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Greg Lynn
Chief Executive Officer
For the last 30 years Greg Lynn has been at the intersection of the digital and physical in architecture. He is the founder of Greg Lynn FORM where in addition to award winning buildings he has designed industrial objects in production with companies like Swarovski, Alessi and Vitra. As the Design Advisor of the Palo Alto retailer Curbside he is responsible for the company's physical identity. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture and returns to the American Pavilion for a second time in 2016 where he will represent the United States again. He has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and is a Fellow of United States Artists. Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. Forbes Magazine named him one of the world's ten most influential architects. He is a Studio Professor at UCLA, o. Univ. Professor at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. He is the author of eight books.
Jeffrey Schnapp
Chief Visionary Officer
Jeffrey is co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the founder-director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a knowledge and technology design studio dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture.

Professor in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the Graduate School of Design, holder of the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair, he is a leading international figure in the digital media field, has led a number of pioneering software development and design projects, and is the author of an influential corpus of publications that includes twenty-five books and hundreds of essays. In addition to widespread coverage in the international press, Schnapp's research has received support from leading foundations such as John Simon Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, Getty, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett, and Knight.

His work in the domains of design, digital arts, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.
Mitchell Weiss
Chief Operating Officer
Favorite Quote: Scotty, I need more power! If I could have any car: MG-TC Favorite Cities: Vancouver, Jerusalem, Munich, Tokyo Mitchell Weiss is the Chief Operating Officer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for engineering and volume production. Mitchell began building and developing robots as a teenager in the 70's and has never stopped.

Mitchell comes to PFF from Seegrid Corporation, the first producer of vision-guided industrial vehicles. He was responsible for engineering, production, and technology development. Seegrid's products are used in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce.

Prior to that he was CTO for Brooks-PRI Automation, a supplier of advanced factory automation systems used by semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Mitchell was President and founder of ProgramMation, Inc., which PRI Automation acquired in 1993 and co-founded United States Robots in 1980, which was acquired by Square D company in 1982.

Mitchell is co-author of the textbook “Industrial Robotics: Technology, Programming and Applications”, has taught automation and robotics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, and engineering design at MIT. Mitchell holds twenty-five patents on robotics and automation systems and has contributed automation papers for trade journal publication and trade presentations and has been featured speaker at many events. He is a member of standards organizations and is vice-chair of the F45 committee of ASTM which is developing standards for the performance measurement of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. He received a B.S. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T, and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from Northeastern University.
Brian Kendall
Chief Financial Officer
Interests outside work: Cycling and Family Favorite quote: If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle Favorite childhood pastime: Fishing Brian moved to Boston from Denver, Colorado. He studied Accounting and Finance at Texas Tech University and MBA at Northeastern University. After college he pursued a career as a professional cyclist for four years, and continues to have a passion for cycling. He began his next career track at New Frontier Media, a publicly traded international media company in Boulder Colorado, and then grew his experience in scaling startups at RuMe, a textile manufacturing and resale company, as well as Faction Holdings, an Infrastructure as a Service company. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International as well as the Association for Corporate Growth.

Three fun facts:
1) Was a professional cyclist
2) Love to cook and attempt to make anything I can from scratch
3) Grew up on a ranch in Texas
Pritesh Gandhi
EVP, Business Development
Favorite places: in front of a fire, at a campsite, with a beverage Favorite childhood pastime: exploring the overgrown outdoors around his home in Zambia Hidden talent: MC at the annual New Year's Eve Bingo game Pritesh is responsible PFF's go-to-market strategies. He leads our partnership and distribution relationships worldwide.

His career has been focused on building companies that deliver innovative and delightful consumer experiences across multiple industries. Prior to joining the team, Pritesh was the CEO and Co-founder of Ambient Devices, a spin out of the MIT Media Lab. Through his direction and management of Ambient's distribution partnerships, the company launched over one million units to the shelves of retailers including Best Buy & Walmart. Additionally, he has forged partnerships with the largest utility companies in North America where Ambient's products were used to impact home energy consumption and enable utilities to meet conservation goals. He led the strategic partnerships with data providers including AccuWeather and Dow Jones as well as with several wireless service providers. Pritesh was also instrumental in raising each of the company's financing rounds since inception, from both debt and venture investors.

Outside of work, he spends time with his wife and two pre-teens. On weekends you'll often find him pushing pedals or carving ice.
Alexey Zaparovanny
Software Engineer
Favorite Places: Boston MA; Cape Canaveral FL; Up in the skies If I could have any animal: Lap giraffe Favorite quote: Ken Olsen: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." Alexey is a Sr. Software Engineer at PFF, working on control system of the robot.

Prior to joining PFF Alexey worked at CyPhy works making software for drones that can stay in the sky for long long time and iRobot corp. working on robots that help to defuse bombs and do reconnaissance without putting soldiers in a harms way.

In his free time Alexey enjoys flying airplanes and learning fun engineering facts.
Amanda Matthews
Controller
Favorite Band: Led Zeppelin Favorite Childhood Activity: Going for ice cream (also a favorite adulthood activity) Favorite Quote: "We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now" ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Originally from central New Hampshire, Amanda moved to Boston in order to attend UMass Boston, and pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Management with a concentration in Accounting. During her studies, she worked full-time at a small tax firm - Sanderson, Logan & Bechok - where she honed her public accounting skills. After finishing her degree, she became a Certified Public Accountant, and began focusing on serving the growing Boston startup scene.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys being a Volunteer Leader with Boston Cares, and brushing up on her French. She is passionate about mindfulness and multi-modality meditation, often spending her spare time attending retreats and practicing awareness.
Amos Ambler
Mechanical Engineer
If I could have any animal: Giraffe Top 3 favorite places: Cross country road trip, simulated zero gravity, Italy Favorite quote: If you're ain't first you're last Amos Ambler is a mechanical engineer at PFF where he is responsible for designing and constructing prototype vehicles.

Prior to this, he graduated Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. After school he started a business refurbishing and modifying a wide range of cars in conjunction with developing a website to sell home built car parts. In his spare time he enjoys working on anything with a motor, skiing, and flying.
Ana Medina Ayala
Robotics Engineer
Ana Medina Ayala is a Robotics Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward.

Prior to Piaggio she worked at Jibo Inc., a startup company working on the first social robot for the home. In her role, Ana developed, integrated, and tested computer vision algorithms ranging from camera control techniques to deep neural networks for facial recognition and verification.

Ana earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de San Agustin. She earned her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tufts University. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.

