Our team is not just a collection of experts but a dynamic force shaping the future of construction technology. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for pushing the boundaries of what's possible, we are poised to revolutionize the construction industry through our groundbreaking 3D printing solutions.
Kaleb Steinhauer is the CEO of AUTOCON, bringing a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and a proven track record of success. A serial entrepreneur, Kaleb has spearheaded the creation and operation of several businesses, showcasing his prowess across diverse industries.
After completing his law degree, Kaleb joined a prominent Venture Capital firm, where he honed his skills by concentrating on deals in the energy, medical, and water/wastewater sectors, gaining valuable insights into various industries. His keen insights and strategic approach contributed to the success of various ventures within these industries.
Kaleb's heart lies in the dynamic world of startups, where he has been a driving force in launching and investing in companies across the shelter, food, and energy sectors. His passion for innovation and commitment to fostering groundbreaking ideas highlight his role as a true industry catalyst. In 2015, Kaleb embarked on a new venture by starting his own company in the field of construction-scale 3D printing. As the CEO of AUTOCON, he has been instrumental in guiding the company's trajectory, leveraging cutting-edge technology to redefine construction practices.
Kaleb's academic journey underscores his commitment to a holistic understanding of business and law. He earned his BA in History from Pepperdine University, with a specific focus on business. His legal education continued at Faulkner University, where he obtained a Juris Doctor with a specialized emphasis on entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Beyond his role at AUTOCON, Kaleb is a sought-after figure on numerous company boards. His strategic acumen is often tapped for fundraising, lobbying, and overall business strategy. This multifaceted involvement reflects his dedication to shaping successful and sustainable ventures.
Kaleb Steinhauer's entrepreneurial journey, coupled with his diverse skill set and passion for innovation, continues to be a driving force behind AUTOCON's success in the ever-evolving landscape of construction-scale 3D printing. His dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology and business sets the tone for AUTOCON's commitment to excellence and innovation.
Matthew Meredith serves as the Director of Materials Development leading the materials team at AUTOCON. With a rich background in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and materials science, Matt brings a wealth of expertise to the forefront of construction-scale 3D printing innovation. Matt's extensive experience spans a wide range of disciplines, including synthetic organic chemistry, formulation chemistry, surface science, and materials science. His expertise encompasses organic synthesis, polymer and materials chemistry, organic spectroscopy, and electrochemical characterization techniques.
Before joining AUTOCON, Matt held pivotal roles in leading materials R&D at various companies. As a Director of Chemical Research and Development, he demonstrated strategic leadership. Notably, at Huntsman, he served as a Technical Manager and Senior Research Scientist, contributing to the development and testing of specialty amines for polyurethane and epoxy resin applications within the polymers and resins group.
Matt's academic journey is marked by academic excellence. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Oklahoma Christian University. His academic pursuit continued with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma focusing on polymers. He served a postdoc at the University of Utah where he engaged in synthesizing and characterizing novel materials.
Matt's contributions extend beyond the lab, with over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 15 patents or pending patent applications to his name. His innovative work reflects a commitment to advancing the field of materials science. Matt is actively involved in the academic community, serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for the ACS Chemical Health and Safety journal, showcasing his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and safety practices.
Under Matt Meredith's leadership, AUTOCON's materials team is poised to continue pushing the boundaries of construction-scale 3D printing. His multidisciplinary expertise, commitment to research excellence, and dedication to safety and education position AUTOCON at the forefront of innovation in materials development.
Charles Blakely is the Vice President of Software Engineering at AUTOCON, spearheading the development of an autonomous robotic system capable of 3D printing buildings and structures on-site. As a seasoned roboticist, engineer, innovator, and defense executive with security clearance, Charles has a proven track record of designing and deploying sophisticated systems in complex and hazardous environments. As the driving force behind AUTOCON's ambitious project, Charles orchestrates the creation of an autonomous robotic system with revolutionary capabilities. His leadership aims to integrate existing and groundbreaking components and software, ensuring a seamless and groundbreaking technological advancement in construction.
Prior to AUTOCON, Charles was the Vice President of Defense Systems at Nauticus Robotics where he showcased his prowess in developing concepts that harnessed component-level technologies to meet the needs of U.S. Warfighters. His strategic approach involved cultivating relationships with commercial and government partners, resulting in comprehensive solutions that address warfighters needs. Notably, he secured a DIU contract for autonomous behaviors on the MK 20 Mod 0 vehicle Program of Record, generating significant revenue. In his role as Director of Defense Systems at Houston Mechatronics Inc, Charles led teams of multidisciplinary engineers, overseeing the execution of technology programs for maritime defense customers. His responsibilities included guiding the Vehicle System Integration & Engineering team in support of DARPA’s Angler Program, contributing to the successful technology demonstration of subsea vehicle and autonomy capabilities.
Charles's tenure at NASA underscored his commitment to advancing robotics. As a Bipedal Humanoid Robotic Researcher, he played a pivotal role in implementing custom algorithms for robotic systems, enabling them to navigate unknown and unstructured environments. His contribution to NASA’s DARPA Robotic Challenge team, where he developed core software for the Valkyrie humanoid robot, showcased his expertise in control architecture, low-level hardware integration, and trajectory framework creation.
