots</span> <span m='20160'>for</span> <span m='20720'>many</span> <span m='21290'>years</span> <span m='21850'>after</span> <span m='22420'>that.</span> <span m='22980'>After</span> <span m='23550'>getting</span> <span m='24110'>my</span> <span m='24680'>degree</span> <span m='25240'>I've</span> <span m='25800'>done</span> <span m='26370'>industrial</span> <span m='26930'>automation.</span> <span m='27500'>After</span> <span m='28060'>college</span> <span m='28630'>I</span> <span m='29190'>have</span> <span m='29760'>done</span> <span m='30320'>research</span> <span m='30730'>and</span> <span m='30820'>development</span> <span m='31480'>on</span> <span m='31740'>artificial</span> <span m='32259'>muscles.</span> <span m='32830'>And</span> <span m='32970'>now</span> <span m='33620'>I'm</span> <span m='35170'>co-founder</span> <span m='36680'>of</span> <span m='36980'>a</span> <span m='37580'>of</span> <span m='37800'>a</span> <span m='37850'>startup,</span> <span m='38880'>Revolve</span> <span m='39550'>Robotics,</span> <span m='40120'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='42880'>I</span> <span m='42990'>think</span> <span m='43220'>the</span> <span m='43310'>biggest</span> <span m='43730'>thing</span> <span m='44020'>is</span> <span m='44940'>the</span> <span m='45490'>way</span> <span m='45950'>you</span> <span m='46170'>learn</span> <span m='46500'>things</span> <span m='46860'>is</span> <span m='47010'>very</span> <span m='47230'>different</span> <span m='47770'>when</span> <span m='47960'>you</span> <span m='48550'>get</span> <span m='48880'>out</span> <span m='49020'>of</span> <span m='49100'>school.</span> <span m='49500'>When</span> <span m='49620'>you're</span> <span m='49910'>in</span> <span m='50050'>school</span> <span m='51110'>you're</span> <span m='51730'>used</span> <span m='52080'>to</span> <span m='52550'>having</span> <span m='52940'>knowledge</span> <span m='53510'>passed</span> <span m='53910'>to</span> <span m='54000'>you,</span> <span m='54260'>sometimes</span> <span m='54860'>force-fed</span> <span m='55410'>to</span> <span m='55550'>you,</span> <span m='56080'>by</span> <span m='56500'>the</span> <span m='56620'>teachers.</span> <span m='57380'>And</span> <span m='57930'>when</span> <span m='58220'>you</span> <span m='58690'>actually</span> <span m='59030'>go</span> <span m='59230'>out</span> <span m='59410'>in</span> <span m='59470'>the</span> <span m='59550'>field</span> <span m='60000'>and</span> <span m='60310'>you</span> <span m='60900'>start</span> <span m='61350'>your</span> <span m='61460'>first</span> <span m='61750'>job</span> <span m='62140'>you</span> <span m='62260'>have</span> <span m='62410'>to</span> <span m='62830'>fight</span> <span m='63470'>to</span> <span m='63630'>get</span> <span m='63840'>that</span> <span m='64019'>knowledge.</span> <span m='64420'>Because</span> <span m='64739'>people</span> <span m='65019'>you</span> <span m='65129'>work</span> <span m='65420'>with</span> <span m='65560'>don't</span> <span m='65770'>have</span> <span m='65940'>time</span> <span m='66200'>to</span> <span m='66330'>teach</span> <span m='66630'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='67790'>You</span> <span m='67960'>have</span> <span m='68190'>to</span> <span m='68300'>be</span> <span m='68460'>inquisitive,</span> <span m='69080'>you</span> <span m='69190'>have</span> <span m='69440'>to</span> <span m='69750'>learn</span> <span m='70040'>things</span> <span m='70310'>on</span> <span m='70440'>your</span> <span m='70640'>own,</span> <span m='70870'>you</span> <span m='70950'>have</span> <span m='71140'>to</span> <span m='71450'>pick</span> <span m='71690'>things</span> <span m='71940'>up</span> <span m='72080'>quickly.</span> <span m='72910'>And</span> <span m='73600'>you</span> <span m='73680'>basically</span> <span m='74060'>have</span> <span m='74210'>to</span> <span m='74320'>take</span> <span m='74530'>care</span> <span m='74800'>of</span> <span m='74850'>yourself</span> <span m='75420'>and,</span> <span 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m='89590'>everything</span> <span m='89980'>under</span> <span m='90150'>the</span> <span m='90230'>sun</span> <span m='90580'>from</span> <span m='91060'>graphic</span> <span m='91470'>design,</span> <span m='91960'>to</span> <span m='92650'>electrical</span> <span m='93390'>engineering,</span> <span m='94300'>mechanical</span> <span m='94830'>engineering,</span> <span m='95340'>to</span> <span m='95760'>marketing.</span> </p><p><span m='97910'>The</span> <span m='98140'>toughest</span> <span m='98560'>thing</span> <span m='98760'>about</span> <span m='99020'>my</span> <span m='99160'>job</span> <span m='99540'>is</span> <span m='99660'>that</span> <span m='99960'>nobody</span> <span m='100290'>really</span> <span m='100740'>tells</span> <span m='101730'>you</span> <span m='101920'>what</span> <span m='102160'>to</span> <span m='102280'>do.</span> <span m='102790'>As</span> <span m='103110'>a</span> <span m='103420'>as</span> <span m='103600'>a</span> <span m='103680'>co-founder</span> <span m='104370'>of</span> <span m='104470'>a</span> <span m='104530'>company</span> <span m='104940'>you</span> <span m='106060'>have</span> <span m='107040'>advisers</span> <span m='107760'>and</span> <span m='107860'>you</span> <span m='107930'>have</span> <span m='108530'>people</span> <span m='109110'>around</span> <span m='109500'>you</span> <span m='109670'>that</span> <span m='109970'>give</span> <span m='110240'>you</span> <span m='110440'>advice</span> <span m='110960'>and</span> <span m='111060'>it's</span> <span m='111240'>often</span> <span m='111800'>very</span> <span m='112060'>conflicting.</span> <span m='113090'>And,</span> <span m='113910'>you</span> <span m='114060'>know,</span> <span m='114190'>you</span> <span m='114300'>have</span> <span m='114450'>to</span> <span m='114880'>sit</span> <span m='115160'>down</span> <span m='115390'>with</span> <span m='115510'>your</span> <span m='115630'>co-founder</span> <span m='116330'>and</span> <span m='116520'>kind</span> <span m='116710'>of</span> <span m='116780'>forge</span> <span m='117210'>your</span> <span m='117410'>own</span> <span m='117630'>path</span> <span m='118100'>and</span> <span m='118220'>figure</span> <span m='118540'>out</span> <span m='118680'>what</span> <span m='118860'>to</span> <span m='118950'>do</span> <span m='119160'>on</span> <span m='119280'>your</span> <span m='119480'>own.</span> <span m='120080'>And</span> <span m='120480'>that's</span> <span m='120970'>probably</span> <span m='121310'>the</span> <span m='121400'>hardest</span> <span m='121810'>thing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":451785,"video_id":"3671423939001","name":"2682-Ilya-MechanicalEngineer1","duration":122576,"thumbnail_url":null}});