Introducing Andy Morgan, Veale Startup Week Facilitator

Introducing Andy Morgan, Veale Startup Week Facilitator

The first Veale Startup Week on the business of 3D printing is being led by Andy Morgan, honors engineering student and teaching assistant at Youngstown State University, where he’s majoring in computer/digital engineering and computer science.

Join our sit-down with Andy.

Veale: Why should high school entrepreneurs get excited about solving problems with technology?

Andy: The world of technology-based business has exploded over the past few years. As we move deeper into a highly technological age, opportunities to design and implement technology-powered devices and services is exponentially expanding. The insatiable demand from consumers will provide business opportunities for eager entrepreneurs we can’t even imagine now. Rapid developments in the world of technology and consumer demand will fuel creation and innovation. My advice to high school students is to get creative and dream big!

Andy Morgan, Lead Facilitator, Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing, 2016

Andy Morgan, Lead Facilitator, Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing, 2016

Veale: What technology do you dream about that doesn’t exist yet? What can’t you wait for?!

Andy: My main interests in technology lie in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Through my two majors in computer engineering and computer science at Youngstown State University, I have been introduced to fascinating concepts in this growing space. I hope to someday experience humanoid-style robots that can “think” for themselves. These trained robots will experience real-world problems and situations for training, just like human beings. It is important that these robots contain psychological thinking patterns, similar to that of humans, for the greatest outcome in human-robot interaction.

Veale: Why is teaching important to you?

Andy: As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most important tool you can use to change the world.” I have always found a passion in education. Growing up, my family, which is 100% Greek, strongly valued education. My grandparents, emigrating from Greece during WWII, never had the opportunity for a high school or college education. As I move through life, I want to provide a strong educational experience for those around me, in hopes of someday becoming a college professor.

Veale: What do you know now that you wish you knew in high school?

Andy: I grew up in a very small town, graduating with approximately 50 students. In high school I was exposed to math and science classes that prepared me for college mathematics and engineering, but I was never part of any organizations focusing on technology. I encourage all high school students to get involved in their school and fully engaged in their studies. Join student organizations. Join service projects. Shoot for the stars. When applying for colleges, investigate and apply for any and all scholarships that you might be eligible for. You have nothing to lose! Always stay active and stay involved. Remember that all of the long nights, early mornings, and short weekends in the life of a student and all of your hard work WILL pay off.

Veale: Thanks for talking with us, Andy.

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