Professor Dave Barrett 

With over 25 years of experience in the robotics industry, Dr. David Barrett has built robotic systems for a wide variety of government, commercial and industrial customers. Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. and M.S. in ocean engineering and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He teaches mechanical engineering and robotics at Olin. Prior to joining the Olin faculty, Dr. Barrett was vice president of Engineering at the iRobot Corporation. Prior to iRobot, he held positions as a director of the Walt Disney Imagineering Corporation, as a research engineer at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and as a technical director at Draper Laboratory. In addition to his many published articles, Dr. Barrett holds nine patents with previous colleagues on a variety of robotic systems. He is a member of numerous professional societies including IEEE Robotics and Automation, Vehicular Technology and Ocean Engineering Societies.

Professor Andrew Bennett
In addition to his role on the faculty at Olin College, Dr. Andrew Bennett was responsible for developing the SCOPE program, establishing the strategic corporate partnerships that support it and directing the student/faculty SCOPE teams. He has more than 20 years of R&D experience developing novel robot systems for land, water and air use. In 1985-86 Dr. Bennett worked at the Stanford Department of Mechanical Engineering on a novel robotic all-terrain vehicle. From 1991-97 he worked on a variety of autonomous underwater vehicles at the MIT AUV lab, including the Sea Squirt, Odyssey I, Odyssey II and the WHOI Autonomous Benthic Explorer. From 1997-98 he worked on control systems for underwater vehicles and SSTO rocket systems at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. From 1998 to 2000 he worked for Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development where he helped create a full-sized walking quadruped robot technology demonstrator and several ride effects currently installed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

From 2000-08 he was Director of Research and the Division Technology Officer (DTO) for iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robotics division where he oversaw all research and technology development and related activities. At iRobot he was also the Program Manager in charge of developing the PackBot mobile robot system under the DARPA Tactical Mobile Robotics (TMR) Program. From 2008-10 Dr. Bennett was the VP for Research & Development at Scientific Systems Company, Inc. of Waltham, MA where he oversaw technical direction for a variety of cutting edge control and sensor development programs. Dr. Bennett served on numerous advisory boards, including the medical advisory board to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Two samples of Dr. Bennett's work, the PackBot and the MIT Daedalus 88, are displayed at the Smithsonian Museum. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the AIAA, IEEE Ocean Engineering Society, the Association of Computing Machines (ACM), the Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Assistant Professor Aaron Hoover

Dr. Aaron Hoover holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University all in mechanical engineering. At Berkeley, his dissertation research was in the area of biologically-inspired design and manufacture of novel, small-scale, legged robots. In the quest to design and build ever-smaller and more capable robots, Dr. Hoover seeks to understand how the principles underlying the locomotion of biological systems can yield insights that improve everything from manufacturing to dynamic performance. His continuing research interests are in bio-inspired robotic locomotion, robotic design, and computer-aided design and manufacturing. In 2009, Dr. Hoover's research was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's science show, "Catalyst." Prior to joining Olin, Dr. Hoover was a post-doctoral researcher in the Biomimetic Milli-Systems lab at Berkeley. During his time at Berkeley, he mentored a number of undergraduate students and was also a fellow of the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. Dr. Hoover is a strong proponent of experiential, hands-on learning and enjoys the challenge of continually improving his teaching.