Take your factory automation from brittle to flexible
Meet our team
Co-founder / CEO / CTO
Amy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department with a research focus in supervisory control for sequencing and modulating robotic motion primitives. Amy has her PhD and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Co-founder / CFO
Eric worked as a software developer for eVestment, a web-based data analytics company, where he specialized in algorithm and database design for all facets of the platform. Additionally, Eric spent time at Edison Partners as an associate on the Financial Technology team focusing on deal sourcing and investment due diligence. Eric has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Craig worked in a variety of roles at Protasis Corp. providing hardware and software add-ons to high resolution magnetic resonance spectrometry (MRS) equipment, including web-based sample submission and management. Craig received a PhD and MS in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brianna is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BS in Computer Engineering. She is interested and experienced in both hardware and software, and is excited about making automation more accessible to industry and individuals! In addition to her work at AE Machines, Brianna works as an Embedded Software Engineer in the Mission Systems division of Northrop Grumman.
AE Machines is a start-up founded by a husband-and-wife team of engineers. Our product, the AE Design Tool, empowers manufacturers to program and reprogram simple automated systems, even utilizing legacy hardware, without relying on large, expensive engineering teams. The tool achieves this by abstracting the tedious process of programming a microcontroller to one of arranging action and sensing oriented graphical code blocks (primitives) with corresponding actuators and sensor hardware blocks (parts). The tool allows users to build and program an automated cell with minimal training and shows how important we think people – including those already employed in factories today – will be in the factory of the future. Our dream is for factory workers to manage and automate lines with skills they already have.
Our approach is proven and award-winning
We are proud winners of the Product Design of the Year, which recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and impacts productivity as well as the greater good, at the first annual Fourth Revolution Awards in Chicago, IL.
"The solution these guys designed has allowed us to cut concrete on lots of different job sites with different needs. They listened to our needs on the interface and customized something that works well with our way of working” - Chad Simpson
"Our vision at MakeCrate has always focussed on accessibility for all. Our kits are designed to remove the barriers to circuit building on Arduino that a new user might find, and the partnership with Amy and AE Machines gives us a way to breakdown the barriers to coding in a fun and engaging way as well” - Katie Stephens