People | PickNik
PickNik has over 23 years of combined experience in the field of robotics and automation, and the team is rooted in a deep academic background of robotics theory.

Dave Coleman, PhD
Co-Founder, Roboticist
B.S. MechEng Georgia Tech, Masters and PhD CompSci CU Boulder focusing on motion planning. Dave has 12 years experience working in the field of robotics automation. He is a leader in the open source MoveIt! and ROS communities. His insights into robot-agnostic platforms that works for different morphologies, different theoretical approaches, and different end-user technical requirements give him a well-rounded understanding of the needs of powerful robotic software. He has worked and consulted for all types of robotics companies including Google Robotics, the Open Source Robotics Foundation, and Willow Garage.

Andy McEvoy, PhD
Co-Founder, Roboticist
M.S. Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M focusing on dynamics and controls and a PhD in Computer Science from CU Boulder focusing on robotic materials. Andy has worked in the aerospace sector on spaceflight and military grade hardware. Since then he has worked for MDA helping to develop the next generation of robotic arms for on-orbit assembly and servicing. Andy has a wide breadth of experience that extends from the initial mechanical design and analysis to the final software deployment of robotic systems.

Mike Lautman, MSE
B.S. CompSci and Electrical Eng, M.S. Robotics from Univ. of Pennsylvania. While a full-time student, Mike founded Nebu, a Machine Learning and Data Science consultancy that he grew to 10 engineers. One of the projects that Mike is especially proud of was building an ETL pipeline that feeds millions of escort advertisements from the web into a singular database to be used by law-enforcement against child-traffickers. After Nebu, Mike joined up with KindredAi, an AI and Robotics venture backed startup where he took on leadership of its motion planning efforts on a number of internal and external products.

Dave Steffen, PhD
Senior Software Engineer Robotics
PhD in Physics (Condensed Matter Theory), Colorado State University. Dave started working on high-performance mathematical software in during his graduate work in physics, and continued on to develop complex algorithms for real-time life-critical applications such as target tracking, radar data fusion, medical devices, architecture, and test.

Rob Coleman
Business Manager
Rob holds two Bachelor's and a Masters degree focusing on international trade and economic policy. He has lived on four continents and developed a talent for seeing the big picture while working for both startups and large organizations. Over the past ten years Rob has served in breadth of roles, including government policy analyst, court researcher, team leader of Marines, project manager, and business and marketing developer. He puts the "Rob" in Robot.

Lynn Regnier
Operations Manager
MS in Accounting (in progress), University of Colorado, Boulder. MS in Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Lynn has been working in operations for software companies since 2015. She made this career change after a long career as a food scientist. Lynn enjoys learning about organizations and compiling the financial information organizations need for decision making.

Ioan Sucan, PhD
PhD in Computer Science, Rice University, Ioan is the original author of MoveIt! and the Open Motion Planning Library. In 2016 he was the winner of the IEEE RAS Early Career Award "for contributions to open source software for robot motion planning." He is currently a manager on the planning team at Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division.

Mike Hurowitz
Michael is a serial entrepreneur and startup advisor. Michael's expertise is in research commercialization, bringing new technologies from the lab to market. He has delivered over $24B of space missions, $7B of commercial aircraft, and 127 new products developed working with 35 Fortune 500 companies and almost 60 startups, 14 federal agencies, and 16 university research groups.

Jeff Rose
Jeff is a Co-founder and CEO of ThinkTopic, a Boulder based AI company. Over the last 3 years, ThinkTopic has worked with a wide range of organizations, from the Asian Development Bank to Conde Nast and Digital Globe. Before starting ThinkTopic, Jeff was one of the first research engineers at (Google) DeepMind, where he collaborated with neuroscientists to develop novel machine learning algorithms.