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Houston Mechatronics and the Entrepreneurial Experience

March 19, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Houston Exponential
410 Pierce St.
Houston, TX 77002




  March 19, 2020

   5:30PM - 8PM

   Networking/Refreshments 5:30PM-6:30PM
   Program 6:30PM-8PM

   Houston Exponential 
   410 Pierce Street
   Houston,  TX   77002



Event Cancelled.  It will be rescheduled for later this spring or early fall.

The Successes of Houston Mechatronics and the Entrepreneurial Experience

Houston Mechatronics was founded by a group of NASA Robotics Engineers in 2014.  They have taken the industry by storm developing state of the art underwater autonomous vehicles inspired by spaceflight command and control for the subsea service market and the US Defense Department.  Not only have they raised 23M in venture capital,  but in 2019 they were awarded a multimillion dollar contract by the Office of Naval Research and have contracts with other areas of Defense.   They have grown to more than 75 employees and are aggressively hiring.  Nicolaus Radford will discuss Houston Mechatronics history, technology,  product line, and the future.   Mike Evans will then interview Nicolaus to talk about his Entrepreneurial Experience, some of the challenges/keys to success, and Nicolaus' experience in relaying these messages to members of Congress about the importance of Entrepreneurship. 

Nick Radford,  Executive Vice President, Engineering, CTO, Interim CEO

Dr. Mike Evans, Entrepreneur, Rice University Lecturer, and startup mentor

MITEF Members  $15
Guest of MITEF Members $15
General Admission $30


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Event Contact: Sara Wilkins ([email protected])
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808



   Nick Radford,   Executive Vice President, Engineering, CTO, Interim CEO

Mr. Radford is co-founder and CTO of Houston Mechatronics, where he is responsible for growing and positioning the company as a robotics and mechatronics leader specializing in both intelligent automation and electric vehicles. Prior to Houston Mechatronics, he spent 14 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the Dexterous Robotics Laboratory. At the conclusion of his government career, he was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Valkyrie project, a humanoid robot developed initially for disaster response outlined in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). There, he led and managed a mixed staff of 55 engineers and technicians, through the design, development, and field testing of the 44 degree of freedom humanoid robot. The concept, design, manufacturing, and assembly were completed in 9 months’ time. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy and Chief Engineer for Robonaut 2 (R2), a spaceflight humanoid robot, initially developed in partnership with General Motors as a lab prototype for advanced manufacturing processes requiring human level dexterity and coordination. He then led the efforts to redesign and qualify R2 for the International Space Station, which was successfully completed in less than six months. He was also the PI for NASA in DARPA-funded advanced electric machine research for robotics using Variable Flux Memory Motors (VFMMs), led NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for crew exercise and mobility assistance, and served as Co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program which focused on wearable robotics for military applications. He has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in challenging development timeline environments. During Mr. Radford’s tenure at NASA, he was the recipient of countless patents, design awards, and commendations for his expertise and leadership, ultimately culminating in receiving NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.



  Dr. Michael Evans, Entrepreneur, Rice University Lecturer, and startup mentor

Mike is an independent consultant specializing in technology and financial management in high technology companies and strategic and tactical development in technology start-up companies. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental area, including air pollution control technology analysis, combustion systems R&D, and electric utility end-use R&D. He has additional experience in aerospace reentry R&D and electronic radio frequency identification product development. His background includes founder and executive positions in three start-ups in both product and engineering services companies. Prior to relocating to Houston in 2005, Mike was at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA for 15 years where he served as Director of Subsidiary Operations. 
Since moving to Houston, Mike has spent the majority of his time coaching and mentoring technology start-ups. He has been a volunteer mentor at the Houston Technology Center and at OwlSpark. He a member of the Rice Alliance Roundtable Advisory Board and he has been a judge at the Rice Business Plan Competition for 8 years. Mike’s particular interest is in clarifying presentations and business models/plans, especially business value propositions. He also provides financial planning assistance and analysis. 
Dr. Evans has also been a Lecturer in Management (entrepreneurship) in the Jones Graduate School of Business and is a past President of the Rice Engineering Alumni. He has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University.