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About the Pittsburgh Robotics Network

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network (PRN) is dedicated to empowering and strengthening robotics companies in the Pittsburgh region and positioning the ecosystem as an internationally recognized powerhouse. Structured as a membership-based consortium, PRN Members have access to member only events centered on knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network Board

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network is led by a board of industry experts, all working to fulfill the PRN vision of making the Pittsburgh robotics ecosystem the largest and most advanced in the world.

  • Parag Batavia, former CEO of Neya Systems 

  • Marcel Bergerman, COO, Near Earth

  • Howie Choset, CMU faculty

  • Kevin Dowling, CEO, Kaarta and Chair of the board

  • Randy Eager

  • Jared Glover, CEO, Capsen Robotics

  • Martial Hebert, CMU Faculty and Dean of Computer Science

  • David Kalson, Cohen & Grigsby

  • Afshan Khan, Innovation Works

  • Tom Lauwers, CEO, Birdbrain Technology

  • Louisa Michaels, CFO, Carnegie Robotics

  • Jorgen Pedersen, CEO, RE2

  • Bob Raida, CEO, HEBI

  • Joel Reed, CEO, IAM Robotics

  • Patti Rote, Carnegie Mellon, Girls of Steel

  • Suzy Teele, ARM – Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing


Pittsburgh is the birth place of robotics. From Carnegie Mellon University paving the way to strong industry players, Pittsburgh is no longer up-and-coming – instead, the city is driving the future of robotics. We’re the 5th best city for STEM graduates (based on median wage growth among other factors), one of the best cities for first time homebuyers, one of the most welcoming cities, one of the top five places to start a robotics company, and more. Join us to continue building Pittsburgh’s reputation as a leader in robotics.