In 2005, Robert & Lynnette Stokes founded Stokes Educational Services (SES) based in their hometown, Carl Junction, MO. SES became a distributor and secondary developer for an educational robotics company, Aldebaran, in 2010. Over the next several years SES developed many applications outside of education for Aldebaran’s NAO humanoid robot. Since then, the company has expanded and divided into two divisions Stokes Education & Stokes Robotics. Stokes Education focuses on STEM education and Stokes Robotics focuses on robotic solutions for customers in multiple industries.
Stokes Robotics provides robotic packages for law enforcement, agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries. Stokes Robotics also offers custom secondary development to meet specific customer needs. The focus of Stokes Robotics is to provide solutions that protect people, save money, and solve problems. Working with Stokes Education, Stokes Robotics provides curriculum materials and security packages for schools.
Our company principles were shaped by the values Robert and Lynnette developed growing up in small towns with populations of around 300 in Oklahoma and Missouri, respectively. Robert’s father worked for decades in industrial maintenance and Lynnette’s parents ran a grocery store and a dairy equipment supply business. The small town values, work ethic, and focus on customer services they learned from their parents are core values of Stokes Robotics. Even with a sales team that covers all 50 states, we work hard to keep a personal relationship with all our customers in order to ensure we meet their unique needs, whether the customer is 20 miles away or 2,000 miles away.
Founder and President
Robert Stokes is the founder and President of Stokes Robotics. Robert received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MSSU and Master’s from the University of Utah. Robert has been married to Lynnette for 35 years, and they have four adult children. He has written scores of K-12 curriculum units, developed several science education equipment products, conducted dozens of training workshops, and trained thousands of science and technology teachers. Robert is a recipient of the Honorary Life: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Technology Student Association (TSA) for his contributions to TSA, technology education, and STEM education across the country.
Vice-President and CFO
Lynnette has been Vice-President and CFO for Stokes Robotics since founding its parent company (Stokes Education) with her husband, Robert, in 2005. She graduated from MSSU with a B.S. in chemistry and worked as a chemist before staying home to raise their four children.
In addition to undertaking the bulk of the financial duties involved with running Stokes Education, Lynnette has also written curriculum, edited curriculum, ordered necessary business supplies and products to be shipped, and handled much of the administrative duties for the company.
Gary Degani is the Engineering Coordinator at Stokes Robotics. He ensures that every new or repaired robot shipped to a customer functions properly according to design specifications. Gary graduated with an engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines and has spent time working as a chemical engineer with expertise in specialty organic chemicals, metal extractants, and refrigerants. He has also worked for an education company, assembling finished STEM products and using programmable lasers to make various STEM products. He’s married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Director of Sales
Bill White serves as the director of Sales, and he came to Stokes Robotics with almost 15 years of sales experience both inside and outside of the field of education. While working in sales, Bill has also been a volunteer firefighter & licensed EMT. Bill is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Leading Robot Developer
Xintao Hu is leading robot development and programming projects at Stokes Robotics. Xintao got his Master’s degree of science in Mechatronics & Robotics at Northeastern University. Before joining Stokes Robotics, Xintao was the robotics research assistant and teaching assistant at his alma mater.
Cody Wright is responsible for project management and organization at Stokes Robotics. Cody & his wife, Aislyn, are both graduates of Ozark Christian College. Before joining Stokes, Cody was the manager of Mt. Hope Christian.