Charles is a proud veteran, having served in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician. Operating expeditionary communications equipment in support of Naval Expeditionary Combatant Command units, he maintained an active TS/SCI Eligibility Clearance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Brian is the visionary leader steering the robotics engineering team at AUTOCON. With a rich background in crafting cutting-edge vision and robotic control systems, Brian is a driving force behind the groundbreaking technologies that define AUTOCON's success. Brian's journey in robotics engineering has been marked by a series of impressive achievements. His prior experiences include spearheading the development of custom, deep learning-based vision and robotics systems tailored for the mining industry. His expertise extends to solving complex industrial challenges, with a focus on tasks like inspecting manufactured parts and guiding robots for precision pick-and-place operations.
Before joining AUTOCON, Brian started Spira Systems and held the prestigious position of Director of Engineering at Houston Mechatronics. In this role, he played a pivotal part in developing advanced robotic systems. Notably, his contributions extend beyond Earth; as a robotics engineer at NASA, he contributed to building robotic systems that are currently operational on the International Space Station (ISS), showcasing his capabilities in pushing the boundaries of robotics technology.
Brian holds a solid academic foundation with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems) from Oklahoma State University. His quest for knowledge continued with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems) from the same institution. This educational background underpins his command over the intricacies of control systems in the realm of robotics.
Under Brian's guidance, AUTOCON's robotics engineering team is poised to continue revolutionizing construction technology. His leadership, combined with a deep understanding of control systems and robotics, ensures that AUTOCON remains at the forefront of innovation in the dynamic field of construction-scale 3D printing.
Kendall Wilkinson is a robotics engineer for AUTOCON. He is a highly skilled robotics engineer and software developer, with a wealth of experience spanning over 15 years. Following his service in the Army as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist, Kendall emerged as a key force in driving impactful Research and Development initiatives within the oil and gas and space industries. Notably, he spearheaded a team in the creation of an automated drilling fluid system, showcasing his leadership and technical prowess.
Kendall's influence extended to his significant contributions to a fully automated land drilling rig, featuring a custom robotic arm while working for Nabors Industries. In his professional journey, Kendall also served as a Software Developer at ISYS Technologies, where he played a pivotal role in developing space-flight software for the Orion spacecraft in support of the Artemis II mission.
His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Controls and Instrumentation from the University of Houston Downtown, complemented by a Master of Business Administration from the same institution. Demonstrating a commitment to continuous growth, Kendall is currently on the path to acquiring a Master of Computer Science with a Machine Learning Specialization at Rice University. Kendall Wilkinson's multifaceted expertise and relentless pursuit of knowledge underscore his significant contributions to the fields of robotics and software development.
Nic is at the forefront of revolutionizing construction technology as he leads the AUTOCON mechanical engineering team, specifically overseeing the extrusion platform system. A mechanical engineer by education and a visionary designer with a passion for innovation, Nic brings a wealth of experience in crafting precision machinery that endures even in the harshest environments. Nic's engineering journey is a testament to his dedication to innovation and improving lives.
He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has cultivated extensive experience as a designer, specializing in robotics and machines known for their precision and durability, especially in challenging conditions. Since 2014, Nic has been at the helm of machinery and equipment construction projects at Toyota automobile production plants in North America. His role involves managing projects that demand a combination of precision engineering and reliability, a testament to his capabilities in handling high-stakes industrial environments. Nic's innovative spirit extends beyond the automotive industry. Since 2015, he has been a leader in designing teams for underwater nuclear robotics and various industrial automation applications. This diverse experience showcases his ability to adapt cutting-edge technology to a range of industries, demonstrating his versatility as an engineer.
Prior to his current roles, Nic contributed to the aviation industry with RKG Enterprises, where he played a crucial role in testing aircraft components for FAA approval. His attention to detail and commitment to precision have been consistent themes throughout his engineering career. Nic's professional journey is underpinned by a commitment to positive impact. He believes in the power of innovation and automation to shape a brighter, cleaner, and happier future. His vision revolves around leveraging technology to benefit both people and the environment, aligning AUTOCON's mission with a sustainable and positive footprint.
With a focus on positive impact and a dedication to improving our global footprint, Nic is a driving force behind AUTOCON's mission to usher in a new era of construction technology. His belief that innovation can contribute to a better world resonates throughout the company, guiding the team towards building a sustainable and impactful future. Under Nic's leadership, AUTOCON's mechanical engineering team is poised to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible in construction-scale 3D printing, creating a lasting impact on the construction industry and beyond.
