After years of working in various engineering and robotics positions, Jeff Kondel decided he needed a change. So he moved his family from Indiana to Florida, unsure of where this new venture would take him. But he didn’t have to wait long. After networking with some fellow engineers one night, Kondel was asked to come to the local junior college to check out what they were studying in their robotics class, where he unknowingly took the first step towards his new career. Upon visiting the classroom, Kondel was surprised to see that students were learning robotics on outdated, antiquated systems. Some of which hadn’t been used in manufacturing plants in years. As he began to voice his concern, the college asked if he could guide them in the right direction. Kondel found himself saying yes, and his product – the Robotically Operated Open Training System (ROOTS) – was born.