Corporate, Business, IP & Technical Development for heavily-engineered technologies, robotics, automation, autonomy, SaaS, IoT, IT & Augmented Reality
Photo Analysis & Mapping
Scaffolding and Rigging
Sidewalks & Walking Surfaces
Business Appraisal & Valuation
Distribution and Logistics
Information & Internet Technology (IT)
Aeronautical and Aerospace
Elevators, Escalators, Automatic Doors
HVAC and Air Conditioning
Mergers & Acquisitions
Devices and Equipment
Residential Real Estate
Parachuting and Skydiving
Applied Research Associates - Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Intellectual Property portfolio (prosecution, FTO, litigation, etc.); business case development; investments; technology transition; product launches; etc.
Delta Five Systems - Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Corporate, technical, and business development for spin-out company, launched with primary focus of bringing robotics, automation, unattended sensors, SaaS, IoT and assurance to multiple markets, including hospitality. Pivoted strategic focus to include launch of the Telemetered Pest Management System (TPMS), a system based on IoT-based traps, lure and SaaS that includes a dashboard that provides a history of all occurrences, multi-property analytics, and total cost management. See www.deltafive.com for publicly-available information.
Panacea BioMatx Inc. - Research Triangle Park, NC, United States
Advisor on Board of Advisors
Panacea BioMatx Inc - Board of Advisors covering technology planning, strategic development, and expertise in pharmacy automation. Panacea (see www.panacea.me) is developing robotic automation and data intensive systems for customizing neutraceuticals at the individual level. Utilize experience from launching and directing RxMedic; incubating and contributing to the launch of Parata; and serving as a pharmacy automation IP expert/witness for Innovation Associates, to provide technical and market direction for Panacea.
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated - Research Triangle Park, NC, United States
• Oversee teams of engineers and scientists in CONUS, and identify M&A prospects • Plan, capture and execute CRAD, business development and coordinate with strategic business units • Army LTL – PM for Army-sponsored Lighten-the-Load (LTL) Program subcontract (2012-2013). Lead team to develop vision-based perception system comprised of stereo EO and stereo LWIR cameras to detect and track squad-level leader(s), perform optical odometry, detect and map obstacles, and enhance SIGINT. Interface with sensors (LIDAR, IMU, GPS, dGPS), autonomy for ATV-sized unmanned ground vehicles. • NASA ESP – PM for RTP-based tasks for NASA Engineering Services and Prototyping demonstration (2012-2013). Provide Teledyne Engineering Services (lead), SAIC, Oceaneering, and Schafer with robot prototype and vision-based perception to detect, classify and track targets. Resulted in $350M contract. • DARPA EXACTO – PM for NC-based tasks for DARPA TTO Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) Program (2012-2013). Program entails developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet with MEMS-based actuation, optical bullet tracking, optical target tracking, and bullet guidance to greatly improve accuracy and extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems. • DARPA AngelFish (EagleRay) – PI/PM and inventor of the AngelFish Cross-Domain Submersible UAV, a man-portable, floodable airframe with thrusters capable of operating in and transitioning between the air, surface and underwater. Designed for optimal balance between hydro-/aero-dynamics, materials, GNC sensors, power conversion/storage, and perception for wing-in-ground flight. This project was renamed \"EagleRay\", see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw01NnG9hu0. • Army PIRST – Propose and capture the Pursuant In-stride Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Targeting (PIRST) program. Identified as “selectable for funding” by Army Night Vision & Electronics Sensors Directorate (NVESD) in 2013, pending funding.
