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Intern Spotlight - Ethan's Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Ethan's Internship Reflection

Ethan Montgomery

An Augmented Reality Internship Update.

"My name is Ethan Montgomery, I’m the Augmented Reality intern headed into my Junior year.

I found out about the internship opportunity when Mr. Shall (STEM Engineering Instructor) put me in contact with Mr. Dow (Panther Industries President) after he saw my experience with augmented reality. One thing lead to another, and eventually from that Mr. Dow gave me a job developing an augmented reality app for Panther. I started off really excited, and despite my experience I still didn’t know too much about augmented reality, so I definitely ended up learning a ton. A ton about working for a company as well, which was new for me.

I worked on a prototype for the first three to four weeks. Panther wanted to figure out whether or not the concept was worth pursuing further, which it luckily turned out to be. Afterwards, we kept developing the app, and eventually ran into a problem with our tracking solution. We started with the camera recognizing separate images, and from that the app knows where to display the 3D model. Since then we’ve changed it to where the camera sees the entire world around and generates a 3D plane of where the floor is and where the walls are, and from that, the 3D models can interact with everything around them. We ended up changing it because the app would only work when the images could be properly detected. This caused a lot of problems, because often the conditions would not be ideal and there would be a lot of stuttering involved, which was really distracting. By switching to detecting the floor, everything became a lot more stable.

I really enjoyed developing the app, working with everybody, and learning a ton about augmented reality and software development. Really though, just being here was awesome. The toughest challenge was really getting the augmented reality to actually work. Getting the camera to track the images – and obviously we moved away from that method – but then once again getting each and every component, the camera, the phone, etc. to understand the world around it and interact correctly with it took some time and effort. The internship has taught me a lot about software development, especially with augmented reality, and its also taught me how to carry myself in a workplace. It has definitely helped because I’ll probably be doing similar things when I’m an adult. So I guess this was kind of a dry run, or practice for that.

But just getting to work with this technology very extensively has helped me get ready for doing more stuff like this in the future. Panther’s a great company, and I loved working for them. I learned a ton, and everybody’s super friendly. I’d highly recommend anybody to apply next summer for an internship. I couldn’t really ask for a better experience."

-Ethan Montgomery

Read more about Ethan and the other Interns here.

Introducing the New Panther Industries Interns

Introducing the New Panther Industries Interns

Summer 2018 Panther Internship Students

Panther Industries is pleased to introduce the new students that were selected to participate in our current internship program. These individuals will be participating in real-world business experiences – from engineering to manufacturing to marketing –  to support their current and continuing education efforts.

Panther is honored to partner with local schools and have these incredible students work with our company.
Please check out what they have to say so far!



Computer Aided Design (CAD)

"My name is Charles. I’m actually very interested in cars, so I would like to go for an automotive design or mechanical engineering degree. I took a CAD (Computer Aided Design) class recently at school, and Mr. Shall, a teacher there, told me I could get an internship at Panther. So I decided to look into it and I got the internship, and now I am using CAD to basically do everything that I would have done in the automotive world, except it’s in a different setting and I’m getting exposure to the CAD world as well and everything they do with it."

Charles is a Senior at STEM School
Highlands Ranch


Augmented Reality

"My name is Ethan and I’ve been the augmented reality intern here at Panther for about 5 weeks now. I’ve been utilizing augmented reality for around three years, and now I’m developing an augmented reality support app for Panther."

Ethan is a Senior at STEM School
Highlands Ranch


Service Department

"I’m Henry and I’m one of the service interns at Panther. I’m really interested in mechatronics which is the industrial application of robots, and automation as well. It’s really cool being able to learn how these machines work, about the pneumatics and mechanics of it, learning how applicators are made, how to apply labels, about vacuum sensors and vacuum boxes and stuff."

Henry is a Sophomore at STEM School
Highlands Ranch


Service Department

"My name is Josh. I’m completely new to this. I really haven’t had any experience with hands-on work before, and I joined Panther to sort of get that new experience in my life, and also to understand machines better and become more of a handy person when I go off to college. I’ve always been fascinated with machinery, and the way things run in a business and production line, so Panther has really given me an outlet to experience that first hand."

Josh is a graduate of Rock Canyon HS



"I’m Michal. I’m a very avid programmer and naturally I really like working with computers and building them as well. I decided to join up with Panther as I really wanted to get more working experience inside a business. It might be a bit surprising that I ended up doing Marketing, but the role actually requires a lot of experience with website design, social media, and graphic design, all of which being something I’m familiar with and enjoy doing. I’ve only been with Panther for a few days, but I hope the internship continues to give me new challenges to tackle every day."

Michal is a Senior at STEM School
Highlands Ranch


Service Department

"My name is Rois, I play baseball and go to Dakota Ridge High School. I decided to get interviewed for the internship at Panther because I was interested in all the machinery and how it works. I’ve always wondered how they put the printers together and stuff like that. The internship is going pretty good actually and I’m learning a lot, and I’m having a lot of fun too. I’m basically assembling print-and-apply machines. I’m not putting together all of them, for example I’m not doing the wiring but instead I’m putting together the main plates and the mechanical parts of it."

Rois is a Sophomore at Dakota Ridge HS



Research and Development

"I'm Shaun. I have always enjoyed automating and making different devices talk to each other, and so I really enjoy the Panther internship. I get to go up to the research and development room and make different machines cooperate, figuring out how exactly to make them communicate so they can automate tasks, which would otherwise take a much longer time for us to complete."

Shaun is a graduate of STEM School
Highlands Ranch


Service Department

"I’m Truman. I’ve always liked making things and knowing how it works, so getting to work at Panther where I get to build machines, and even learn how to program them is really cool. Just getting to see the other side of the machinery I’ve always been intrigued with is definitely a great experience."

Truman is a Senior at STEM School
Highlands Ranch