Ana enjoys practicing martial arts, boxing, and pilates. She also loves art (specially paintings), traveling, and learning new languages.
Andrew Murray
Mechanical Engineer
Favorite 90s jam: Smucker's Concord Grape has been my favorite jam since the 90's and still is to this day. Hidden talent: Won a gold medal in a taekwondo tournament when I was 7 after I was "intentionally tripped" to score the leading points. She was a vicious 5 year old. Favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" – Wayne Gretzky Andrew Murray is a mechanical engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward. During the day, Andrew can be found machining and designing components for mechanical assemblies all whilst chugging red bulls. At night, Andrew likes to turn up the music and listen to classics like Rick Ross while he works, dubbing the workspace "Club PFF."

Andrew is finishing up his senior year at Tufts University where he will graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Before working at PFF Andrew worked as an intern at Amphenol PCD, one of the world's leading suppliers of interconnect products for Military and Commercial Aerospace. Outside of internships, Andrew enjoys working on personal projects and owns a provisional patent on a wearable technology that he has developed throughout college.

Outside the strenuous class schedule of golf and physical fitness, Andrew keeps himself busy with many extracurricular activities. Once a member of the varsity football team, Andrew balanced work, school, and practice and still managed to make dean's list. Andrew also has many talents and has been called the second coming of Slash for his skills on Guitar... Hero.
Ariel Lisogorsky
Buyer
3 favorite cities: Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam. Hobbies: Playing/coaching/Watching Soccer, Video Editing, Film. Ariel Lisogorsky worked as a Purchasing Agent at Boston Dynamics from 2007, and as a Program Manager after the company was acquired by Google in 2014. In addition to his role as a purchasing agent, he was also involved in video editing and some of his work received millions of views on YouTube. Ariel left Google in 2018 to join the team at PFF.
Avery Kratzer
Smart Behaviors Specialist
Favorite quote: Eat cake for breakfast Bucket list item: Travel to see the world's coolest bridges Enjoys: the beach, bagels, and Billy Joel (like any Long Island native) Avery is a Smart Behaviors Specialist at PFF, where she works in the motion capture studio to better understand mobility and develop intelligent solutions.

Prior to PFF, Avery graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She was an intern in the Center for Cerebral Palsy (CP) at Columbia University, where she studied the coordination of children affected by CP using motion capture.

Outside of work, Avery spends most of her time going on long runs, baking cookies, and painting canvases.
Ben Beckvold
Software Engineer
Top 3 favorite places: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Cyprus Hidden Talent: Parallel Parking Savant If you could have any animal: Wolverine - you don't need to be tough if you have a wolverine by your side Ben is a software engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for firmware and embedded systems.

Ben recently completed his degree in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Prior to PFF, he interned with American Science and Engineering, where he tested, diagnosed and repaired x-ray scanning software. He also interned at Bluefin Robotics, where he worked on electrical systems integration and firmware development for autonomous undersea robots. Prior to his time at school, he was a sonar technician in the US Navy. Stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, he deployed 3 times with the USS Nicholas. The first was to Europe to train alongside the NATO fleet. The second to East Africa to assist in deterring pirate operations, both directly and through joint training with East African militaries. The third, was to Central America to interdict in the drug trade, in cooperation with the US Coast Guard.

Outside of work he has a passion for nature and enjoying the outdoors. Most weekends he travels to New Hampshire to camp in the White Mountains. While in Boston he enjoys rock climbing and watching Baseball.
Brooke Morrissey
Marketing Manager
Favorite Childhood Pastime: Spending sunny days on Duxbury Beach with my four siblings Hidden Talent: Creating homemade snacks like coconut yogurt and guacamole Places Traveled: Peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and thinking about climbing it again! As PFF's Marketing Manager, Brooke is responsible for telling the story of PFF and PFF products, like gita.

Brooke has built a career in marketing, telling the story of brand new products and services. She worked with hundreds of nonprofits during her time at Fashion Project, helping them activate and communicate a new fundraising platform to their audiences. She was part of the marketing team at Drizly, helping to innovate the world of alcohol, and at CozyKin, educating families on the concept of nanny sharing and helping them find quality childcare. Brooke received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Georgetown University.

Outside of work, Brooke is a sponsor with the Tanzanian Children's Fund and a mentor with BUILD. She enjoys cooking, running and spending time with her family and friends.
Carlos Asmat
Lead Software Engineer
Top 3 favorite places: Ecuador, Germany, Mexico Hidden talent: All my talents are fully displayed Favorite quote: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff. Carlos is the lead Software Engineer at PFF where he is responsible for gita's electrical and software systems. He is a resourceful and passionate Robotics Engineer specialized in creating interactive robot behaviors and automated control systems. Throughout his studies in Electrical Engineering at McGill University and his work experience in robotics, he developed a unique skillset combining hardware design and integration with user-centric software development.

Carlos worked on creating the hardware and software for MyRobots.com, the first robot social network implementation. This IoT initiative aimed to help robots and smart-devices to collaborate and become increasingly functional. Later, his desire to improve the collaboration between machines and people, brought him to work at Aldebaran, the creator of the leading social humanoid robots Nao and Pepper. There, he had the chance to focus on creating charming and intuitive interactions, and performances.

Being a tinkerer and a maker, Carlos is an avid problem-solver and pragmatic thinker with skills ranging from woodworking to digital-system design. He was born in Argentina but spent half of his life in Montreal before moving to Boston, and speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
Caroline Harriott
Senior Researcher
Desired Superpower: Teleportation Favorite Karaoke song: "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia Favorite breakfast sandwich: Lox and cream cheese bagel Caroline is a senior researcher at PFF, focused on human-robot interaction. Prior to joining PFF, Caroline worked at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge in the user experience group, designing and evaluating human interaction with complex systems. Caroline earned her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia. She also earned her Master’s degree in computer science and a PhD in human-robot interaction, both at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include human-robot peer interaction, identifying the right metrics, and technology adoption.

When not at work, Caroline spends time with her family and two dogs, Pepper and Mini, imagining an alternate life as a true crime investigator, and planning her next big trip.
Chris Blondin
Senior Test Engineer
Hobbies: Rowing, Dungeons and Dragons, PC Gaming, Motorcycles Favorite 90’s song: Beastie Boys - Intergalactic Favorite quote: "A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap." – Mitch Hedberg Chris Blondin is a Senior Test Engineer at PFF. He is responsible for choosing how and where to implement SQA Best practices and automation frameworks.

He has focused on SQA for most of his career, most recently at Jibo as SQA Tech Lead. There, he worked developing frameworks and tools for testing their Robot, SDK, APIs, and also leading the SQA team. Prior to that he was SQA at Zoominfo, and the product he worked on there led to them being acquired in late 2017 a few months after he left for Jibo.
Cody Chen
Software Engineer
Favorite 90s Jam: Foo Fighters: Everlong Favorite character: Squirt from Finding Nemo Most amusing habit: Has an extensive mineral collection Cody Chen is a Software Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for making floofy coffee drinks, animating LEDs and loading the dishwasher with extreme prejudice.

