Chief Executive Officer
Carl is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Prior to Soft Robotics, Carl held a variety of senior positions in technology and medical device companies, most recently as Vice President of Marketing at OmniGuide Surgical. Carl served as the Global Franchise Leader for the Joint Repair business at Smith & Nephew, with $500 million in annual revenues and also as Vice President of Global Marketing and Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Endoscopy Global Business Unit. Carl served as Manager of Strategic Planning at 3M and as Division Operations Process Manager at Nestle Waters North America. He began his career a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2013.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Chiappetta is a high energy technology leader with over 25 years of experience in high growth, start-up and mid-size companies. He is an established inventor with over 30 issued and numerous additional pending patents in the field of robotics and automation, and remains proficient in the design, development, and manufacture of revolutionary products utilizing the latest in robotics technologies. Before joining Soft Robotics, Inc., Mr. Chiappetta spent 2.5 years at BIONX Medical Technologies as Senior Vice President of R&D where he oversaw the development of the emPower robotic ankle-foot prosthesis and 15 years at iRobot Corporation in a variety of technical and leadership roles with his last being Vice President of iRobot's Advanced Systems and Technology group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chiappetta worked for Joseph F. Engelberger who is known world-wide as the "Father of Robotics."
Director of Hardware Development
Ryan is a veteran systems integrator and designer that specializes in blending embedded electrical, mechanical, software/firmware, and control system design experience to rapidly iterate highly functional prototypes of complex robotic systems. As the Director of Hardware Development at Soft Robotics he is responsible for supporting design and fabrication of novel soft robotic actuators and integration of those actuators into custom industrial pneumatic control systems. He holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. While studying as a mechanical engineer, he worked with Prof. Daniel Koditschek in the Kod*Lab to develop three new mobile robotic platforms: X-RHex, X-RHex Lite, and the Canid bounding robot.
Dan Harburg, PhD
Director of Business Development
Dan is the director of business development at Soft Robotics Inc. He has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at North Bridge Venture Partners, working with scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Illinois to commercialize technologies at the intersection of materials, medicine, and advanced manufacturing. Dan completed a post-doctoral fellowship with John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois and was a visiting scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Whitesides at Harvard University. He completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Dartmouth and was one of Dartmouth's first Innovation Fellows.
JoshUA Lessing, PhD
Director of Research & Development
Josh joined Soft Robotics Inc. after working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Whitesides at Harvard University. As the Senior Scientist at SRI, Josh is responsible for the design and fabrication of a fundamentally new class of chemically inspired robotic actuators. He holds a Sc.B. in Chemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His unique perspective on robotics has allowed for the creation of soft and adaptive robotic actuators through a novel combination of materials and fabrication methods.