Published: Dec. 2, 2016
Gregory Formosa

Greg took too long to do most things. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and lived in that state for 27 years… much too long for a place where 4 of the last 8 governors are now in jail for corruption. It wasn’t until his 27th year that he also finally left the continent to see other parts of the world… much too long to stay in one cultural center.

Although he completed his undergraduate BSME at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in only 4 years (hey, that’s pretty normal), he waited far too long to rekindle his academic career and enter graduate school. He worked as a transmission design engineer at Caterpillar in Peoria, IL for 5 productive years, but realized early during those years that a future in academia would suit him better. Heck, he even took too long to write up this bio, which is now late.

After all that waiting though, Greg finally feels at home as a doctoral student in the Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Mark Rentschler. His research is focused on the autonomous control of Robotic Capsule Endoscopes.

He greatly enjoys the drivetrain and capsule design, dynamic modeling, and state estimation related to his research, although much of his time is spent acting as a Robot Surgeon (not to be confused with a Robot-assisted Surgeon). He hopes to one day use his degree to continue in academia and become a university research professor in Mechanical Engineering.

In his spare time Greg enjoys the perks of living in Colorado. He loves the outdoors and anything associated with it (hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, skiing, etc.), especially when he can bring his dog and right-hand girl, Amie. Aside from the outdoors, he loves teaching and helping others, making and writing music, playing jazz with friends, going to live concerts, and sleeping in on a cold winter day (or any day, really).