Why We Are Here

We believe in the dignity and value of work. We are in business to make workers’ lives better.

How We Do It

We reduce drudgery and risk in work. We believe in workers and believe that by reducing drudgery and eliminating risk we can elevate their role.

What We Do

We build worker integrated robotics and automation. We learn the work and build the robotics that perform the dangerous, mundane and awful tasks.

Our Team

Chris Ziomek, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Ziomek, Chief Executive Officer
Chris brings more than 30 years in high-tech, as an entrepreneur, investor, manager, engineer, and electronics designer.

Professional:
Senior VP at LitePoint, a division of Teradyne (TER).
President and Founder of ZTEC Instruments (acquired by TER in 2013).
Section Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Microwave Engineer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
BS in Electrical Engineering from UC-Davis.
MS in Electrical Engineering from UNM.
Licensed Professional Engineer in New Mexico.

Fun Fact: At age 14 while bike riding, I barely survived a head-on collision with a pickup truck. Carpe Diem!

Matthew Ennis, Chief Strategy Officer
Matthew Ennis, Chief Strategy Officer
Seasoned business leader who relentlessly seeks to create value across all stakeholder groups. Passion is building high functioning teams to solve tough problems.

Professional:
VP of Business Development at Lumidigm.
CEO and Investor in NTxBio.
VP of Open Source Intelligence & Media Analytics.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College.
PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University.

Fun Fact: Spent a year hitch-hiking and working around the South Pacific and Asia during which he was snow-bound in the Chandra Valley (Himalayas) for 6 weeks before he hiked out over 14,039’ Hamta Pass during a whiteout.

Nathaniel Matter, Chief Technical Officer
Nathaniel Matter, Chief Technical Officer
Nathaniel has 15 years of industry experience in both startup and corporate environments as an electrical engineer and data scientist. He worked in product R&D at VeraLight, Inc. Lumidigm, Inc. and HID Global, typically involving system integration and the design of both hardware and machine learning algorithms. He is a native of Albuquerque, NM and frequents the nearby trails in the Sandia mountains.

Professional:
BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Medical Imaging Systems, Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa.

Fun Fact: Nate is working on his US Soccer Federation Coaching D License.

Shane Davis, Chief Operating Officer
Shane Davis, Chief Operating Officer
Shane brings 15 years of experience at start-ups and public companies in the medical and technical field as an accountant, manager, and director. He was an accountant, supply chain manager, and operations manager at a start-up called ZTEC that was acquired by LitePoint, a division of Teradyne in 2013. Shane was the Director of Operations at a start-up called SAVSU, a high-tech medical transport company acquired by BioLife Solutions in 2019.

Professional:
BBA UNM in Accounting.

Fun Fact: Has an Australian cattle dog named Addie that runs his life.

Xavier Lemon, Director of Sales
Xavier Lemon, Director of Sales
Xavier is a passionate technologist and avid cyclist bringing a host of problem-solving experience and customer relationship management to the Build With Robots team. His background has been building and growing successful tech driven companies with a focus on sales strategy and enablement. His core belief is that a company’s tech is important but building relationships is what keeps the doors open and lights on. Xavier doesn’t hesitate to be the first contact an organization speaks to or meets with when evaluating Build With Robots.
He is always happy to meet virtually for a cup of coffee and discuss how to automate your organization through the power of robots.
You can reach him at Xavier.Lemon@buildwithrobots.com or book a meeting on his calendar here.

Professional:
BA, Economics, Washington & Jefferson College
Strategic Management, Harvard Extension
Phi Gamma Delta

Fun Fact: Xavier maintains over 55 house plants controlling the temperature, light, and humidity in different rooms to mimic their native environment as best as one can in the New Mexico High Desert.

