5 questions with our Lead Technologist
For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling the people that power UVIRESO. This week we sat down with Darius Kančys, our Lead Technologist. In case you missed it, read our first blog post on idea to UVIRESO in 48 hours.
What led you to UVIRESO?
I’ve been a designer of electronic devices for over 25 years. I was asked by Jonas to create an illustration for the first prototype of UVIRESO and over time I grew more interested. The opportunity for me to elevate my electronics engineering background and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by protecting healthcare workers by reimagining the respirator is the reason I’m on this team.
What have you learned so far working on the project?
As many of my team members are acknowledging, we are working through remote ways of working. This means I’ve learned to use different collaboration tools and I’ve also been working with team members I’ve never met in person before. Learning how to collaborate, make decisions and keep ideas flowing through virtual ways challenges me everyday.
What are some of the challenges you face daily?
I’ve learned a lot about UV resistant materials , mainly various plastics. Additionally, I’ve been learning more about medical design and the many constraints I have to keep in mind : special requirements for reliability , easy usage and service and much more.
What inspires you to keep charging forward?
I really love conquering new technical challenges - the opportunity to keep pushing myself technically and professionally motivates me. I’m also looking forward to having our product move out of the prototype phase and into development. I can’t wait for this product to be distributed to the masses.
Wild card question: Which professor past or present would you love to have a virtual beer with?
It could be almost anybody from Bell Labs. This interesting company had so many talented scientists in a very wide field of mathematics, physics , computer science. A large part of modern electronics is based on their works.