Drew Bennett, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Arkenets

Career Graph: His career has spanned more than 30 years of R&D experience developing novel robot systems for land, water, and air use. Drew was an Associate Professor of Robotics & Systems at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering where he taught classes in advanced robotic design and programming. Prior to that, he was Director of Research and the Division Technology Officer (DTO) for iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robotics division where he oversaw all research and technology development and related activities.

Skill Radar: A history of bringing products from idea through prototype and into production.

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University
Doctorate in Ocean Science and Engineering from MIT

Favorite Pastime: He enjoys science fiction & fantasy books, shows, movies, and computer games. He also restores and rallies classic cars; most recently a 1964 MGB. He travels at every opportunity with his wife of 32 years and makes it a point to try as many different foods as he can find. He especially enjoys a nice whiskey.

Favorite quote: “A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” – ADM Grace Hopper


Other Team Members

Drew Bennett
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Arkenets
Krzysztof Orzel
CTO and Co-Founder of Arkenets
Eric Kirleis
Chief Operations Officer of Arkenets