MRISAR's R & D Team Member: John A. Siegel


Co-owner, Co-founder, President, Robotics - Tech & Science Director, R&D Team Leader, Sales, Mechatronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Animatronics Engineer, Cybernetics Engineer, Autonomics Engineer, Electronic Engineer, Acoustic Engineer, Structural Engineer, Bionics Engineer, Teleoperation Engineer, Photonic Engineer, Technology Designer & Inventor, Artist, Quality Control, Public Relations, Machine & Shop Worker, Technology Lecturer & Presenter


Professional Statement                       Personal Statement







Professional Statement


John Adrian Siegel, born in Detroit Michigan, is the President and co-creator of MRISAR, Institute of Science, Art & Robotics, where as the primary member of the Research & Development team, he designs and builds science, art and robotic prototype exhibits for world class science centers, museums, universities, NASA funded exhibitions and the film and movie industries for inclusion in media productions.

Additionally he designs and creates low cost humanitarian & environmental devices, such as Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled. 

MRISAR is a for-profit venture that uses all profits after regular expenses and taxes to fund environmental and humanitarian based research and development. The founders have won awards and International accreditation.  Their research has been published by Universities & Scientific Journals and has been featured numerous times in  newspaper articles and television segments.

John's  technical innovations, especially in the areas of robotics and cybernetics (to provide technologies that will improve the quality of life for the disabled), have earned him  international accreditation.  He has worked for over twenty five years in the sciences and arts. He has provided freelance assistance to science museums, corporations and educational facilities across the nation. Many of his designs and devices have been featured in projects by NASA, Divisions of the US government and Universities.

Some of his areas of expertise are interactive exhibits, conventional & rehabilitation robotics, animatronics, mechatronics, bionics, conventional & medical electronics, cybernetics, autonomics, alternative and sustainable energies, physics, general science and interactive art.


MRISAR's 4 Member R&D Team consists of MRISAR's Founders John Siegel & Victoria Lee Croasdell Siegel and their two youngest daughters Autumn & Aurora Siegel, (who started helping with R & D when they were preschoolers). They are each Inventors and Artists. Together they have Designed, Fabricated & Marketed the Earth’s Largest Selection of "Internationally Renowned & Awarded" Public Use, World-Class Robotic Exhibits & Devices; and “Hands On” Innovative, Scientific, Technological & Interactive Art Exhibits. They have also created STEM Educational Kits & Materials for K thru 12/College & University level curriculums.

They make simplistic versions of their serious Technologies and incorporate them into world-class exhibits that they sell globally, in order to help fund their continuing R & D in Beneficial & Responsible Humanitarian projects. So far they have had to fund all of their own R & D.

Their Humanitarian Research & Development has been presented before and/or published and awarded by: the United Nations, NASA-Emhart, Stanford, Cambridge, ICORR, ROMAN, IEEE, Discover Awards, International Federation of Robotics (IFR), etc. Their 1990's circa, original innovative R & D in "Facial Feature Controlled Technology" and "Artificial Sense of Touch Technology" (Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled), has helped pioneer those fields! They were the only R&D Team in the world to be awarded an entire chapter regarding their work in the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) “World Robotics; Service Robotics, 2011”.

Their Customers include World-Class Science Centers, Museums, Universities, NASA, Royalty, Foreign & Domestic Governments, the Film Industries for inclusion in media productions, etc. They specialize in Cybernetics, Bionics, Mechatronics, Autonomics, Animatronics, Teleoperated devices and Interactive Art Sculptures.

From 1993 to the present they have been providing "free" robotic, science & art demonstrations and presentations to educational facilities and the general public, while incurring all expenses for these events out of their own budget.

One of their primary goals is to create a Prototype Environment for a low cost, low impact, self-sustaining, alternative energy powered, Humanitarian & Environmental Research & Development institute with Think Tank Invention labs. Their purpose is to invent and present responsible, low cost and easy to implement, beneficial humanitarian and environmental based technologies and methods that assist with social, ecological, sustainable and economic solutions. Accomplishing the prototype environment alone requires research & development of new technologies & improvement of existing technologies. To help fund their R & D, part of the Institute will be used as a World-Class “Interactive, Robotics, Technology, Invention, Art & Nature Center” that will feature their standard line of World-class exhibits and Showcase their Private Collection of Innovative, Interactive Exhibits & Devices. It will also incorporate “Responsible Technologies”! Admission will be free to the underprivileged. They hope to inspire the upcoming generation to create careers in responsible technologies that improve the quality of life.

So far MRISAR’s R & D Team of 4 Family Members has funded all of their own humanitarian research and MRISAR’s World-Class Philanthropic & Humanitarian “Interactive; Robotics, Technology, Invention, Art & Nature Center” Project.



