HZO Faces: Robert Askin, AKA ‘Dusty’

Posted on September 29th, 2015 by


Dusty running Ragnar on Team Ragnar PI

Meet Robert Askin, aka Dusty, one of our talented HZO engineers. Dusty joined HZO in late 2014 and focuses on characterizing and validating the materials and methods that are critical for the superior solutions we develop to protect electronics. Dusty also gets involved in both blue sky and skunk works projects that help HZO stay on the forefront of protecting PCBAs of all sizes and complexities.

We appreciate Dusty (a lot). He applies a healthy dose of pragmatism to projects, constantly weighing the relative strength of pre-processing materials for varying applications and also validating materials for increasingly longer exposure in more and more aggressive environments.

When we asked one of his technical colleagues what it was like working with him, the resounding answer was, “Dusty sees the glass as half-full and thinks anything is possible.”

Although super serious about his work, we dug in our heels and pried a few tidbits from Dusty about his life outside of HZO. Here’s what we learned.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati. My dad finished his tour working as a nuclear reactor technician on a submarine and Cincinnati was starting to build a new nuclear power plant.

What is something that really baffles you?

Why traffic slows down when there are no accidents, police or any other obvious cause.

Guilty pleasure?

Pork rinds.

If you were to die today, what would your last meal be?

Rouladen, slow-cooked German meat rolls.

What is one of your all-time dreams?

Taking 4 months and hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

What is your favorite travel destination and why?

The southern coast of Ireland. The people are friendly and mellow, the grass is green, the rain is soft, and the Guinness is fresh.

If you could go ANYWHERE, where would you go?

Mars. I’ve always wanted to be both an astronaut and a pioneer. On Mars, I could be both.


Dusty, scrap Mars for now. We need you here at HZO.

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