Dr. Juan Schutte is a passionate problem solver driven by engineering projects that allow him to apply his design, mechatronics, and manufacturing expertise to make a difference. As a designer he is a strong advocate for leveraging simplicity and modularity, an ethos inspired by his practical “not afraid to get his hands dirty” approach which has led to the research and development of multiple efficient systems and products. As a researcher he completed a PhD which developed of a novel form of biomaterial-based additive manufacturing and is interested in research relating to tissue engineering, exoskeleton devices and prosthetics.
He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland’s Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab where he applies his creativity to pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge technology and consults with both industry and academia on the opportunities of 3D printing.
He values developing and growing the capabilities of his peers/team and understands that change requires more than just fancy ideas. He believes Walt Disney summed it up well in the quote “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality”.