Cody graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. As an undergrad he was very involved in robotics, working as a researcher in several robotics research labs as well as interning at Amazon Robotics.

In his free time he can be found hunting down conveyor belt sushi restaurants, mapping out new routes across Somerville / Cambridge, or daydreaming about weather patterns. If you ever find yourself engaged in conversation with him, be wary of bringing up bad sci-fi movies, good puzzle games or awesome replica props: he is capable of talking about these subjects for extended periods of time.
Danielle Epstein
Recruiter
Danielle Epstein is a technical recruiter at Piaggio Fast Forward, focused on finding more awesome PFF team members.

After graduating from UPenn with a psychology degree, Danielle started her career as a recruiter at a small recruiting company and worked with a variety of Boston area tech companies.

Outside of work, Danielle is an aspiring home iron chef and a Bravo TV aficionado. She can often be found playing with her family's beloved yellow lab, Pearl, or shopping the aisles at the nearest Marshall's.
Delton Hulbert
Smart Behaviors Specialist
Top 3 favorite places: Mt. Hunger, Vermont; Home (wherever home is, that's my favorite); The 1x4-foot space in front of the avocados in the grocery store. If I could have any animal: Sarcastic, talking shoulder monkey. He loves little mango bits and sounds like Chris Walken. Hidden talent: Losing all of my stuff but knowing exactly where all of yours is. Delton is a Smart Behaviors Specialist at Piaggio Fast Forward, where he creates simulations that help designers and AI understand challenges and develop solutions.

He obtained a BS in Game Design from Fitchburg State University, where he spent all of his spare time developing video games and making his animated characters act like fools. He loves working in VR, and has made several games for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Until PFF found him, he worked as a freelance artist drawing pictures and making 3D models for games and tutorials. When he's not pushing verts around, he likes fantasy novels, playing music, and board games a whole lot.
Devin Walker
Engineering Manager, Electrical
If I could have any animal: Peregrine Falcon Favorite 90s Jam: You Know My Steez - Gang Starr Favorite Character: Merry/Pippin Devin Walker is Engineering Manager of the Electrical Team at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for electrical design and development. He enjoys building ham radios, mechanical keyboards, and robots. Devin received a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Prior to his position at PFF, he worked at 908 Devices designing and troubleshooting handheld mass spectrometers. Devin also worked at multiple other startups including a medical wearables startup and a solar powered charging station startup. Through these startup experiences he has acquired a multi-disciplinary skillset.

Devin has a passion for woodworking and when he's not building electronics, you can find him making sawdust by milling lumber and woodturning.
Donna Taylor
Senior Program Manager
Favorite Character: Snoopy Top 3 Places: Underwater on any coral reef, Hawaii, Caribbean Favorite Quote: To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unforgivable. Donna Taylor is a Senior Program Manager at Piaggio Fast Forward. She is responsible for working with the teams to develop plans, coordinate schedules, and track deliverables to support moving products from concept to production. She also fills any other gap for production readiness that is needed.

Donna received an undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Lowell and MBA from Bentley College. Prior to PFF, she worked in a variety of industries ranging from large Telecom and Internet Providers to small and successful Internet of Things startups with a focus on bringing engineering products and services to market.

When Donna is not at work, she enjoys time with her family. Activities include; kicking up her boots dancing and listening to Country music, Scuba diving in warm places, walking Cooper the Golden Retriever and cuddling Slinky the Ferret.
Eddie Carrillo
Mechanical Engineer
Top 3 favorite places: Suzhou, Tanzania, Mexico City Favorite character: Slinky Dog If I could have any animal: Baby Panda Eddie (AKA Chief Salsa Maker) is a Mechanical Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for assembly and future manufacturing of products. When not at work, he is usually found at the closest pool table or making tomatillo salsa by the liter.

Prior to PFF, Eddie worked to develop sustainable technology in Tanzania for farmers. He was one of two engineers to design, test, and fabricate a crop thresher with the help from local machine shops. While living in East Africa he summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and had several close encounters with the wildlife. Prior to that, he worked at Apple on the manufacturing team responsible for the iPad where he managed suppliers and being overall responsible for part quality across the iPad line up.

During his time abroad, he experienced what life without reliable electricity was like, and, as a result, in this time developed "blackout hobbies." These include wood whittling, billiards, and masonry, with the plan to learn blacksmithing. He has a strong artisanal spirit, and enjoys making something from the ground up, with as little electricity as possible.
Eric Meccariello
Electrical Engineer
Favorite 80’s song: Take On Me - AHA If I could have any animal: Bear Favorite Places visited: Izmir, Turkey; Cuenca, Ecuador Eric Meccariello is an Electrical Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is committed to the design, debugging, and development of all things electrical. A love for math, science, and robots lead Eric to Boston where he received a Bachelor's degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Prior to joining the team at PFF, he worked at QinetiQ North America developing the TALON robot which specialized in EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) and reconnaissance in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) environments. He also spent some time working at an engineering consulting firm focused on supporting starts-up lacking internal engineering manpower.

Aside from robots, Eric loves both the creation and consumption of food, a good story, traveling, and his wife.
Ethan Ocock
Electrical Designer
Favorite Performers: Queen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Joel Bucket List Item: Travel to every continent Favorite ways to decompress: Woodworking and Ceramics Ethan is an Electrical Designer at Piaggio Fast Forward. Prior to PFF, Ethan graduated from Houghton College with a B.S. in Applied Physics, where he worked on the design and construction of an Atomic Force Microscope. Upon graduating, he began working as a PCB Designer in the Boston area.

Outside of work, Ethan can be found with his wife and tri-pod dog, playing a game of pick-up ultimate, or just hanging with friends.
Guy Breier
Sr. Director, Manufacturing and Quality Systems
Top 3 favorite places: Tel-Aviv, Israel; Suzhou, China; Annapurna, Nepal Hidden talent: Certified as a spinning Instructor. Guy Breier leads PFF’s Manufacturing and Quality. Prior to joining PFF, Guy was leading the Hardware Quality, Manufacturing Quality and Operations at Jibo, and Global Quality in SharkNinja. In both companies Guy delivered high quality products to consumers, reducing return rates and improving customer satisfaction. Guy was leading global development and operation organizations, mentoring and training and international experience, working with teams in China, India and Israel.

Guy also held leadership positions in L-3 Communication and EMC Corp. Guy holds a MBA from Boston College, B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
Jamar Bromley
Lead, Graphic Communications
Favorite Disney character: wall-e Favorite childhood activity: Jumping on the trampoline Favorite 90's jam: Save Tonight -- Eagle Eye Cherry Jamar Bromley is Lead of Graphic Communications at Piaggio Fast Forward, specializing in graphic and industrial design. His responsibilities include creating the visual branding for PFF, from all things website to stationery, designing user interfaces, both digital and experiential, as well as devices and wearables for the robots, in addition to all the miscellaneous materials that come with being a startup.

Jamar Bromley received an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to working at Piaggio Fast Forward, Jamar worked with NBC Golf Channel, as a News Coordinator and Program Translator for the Japanese division of the Golf Channel. Afterwards, he designed the brand identities for two startups in San Francisco: Lit Motors, a startup developing a gyroscopically stable, 2-wheeled vehicle; and Aemass, a VR company working on developing a new media format.
James Wang
Mechanical Engineer
Favorite childhood activity: Taking stuff apart Hidden talent: Finding stuff in the trash Top 3 favorite places: Denver, Seattle, the friendly skies James Wang (AKA Chief of the Laser Cutter) is a mechanical engineering who spends his days working in the shop assembling and testing gitas.

A love of tinkering, a childhood obsession with trains and planes, and a love of building things led James into mechanical engineering, which he studies at Boston University. He is currently a senior, and will be joining PFF full-time in June upon graduating. He was one of the founding members of Boston University's Formula Hybrid team, and designed the battery packs for the team's first car. James previously worked for oneTesla, which makes DIY tesla coil kits that can shoot 100,000V sparks several feet long, and at Boston University's IT department and student makerspace.

In his spare time James is an avid bicyclist and volunteers with bike-related organizations around Boston.
Jarrod Smith
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Hidden talent: Drinking beer while doing one handed push-ups Superpower: Excessive energy drink consumption Favorite past time: Starting fight clubs Jarrod Smith is Lead Mechanical Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he works on vehicle assembly and provides comic relief.

Jarrod received a BS in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at MIT where he spent much of his time working on the Electric Vehicle Team. Jarrod enjoys designing and fabricating electric vehicles, including bikes, ATVs, and classic car conversions. When not in the office, he's hard at work planning elaborate pranks for his coworkers.
Jason Minahan
Principal Electrical Engineer
Favorite 80's jam: Welcome to the Jungle, G-n-R Favorite Quote: "I do not think it means what you think it means" - The Princess Bride Jason has spent most of his career working on electro-mechanical devices. The past 12 years he has worked on FDA regulated systems. Jason was involved in all aspects of the product life, from meeting with surgeons to understanding needs to architecting and design to manufacturing support. Jason has a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from R.P.I.

When Jason is not at work, you can find him and his wife playing with their two corgis, traveling and enjoying the outdoors. If there is snow in the mountains, there is a near 100% chance he will be skiing.
Jerry Ding
Designer
If I could have any animal: Porcupine Favorite childhood activity: Getting wildlife from the forest and trying to pet them (lizard, water snake, owl, etc) Favorite quote: The good players are not simply someone that can dribble the ball well. They have to respond dynamically to all the things that are going on around them. Jerry is a Designer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he spends his time designing and prototyping gita components from an user experience/interaction aspect. When not at work, he is usually doodling our next futuristic idea or the next crazy office creature PFF should get.

Jerry received a BS of industrial design in Taiwan and an MID (Master of Industrial Design) from the Rhode Island School of Design where he focused on integrating sustainable thinking with tangible product design. Prior to PFF, he spent his summer as an intern at Pilotfish, a strategic design and innovation consultancy. There, he was involved in various projects ranging from user research for a smart wearables startup to refining a medical tablet dock at an international computing manufacturer.

In his spare time he enjoys rotating between different sports such as basketball, taekwondo, and MMA. Most recently he has landed on teaching himself to longboard but is always seeking new adventures.
Jesse Whitworth
Engineering Manager, Software
Top 3 favorite places: Harrisville, NH; Pineda de Mar, Spain; Lake Tahoe, CA Hidden Talent: Licensed Massage Therapist Favorite People: Phillip K Dick, Muhammad Yunus, Joseph Kittinger, Jane Goodall Jesse Whitworth is Engineering Manager of the Software Team at Piaggio Fast Forward. He is responsible for software development, architecture, and implementation of the platform software and cloud infrastructure that supports gita, as well as dropping obscure trivia into conversations around the office.

Prior to PFF, Jesse worked in a variety of industries, first as a bioinformatics specialist at the Broad Institute, where he helped develop Haploview and IGV and contributed to the 1000 Genomes Project. He continued to improve his engineering intuition at Zipcar, Tablelist, and Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, and tested that knowledge while building Harvard Business School's HBX platform.

When he is not at work he spends most of his time learning new trivia, and is currently scheduling weekends in order to learn paragliding, and outdoor survival. Jesse is an avid gamer, and modder, and is a strong supporter of the PC Master Race.
Jingjing
Software Engineer
Top 3 favorite places: Shanghai, Kyoto, Orlando Hidden Talent: I am a human smoke detector If I could have any animal: Cat Jingjing is a Robot Software Developer at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is responsible for developing ROS software for robot simulation, navigation and formation control. She was first involved in robots in primary school and kept this passion for years. She's now a big fan of gita and enjoy spending time and effort on gitas and their friends.

Jingjing finished her Masters in Computer Engineering at Boston University where she spent most of her time with embedded system and RC crawler navigation. Prior to PFF, Jingjing worked as Software Engineer Intern in Lenovo, where she built backend and user interface for cloud platform.

She loves all kinds of fluffy animals and will never tire of being around them. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and taking photos in auto mode with her camera.
Jose Santana
Sr. Electrical Technician
Interests Outside of Work: Spending time with my kids and riding my motorcycle Favorite Activity: Going to the beach Favorite Place: Orlando, FL Jose is a Senior Technician at PFF, where he is responsible for maintaining the lab in order to provide a safe and effective engineering environment. He also helps with the development of manufactured systems to support gita, improving process, and provides great ideas!

Prior to PFF Jose worked at Riptide where he was responsible for maintaining the lab. He make sure that everything was in order, supported the engineers building the UUV vehicle, and made proper suggestions to improve the process. Jose contributed to more than one hundred vehicle builds and saw through their deliveries to varied customers.

When Jose is not at work he likes to spend time with his two sons and work on motorcycles. He appreciates going for on a good run and does so whenever he gets a chance.
Justin Cechmanek
Computer Vision Engineer
Favorite Places: Inside a blanket fort, Narnia Fun Fact: Has built 14 race cars in 7 years and set the record for most rollovers in an endurance race. As a computer vision engineer at PFF Justin's role is to help gita understand and interpret the world it sees. This is done with a mix of classic and modern computer vision, image processing and machine learning techniques. Justin has been building robots for years and since graduating from Waterloo has worked on projects ranging from autonomous drones to human exoskeletons.

Justin usually has several projects on the go which currently include a Kinect Space Invaders clone, a motorcycle racer data acquisition system, and figuring out how to build robots in space. When he isn't coding he enjoys biking around Boston and practicing the harmonica.
Kenan Goodnight
Prototyper
Top 3 places: Crystal Peak, Utah; Mikulov, Czech Republic; r/Spacex Favorite 90's song: Heavy - Collective Soul Hidden Talent: Torch Juggling Kenan works on the Design team at PFF as a Prototyper, producing and testing models of Gita as it moves from an R&D concept to a mass-produced product. Originally from North Carolina, Kenan recently completed his undergraduate degree in product design from Appalachian State University, where he learned a variety of design and model making strategies. At PFF, he focuses on managing the 3d printer farm, programming the Kuka CNC milling arm, creating fiberglass parts, and CAD modeling.
Larry Dubroff
CAD Administrator
Favorite Cities: New Orleans, Portland, Maine, Seville, Spain Dream Vehicle: early 30's hotrod pickup 70's Song Lyric: Gabba Gabba Hey! Former restaurant chef became the one of the last of the board drafters. Initially exposed to CAD with AutoCAD 2.15 on a Wang workstation. Received a degree in electro/mechanical drafting and my career has mirrored the growth of the technology. Along the way I've been involved with design projects ranging from a folding antenna for the stinger missile, the design of commercial microwave ovens, the search for non-invasive glucose testing, to the development of full-color night vision. I learned the importance of documentation control working in an FDA-regulated industry where traceability is required almost back to the origin of the idea itself.

My weekends are occupied with working on my project house, my '62 Falcon, or my tan... depending on the weather. Also trying to learn how to use a sewing machine for more than simple repairs... with mixed results.
Mahati Mukkamala
Director of Finance
Favorite Super Power: Beating the flash in a race Favorite Quote: "For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else." – Winston Churchill Favorite childhood activity: Playing cricket Prior to PFF, Mahati worked as a Director of Finance for Klaviyo, a software start up in Boston. Prior to that, he held various finance and accounting roles in commercial real estate (Cushman & Wakefield), and advertising (Jack Morton) companies. He also contributes as a part time writer to Forbes magazine, part of the Forbes finance council. Mahati received his undergrad in Finance from Umass and his MBA from Syracuse university.  At PFF he works closely with Brian and the leadership team to plan the company's financial future, and get gita out into the consumer world.

Outside of work Mahati golfs, and he recently picked up sailing. In the winters he spends as much free time as he has on a basketball court.

Three Fun Facts:
1) Didn’t speak English till he was 12 years old.
2) Was almost a child actor.
3) Working on getting his pilot's license.
Max Reice
Designer
Favorite Places: Turin IT, New York NY, Block Island RI Nerdiest Hobby: Repairing (tinkering) with mechanical cameras How I decompress: Science fiction books and listening to records Max is an industrial designer at PFF who works on the creation of prototypes, both physical and digital.

Max is a recent graduate of RISD's Industrial Design program. During his time in Providence he worked on everything from chairs and children's toys to cast-iron pans and Mars buggies. Throughout his projects Max has maintained a fascination with materials and fabrication methods.

Max has worked in machine shops, wood shops, CAD labs, and CNC facilities and hopes to eventually have a shop to call his own. In the meantime he collects records, tinkers with old cameras and creates elaborately (some might say obsessively) detailed illustrations of his favorite design and technology icons.
Mike Palmieri
DevOps Engineer
Favorite 80's jam: Stone in Love, Journey Hidden talent: Photography Other cool bio fact: Mike rode his electric skateboard to work the day this was written. Mike is a Platform Engineer at Piaggio Fast Forward, where he is responsible for developing and implementing continuous, secure deployments for embedded systems, planning and implementing identity management systems for the company, and providing support wherever needed. He is also the local Linux sysadmin extraordinaire.

Mike's IT career includes everything from networking (routing, switching, and security) to Windows development (C#/.NET). He has found a comfortable niche as a Linux systems administrator and platform developer, bringing a deep knowledge of Linux operating systems together with skills in a broad spectrum of open-source and proprietary systems to provide the backbone of any IT organization.

Mike's spare time is separated into tinkering with his own IT systems at home and an array of eclectic hobbies, including photography, yo-yo, electric skateboards, lock picking, and others. He doesn't like to be bored and is always looking for the next fun thing to try.
Nazareth Ekmekjian
Lead, Design
Most amusing habit: Guessing the weight and dimensions of objects. Also, knolling. Favorite 90's jam: Ace of Base, "The Sign" (Also the first album I ever owned.) You've been given an elephant. You can't give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?: He shall be named Walter. We'd travel across the US then to Mexico, eventually ending up in Tulum. I'd fund this by offering short distance elephant rides to citizens for a small fee and of course my blockbuster film "America by Elephant; The journey of Walter and Naz" Nazareth Ekmekjian is Lead of Design at Piaggio Fast Forward. As one of the first to join the PFF team, Nazareth leads in-house prototyping by overseeing all fabrication capabilities, including a multi-axis KUKA robotic arm, 3D printing, and composite material applications. In addition, he operates as a designer, involved in all stages of vehicle development, from concept to completion.

Nazareth received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2008 and his Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT in 2015.

While at Machineous from 2008 – 2010, he worked on a wide range of design projects utilizing robotic fabrication for the likes of Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, and Aranda/Lasch among several others. He then went on to manage the Robot House at SCI-Arc from 2011 – 2013 where he supported various design studios and seminars utilizing the newly constructed multi-robot lab. Throughout his time at MIT, Nazareth further developed his research interests in the areas of composite material applications in architecture toward the completion of his master's thesis titled, "Architecture Sandwiched; Tuning anisotropy through variable thickness and heterogeneous laminar assemblies." Nazareth has also spent time as a teaching assistant at MIT and as a research assistant in Boston-based architecture office NADAAA.

Growing up, Nazareth was an avid table tennis player and skateboarder. His small collection of table tennis trophies acquired throughout the years can be found in the childhood room of his parents' house. As a Cambridge transplant, he enjoys the freedom of the bicycle over the strain of the automobile, in addition to the existence of seasons throughout the year. He does however, long for the taco stands of LA. During his limited free time he enjoys rock climbing and dabbles in film photography.
Nick Balboni
Full Stack Developer
Favorite 80's jam: Urgent - Foreigner Hidden Talent: Pool shark Favorite Quote: "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof." - V Nick Balboni is a Full Stack Developer at Piaggio Fast Forward. There he works tirelessly developing the gita's own personal app and its supporting software. He is also responsible for keeping this website shipshape. Nick is currently a student at Northeastern University where he is completing his degree in computer engineering.

Prior to PFF, Nick worked at Tablelist coding everything from MongoDB to Flexbox, and working wizardry in Python. He enjoys pedantically pruning his code, and consuming shocking quantities of energy drinks. On the rare occasions that he is not surrounded by computers and/or computer parts, he is probably skiing the slopes or shredding on his stratocaster.
Rossitza Kotelova
Lead of Smart Behaviors Group
Top 3 favorite places: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland; Machu Picchu, Peru; Banff, Canada Hidden talent: Drawing realistic portraits of human faces with graphite. Favorite quote: "I don't do drugs, I am drugs." - Salvador Dali Rossitza Kotelova is Lead of Smart Behaviors Group at Piaggio Fast Forward. She has a lead role in defining the exterior features of the robot gita. Her responsibilities involve interfacing between design, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, ensuring that all the different parts of the robot come together elegantly. She is also responsible for robot behaviors design, making models and prototypes, design related IP, space planning projects, and managing the 3d printing microfactory. Rossitza was one of four team members first hired at Piaggio Fast Forward and has the unique experience of participating in the evolution of the company as well as the creation of gita from concept sketch to fully functioning prototype.

Rossitza earned her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. During her academic career, she investigated design through robotics, researching how the building process can be automated with the use of robotic fabrication. She worked with a team at Harvard to develop the Robotic Roller which won the Reshape Digital Craft competition. The project was exhibited at Reshape Studios in Milan, Italy; the Harvard Ceramics Gallery in Cambridge, MA; and at the Cevisama Exhibition in Valencia, Spain. Rossitza also attended the exchange program at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland where she conducted research with the pioneering robotic fabrication architects Gramazio & Kohler on complex timber structures.

Born in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, Rossitza finds excitement in hiking up the Great Wall of China, the magical basins at Yellowstone, and the glaciers all around Banff and Jasper. In her free time, Rossitza advises a consortium for rural development in Bulgaria and makes her own furniture, including milling a dining table with the PFF Kuka robot.
Ryanne Harms
Director, Operations and People
Favorite 80's jam: I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston Superpower: Finding the most relevant Gifs for any situation Favorite childhood activity: Building forts Ryanne Harms is the Director of Operations and People at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is responsible for office operations, facilities, HR, events, and in true start up fashion, anything else that comes up.

Prior to this, she was the Office Operations Manager for DataXu, a venture backed advertising technology company in Boston's Innovation district.  Ryanne attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with studies in pre-med and psychology.  She also competed in and won the Miss New Hampshire USA 2012 competition and represented her state in the Miss USA pageant that same year.  Outside of the office, Ryanne enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the beach or lake, and bingeing the latest Netflix sensation.
Spencer Chiert
Business Dev & Planning Assoc.
Favorite Book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Fun Fact: In 2017 I listened to 22,410 minutes of music - comprised of 2,767 different songs by 1,387 different artists across 44 genres of music. (Per Spotify) Spencer moved to Boston from New Jersey in 2008. He studied Finance and Journalism at Northeastern University. After college, Spencer worked in a leading forensic accounting and corporate compliance firm that assists attorneys, corporations and government agencies on a range of high-stakes legal and risk-related issues. Spencer then worked in the Ecommerce division of a Fortune 500 retail company, helping build and hone deep and comprehensive financial analysis to drive efficiency and profit.
Steve Yao
Front End Developer
Favorite Character: Optimus Prime (G1) Hidden Talent: Soccer team captain in High School Favorite Quote: "Technology alone is not enough. It is technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing." Steve Yao is a Front End Developer at Piaggio Fast Forward. He is passionate about Interaction design and UI development, and work on cutting edge interactive web application.

Prior of PPF, Steve was a full-stack developer at Build-it-Yourself for the "Invention Universe" Project: an online community web application for K12 students from all over the world. Prior to Build-it-Yourself, he worked for a start-up company as a front-end developer for their human body scanner web app using WebGL for 2 years. While Steve was in Beijing, China, he worked as a software developer for Virtual Reality projects and exhibition interactive projects from 2007-2010.

Steve received his Master's degree in Digital communication and Media in NEU and Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Beihang University in Beijing, China.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys cooking Chinese food and playing soccer.
Terence Tufuor
Electrical Engineer
Favorite Character: Stitch If I could have any animal: River otter Favorite 90's jam: Yaanom by Obrafour Terence moved to Boston from Ghana, West Africa where he was born and raised, to attend college at Tufts University. He is an Electrical Engineering who spends his time designing, building, testing and integrating electrical subsystems, hardware interfaces and circuit boards. His interest in electronics began early on in his life when as a youngster, he would take apart many of the electrical appliances at home so he could see how they worked.

He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Tufts University where he is an active member of the schools Formula Hybrid Racing team. Before working at PFF, Terence was doing on-campus research into GPS-free navigation and control for UAV's in the CRISP (Controls Robotics Identification & Signal Processing) Lab.

He is a very big sports fan and follows most of the major leagues. He also loves to read Sherlock Holmes stories.
Tom Chmielewski
Director, IT Operations
Top 3 favorite places: Costa Rica, Italy, Thailand Hidden Talent: Cooking Favorite Quotes: "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." – Christopher Columbus Tom leads the Information Technology at PFF where he is enjoys living all things IT.

Tom's most recent IT role was at Jibo Inc. where he expanded his curiosity and passion towards robotics. Instead of morning coffee he is fueled by the energy of startups where he can express his creativity and live outside of the box.

Tom started his career in the financial industry and after few companies finally found his calling in robotics. During his career, he was engaged in most aspects of IT from Helpdesk through Network, Operations, Security, Hosting, Cloud and Management.

He is originally from Poland, having lived in Iowa and Missouri. He moved to Boston to pursue his Master's degree in Telecommunications from Boston University.

Outside of work Tom enjoys spending relaxing weekends with family and traveling the world. He has few more countries to explore but with each passing year the list is getting smaller. Tom's favorite activities include scuba diving, hiking, biking and camping.
Tom Donahue
Smart Behaviors Specialist
Favorite 80's jam: "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora If I could have any animal: A Malayan Tapir named "Rocky" Favorite Quote: "That is my principal objection to life, I think: It’s too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes." - Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick Tom is a Smart Behaviors Specialist at Piaggio Fast Forward, where he investigates, designs and implements high-level behaviors in gita and beyond. Tom's primary focus is enabling and ensuring intuitive, seamless human-machine interactions in every situation.

Prior to Piaggio, Tom worked at Jibo Inc., where he focused on imbuing their eponymous social robot with a lifelike and consistent character across interactions and skills. Earlier, at Softbank Robotics, he designed and built a wide range of intuitive and delightful interactions and behaviors for the social humanoid robots Nao and Pepper.

Before making the jump to industry, Tom spent years in academia doing HRI and HCI research, focusing on human-robot teaming, dialogs and novel interfaces. Along the way, he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology and an M.S. in Computer Science at Bowling Green State University and began a joint-Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Tufts University before withdrawing to pursue engineering full time.

Tom has lived in most corners of the U.S., six states in all, but considers Chicago home despite never having lived there. Outside of work, you'll tend to find him relaxing at home, reading a book, working through a crossword or binging something great on TV.
Tory Leeming
Office Coordinator
Favorite Childhood Pastime: getting free cookies at grocery stores Favorite Animal: baby pygmy goat Hidden Talent: can play the recorder As the Office Coordinator at Piaggio Fast Forward, Tory manages the day-to-day office tasks and performs a wide variety of administrative duties.

Before moving back to Boston in 2016, Tory studied Fashion Design at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, and sewing.
Interns
Mechanical Engineer
Adam Bennani
Electrical Engineer
Ari Fox
Software Engineer
Daniel Bartels
Smart Behaviors
Erika Anderson
Software Engineer
Harrison Gieraltowski
Software Engineer
John Tan
Software Engineer
Lauren Bell
Software Engineer
Lucas Watson
Software Engineer
Malcolm LeClair
Board of Directors
Michele Colaninno
Chairman of the Board
Michele holds a degree in Business & Economics from the Università Cattolica of Milan. He is Chief Executive Officer of Immsi S.p.A., a listed company with diversified business interests in finance, real estate (Is Molas Golf Resort), naval (Intermarine) and mobility industry. Immsi is the controlling holding company of Piaggio.
Davide Zanolini
Chief Marketing Officer
Davide joined the Piaggio group in November 2013, where he currently serves as Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Communication and directs strategic marketing operations for all of the company's brands on the worldwide stage. A graduate of the Università Bocconi in Business Economics, his marketing experience includes work with the Pernod Ricard group, the Walt Disney Company, and the Perfetti Van Melle group, where his responsibilities included serving as Director of Marketing for Brazil and, subsequently, International Director of Marketing at Perfetti's headquarters in Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2013 he served as Global Marketing Vice President at Pirelli Tyre. A perennial globetrotter and motorcyclist with an abiding interest in mobility and the world of motor sports, he is passionate about design, golf, soccer, and everything and anything that stimulates the curiosity of someone deeply fascinated by change and innovation.
Luca Sacchi
Chief Innovation Officer
Luca is senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Innovation at the Piaggio Group. With a background in design and philosophy of science, Sacchi founded and became CEO of Kaptus, an AI software development company that provided its services to companies like ENI and DHL. Kaptus was then acquired and he moved to design innovation consultancy working for European and US companies like Continuum Innovation. Within Continuum, after working in the Boston Headquarters, he moved to Shanghai for the office start-up and to Milan as VP and director of the EMEA region where he followed projects for clients like Samsung, Keurig, iRobot, Haier, Nestlé, BBVA, Procter & Gamble, Henkel. As SVP in the Piaggio Group he is in charge of the Strategic Innovation department with a team working of mid and long term research regarding social and technological trends, consumer analysis and concept development. He is also in charge of special projects like Vehicle Sharing Services, Light Urban Mobility and Electric Bikes Projects.
Simone Montanari
CFO, Piaggio
Simone Montanari graduated with a degree in IT Engineering and began his career at McKinsey.

In 2005 he joined the Piaggio Group where he served for over ten years in roles of increasing responsibility from Investor Relations to CFO of the Asia region, concluding with Group Planning and Control.

Before re-entering into the Piaggio Group in March, 2017 as CFO, he worked as the Administration, Planning & Control Director of YOOX Net-A-Porter Group S.p.A, a leading international online luxury fashion retail business.
Miguel Galluzzi
Designer in Chief
Miguel currently heads Piaggio's Advanced Design Center (PADC) in Pasadena, California, where he manages the design of the Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera motorcycle brands, working closely with the company's styling headquarters (Piaggio Group Style Center) in Italy as well as its research and development centers in China, India and Vietnam. Widely known for having designed the Ducati Monster, Galluzzi has also designed the Aprilia Dorsoduro, RSV4, and Tuono — as well as the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and California 1400. Under Galluzzi's direction, Moto Guzzi received the Motorcycle Design Association Award in 2012, and in 2013, Visor Down named Galuzzi one of its Top Ten motorcycle designers.
Board of Advisors
Daniela Rus
Director, CSAIL at MIT
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Rus's research interests are in robotics, mobile computing, and data science. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy for Arts and Science. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Doug Brent
VP of Technology Innovation, Trimble
Doug Brent joined Trimble as vice president of Technology Innovation in July 2011. Mr. Brent has a twenty-five year record of management and leadership in high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to Trimble, Mr. Brent served as Chief Operating Officer at ICANN from 2006 to 2010. Prior to his role at ICANN, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Packet Design Inc. from 2002 to 2005. Before Packet Design, Mr. Brent was vice president of engineering at Andes Networks, and vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications. When IBM acquired Whistle, he joined IBM as general manager for small business services, Global Small Business Division. Mr. Brent has also held executive and engineering management positions at Taligent (an Apple/IBM/HP joint venture) and Apple Computer. He has a B.A. from University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Jeff Linnell
Former Director of
Robotics, Google X
Jeff Linnell brings an unorthodox approach to robotics. Part cinematographer, part Creative Director and part self-taught engineer, Linnell, founded Ultraviolet (now UV Phactory), A digital design and production studio, and began a multi-discinplinary career merging the three. His work led him to San Francisco where he founded both Autofuss & Bot & Dolly, a design/production company and an engineering studio specializing in automation, robotics and film. Bot & Dolly developed proprietary software with the goal of making robotics accessible to humans, enabling artists in all forms to use them as a comfortable extension of their workflows. This culminated in filming the 2013 blockbuster Gravity, as well as the short film Box, both of which garnered Bot & Dolly many awards and accolades. In addition to exploring the nexus of entertainment and technology, Bot and Dolly is well regarded as an automation leader in the emergent field of Digital Fabrication.

Both Bot & Dolly, and Autofuss were acquired by Google in 2013, and Jeff assumed roles focusing on human/machine interaction as well as Head of Product.

Upon leaving Alphabet (Google) in 2016, Jeff along with key members of his design, engineering, and product teams formed Figure.works.  Figure is dedicated to the enablement of next generation robotics through cloud connected software. Figure is focused on the aggregation, visualisation, and sharing of 'Robot Shaped Data' to enable the next wave of automation applications.
John Hoke
VP, Global Design, Nike
John Hoke currently serves as the Vice President, Global Design, Nike, Inc. In this role, he spearheads all creative design for the Nike brand, including Converse and Hurley. John leads a global team of diverse and fiercely talented designers of every discipline. Nike Design is recognized as one of the most powerful design houses within and leading a multi-national corporation. Some prior roles at Nike, Inc. include Vice President of Global Footwear, Converse; Vice President, Global Footwear Design; Global Creative Director, Footwear Design; Global Creative Director, Brand Design.

