Meet our Team
Seegrid, founded in 2003, optimizes workflow processes for the material handling industry with vision-guided robotic pallet trucks and tow tractors. Backed by more than 30 years of innovation and research, Seegrid’s Robotic Industrial Trucks increase productivity and reduce costs.
Our team represents the best-in-class, including the world’s leading robotic scientists as well as engineers, programmers, logistics practitioners, and entrepreneurs.
David R. Heilman
As Seegrid's President, Mr. Heilman oversees finance and operations.
In his previous position as chief financial officer of Precision Therapeutics, Inc., Mr. Heilman received a Pittsburgh Business Times 2010 CFO of the Year award. Mr. Heilman also served as managing director of The Meridian Group, a private mid-market investment banking and management consulting firm. Previous positions include executive vice president, chief financial officer, and vice president of strategic planning and corporate development for GNC Corporation, and president of First Westinghouse Capital Corporation (Westinghouse Financial Services).
Mr. Heilman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hans Moravec, PhD
Chief Scientist and Founder
Dr. Moravec is a former research professor and director of the Mobile Robot Lab at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His academic work has been funded by numerous government agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Dr. Moravec is the author of two books, Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence and Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, which explore the implications of evolving robot intelligence.
Dr. Moravec holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Acadia University.
Chief Technology Officer
As Seegrid’s Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Weiss is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the engineering and manufacturing departments.
Prior to Seegrid, Mr. Weiss worked for Brooks Automation as the chief technology officer. Mr. Weiss came to Brooks after the strategic merger of Brooks with PRI Automation. At PRI, he served as chief technology officer and vice president of strategy/technology, overseeing growth from $20M to $450M in annual revenues between 1994 and 2002. Before these roles at PRI and Brooks, he was president and founder of ProgramMation Inc., as well as co-founder and chief engineer of United States Robots.
Mr. Weiss is the co-author of Industrial Robotics: Technology, Programming and Applications. He holds 20 patents and earned several academic and industry awards, including being named to Industry Week's Top 50 R&D Professionals.
Mr. Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Graduate Certificate in IP from Northeastern University.
Vice President of Engineering
As Seegrid's Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Straub oversees the engineering staff and company's technological development.
Prior to Mr. Straub’s position at Seegrid, he was the reactor protection systems manager for Westinghouse Electric Company. Mr. Straub held the position of production engineering manager at Sony Electronics where he was responsible for a two-shift operation at the Pittsburgh plant with an annual production of over 460,000 market-leading projection televisions.
Mr. Straub served in the U.S. Navy as Lieutenant, Naval Reactors Headquarters in Washington D.C. from 1991-1996.
Mr. Straub holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance, Information System Development and Product Development from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Bachelor of Science of Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification.