Personalities of IAM Robotics
Tenger Batjargal, Embedded Systems Engineer
With an insatiable appetite for technology, as well as a personal desire to make the world a better place, Tenger Batjargal found his calling in engineering. He currently lends his curiosity and expertise as an IAM Robotics embedded systems engineer. We caught up with the Gannon University alum to talk about his excitement for engineering and learn about his passions on and off the clock.
What is the coolest project you worked on or contributed to prior to joining IAM Robotics?
I really enjoyed working with the NASA High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP) from 2015 – 2018. One mission focused on solar eclipse capture, while another measured cosmic radiation. HASP carries up to twelve student payloads (one of my missions carried only five) to a 36-kilometer altitude, thanks to a small-volume, zero-pressure balloon. Students design and build their own payloads, which are used to flight test compact satellites and prototypes.
But I also participated in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) a few times, too—in 2019 and 2021. The IGVC surrounds the design and construction of an intelligent vehicle. Just like real product development, students collaborate with industrial sponsors, who provide hardware and mentorship. It’s actually where I met Tom Galluzzo the first time.
What motivates you?
I’m excited by opportunities to make a measurable, real difference in the world around me. I have made a point of challenging and developing myself, both as an individual and as a professional, to be able to provide solutions where they are needed and have positive impacts.
What is your go-to spot in Pittsburgh?
The Duquesne Incline
What is your favorite travel spot?
Having gradually become a true Pittsburgher, I love to explore what my city and state have to offer. A few favorites are McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville, PA and Presque Isle in Erie, PA.
Any favorite quotes that reflect your personality?
“Your future depends on what you do today, not tomorrow.” — Robert Kiyosaki
How did you choose your career?
Growing up in Mongolia, I witnessed many issues that affected society and the environment. I kept asking myself, How could I do something that could possibly solve those issues to improve quality of life for others not only in Mongolia, but around the globe? Becoming an engineer enabled me to work towards my vision and passion.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Technology always intrigued me and I’d always wondered how things got energized and did things, which ultimately guided me to engineering.
What is your favorite part about working for IAM Robotics?
I’m drawn to the positive environment, so I love the excitement and enthusiasm from people. It was a no-brainer when I was given the opportunity to join full-time after my initial internship.
What do you think the future has in store for robotics?
I believe robotics has great potential to make positive changes in our lives. Someday, we may no longer need to send someone to investigate a dangerous environment. A robot may pick up that one item from the top shelf when someone is not able to stand up and get it. Sidewalks may not be icy and covered with thick snow when our elders need to walk around—with just a bit of help from a robot.
Thanks to Tenger for sharing your unique path to IAM Robotics. We wouldn’t be leading the way in robotics without team members who are passionate about their work and committed to making a difference in the future of robotics. The best is yet to come.