We build the robots of tomorrow

Creative, robust robotic solutions from a world-class team

Our Mission

We are Discovery Robotics. We were founded on the belief that robotics can make lives better for people. Our mission is to increase human productivity, safety, and quality of life by creating robotic solutions that deliver value to our customers.

We’re working to change floor maintenance forever with the FX250– our autonomous floor cleaning robot that makes cleaning faster, safer, more efficient, and more affordable than ever before.

Our Founders

Kent McElhattan

Kent McElhattan

Co Founder, Chief Executive Officer
In 1985, Kent co-founded Industrial Scientific Corp., the worldwide leader in IOT implementations and predictive analytics for the safety industry. He chaired the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council from 2010-2014. He is enthusiastic, passionate and committed to develop robotic and AI solutions that eliminate death on the job by the year 2050.
John Dolan, PhD

John Dolan, PhD

Co Founder, Head Scientist
John is a faculty member in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Master's in Robotic Systems Development (MRSD) program. He has a broad background in robot sensing, navigation, and planning, and is a leading researcher in autonomous driving.
Larry Willams, PhD

Larry Willams, PhD

Co Founder, Chief Technical Officer
As a co-founder of our company, Larry brings practical experience from long and successful careers as an Air Force officer and defense industry executive to the exploration of new horizons in helping humans through robotics. His diverse systems engineering background in space, aircraft, missile, ground electronics and wireless communication systems brings an inventive view toward robotic systems. His dedication to robotics improving the lives of humans is unparalleled.
Zack Duncan

Zack Duncan

Co Founder, Marketing
After 10 years at Dick’s Sporting Goods and GNC, Zack now primarily focuses on the digital side of the marketing world. He is President of Root & Branch, a Pittsburgh-based digital consultancy, and is the Digital Marketing Executive in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, where he instructs in digital advertising and analytics.

Our Valued Employees

Britta Ulm

Britta Ulm

Project Director, FX250
Britta is an unstoppable, mechanically-minded roboticist who started as our Systems Engineer and is now Project Director for the FX250, due to her dedication to this project, as well as her vast knowledge and understanding of robotics. She is passionate about robotic systems design, safety, and thinking outside the box to solve intricate issues
Manomit Bal

Manomit Bal

Lead Software Engineer
Manomit brings with him, a multi faceted background of research on Vision, Perception, and Sensor Networks. With his Lead Software Engineer role, he strives to promote a passion for robotics and autonomy while facilitating designs and ideas that help machines find their way in the world with robustness and efficiency.
Dave Callen

Dave Callen

Advanced Research Technician
Dave is an expert technician with over 30 years of experience in the computer and medical device industries. Most of his experience lies in building and evaluating prototypes, which is the expertise that he brings to his work at our company.
Sujith Kumar

Sujith Kumar

Embedded Software Engineer
Sujith is our go-to engineer for programming various, elaborate microcontroller boards. With his passion towards Real Time Operating Systems, Microcontrollers, Sensors and Actuators, he is often found surrounded with electronics in his office. He works tirelessly and with conviction to troubleshoot any and all issues that our software team comes to face.
Ishit Shah

Ishit Shah

Mechanical Engineer
Ishit is a Mechanical Engineer at Discovery Robotics, where he designs the robot from start to finish, which includes cleaning tools and chassis . Ishit is a CAD modeling specialist with a decade of experience in Solidworks and Ansys. He believes in solving any problems that our engineering team encounters by logical reasoning and mathematics. Ishit enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found mountain biking and bouldering during summers and skiing during winters.
Dharmateja Kadem

Dharmateja Kadem

Motion Planning Engineer
Teja is our Motion Planning Engineer with 3+ years of experience in Robotics. He is currently responsible for our robot's higher level decisions and make sure that its behavior is safe, smooth and predictable while keeping its surroundings clean.
Andrew Zern

Andrew Zern

Electrical Engineer
Andrew joined the team in the autumn of 2018 and works on the development and integration of the robot’s many electrical components. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University with a Minor in Mechatronics. Before starting with us he was an Electrical Design Engineer focused on the automation of agricultural equipment for John Deere. He is enthusiastic about the creation of useful robots that free workers from mundane tasks.
Emily Kauffman

Emily Kauffman

Software Engineer
Emily has spent most of her career as a front-end developer and has used this experience while working extensively on designing and developing the user interface of the FX250. She is passionate about learning new skills and can be counted on to cover any task asked of her. She's an advocate for open-source, knowledge-sharing, and accessibility by default.
Dominique Gray

Dōminique Gray

Software Engineer
Dominique joined the team in the winter of 2018. She started her career in the health insurance industry and uses this experience to design and develop the user interface on the FX250 and the website. She is enthusiastic to contribute to a robot that will make the lives of others safer.
Kim Loughman

Kim Loughman

Office Manager
Kim has spent most of her career in healthcare, but she now applies her administrative experience as Discovery's Office Administrator. She is driven, focused, and detail-oriented. She has a passion for promoting teamwork, workplace safety, and assisting her teammates in any way possible to ensure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.
Austin Wiggins

Austin Wiggins

Field Test Engineer
Austin has experience in many different disciplines and has used this wide range as an asset in testing the FX250. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with professional experience in Data Analytics. He enjoys solving complex problems with the help of his experience in computer programming, artisan work, and analyzing data. He champions being on the bleeding edge of technological development and using these new technologies to better the world around us.
Lenny Verdetto

Leonard Verdetto III

Field Test Engineer
Leonard has spent most of his career building robots, developing apps, and became a Certified Licensed Drone Pilot. Leonard's past experiences has helped the Discovery Robotics team to develop new tasks and goals for the FX250.He is passionate about developing and learning new knowledge and skills, and he is eager to teach and share these new skills to incoming interns and employees.
"Nobody ever goes to work and expects to lose their life. Discovery Robotics is innovating solutions for the workplace that increase safety and productivity simultaneously. Nothing could be more important to me."
Kent McElhattan
Kent McElhattan
CEO