Houston Mechatronics is an innovative company driven to solve our customers’ most difficult problems. Started by former NASA roboticists who created the very technologies used in space today, we are on a mission to provide cutting-edge solutions that make companies’ work environments safer, improve processes and increase profits.
At Houston Mechatronics, we don’t believe in failure. A first attempt that doesn’t work as planned is just that — a first attempt. Our team understands that innovation takes iterations. We stay at it, working out the intricacies of your individual project until the finished product exceeds its intended purpose safely, smoothly and free of glitches that might throw your processes off-course.
While we remain focused on continued growth, we also hold strong to our roots. Houston Mechatronics is proudly located in Houston, Texas, the home of human spaceflight. Surrounded by innovation, and with NASA in our backyard, we plan to continue the tradition and help develop our wonderful city into the nation’s next robotics hub.
Houston Mechatronics is a group of diverse, dynamic engineers with a passion for robotics technology.
If you can dream it, they can make it happen.
Mr. Ondler has nearly 30 years’ experience in engineering, management and leadership in both government and industry. As a business executive, he performed business development, proposal development, strategic planning, program management, lead corporate innovation initiatives and served as the company deputy chief engineer for Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, a $600M/year engineering services company. Prior to joining SGT, he served 28 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Mr. Ondler left NASA as the assistant director of engineering responsible for all advanced project development in the JSC Engineering Directorate. He also served five years as the division chief of NASA’s Software, Robotics and Simulation Division, an organization renowned for its leadership and innovation in robotics.
Dr. Berka served as chief of the Robotic Systems Technology Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Johnson Space Center. He also served as deputy project manager for the DARPA Robotic Challenge project, which advanced the field in full-body, humanoid robots capable of remediating post-disaster scenarios. Prior to his recent tenure at NASA, Dr. Berka served as president of Aphelion, Inc., where he developed the startup business into a global leader in electronic payments for the health and fitness market. He guided the company from startup through an acquisition by CheckFree, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia and became vice-president, general manager of the resulting business unit. While at Aphelion, the company received the Crescent Technology Fast 50 award in recognition of the top 50 technology companies in Texas by Deloitte and Touche. Dr. Berka earned his Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Rice University and holds a BSME from Wichita State University. In addition to his current work with Houston Mechatronics, Dr. Berka teaches engineering coursework at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Mr. Radford is co-founder and CTO of Houston Mechatronics, where he is responsible for growing and positioning the company as a robotics and mechatronics leader specializing in both intelligent automation and electric vehicles. Prior to Houston Mechatronics, he spent 14 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the Dexterous Robotics Laboratory. At the conclusion of his government career, he was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Valkyrie project, a humanoid robot developed initially for disaster response outlined in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). There, he led and managed a mixed staff of 55 engineers and technicians, through the design, development, and field testing of the 44 degree of freedom humanoid robot. The concept, design, manufacturing, and assembly were completed in 9 months’ time. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy and Chief Engineer for Robonaut 2 (R2), a spaceflight humanoid robot, initially developed in partnership with General Motors as a lab prototype for advanced manufacturing processes requiring human level dexterity and coordination. He then led the efforts to redesign and qualify R2 for the International Space Station, which was successfully completed in less than six months. He was also the PI for NASA in DARPA-funded advanced electric machine research for robotics using Variable Flux Memory Motors (VFMMs), led NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for crew exercise and mobility assistance, and served as Co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program which focused on wearable robotics for military applications. He has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in challenging development timeline environments. During Mr. Radford’s tenure at NASA, he was the recipient of countless patents, design awards, and commendations for his expertise and leadership, ultimately culminating in receiving NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.
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