Team Member Spotlight: Giho Jang

From programing games, to the DRC Robotics Challenge, Giho Jang made a career shift as soon as he knew he wanted to help people and make a difference. Jang is the software and interface engineer for team DRC-Hubo @UNLV and a UNLV postgraduate researcher. Jang participated with the team during a test run earlier this year in South Carolina, and he decided he would like to stay and learn more from professor Paul Oh. “I respect him a lot, he has a different vision and I want to learn from him and see this vision.” Jang said. Jang describes himself as a hard worker who strives toward large goals and is works toward improvements in the world of robotics. However, he is never too busy to enjoy his hobby, which is cooking traditional Korean food. During the South Carolina test runs, he cooked for everyone on the team. It satisfies him when he sees someone enjoying what he cooked, he said. “My dream was to be a cook and my goal was to stay home while my wife makes money.” Jang said. “But my love for robotics changed that...

Team Member Spotlight: Baek-Kyu Cho

Chasing his dreams, Baek-Kyu Cho, an Assistant Professor at Kookmin University, traveled with two graduate students from Seoul, to join DRC-Hubo@UNLV and share their effort and expertise with the team in the challenge. “I really wanted to be part of the DRC, and finally got the chance after contacting professor Oh.” Cho said. Just like many kids, he used to watch animated cartoons with robots. But at the time, his dreams were to become a lawyer, a public officer or the president. However, it wasn’t until after middle school he realized engineering was his main passion. And since then, he has been chasing his dreams to add to the field of robotics. “For me, DRC is like the World Cup or the Olympics. I really enjoy watching it, and I’m really excited to participate in it.” Cho said. Cho also will bring his two daughters from Korea to attend the DARPA challenge. “I like to spend time with my two daughters and wife, even if my job is hard, family time is very important.” Cho...