Thomas Bayerlein earned 136 internship hours at the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT); a collaboration between University of Pittsburgh Restorative Health, Carnegie Mellon University Robotics and The Veterans Administration. QoLT uses robotic technology solutions to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities, especially veterans suffering from brain injuries. Education Manager Shelley Brown placed Thomas with graduate assistants for a firsthand look at computer science, robotics and programming technologies. The QoLT internship provided Thomas with an opportunity to learn Autodesk 3D software and assist with projects. Although Thomas continues to consider chemical or bio-chemical fields of study, his QoLT experience expanded his deliberations to include mechanical engineering and computer engineering.
Thomas served as captain of City High’s Robotics Team 1743 and participated in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition. With his acceptance to California University of Pennsylvania and upon further consideration, Thomas now has tentative plans to enroll in the University’s mechatronics program. The program is a blend of mechanical, electrical and computing technologies with automated control and information systems. Both Thomas’ internship and his participation on the robotics team introduced him to a field that now shapes his future.