Business 101

Mechanical engineering alumni are business starters!

 

Jack Fisher '19
Co-Founder — Tekk Consulting + DIY Off road

Balancing school and life can be a difficult act, but imagine also running a new business. It can seem nearly impossible. Not for Jack Fisher (mechanical engineering, '19), as an undergrad he worked full time co-managing Tekk Consulting, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, with his business partner.

Although many projects are protected under non-disclosure agreements, Fisher said that, “We take our clients’ creative ideas and engineer them into reality.” Tekk Consulting specializes in 3-D printing, reverse engineering from 3-D scans, automotive design and development, and robotics engineering. 

After succeeding as a consultant, Fisher wanted to start another company that could give others the tools to build their own projects. He launched DIY Off Road, an online digital asset marketplace, in January 2019. To date they have thousand of assets available for purchase. With a customer base stretching from as far off as Turkey, the partners have plans to start more DIY companies that cater to more audiences interesting in building cars and robots. 

Fisher’s tips for starting your own business:

1. Partner with someone who is different from you.
2. Commit to your goals.
3. Find a mentor.
4. Focus on the customer.

For more information, visit their Instagram @diy_offroad and 
@tekkconsultinginc.

Rory Aronson  '13
CEO — FarmBot

After listening to a lecture about a multimillion dollar farming machine from a local  farmer, Rory Aronson (mechanical engineering, '13) began to imagine what the application would be for a regular household. Aronson took the summer off after graduation to research and create the first prototype. He published his research paper online and connected with two other people across the world. Together they created FarmBot, an open-source CNC farming machine. Essentially, FarmBot is a 3-D printer for small-scale farming that can be modified to the user’s needs. The most popular FarmBot is about the size of a queen mattress, perfect for a home garden.

Since its inception, FarmBot has sold and shipped more than 1,000 FarmBots worldwide — as far as China, India and South America.

“I really want people to embrace FarmBot as a technology to feed a lot of people fresher and healthier produce, and more importantly, give people ownership of growing food. I believe that making this product open-source gives people more access to these things,” said Aronson. 

Schools and universities account for 50 percent of FarmBot customers. They use the product to teach students about farming, manufacturing, software engineering and nutrition. 

“We envision FarmBot being low-cost, easy and hands-off,” he said. “Kind of like a washing machine. You put in the detergent and it beeps when it’s done.”

 

Related Content