Simon Jensen-Fellows, Director of Software Engineering
Simon Jensen-Fellows, Director of Software Engineering
Simon has more than 25 years experience in software engineering in developer and leadership roles. He began his career working on educational CD-ROMs in London and is proud to have written one of the first natural language chat bots for an in-game character. Since then, his career focused on developing software for purpose built hardware, with Avid Technologies, NVIDIA, EMC and DELL EMC. Simon is a hacker/maker in his spare time and coached an FLL Robotics team.

Professional: MA in Linguistics from University of Edinburgh.
MSC in Cognitive Science (with a focus on Natural Language Processing) from University of Edinburgh.

Fun Fact: As a child I loved the theatre. I recently rediscovered this love and began acting again (just in time for the pandemic!).

Meredith Barton, Director of Business Development
Meredith Barton, Director of Business Development
With more than 21 years of business, support, and leadership experience serving as Manager, Director, and Chief Operating Officer of successful commercial and government entities, Meredith provides a strong background in building collaborative and successful teams. Meredith is experienced in developing program strategies, executing planned objectives, and managing complex operations. She believes in leading by example and encouraging individuals and teams to become successful through the passion that drives them.

Professional:
Attended Northeast Texas Community College. Graduated from Healing Arts Institute in Lubbock, TX
Fun Fact: Meredith has an extensive collection of camel figurines and anything miniature.

Sara Magaletta, Head of People Operations
Sara Magaletta, Head of People Operations
Sara has served up essential structure and support to local businesses and nonprofits in New Mexico for over a decade. She has a strong background in community service along with broad professional experience in administration, development, and event management. Through her previous work with the City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Department, as well as various roles with local start-ups, Sara has utilized her skills to empower new businesses to succeed. She is currently pursuing her MA in Counseling at NM Highlands University.

Professional:
B.A. in Art History from Boston University.

Fun Fact: Sara loves traveling, candy, dancing, movies and art.

Karl Haack, Lead Mechanical Engineer
Karl Haack, Lead Mechanical Engineer
More than 33 years of industry experience in start-ups, R&D, and energy development. Has worked as a Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Experimentalist, Petroleum Engineer, and Program Manager. Played key roles in multiple R&D prototype development efforts at Northrop Grumman.

Professional:
BSME from Rice University (Cum Laude).
MSME from University of Texas at Austin.
Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico.

Fun Fact: A Burqueno for 34 years, Karl’s passion, beyond working on multidisciplinary teams developing new and useful things, is to explore the NM mountains on foot and mountain bike with family and good friends.

Damien Gonzales, Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Damien Gonzales, Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Damien brings 34 years of experience in mechanical engineering with extensive background in R&D and production environments. His background includes mechanical engineering design and manufacturing in aerospace, medical and commercial fields from concept level through high-volume production. He spent the last 20 years at two successful startups – SVS, Inc. (acquired by Boeing) and Lumidigm, Inc. (acquired by HID Global/Assa Abloy).

Professional:
BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Fun Fact: Damien is an award-winning landscape artist. His is also into vintage dirt bikes.

Cherif Sy, Software Engineer
Cherif Sy, Software Engineer
My name is Cheikhna Ahmed Tidiane boodnooma Chérif Sy. I go by Chérif. I am from Burkina Faso, in West Africa. Having been fascinated by technology from an early age, the house DVD players, Super Nintendo, and other electronics paid the price of my curiosity. Encouraged by my mother, I studied electronics at a technical high school.

Professional:
Moroccan Engineering School, master’s degree in “Informatique Industrielle”.
Second degree in Electrical Engineering.
MARSHES Lab at University of New Mexico.

Fun Fact: I am an avid, fanatical soccer player.

Edwin Ochoa, Mechanical Engineer
Edwin Ochoa, Mechanical Engineer
Edwin brings six years of experience working at Southwest Sciences assembling, designing and fabricating laser systems. Previously, he served as Research Engineer for Gryphon Technologies doing critical design and feasibility for the Air Force.

Professional:
BS in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Robotics.

