About Us

We Build Open-Source Robots

SOE specializes in mechanical and electronics design, software development, real-time control, and the simulation of robotic systems. We use these skills to provide products and services to educators, students, and robotics enthusiasts. It is a labor of love that we hope will help and inspire others to unleash their own creations on the world.

Hardware Design

SOE uses an iterative design approach to facilitate rapid development. As areas for hardware improvements are identified, we are able to quickly manufacture new parts using rapid prototyping techniques such as 3D printing and rapid machining processes. Using Mechanical and Electrical CAD software, electro-mechanical integration is at the forefront of our design cycle. 

Embedded Systems

We do embedded software design unlike most others in our business. SOE follows a test driven approach for all of our firmware. In this way, we avoid the classic case of “black-magic” embedded code. You know, the code that nobody wants to modify for fear of breaking the system unexpectedly. Yeah, we don’t tolerate that nonsense.

Real-Time Control

Traditional approaches towards achieving real-time are often proprietary and costly. SOE uses RT Linux and Raspberry Pi for a real-time implementation that uses free and open-source software.


SOE uses simulation as a means to dramatically reduce its costs during early testing of prototypes. We publish our simulators in order to let the open-source community experiment with our products before buying.

Our Story

SOE develops integrated robotics platforms that are affordable to

hobbyists, educators, and students alike.


S.O. Engineering (Super Owesome Engineering) was founded by three NASA engineers in October 2015. The company evolved out of a collaborative effort to build a homemade drone that the three founders aptly named POS-1. POS-1 embarked on its maiden flight on September 27th, 2014. The flight took place in front of a crowd of impatient on-lookers that had assembled for a backyard BBQ in Clear Lake, TX. At the time, many in the audience wondered how such a contraption could ever fly. And yet, a few minutes later, POS-1 surprised them all. The majestic bird lifted off from its plywood perch placed on top of a 5 gallon bucket. The drone soared gracefully for a whole two and a half minutes! Upon landing, the crowd’s energy had taken a turn from impatience and apprehension to excitement, bewilderment, and amazement. It was a historic flight for the DIY drone, and one year later, its creators formed SOE in order to share their robots with the world.



Meet The Team

SOE was created by three founders that discovered they had a shared passion for robotics and a unique combination of engineering ability. Working together, they are able to rapidly progress from concept to prototype to product. As the projects SOE contributes to continue to move out of the garage space and into the warehouse and office space, the team continues to draw on the early experiences they had working together. They prove that a small engineering team is capable of creating great products when it is skilled, focused, and creative.

James Holley

Co-Founder & Electronics Design

James is a Electronics and Controls Engineer with experience ranging from hobby motors to humanoid robots to chemical manufacturing.

He received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado in 2012 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 2018.  

James loves robotics, control theory, and working with any sort of electronics.  He has been known to frequent local bowling alleys in search of a worthy opponent.

Mike Moore

Co-Founder & Software Lead
Mike is an Aerospace and Software engineer specializing in spacecraft guidance and control, simulation, and software project management.

He obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. He also received a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 2018.

Mike is interested in the application of simulation and high performance computing techniques to the analysis and design of optimal controllers for space and robotic systems. He also likes baseball, softball, and running sometimes. 

Josh Sooknanan

Co-founder & Mechanical Design

Josh is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in robotic system integration and mechanism design.

He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. 

Josh is fascinated by mechanical systems. He found his calling utilizing mechanical, electrical, and software skills working on robotic systems. He spends his free time building and racing cars on circuits across the Southern US.