Thomas Vaneck - Vice President, Disruptive Technologies

The Disruptive Technologies Group is led by Dr. Thomas Vaneck. Dr. Vaneck is an expert in the fields of robotics and sensing systems featuring miniaturized electronic, electromechanical and electro-optical components. He has developed robotic concepts and systems that swim, float, crawl, fly, orbit the Earth and explore other worlds in the search of life. His current focus is bio-inspired robots to improve performance and reduce the cost of next-generation robotic systems.

Richard Guiler - Area Manager, Tactical Robotics Technology

Dr. Guiler joined PSI in 2008, as a Principal Research Scientist and a program manager for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research and development programs and the DARPA Rapid Eye program. Since joining PSI, Dr. Guiler has led a series of US Army and US Air Force research programs focused on creating Robust Bio-inspired robots and Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), which has culminated in the development of the PSI Robust MAV and the InstantEye small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS). Before joining PSI, Dr. Guiler worked as an aerospace engineer with management, research, aerodynamics, propulsion, and composites experience. Dr. Guiler earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. His research was on the aerodynamic control of a swept wing tailless aircraft through wing morphing, which was funded by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Currently Dr. Guiler leads PSI’s Tactical Robotics Group which focusses on developing, testing and manufacturing of innovative robots for national security and public safety.