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Nicholas McGill
Senior Electromechanical Engineer

Nick believes a well-designed product doesn't need a user manual to explain how it works.

This even goes for the relatively complex¬†TitanArm, the powered, upper-body exoskeleton he developed with a few classmates as a senior project at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, the design won both the prestigious Intel Cornell Cup and the James Dyson Award. Dyson himself praised the product as “ingenious” and the team’s use of rapid, inexpensive prototyping techniques as “even more compelling.”

At Bresslergroup, Nick works on developing clients’ prototypes, using his background in mechanical and electrical engineering to develop circuit boards, mechanical models, and programming. R/C cars, LEGO sets, and a soldering iron were important markers along his path to an engineering career, and he still loves building things and getting to work with incredible tools. In addition to the TitanArm, he has built autonomous hockey robots and bipedal soccer humanoids. “I enjoy that moment when you flip the ‘On’ switch,” he says, “and the prototype works for the first time.”

Nick came to us straight from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned (with some impressive internships along the way) multiple degrees, including BSEs in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering. He now enjoys teaching at his alma mater.

What's your favorite all-time product? Bodum French Press What would you be if you weren't an engineer? Neurologist Finish this sentence: Design is ... ... seemingly obvious when implemented well, and sorely missed when not.