RxMedic Systems - Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Architected business plan, co-invented core technologies, secured capital investments, and led operations from concept to acquisition. Built and managed engineering, manufacturing and client services teams. Coordinated strategic partnerships. Led RxMedic’s technical vision and helped formulate its strategic direction and growth. Developed sales and marketing teams, processes, training, ROI calculators, demonstrations, and product sales presentations. • Managed spin-out from Avionic Instruments post-acquisition (2004) • Managed nationwide growth from spin-out/start-up team to cross-country footprint • Led product development, manufacturing, field support, technical sales and marketing • Managed business and corporate strategy, execution, M&A, ITAR/EAR-compliance • Managed IP Portfolio & Legal: Patents include USPTO# 7,726,514 and 8,091,733 • Oversaw P&L, accounting, raising of capital, and accounts receivable • RxMedic ADS: Invent, develop, market and support automated pharmacy dispensation and packaging systems for retail, hospital, mail-order and industrial fulfillment organizations. • RxMedic ACS: Integrate, refine, market and support automated pharmacy counting systems for retail and hospital fulfillment organizations. • Co-negotiated acquisition of RxMedic Systems by JM Smith, Inc. in May of 2010, established RxMedic as a division, and coordinated transition process. See www.rxmedic.com.
TransDigm Group Inc. - Avenel, NJ, United States
VP of Development; Director of Sales & Marketing
• Technical, business and corporate development; spin out VortexHC and RxMedic (see below) • Program management and supply chain optimization • S97 Raider Light Tactical Helicopter – PM for autonomous power distribution and electrical system (PDES) for the Sikorsky S97 LTH. See http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/land/army-aviation/2015/05/22/sikorsky-s97-raider-achieves-first-flight/27777997/ • DARPA Distributed Micro-Robotics – PI/PM for “Mobile Robots that Climb Vertical and Inverted Surfaces.” sponsored by DARPA – MTO. Development of remote control mobile robots capable of climbing walls and ceilings for surveillance, reconnaissance and breaching. Collaborated with Lockheed-Martin for automatic target recognition and with Picatinny Arsenal to prototype Lamprey SLAM holder. (2002 – 2004)
Vortex HC - Durham, NC, United States
Mobile robots for law enforcement, security, military, nuclear, medical and entertainment. Robots utilized proprietary VRAM (Vortex Regenerative Air Movement) attractor to climb walls, ceilings and hulls in air and underwater. • VP of Development (2004-2006), and Facilities Security Officer (FSO) (2005-2006) • Manage spin-out from Avionic Instruments post-acquisition (2004) • Lead product development, manufacturing, field support, technical sales and marketing • Manage business and corporate strategy, execution, licensing, and ITAR/EAR-compliance • Support domestic and international legal and IP portfolio management, P&L, AP/AR • DARPA ARTEMIS – PI and PM for “Vortex-Based AUVs for Counter-Mine and Counter-Obstacle Operations” sponsored by DARPA – ATO. Managed development of holonomic AUVs for landing on mines and performing soft-kill neutralization. Collaborated with UT-ARL and Teledyne RD Instruments for development of high-precision acoustic underwater tracking systems. • ONR & NAVSEA HullBUG VRAM – PI/Consultant/Licensee for “Attractor Design for the Hull Biomimetic Underwater Grooming (HullBUG) Technology” and “HullBUG VRAM Design Optimization”. October 2006 through September 2009. • Products: Managed development, manufacturing, world-wide marketing, and support of the following to military, law-enforcement, security, rescue, nuclear and entertainment customers: - VMRP Wall-Climbing Robot – Man-portable mobile robots that climb walls and ceilings. - Submersible VMRP Robot – Man-portable underwater robots for bulkheads and tank interiors. - Lamprey SLAM Holder – Surface-agnostic instant placement mechanism for Picatinny Arsenal’s Selectable Land- and Anti-personnel Mine (SLAM) breaching charge. • Licensing: Actively participate in licensing and transition of VRAM technologies: • SeaBotix LBC – Little Benthic Crawler Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). • SeaRobotics HullBUG – Autonomous hull-grooming robot.
Duke University - Durham, NC, United States
Adjunct Associate Professor
• Adjunct Associate Professor (2005-2021) and Adjunct Assistant Professor (1999-2005). • Courses Taught Include: - Introduction to Robotics & Automation (MAE 442, ECE 383, ECE 142) - Control Theory (ECE 141) • MS Committee Member: Serve on graduate student committees and advise research. • Advisor and sponsor for Duke’s Wall-Climbing Robot Team, which earned 1st place in the 2004 and 2005 International Climbing and Walking Robot (CLAWAR) Competitions in Madrid, Spain and London, England. • Advisor and sponsor for Duke’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team, which earned finalist standings five times in the AUVSI/ONR International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. Participated in annual competition every year since 2001, with the following rankings: 2nd in 2006, 4th in 2005, 5th in 2004, 3rd in 2003, 4th in 2002, and 7th in 2001.
