Power Moves: Olga Pogoda is now COO of KEF Robotics

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Olga Weather newcomer four years old KEF Robotics as director of operations.

The Larimer-based robotics company is a defense contractor that develops vision-based autonomous aerial systems. The technology has mostly been applied to drones, Pogoda said. Technicallybut upcoming work will include helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Pogoda named one of Technical.ly’s 2022 RealLIST ConnectorsHe has also worked as a business operations analyst at Donnelly-Boland and Associates and businessman resident in Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. She is also co-founder of KRNLSa technology research and strategy firm, which partnered with Pittsburgh Built on Rust to launch an agricultural technology initiative Mimetic last year.

Pogoda said he has been keeping an eye on KEF Robotics since the company’s launch.

“The projects they’re working on are fascinating and the technology they’re developing is groundbreaking in an industry that hasn’t seen as much disruption and advancement as others. A truly amazing challenge!” she said. “Above all, I am deeply impressed by your team. The depth of talent is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The most important thing that has always struck me is their kindness and commitment to volunteering and education. Being the first non-technical hire, I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity”.

An executive changes role at URA

jennifer william it is Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority new director of operations, she Announced on LinkedIn today. In this C-suite position, he is in charge of internal operations at the economic development agency, including financial and technology management, and oversight of the Loans and Investments Unit.

Wilhelm previously worked in various roles at URA over the past decade, most recently as Director of Solutions. Previous positions include director of business and commercial loans, deputy director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and manager of innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also chair of the CDFI board of directors. Invest PGH.

In March, URA announced the launch of two new social impact pilot programs focused on supporting minority entrepreneurship and business expansion, called URA companies and the Equity Fund for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Developers. The programs will provide early-stage venture capital to business owners and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. URA Ventures is expected to announce the recipients of its first investments soon.

The ARM Institute appointed new technical fellows

the mill 19-established Institute for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing announced its selection of two new technical fellows in Pittsburgh, in association with the AIM Superior Defense Manufacturing Community.

Co-worker Jim Clark is a technology project manager for metrology in Chicago ARIS technologyand partner Christopher Ravasio is an electrical engineer with Pittsburgh’s ARIN Technologies. The two will work on their own projects with the goal of boosting defense manufacturing in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

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For Clark, that means promoting a previously funded ARM Institute project called “Human-robot collaboration in quality inspection to empower the workforce to easily program and operate automated 3D scanning.” Meanwhile, Ravasio “will develop a ready-to-use robotic navigation system based on ultra-wideband positioning with laser and ultrasound obstacle detection.” (Phew.)

CapSen Robotics CEO Dr Jared Glover he was the institute’s first fellow in 2021.

Comcast Funded 100 Small Businesses in Allegheny County

Along with Pennsylvania’s sister city, Philadelphia, the telecommunications giant Comcast chose 100 small businesses owned by women and people of color in Allegheny County to receive $10,000 grants through the RISE investment fundfor a total of $1 million.

In addition to funding, the program offers marketing and technical support to recipients. RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment.

“It’s no secret that the pandemic has hit our small businesses the hardest, and we thank Comcast for recognizing their challenges and the need for this program,” the county executive said. rich fitzgerald he said in a statement. “Thanks to these resources, we hope to have these entrepreneurs as part of our community for years to come.”

Local grantees include restaurants, retail stores, consumer services, and wellness businesses. See all recipients here.

Technical.ly has a new reporter from Pittsburgh

finally meet Atiya Irvin-MitchellTechnical.ly’s newest reporter in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh native graduated from Chatham University in 2017 after studying communication and political science with an emphasis on journalism. She has written for Student Guide to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, New Pittsburgh Courier, PublicSource, Vice, PLS Reporter, PINJ News Y BlackPittsburgh.com. Follow her on Twitter @atiyawrites and send your releases to [email protected]

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