Make your factory automation flexible
Meet our team
Co-founder / CEO
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.
Co-founder / 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.
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.
Hunter is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a BFA in Industrial Design. She has previous experience working at makerspaces, such as Blue 1647 Technology Innovation Center, where she specialized in product development. Additionally, Hunter has contracted as a freelance Publications Designer, as well as an User Experience Designer for larger organizations, such as The City of Champaign, and Youth for Christ Champaign.
AE Machines is a start-up founded by a husband-and-wife team of engineers. Our product, the AE Design Tool, makes robotic automation accessible to small-batch manufacturers. We want manufacturers and system integrators of all sizes to be able to build and maintain flexible automation using their existing workforce. Our tool was developed by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been used by people with zero engineering experience to build automated solutions. Our dream is for factory workers to manage and automate lines with skills they already have. We are proud winners of the Product Design of the Year at the first annual Fourth Revolution Awards in Chicago on October 18, 2017. Read more about the event here.
Flexible solutions we've developed and implemented
"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