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“I’m passionate about creating crazy ideas. From mobile apps to websites, marketing strategies to new business models, individual robots to home automation systems, innovation is part of my life.”

After earning a dual degree in robotics engineering and mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Charles began working at Philips Healthcare as a mechanical design engineer. Soon he became responsible for implementing a fall simulation robot and designing mechanical components for award-winning products. Charles believes that IDM’s multidisciplinary curriculum will help him reach his long-term goal of starting a company. “The aging population is growing tremendously and it will largely affect our society if we don’t handle it properly.” He is working with MIT Agelab for his research on VR with older adults. Charles knows that proficient engineering knowledge, creative design thinking, and effective business models will determine the success of their applications. During his journey at IDM, he hopes to create the next big thing to help the aging population.