MRISAR's R & D Team Member: Victoria L. Croasdell-Siegel

 

Co-owner, Co-founder, Vice President, Art & Literary Director, Multi-disciplined Artist, General Engineering, Machine & Shop Worker, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion, Inventor, Graphics Designer, Multimedia Developer, General Designer, Writer, Photographer, Poet, Traditional & Integrative Medicine Researcher.

 

Victoria is the Vice President and co-creator of MRISAR, Institute of Science, Art & Robotics, where as a member of the Research & Development team, she 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 they design and create low cost humanitarian & environmental devices, such as Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled. They were the only company in the world to be awarded an entire chapter regarding their work in the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) “World Robotics; Service Robotics, 2011”. 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.

Victoria began her apprenticeship in Cybernetics, Bionics, Mechatronics, Autonomics, Animatronics, Teleoperation, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, in 1990.

Victoria is also an awarded, published and exhibited, self taught artist, poet, writer and photographer.
Examples of her original Art and photography can be seen below. For an expanded view her art is displayed in the Arts Division of this website and some of her un-enhanced photography can be seen on her Flickr account.

 

Professional Statement                      Personal Statement

 




 

 

Professional Statement

 

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 Victoria and her partner John, 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, http://ro-man.org. 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.

 





 

 Personal Statement

 

Victoria, the oldest of 10 siblings, was raised in poverty, in isolated and rural locations. Unable to afford college or health insurance she became a self taught artist, poet, writer, engineer, mechanic, photographer and studied Integrated Health Care Systems.

In 1988 she moved to Byron, Michigan a rural village. Here Victoria met her future husband John, an artistic genius who is highly gifted in Mechatronics, Mechanical, Bionics, Electrical, Animatronics, Electronic, Cybernetics, Autonomics and Structural Engineering. Together, in 1991 they opened their 1st “Free Admission” Robotic, Science & Art center with experimental exhibits.

Since a very early age she 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 her own disadvantaged existence, she had to help create her own employment in order to support her family, hence "MRISAR". 

Victoria has 5 children; 3 from a first marriage at age 16 (Sunshine, James & Michael) and 2 from her last marriage at age 31 (Autumn & Aurora ).

 





Balancing business with Philanthropic Ideals!  Developing & Promoting “Responsible” Technologies!




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