John completed the Stanford Executive Program, SEP MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business and completed the Masters program of Architectural Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, John was awarded the permanent title of "Fellow" for the distinguished merit within Design from the Pennsylvania State University.

In September 2005, Herman Miller, Inc. elected John to its Board of Directors. In 2007, John joined the Oregon College of Art and Craft as a Trustee and in 2008, John joined the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as a Trustee.

Outside Nike, John dabbles in his sketchbook and computer, snowboarding, mountain biking, running and enjoys time spent with his wife and three sons.
Nicholas Negroponte
Founder of MIT Media Lab
Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab (1985), which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since. He is author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In 2005 he founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola (for 15 years) and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has personally provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine.
Roberto Colaninno
Chairman and CEO of Piaggio, Chairman of IMMSI
Roberto Colaninno is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of IMMSI S.p.A., the company that controls the Piaggio Group. He is Honorary Chairman of Alitalia-Società Aerea Italiana and a member of the company's Board of Directors.

After his early experience in Italian auto components maker Fiaam, of which he became Chief Executive Officer, in 1981 Mr Colaninno founded the Sogefi company in Mantua. Under his leadership, Sogefi expanded to become one of Italy's primary auto components players and a stock-listed company. During this period, he held senior positions in a number of leading US and British automotive multinationals. In September 1996, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Olivetti, at a time when the Ivrea-based company was experiencing a serious crisis. Thanks in part to international agreements, he rapidly restored Olivetti to health and transformed it into a telecommunications holding, with controlling shares in Omnitel and Infostrada and minority interests in the information technology business.

In February 1999, Mr Colaninno led Olivetti in a public tender offer for Telecom Italia worth more than €60 billion, the largest takeover bid ever made in Italy up to that time. Olivetti acquired approximately 51% of Telecom Italia and Mr Colaninno was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, as well as Chairman of TIM, holding these posts until July 31, 2001.

In September 1998, he established Omniaholding S.p.A., the family-owned financial company of which he is Chairman. In September 2002, Mr Colaninno joined other partners to form Omniainvest S.p.A., a holding in which Omniaholding currently owns the majority. In November 2002, through Omniaholding and Omniainvest, he acquired IMMSI S.p.A., a stock-listed real estate holding company.

Beginning in February 2003, IMMSI also acquired shareholdings in industrial and services companies, notably control of the Piaggio Group and of the Intermarine Group. In 2008 IMMSI S.p.A. was one of the founders of CAI (Compagnia Aerea Italiana), the company that acquired the Alitalia and Airone airlines. Mr Colaninno has served as a director of Mediobanca, Capitalia and other financial organisations.

Mr Colaninno has been a member of the Confindustria Management Committee and the Confindustria Board since 2005. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary degree in Business & Economics from the University of Lecce. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary master's diploma in Management, Innovation & Services Engineering from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, a special-statute university in Pisa.
Office Dogs
Howie
Director of Office Pups
Howie is the Director of Office Pups at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for maintaining morale, encouraging group lunches, and posing for cute Snapchats.  He's a 12 year old long-haired chihuahua who loves to snooze in his bed, let his tongue hang out, and keep an eye on the front door and the kitchen simultaneously.  Howie loves to come to the office every day, but on the weekends he loves to go for car rides, roll in the grass, and watch Netflix on the couch.
Skye
Office Puppy
Skye is the official Office Puppy of Piaggio Fast Forward where she alternates between napping and chasing dinosaur toys, when she isn't trying to get Howie to play. She's a Pembroke Corgi and wants to become an interaction designer when she grows up (with a speciality in herding sheep or cats).
Cooper
Office Dog
Favorite Treat: Milk Bones Favorite Pastime: Greeting everyone that comes in the door with his bone Cooper is a 5 year old Golden Retriever who is as playful as a puppy. He loves to participate in company meetings, hang in the kitchen while team members make breakfast/lunch, make office rounds to each chair to get pets, and sometimes lay on his blanket.
Belle
Office Puppy
Belle is a weimaraner/boxer puppy (so we're told!) that came from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana on Christmas Eve.  Her parents are saving lives in Rwanda so she's been helping out at PFF in the meantime being very sweet and cuddly!  She loves to nap in her bed and hang with Howie, play with her pal Cooper's bone, or take up the couch during a meeting.  She's a fast learner and an equally fast runner!
Meet Our Team
Greg Lynn
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Schnapp
Chief Visionary Officer
Mitchell Weiss
Chief Operating Officer
Brian Kendall
Chief Financial Officer
Pritesh Gandhi
EVP, Business Development
Alexey Zaparovanny
Amanda Matthews
Amos Ambler
Ana Medina Ayala
Andrew Murray
Ariel Lisogorsky
Avery Kratzer
Ben Beckvold
Brooke Morrissey
Carlos Asmat
Caroline Harriott
Chris Blondin
Cody Chen
Danielle Epstein
Delton Hulbert
Devin Walker
Donna Taylor
Eddie Carrillo
Eric Meccariello
Ethan Ocock
Guy Breier
Jamar Bromley
James Wang
Jarrod Smith
Jason Minahan
Jerry Ding
Jesse Whitworth
Jingjing
Jose Santana
Justin Cechmanek
Kenan Goodnight
Larry Dubroff
Mahati Mukkamala
Max Reice
Mike Palmieri
Nazareth Ekmekjian
Nick Balboni
Rossitza Kotelova
Ryanne Harms
Spencer Chiert
Steve Yao
Terence Tufuor
Tom Chmielewski
Tom Donahue
Tory Leeming
Interns
Mechanical Engineer
Adam Bennani
Electrical Engineer
Ari Fox
Software Engineer
Daniel Bartels
Smart Behaviors
Erika Anderson
Software Engineer
Harrison Gieraltowski
Software Engineer
John Tan
Software Engineer
Lauren Bell
Software Engineer
Lucas Watson
Software Engineer
Malcolm LeClair
Office Dogs
Howie
Skye
Cooper
Belle
Board of Directors
Michele Colaninno
Chairman of the Board
Davide Zanolini
Chief Marketing Officer
Luca Sacchi
Chief Innovation Officer
Simone Montanari
CFO, Piaggio
Miguel Galluzzi
Designer in Chief
Board of Advisors
Daniela Rus
Director, CSAIL at MIT
Doug Brent
VP of Technology Innovation, Trimble
Jeff Linnell
Former Director of
Robotics, Google X
John Hoke
VP, Global Design, Nike
Nicholas Negroponte
Founder of MIT Media Lab
Roberto Colaninno
Chairman and CEO of Piaggio, Chairman of IMMSI