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HESTEC Quick Hit: Homegrown robotics entrepreneur shares stories, advice, during HESTEC Student Leadership Day

Heriberto Reynoso, CEO of Reybotics, spoke with high school students at HESTEC Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4, about his early childhood dreams and the robots he built as a teenager. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – Heriberto Reynoso’s love of working with robots began with playing with LEGOs as a child.

That love grew into a thriving business for Reynoso, called Reybotics, which produces robots and other robotic equipment.

He shared his experience with high school students during a breakout session Tuesday at HESTEC Student Leadership Day.

The 2011 graduate of UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College told a group of about two dozen Rio Hondo High School seniors about how he grew up building robots and entering them in competitions.

He didn’t always win, he said, and he faced plenty of obstacles along the way in his journey toward a successful career, but failure is not always a bad thing.

“Failure helps you determine what not to do,” he told students.

His experiences later garnered him prestigious internships, including one at NASA, scholarships and, ultimately, the opportunity to start his own business.

He encouraged students to seek out scholarships for school and maintain good grades.

He also was named one of four UTRGV Distinguished Alumni in May 2016.

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