Fun Fact: Started building robots at a young age, from using plastic cups, forks and scotch tape at birthday parties, to building a quadcopter from scratch in high school to now working at Build with Robots.

Manwinder Singh, Manufacturing Product Engineer
Manwinder Singh, Manufacturing Product Engineer
Experienced Process Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in a variety of industries including HDPE Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Medical Specialties, and Space/Defense. Professionally skilled in Automation, Chemical Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Operational Management, and Process Simulation. Played key roles in multiple facility expansions and process improvement projects.

Professional:
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – Texas Tech University.
Master of Science in Operational Management – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Member of American Chemical Society & AlChE – American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Fun Fact: I love to travel and enjoy being outdoors.

Pablo Aranda, Mechatronics Engineer
Pablo Aranda, Mechatronics Engineer
Pablo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering. He has 6 Years of experience in servicing office and network technologies. He has worked as a New Product Introduction Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Production Planner. For his final college project, he developed an Artificial Neural Network for facial recognition.

Professional: BS in Mechatronics Engineering, University of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Fun Fact: Pablo plays chess for fun. He enjoys it so much, that – along with a group of friends – founded the United Chess Club.

Aaron St. Clair, Software Engineer
Aaron St. Clair, Software Engineer
Aaron is an experienced software engineer and roboticist and has previously worked in industry and academia roles developing software for robotic and interactive systems. These include educational robots, robot learning from demonstration, collaborative and socially-assistive robots, and software for computer-aided design and manufacturing.

Professional:
BS in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS and PhD in Computer Science, University of Southern California

Fun Fact:
Aaron is an Albuquerque native whose hobbies include photography, woodworking, and outdoor activities with his dog.

Kody Love, Sales Development Representative
Kody Love, Sales Development Representative
Kody is a New Mexican native, veteran, and technology enthusiast on our sales team. His background is in politics with a focus on legislative analysis and communication. As a former US Marine Kody has a wealth of experience in team leadership, communication, and problem solving coupled with a positive “can do” attitude. You can reach Kody anytime via email at Kody.love@buildwithrobots.com to talk more about what Build with Robots can do for you.

Professional: BS in Political Science from the University of New Mexico

Fun Fact: Kody is an avid outdoorsman. If he’s not in the office you can find him hiking, fishing, hunting, or birdwatching on New Mexico’s amazing public lands.

Marlene Trujillo, Robotics Technician
Marlene Trujillo, Robotics Technician
Marlene brings years of automotive repair and restoration experience to the team, as well as over 15 years of experience as a customer service professional. She is experienced and skilled in welding, woodworking, and construction. Marlene has been involved launching numerous start-up ventures: including a food truck, landscaping company and S.T.E.M. educational enrichment program.

Professional: CNM, Certificate of Automotive Technology. CNM Ignite Community Business Accelerator Program. CNM Ingenuity Deep Dive Coding IOT Bootcamp.

Fun Fact: Marlene played the trumpet in Mariachi bands from high school and professionally.

Christian Slough, Sales & Marketing Intern
Christian Slough, Sales & Marketing Intern
Buenos Días, my name is Christian Slough. I am a native New Mexican and a two-time University of New Mexico graduate (Go Bo’s)! I bring experience from a range of fields including education, government, sustainability, and business.

I’m always looking to create shared value for customers, the community I serve, and the environment we all live in. The community has always been the root of my work; I love listening to stories and learning about different perspectives.

Professional: 
BA, Sociology, University of New Mexico
BA, Spanish Language and Literature, University of New Mexico
MBA, University of New Mexico

Fun Fact: I eat Dion’s Pizza way too often! (Green Chile, Pepperoni, and Piñon…I won’t say what size I order).

Tyanne Hawthorne, Marketing Intern
Tyanne Hawthorne, Marketing Intern
Tyanne has always been intrigued by technology, robots, and artificial intelligence. However, she realized over time that she has more of a knack for communicating with people and building relationships. This led her to move into the fields of communication and marketing. Tyanne is passionate about helping others, and her goal is to leave a positive impact on as many people as she can.