Ernesto Olvera stands as a seasoned materials engineer at AUTOCON, bringing more than two decades of unparalleled expertise in advanced composite materials and pioneering curing methods. His extensive knowledge spans a broad spectrum of materials, alloys, structures, and fabrication techniques, showcasing a remarkable career dedicated to innovation and excellence. Ernesto's proficiency covers an array of advanced composite materials, including: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), Aramid Fiber Reinforced Polymer (AFRP) Kevlar, Metal Matrix Composites (MMC), Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC), Natural Fiber Composites (NFC) like hemp and bamboo, Nano-composites, Graphene, Polyurethanes, PEEK, Polymers, Copolymers, and Elastomers. His expertise extends to designing various structures, from honeycomb structures (sandwich) made of materials like aluminum and aramid to space frame designs. Ernesto is well-versed in working with alloys such as Titanium and Chrome Molybdenum. He is also adept at Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing).
Ernesto's illustrious career includes impactful roles in renowned industries and companies. Prior to joining AUTOCON, his experience involved 2 seasons with Formula 1 (F1), 2 seasons in the World Rally Championship (WRC), 2 seasons in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), and 2 years devoted to developing and manufacturing hypercars in Italy, collaborating with industry leaders. Ernesto contributed significantly to renowned automotive brands Lamborghini and Ferrari in Europe, focusing on the development of carbon fiber products. His work involved drawing in 3D, CAD-CAM experience, and utilizing Finite Element Calculus for testing and research.
Ernesto holds a bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Valle de Mexico and an engineering degree from Ferrari University, specializing in advanced composite materials. Ernesto Olvera's multifaceted experience, from the high-paced world of Formula 1 to contributing to the luxury automotive industry in Europe, positions him as a driving force in the materials engineering domain. His commitment to pushing the boundaries of materials science aligns seamlessly with AUTOCON's mission of innovation in construction-scale 3D printing.
Chris Westmoreland is a seasoned materials engineer at AUTOCON, specializing in polymer and plastic material research. With a career spanning over 30 years in the oil and gas industry, Chris brings a wealth of experience to his role.
He pursued his education at the University of Alabama, focusing on chemical and biological engineering. This educational background, combined with his extensive industry experience, positions Chris as a valuable contributor to AUTOCON's materials engineering team.
His specific focus on polymer and plastic material research underscores his commitment to advancing innovative solutions in construction and related technologies. Chris Westmoreland's expertise adds significant depth to AUTOCON's capabilities in material science and engineering.
Randall Wright is a seasoned structural/civil engineer spearheading design and testing efforts for building drawings at AUTOCON. With nearly three decades of experience in structural engineering, Randall brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in designing structures for petrochemical and chemical applications. Randall's career spans close to 30 years, with a primary focus on designing structures and foundations. His extensive experience is marked by a deep understanding of the complexities involved in petrochemical and chemical projects, showcasing his proficiency in structural engineering.
Randall's academic journey laid the foundation for his successful career. He obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University, concentrating his studies in structural engineering. This educational background equipped him with the knowledge and skills needed for the challenges of the engineering field.
Randall served as the structural sector manager of the downstream division at Wood Group USA for many years. This leadership role speaks to his capabilities in managing and guiding structural engineering teams, further establishing his reputation as a leader in the industry.
Randall's commitment to excellence is reflected in his professional accreditations. He is a registered licensed structural engineer in seven states, showcasing his proficiency and adherence to industry standards. Additionally, his recognition as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute underscores his multifaceted skill set. His influence extends beyond individual projects. He was a member of the ASCE Task Committee on Wind-Induced Forces, contributing to the authorship of "Wind Load Design for Petrochemical and Other Industrial Facilities." This involvement highlights his dedication to advancing industry standards and ensuring the safety and reliability of structures in challenging environments.
Now serving as the structural/civil engineer at AUTOCON, Randall brings his wealth of experience to the forefront of construction-scale 3D printing. His expertise is pivotal in ensuring the design and testing of building drawings align with the highest standards of structural integrity and safety. His presence at AUTOCON signifies a commitment to innovation in construction technology. His role is instrumental in incorporating traditional structural engineering principles into the cutting-edge realm of 3D printing, contributing to the evolution of the construction industry. Under Randall Wright's guidance, AUTOCON's structural/civil engineering endeavors are poised to redefine the possibilities of construction-scale 3D printing, ensuring that structures not only meet but exceed the highest standards of safety and reliability.
Jeffery Brown, FAIA, leads the architectural efforts for AUTOCON. He is the CEO and founding principal of Powers Brown Architecture. Jeffery’s uniquely eclectic output as a designer is based on his “process approach” to design. He has developed his design process over the years by working with both public and private clients/institutions. It is his belief that relevant architectural solutions involve the client in a way that exceeds the vision of the individual participants.
Matt Todd is the legal counsel of AUTOCON. He is a co-chair of the Licensing & Transactions practice and Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets Litigation practice and is a member of Polsinelli’s Blockchain and Web3 Steering Committee. He has over two decades of experience structuring and negotiating domestic and international complex intellectual property and technology-related transactions. In addition to his transactional experience, Matt has demonstrated knowledge in assisting clients with deploying and commercializing artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain and cybersecurity technologies. He has advised clients in a variety of industries including energy, semiconductor, automotive, defense, software and financial services. Matt is also one of Polsinelli’s leading authorities on open-source software use, licensing, deployment and integration. In addition to his legal experience, Matt has more than 10 years of experience in network administration and operations.
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