Oleg Baranov ’11 says Crescent robotics developed his interest in engineering.
When he was 20 years old and a student at Queen's University, Baranov co-founded CleanSlate UV, a portable tool that uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light to sanitize smart phones, tablets and other handheld devices used by healthcare staff and patients. It placed second in a 43North business competition and received the 2016 One To Watch Award from Queen’s University.
Baranov was Chief Design Officer at CleanSlate UV from May 2014 to September 2018, when he moved to a new role at Upchain, a data engineering firm. In addition to this work, Baranov continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Crescent School robotics team.
Baranov's interest in engineering was encouraged by his involvement in the robotics program at Crescent School. "It challenged me intellectually, through designing and manufacturing components and creating game strategies during competition," he says. "At the same time, I learned critical time-management and decision-making skills that I use to this day."
He is a recipient of Crescent School's Young Alumni Excellence Award, which is for alumni who have distinguished themselves within 15 years of graduating from Crescent.