Philanthropic Research & Development:

The 1990's circa, original innovative research & development in "Facial Feature Controlled Technology" and "Artificial Sense of Touch Technology", (Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled), of John and his partner Victoria, has helped pioneer those fields!

MRISAR was the only company in the world to be awarded an entire chapter regarding their robotics work in the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) “World Robotics; Service Robotics, 2011”.

Here are a few more examples of who has acknowledged their research and development:

An Awarded Winner; in the 2004 NASA - Emhart Technologies, "Create the Future" contest.  NASA Tech Briefs magazine and Emhart Technologies, a global leader in the design and creation of assembly technologies, sponsored the event. The submission; an Advanced Bandage that, (1) serves as a substitute for stitches, (2) eliminates skin damage from I.V. adhesive and regular bandages, and (3) provides emergency closure of wounds, was in the area of medical products. It was judged by a panel of the world’s finest engineers and industrialists for scientific functionality, product necessity and practical marketability.

Cybernetics and Robotics;  published by and presented before the IEEE RO-MAN 2003; International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, October 31 - November 2, 2003, Millbrae, CA, USA, Sponsored by: IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Robotics Society of Japan, Hosei University, Hosei University Research Institute, California, New Technology Foundation. Technical Sponsors: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Virtual Reality Society of Japan. With Additional Support from Faculty and Staff of: Stanford University, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Immersion Corporation, Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Cybernetics and Robotics; published by and demonstrated before Cambridge University's international conference on adaptive technologies, "CWUAAT", (Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology) in March of 2002;

ICORR 99; International Conference On Rehabilitation Robotics: their project was 1 of the 5 Rehabilitation Robotic Prototypes to be chosen World Wide to be demonstrated before "(ICORR)" at Stanford University, California. Their work was published by Stanford University, as part of the proceedings. Their 1990's circa, original innovative research & development in "Facial Feature Controlled Technology" and "Artificial Sense of Touch Technology", (Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled), has helped pioneer those fields!

Cybernetics and Robotics; chosen in 2000 by the International "Discover Awards For Innovation" to receive an Award for ranking in the top ten of their category.  This also earned them an invitation to demonstrate their prototype at the "Technology Exp 2000" at EPCOT Center, in Disney World.

Cybernetics and Robotics; A Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Semi-Finalist: their research & development project "Feature Controlled All Terrain Robotic Wheelchair" was ranked as a semi-finalist for this award in April of 1999.

Cybernetics and Robotics; featured in the "Who's Who in Science and Engineering; 8th Edition - 2005 - 2006", publication, by Marquis, LLC.

Cybernetics and Robotics; recognized by the UN as a substantial contributor in the area of robotics and featured in the United Nations "World Robotics 2004" publication, by the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the IFR; International Federation of Robotics. 

Cybernetics and Robotics; Their work has been published by Universities and Scientific Journals.  It has been acknowledged in numerous newspapers and television segments. Their most resent project in Rehabilitation Robotics was hailed as "a medical miracle in the making", by NBC Television.

Additional Information;

In his work, Siegel uses biodegradable materials whenever possible, reprocesses what few solvents are used, and adds adaptation for the disabled whenever possible; including interactive electronics and interfaces. His art is in the collections of many famous individuals and has been on display in a number of galleries and museums.    


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Personal Statement

John Siegel was born in an impoverished Detroit, Michigan neighborhood. Although he was raised in a Detroit ghetto, with physical disabilities and was regularly terrorized by his peers, whenever anyone was receptive, he offered assistance to help them overcome their circumstances. He strived to improve himself through faith, knowledge and inventiveness. At age 5 he decided that his life goal was to invent humanitarian & environmental devices to help everyone! He searched alleyways for junk electronics to disassemble in-order to grasp how everything worked. The first school he attended was a dark, boarded up inner city school with roving gangs, asbestos falling from ceiling pipes and constant fighting and noise. In this environment he was unable to learn and was labeled retarded or learning disabled. After years of being labeled as learning disabled, he was given an IQ test and was then labeled as a genius.

By age 10 he was making relays, galvanometers for taking electrical measurements, robots and interactive electronics.

By his teens, John was etching his own circuit boards and building working robotic arms and interactive electronic art sculptures.

At 16 he began self-employment restoring antique machines for a museum.

In 1988 he relocated to Byron, Michigan a rural village. Here John met his wife Victoria, a mechanically inclined, self-taught artist-poet and single mother of 3. Together they opened their 1st “Free Admission” Robotic, Science & Art center with experimental exhibits.

Since a very early age he has been concerned with creating the means to help provide decent education and inspiration for children, and with issues like poverty, disability, the environment and trying to improve the quality of life for others. Because of his own disabilities he had to create his own employment in order to support himself and his family. 


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