Rustin Vogt
Engineering and Robotics/Intro to Welding and Fabrication Academy Instructor


Rustin Vogt, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sacramento State, has helped us expand our Summer Academies for High School Students. In addition to leading our Engineering and Robotics Academy, where students build their own robot, Vogt will teach the new Introduction to Welding and Fabrication Academy, where they handle tools of the trade and create a unique welding project.  

Watch: Professor Rustin Vogt on “Good Day” and other videos

Vogt has put his expertise to use on a couple of fronts at Sacramento State and in the community. He advises mechanical engineering students who compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, where they design and build a net-zero solar house that’s so energy efficient it produces as much renewable energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

In addition, Vogt plays a major role in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Tiny House Competition, where students are required to build a net-zero solar house that has to measure under 400-square feet, about the size of a two-car garage.  

Vogt’s scholarly research includes product design and manufacturing, dynamics, materials science and robotics. He is a Sacramento State alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and completing his doctorate at UC Davis in materials science and engineering.