Team

Exyn Technologies is a spin-off of the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and is commercializing cutting edge research and development in the area of autonomous flight and aerial robotics.

Our team is comprised of some of the best people in the world in the core areas of autonomy which includes optimal control, perception, motion planning, state estimation, multi-sensor data fusion, and simultaneous localization and mapping.  More than half of the team have earned doctoral degrees and/or completed post-doctoral research in some subset of these areas at some of the leading institutions which include UPenn, Georgia Tech and Johns Hopkins.

The team also has a strong breadth of industrial engineering and research experience with team members joining from Boeing, SRI, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and United Technologies Research Center.

Altogether our technical team boasts an aggregate of 76 years of post undergraduate experience, and includes multiple DARPA Urban Challenge veterans.

Team

Our Team

" Vijay Kumar, Ph.D.

Vijay Kumar, Ph.D.

Chief Science Advisor, Founder

Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

" Nader Elm

Nader Elm

CEO

Nader has spent his professional career in fast-growth technology domains, progressively moving from engineering roles to leadership of startups and strategic growth initiatives in large enterprises. Nader joined as CEO at the company’s formation in 2014.

" Jason Derenick, Ph.D.

Jason Derenick, Ph.D.

Vice President of Technology

Dr. Jason Derenick is Exyn’s Chief Engineer and the company’s first technical employee. His expertise lies in the areas of multi-agent control, multi-sensor data fusion, real-time perception and topological algorithms for control and estimation.

" Xuchu (Dennis) Ding, Ph.D.

Xuchu (Dennis) Ding, Ph.D.

Director of Software & Algorithms

Dr. Xuchu (Dennis) Ding has worked in a variety of areas related to autonomy, ranging from mission planning, path planning, and control to perception. He has authored more than 35 peer reviewed publications. He is a named inventor on five U.S. patent applications.

" Vinutha Kallem, Ph.D.

Vinutha Kallem, Ph.D.

Principal Roboticist, Director of Technical Business Development

Dr. Vinutha Kallem is a Principal Roboticist at Exyn. Her expertise is in developing control and navigation algorithms for complex robotic systems and multi-robot cooperative systems.

" William Sisson II

William Sisson II

Lead Software Architect

William Sisson is a skilled software engineer leading the development of key software architectures at Exyn Technologies. His responsibilities cover networking and communications, as well as path planning and mapping.

" Peter Furlong

Peter Furlong

Mechatronics Engineer

Pete Furlong leads the development of the hardware platform at Exyn Technologies, where he is responsible for providing a testbed for Exyn’s algorithmic development. His skills lie in rapid prototyping and mechatronic design.

" Christopher Clingerman

Christopher Clingerman

Robotics Software Engineer

Chris Clingerman, a software engineer at Exyn Technologies, develops core algorithms as well as designs software for prototype platforms. His main areas of expertise are motion planning and machine learning.

" Denise Wong, Ph.D.

Denise Wong, Ph.D.

Robotics Engineer

Denise was a graduate student at the UPenn’s GRASP Laboratory under Professor Vijay Kumar. She earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S.E. in Robotics. Her thesis was on actuation, sensing and control for microbiorobots.

" Justin Thomas, Ph.D.

Justin Thomas, Ph.D.

Robotics Engineer

Justin completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S.E. in Robotics at UPenn’s GRASP Laboratory under Professor Vijay Kumar. His research was focused on grasping, perching, and visual servoing for micro aerial vehicles.

" Raghu Balasa, M.B.A.

Raghu Balasa, M.B.A.

Director of Strategy and Business Development

Raghu leads the development of Exyn’s strategic direction and business development. Raghu is an avid entrepreneur and strategist. He has successfully advised various companies on strategy and execution.

" Brandon Duick

Brandon Duick

Robotics Software Engineer

Brandon Duick is a robotics software engineer at Exyn Technologies, supporting the development of the software framework and infrastructure. He is also responsible for integration and robustness testing of the software and core algorithms.

Board of Directors

Nader Elm

Nader Elm

CEO

Nader has spent his professional career in fast-growth technology domains, progressively moving from engineering roles to leadership of startups and strategic growth initiatives in large enterprises. Nader joined as CEO at the company’s formation in 2014.

John Fijol

Director, Systems Technologies, IP Group Inc.

Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza

Assistant Director, PCI Ventures

Mark Yim

Mark Yim

Professor and Director of Integrated Product Design Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania

Advisory Board

Ryan Gariepy

Ryan Gariepy

Chief Technology Officer, Clearpath Robotics

Andrew Rogers

Vice President, General Dynamics Mission Systems