Professional: 
Currently pursuing a BA in Environmental Communication from the University of New Mexico.

Fun Fact: Can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.

Board Members & Advisors

Charles E Mendez Jr., Board Member
Charles E Mendez Jr., Board Member
Charles has a diverse background in real estate, banking, education, race promotion, business start-ups and regulated-waste management. He serves as Chairman of the Board and President of C. E. Mendez Foundation and founded the Too Good For Drugs and Violence prevention education programs in 1975. He is Board Member and CEO of Enthentica in New Mexico, a hardware embedded cyber bio-metric security solutions company. Prior business affiliations include MCF Systems, TECO Energy, Merchant Bank of Tampa, and Sebring Motor Sports International.

Professional:
Holds a degree in Finance from University of South Florida.

Fun Fact: Charles is an award-winning race car driver.

Phil Lowit, Advisor
Phil Lowit, Advisor
Philip Lowit is a business leader, entrepreneur and investor with over three decades of experience building technology companies committed to advancing innovation. He is co-founder and Chairman of Tsymmetry, an IT solutions provider delivering mission critical support for U.S. National Security and Public Safety.

Mr. Lowit is committed to philanthropy and social impact, and has mentored young entrepreneurs and start ups. Throughout the last 12 years, he has been an active member and Board Member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – a group that empowers the next generation of business executives. Mr. Lowit holds an MBA from Fordham University, has a strong interest in collector cars and especially enjoys off-roading with his wife and three daughters.

Professional:
BS in Business and Accounting from Rider University and an MBA from Fordham.

Bill Shank, Advisor
Bill Shank, Advisor
Bill began his career at the age of 14 as a Fuller brush man doing door to door sales.

Professional:
In 1971, he started Shank Painting with $1,000, which he grew and eventually sold in 2007 to the employees’ through their ESOP. He has owned and grown multiple businesses, real estate projects and renewable energy installations.

Walter J. Scheirer, Advisor
Walter J. Scheirer, Advisor
Walter J. Scheirer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, with affiliations in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Center for Brain Science, and the director of research & development at Securics, Inc., an early stage company producing innovative computer vision-based solutions. Dr. Scheirer has extensive experience in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and robotics. His overarching research interest is the fundamental problem of recognition, including the representations and algorithms supporting solutions to it.

Professional: He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Steve Walsh, Advisor
Dr. Steve Walsh, Advisor
Dr. Walsh has been a professor at the University of New Mexico since 1998. Professor Walsh has published in a number of Management and Engineering journals, such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, Journal of IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management, Journal of Small Business Management, among other publications.

He is a serial entrepreneur and teaches a number of entrepreneurship courses, including Technology Forecasting and Assessment, Projects in Technology Management, Technology Commercialization and the Global Environment, among others.

Professional: PHD in Strategic Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Fun Fact: I once took people on White Water guided canoe trips on rivers like the “Dead river” ( appropriately named) when I worked in New Hampshire.

Drew Tulchin, Advisor
Drew Tulchin, Advisor
Drew brings 25+ years growing start-ups. He was the first CFO, then VP-Investments, at Meow Wolf, facilitated company expansion to 500 employees, grew revenues to $9 million/year, and raised more than $100 million. He Founded UpSpring, a certified B Corp. Previously, he worked in banking, international development, technology, and wireless. He is an investor and advisor to several New Mexico companies.

Professional:
BA, cum laude, Washington University & MBA, University of Washington.
Board Member, WESST; Member, Acoma Pueblo Business Council.

Fun Fact: Drew has worked in nearly 50 countries world-wide.

Chris Ziomek, CEO & Board Member
Chris Ziomek, CEO & Board Member
Matthew Ennis, CSO & Board Member
Matthew Ennis, CSO & Board Member