Harborcreek native, Rob Englert, is the founder and principal designer at ram industrial design.

Harborcreek native, Rob Englert, is the founder and principal designer of ram industrial design (ram) and will be a keynote speaker at the Manufacturers Growth Conference in Erie on May 18th. His presentation, “Staying at the Forefront of an Uncertain Future”, will offer his story and insights of embracing technology.

ram specializes in consumer products, user interactions, and experiences. The company is focused on solving complex problems through critical thinking, design and technology, and puts a strong emphasis on the end user. He founded ram in 2005 as a vehicle to create products that make a difference in people’s lives. Englert has designed everything from aircraft seating to cameras, including consumer electronics, medical devices, housewares, environments, tools, packaging, experiences and user interfaces. Englert is named on over 50 patents and has created custom solutions and products for a wide range of clients including: Alcoa, Bose, Chobani, Carrier, Energizer, Honeywell, KitchenAid, Kodak, Procter & Gamble, RIDGID, Safety 1st, Swiss Army and Welch Allyn. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught at Syracuse University for ten years and has guest lectured at numerous Universities and Colleges.

As a native of Harborcreek, he grew up in a farm house on Gospel Hill next door to Penn State Behrend. Currently, Englert and his team are entering the production phase for (sphere)™, the world’s only 360°/VR DSLR camera lens that can capture real-time, fully spherical video in a single image, eliminating the need to stitch several images from a multi-camera array, streamlining the virtual reality/360° video production process, and dramatically lowering production costs. The (sphere)™ lens won’t just disrupt the professional VR video production market: the smaller consumer version of (sphere)™—now in the prototyping phase—will place immersive video creation, streaming, and sharing in the hands of anyone who owns a smartphone.

Photo shot of Englert in Big Bear, California using the (sphere) lens designed by ram.

The Manufacturers Growth Conference in Erie, hosted by the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), will be held on May 18th from 7:30am-4:00pm. The event is sponsored by PNC, Knox Law, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners and information will focus on ‘growing people’ and ‘growing revenue’. Click here for more details and to register.