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About Us

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Our Story

Paul, Nick and Andrew are PhD engineers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dash Robotics, Inc. started as a research project in our robotics lab at UC Berkeley, where we all worked together designing robots on principles found in nature. After years of soldering, gluing, programming, and working with biologists, Paul created Dash by bringing together the flat construction process with the bio-inspired dynamics that make running possible. Nick and Andrew worked on related projects, designing robots that fly, turn on a dime, and climb. Together, we realized these robots would make a great educational tool and a fun hobbyist kit, and that our construction process would allow us to make Dash much more affordable than anything that existed. We then went to work figuring out how we could bring these robots to everyone, and Dash Robotics, Inc was born.

Nick Kohut
Co-Founder, CEO

Nick is a former robotics postdoc at Stanford and received his PhD in Control Systems from UC Berkeley. At Dash Robotics, Nick handles team-building and project management.

Andrew Gillies
Chief Mechanical Engineer

Andrew received his PhD at UC Berkeley, and is an expert in materials composites, and mechanical design. At Dash Robotics, Andrew handles mechanical engineering, manufacturing and product development, and is charged with advancing company technology.

Paul Birkmeyer
Co-Founder, Adviser

Paul is also a UC Berkeley PhD grad, and is original mechanical mastermind behind Dash. He now works full-time at SRI International in their robotics group, and helps Dash with all sorts of fun projects.

Dwight Springthorpe
Hardware Engineering

At Dash Robotics, Dwight leads hardware development, as well as manufacturing and logistics. Dwight graduated from UC Berkeley with his PhD in integrative biology.

Adam Overholtzer
Software Product Lead

At Dash Robotics, Adam leads all software development, with a focus on user interaction and product experience.

Kelvin Nguyen
Creative

At Dash Robotics, Kelvin focuses on the visual experience of the brand, including product design, app UI graphics, web and media.

Reuben Metcalfe
Growth

Reuben heads up the Growth team at Dash robotics, and comes from a broad background ranging from Fortune 500 companies in the US, to scrappy bootstrapped operations in his home country of New Zealand. When not dreaming up new ways to bring robots to the world, he spends his time running hackathons, advising early stage companies, and having strong opinions on The Interwebs.

Diana Helmuth
Growth

Diana is a communications buff who has worked in various start-ups and non-profits in San Francisco and internationally. At Dash, she helps with business development, community management, and cultivating great customer experience. She graduated from UC Berkeley in Anthropology.