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Intern Spotlight - Shaun's R&D Project

Intern Spotlight - Shaun's R&D Project

Shaun Keys

and His R&D Basketball Project

Back when Shaun was starting off his internship at Panther, he was tasked with various projects to become familiar with the tools and machines used in the industry. One of the fun projects he got to experience and build was an interactive basketball game. In this video, Shaun explains the process - and challenges the other interns while doing so. 

Read more about Shaun and the other Interns here.


Game Developer
Shaun Keys - R&D Intern
(35 pts)

Script / Videographer / Basketball Player
Michal Bodzianowski - Marketing Intern
(27 pts)

Special Guest / Basketball Player
Truman Giesen - Service Intern
(33 pts)

Produced and Published by Panther Industries, Inc.
Panther is proud to partner with STEM School Highlands Ranch for its internship program.

Intern Spotlight - Shaun's Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Shaun's Internship Reflection

Shaun Keys

An R&D Internship Update.

    "Hello, I’m Shaun, I am an intern here at Panther doing part time R&D (Research and Development) and sometimes part time service.

    I actually found out about the Panther Internship through STEM School, which is down the street on Barrons Blvd. Our engineering teacher, Mr. Shall, sort of approached me and asked if I was interested. I thought the deadline was already gone, but he made it work, and I got an interview and now here I am.

    The first few weeks were pretty good. I worked a little bit down in the service department and made a few machines. Then for the most part after that I went upstairs to the R&D office and started working on learning structured text and other IEC standardized programming languages. Since then, I’ve been exploring new options for different motors that we can use and how to control them. I’ve also been exploring the possibility of connecting some of these machines to the internet to interact with online APIs and get information through those methods.   

    I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to learn this industry and figure out the ins and outs of production and making automation equipment. It’s something I’ve been fascinated about all my life – automating things, making things talk to each other, and work with each other. So this is definitely a great opportunity and definitely enjoyed being here. The toughest challenge for me so far has been actually getting the machines to connect to the Internet. I can get them to connect with no problem, but then I can't use the data I get back. And I’m having to make a lot of my own replacements for built-in functions from those non-Panther code libraries that really should already be there, but aren’t.  One thing I’m really looking forward to right now is learning how to use industrial PCs and how that application layer communicates with the physical layer. You can compare that to a Raspberry Pi computing device: our current PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) are Arduinos and an industrial PC is a Raspberry Pi, if you get what I mean. So it’s gonna be really cool to see how that works and how to really make use of that.

    Before coming here I wanted to be a web developer or server administrator, but now I’m actually seriously considering changing where I want to go with my future. It’s because I actually really do enjoy building these machines and making things that automate a given task. I just find it interesting, because it’s a little bit of everything - it’s a little bit of the software layer, it’s a little bit of the physical layer. I’m sort of well-rounded, so I don’t really just focus on one specific area. As an example, I love coding websites but I hate making the graphics for them. And this internship just strikes a nice middle ground between those two things, making it feel close to being a web developer - but with just a bit less reliance on graphics."

-Shaun Keys

Read more about Shaun 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