MiLA Mentor Spotlight — Tekin Mericli

Tekin Mericli

Tekin Mericli is currently a Senior Robotics Engineer at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Being a well-rounded roboticist with in-depth expertise in machine intelligence and learning, perception, planning, and manipulation, he contributes to the efforts of building advanced intelligent robotic system prototypes including self-driving on-road/off-road vehicles, search and rescue humanoids, assistive platforms, and various human-machine interfaces, some of which go all the way to licensing and commercialization.

Tell us about yourself. What are you passionate about?

My passion is building robust, real-deal, physical intelligent systems and ideally seeing the outcome helping making people’s life easier one way or another.

What makes LA’s tech scene special?

The tech startup culture there is in the process of maturation, but there’s certainly a great potential, especially considering the talent pool that can be accessed through great universities like USC and Caltech.

What do you like about being involved with Make in LA?

Being an entrepreneur myself, first off, it’s definitely a wonderful medium for me to expand my network, especially towards the West Coast. Aside from that, I always love being in touch with startups and brainstorming with smart people and entrepreneurs on problems that, once solved, will positively impact the lives of millions of people.

Tekin Mericli

For more information on Tekin’s work, go to:

Additionally, the details of the cool “unclassified” projects that we do at NREC can be found at