Nekton Research (iRobot) - Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
• VP of R&D (1998-2000) and Director of Business Development (2000-2002). • DARPA LSALS-SP3 – PI/PM for “3D Plume Tracing using Ranger™ MicroAUVs,” sponsored by DARPA – MTO. Joint effort with Sandia National Labs, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Developed multiple collaborative MicroAUVs that search for and localize plume sources and aircraft blackbox. • DARPA Distributed Micro-Robotics – PI/PM for “Swimming Arrays for Anti-Submarine Warfare”, sponsored by DARPA – ATO. Joint effort with Draper Labs, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and Solers. Provided feasibility and preliminary designs for mobile acoustic array formations of multiple MicroAUVs. In contrast to towed arrays, Swimming Arrays decouple tactical maneuvers from sensing maneuvers; they also permit protracted sensing, enhanced SNR, forward end-fire view, and dynamic array beamforming for surveillance and reconnaissance. • DARPA Distributed Micro-AUVs – PI/PM for “Aquatic Microbots”, sponsored by DARPA – MTO. Under Distributed Robotics program, manage project to design, build and demonstrate ultra-small AUVs, called “MicroHunters™”, which can maneuver in 3D using only one moving part. Resulting navigation, called “Helical Klinotaxis” was validated on three different platforms and successfully demonstrated to DARPA. Explore feasibility of micro-actuation. Listed as co-inventor on patent entitled “3D Orientation for Aquatic Robots Using Helical Klinotaxis”, issued by USPTO in April 2002. • DARPA APLA/MGM – PI/PM for “MicroHunter Guidance and Control of 60mm Mortars”, sponsored by DARPA – ATO. Under Anti-Personnel Landmine Alternative/Minimally Guided Munitions (APLA/MGM) program, worked with Battelle Memorial Institute to demonstrate feasibility, integrate microelectronic MEMS-based GNC sensors and actuators, and validate performance of single-actuator control force producer and guidance algorithm for indirect-fire munitions.
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC, United States
Adjunct Associate Professor
• Adjunct Associate Professor (2009-2021), Adjunct Assistant Professor (2000-2009), Board Member Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute (1998 – 2021), Instructor (1996-1999), Researcher (1992-1996). • Teaching Experience: - Introduction to Robotics & Automation (ECE 444, ECE 591) - Control Theory (ECE 435) - Distributed Controls (ECE 492Z) • MS Committee Member: Serve on graduate student committees, sponsor and advise research. • Advisor and Corporate Sponsor for NCSU’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team, which began participating in the AUVSI/ONR International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. Participated in 2005 and 2006. • NASA-HELIOS – PM for development and demonstration of semi-autonomous robotic system for lunar habitation and transport. Under NASA’s Exploration Office, and funding from United Technologies, Caterpillar, and North Carolina Space Grant Consortium. Managed team of 40+ people to build and competitively demonstrate lunar exploration and habitation mission including deployment of lunar lander, UGV, and personnel habitat modules. Mission was demonstrated in full and earned first place and NASA’s 1998 Extra Terrestrial Award. January 1996 to April 1998. • DARPA/ONR Outdoor Landmark Recognition – Researcher for “Outdoor Landmark Recognition Using Hybrid Fractal Vision System and Neural Networks”, sponsored by DARPA and ONR. Provided feasibility and validation of new approach to detecting and recognizing outdoor landmarks using the Region-Feature Neural Network. (1993 – 1996) • Other Systems: Bipedal robot (Jenner), a hexapod colony, an autonomous mobile robot (Lazarus), a fuel-pump station node interface (Gilbarco), home automation & security systems based on decentralized control networks.
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA, United States