President & CEO
Bill Townsend is President & CEO of Barrett Technology, which he founded in 1988 to advance the state of human-machine interaction. He has a dozen issued patents in the US, Europe, and Japan and won the prestigious Robotic Industries Association Joseph Engelberger Award in Technology for his 1987 design of the first haptics-capable robot. This device (the “WAM® arm) was also chosen as the world’s most advanced robot in the Millennium Edition of the Guinness Book of Records. He earned his PhD and MS degrees in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now CSAIL) and a BS in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University.
chief operating officer
Michael Morin is a decade-long member of the Barrett family. Mr. Morin has a “whatever-it-takes” attitude and has worn many hats at Barrett that have extended from operations, to financial controls, manufacturing, human resources, customer care, attending tradeshows at points across the globe, and strategic negotiations. Mr. Morin has an engineering degree from Benjamin Franklin Institute and received his business management education through Boston University.
Dave Wilkinson received BS and MS engineering degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University. He also received a Siebel Scholarship, which recognizes the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools in engineering and business. His research at Carnegie Mellon included assisting in the development of the ACT Hand – a robotic hand designed to mimic the true mechanics of the human hand. He has worked in industry for 22 years and has helped manage 12 SBIR Phase-I and 6 Phase-II projects and other outside-funded projects. Over the past decade, he has focused on managing the engineering of Barrett’s sophisticated products, including the development and production of BURT.
VP, Customer Development and Corporate Strategy
Michael Schiess is Vice President of Customer Development and Corporate Strategy at Barrett. He brings more than 10 years of experience in commercializing new technologies in healthcare with an emphasis in post-acute care and rehabilitation. He joins Barrett after helping launch robotic medical systems, sensor technology, and osteobiologics at Tyromotion, Tibion (now AlterG), Hocoma, and Synthes (now a Johnson and Johnson Company). In addition to his experience in the healthcare market, Michael began his career at the Museum of Science, Boston. Michael holds a BA in Biology from Colorado College and has studied marketing and high tech product commercialization at Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School.
Brian Zenowich is an electrical engineer with a special talent for embedded systems firmware. Before joining Barrett in 1999, he held engineering positions at Onset Computer Corporation and Ingress Security. He has been instrumental at Barrett for the innovative design and success of the Puck ultraminiature motor controller (a key enabling technology driving all of Barrett’s robotic products). He also leads the software development efforts for BURT and all of Barrett’s products and research projects.