Julius Klein

Julius Klein


Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Donostia)


My road in life has been direct.
As a child I liked to understand how machines work.
Took apart lots of things (VCRs, toy RC cars, computers...)
Decided to study engineering in Girona, Catalunya.
After graduation, I went to the US to get an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at UC Irvine (CA).
Liked it a lot and continued with a PhD at the same school.
Was hired by Imperial College London (UK) as a PostDoc.
Worked in Singapore, continuing my research.
Got a permanent Researcher position at Tecnalia, one of the biggest research centers in Europe.
Keep following my journey


High School
Universitat de Girona (Catalunya, Spain)
Industrial Engineering
University of California-Irvine



I design robots for rehabilitation and minimally invasive surgery.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

I work in an open office space. I design robots on my computer. Then I need to have the custom parts built, order standard parts, motors, sensors. After building the first prototype, I need to program the software that controls the movements. When the prototype is working well, we do some preliminary testing and analyze the data.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Travel, learn other languages, get to know other cultures and other ways of doing things. Be open-minded and never give up. Learn how to sketch drawings by hand (without computers). Also, learn how to use CAD programs (like SolidWorks).

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You should work to earn as much money as possible to buy a big house and have a nice car."