Our goal is to provide engineering services throughout all phases of the product design and development process. Our interest in a wide array of disciplines has allowed us to gain valuable expertise in medical devices, robotics, agriculture, mechanical design, patent drafting, start-up businesses, product development, and academic research. This diversity of experience allows Higher Order Innovation to approach any project from a systems level, considering all aspects from early start-ups prototype development through full scale production.
Higher Order Innovation (HOI) is based in eastern Nebraska and has been helping the Lincoln and Omaha areas with innovative product creation since 2013. It began with a doctoral student's dedication to make the art, creativity, and beauty of engineering accessible to a wider audience. HOI's original focus was educational robotics for elementary, middle, and high school students. By creating open source robotics products, more schools and more students are able to participate in competitive robotics programs.
Today, Higher Order Innovation continues to provide educational robotics products and support. However, HOI has quickly branched out into other realms to bring engineering proficiency to a broader community. We have worked with individuals with no technological background, start-up businesses looking for a competitive edge, large corporations wanting a fresh perspective, and everything in-between.
Tom Frederick received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering for his work designing miniature surgical robots. Throughout his career, Tom has worked for robotic lettuce farmers, multiple medical device design firms, and NASA. Tom’s experiences through his Ph.D. research, as well as past and ongoing work with Higher Order Innovation, has led him to develop an understanding of the specific language of patents and enables him to communicate efficiently with attorneys during the application process.
One of Tom’s greatest passions is finding solutions to everyday problems. This passion for building and creating has led him to build the hardware that is the basis for three additional companies. This experience within the entrepreneurship realm has given him insight into the pressures within and needs of companies of all sizes.
Tom’s wide range of experiences and knowledge of several disciplines of engineering allow him to quickly and efficiently evaluate and iterate upon projects of all types as he leads Higher Order Innovation along the design journey with your project.