Entrepreneurship & Innovation of unmanned aerial vehicles

Mr. Connor Kress
2013 Graduate of the University of Toledo's College of Engineering

Connor Kress is a 2013 Graduate of the University of Toledo's College of Engineering. His focus was in research and development as mechanical engineering student. As an undergraduate, he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the U.S. Army. During that time, he published 3 papers through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is currently finishing his master's thesis in manufacturing engineering. The topic of his thesis is the comparative analysis of operating costs of additive manufacturing compared to traditional methods. Connor is also the Chief Executive Officer of local Toledo start-up. His company, Hephaestus Limited, designs and manufactures drones built specifically for firefighting. These systems are fabricated from a new composite that ensures heat resistance and strength. A major foundation of the company is in 3D printed components. Connor has over 1,200 hours on his MakerBot Replicator 2X and about 500 hours on his Stratsys Mojo. Using 3D printers he has built new algorithms that produce stronger and lighter aerospace parts. Connor enjoys working, sailing on weekends in the summer, and reading historical books on the Second World War. He is also an avid "maker" and runs UT's new Makerspace.