An Employee and His Droid

Rogue One may have been this season's blockbuster film, but Bob Martinazzi has become a local celebrity for his unique Star Wars hobby.

Jan. 2, 2017

This fall, Bob Martinazzi, a Director in the Department of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing, was featured in an issue of Between the Columns for having a very unique companion.  

In his free time, Bob built a fully functional, life-size version of the Star Wars’ character, R2-D2. He and his robot visit community events, and have even rolled into the White House to meet children of fallen military members.

What inspired Bob to create this marvelous robot? "Making kids smile,” Bob said. “Especially the Gold Star families, [they were] the whole reason I built R2. Meeting the President and First Lady was just a bonus."

Find out more about Bob and his robot in the October 2016 issue of Between the Columns.