Team

The Transition Robotics team:

 

Christopher A. Forrette 
Chris grew up with model aviation and studied Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He co-founded Transition Robotics, Inc. in 2011 and handles prototype builds and test piloting.
Jeffrey K. Gibboney 
Jeff received a B.A. in Computer Science from Pomona College in 2002. Following work at Apple, he received his M.S.M.E. from San Jose State University with emphases on Mechatronics and Design in 2010. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Joby Energy, Inc. and as Ground Station Lead Engineer at Makani Power, Inc. In 2011, he co-founded Transition Robotics, Inc. where he does mechanical design and manufacturing.
Michael A. Sierra 
Michael earned his B.S. in Robotics Engineering from the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz in 2015, where he built autonomous robots and designed internet connected appliances. Michael joined the Transition Robotics, Inc. team in 2015 and when not racing quadcopters, writes embedded flight controller software and handles software integration.
Pranay Sinha 
Pranay earned an S.B. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2009 and an M.S.E. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2010. He has held research assistantships at both MIT (undergraduate) and the University of Michigan (graduate) working on diverse projects including designs for electrically-propelled spacecraft, stall and surge resistant compressors, and underwater ROVs. He served as an Aerodynamicist at Joby Energy, Inc in 2010, the Lead Engineer for Aerodynamics at Makani Power in 2011, and in 2013 developed the aerodynamic component of a predictive control simulation environment while a Visiting Scholar at the KU Leuven. Pranay co-founded Transition Robotics, Inc. to focus on design and implementation of innovative concepts for VTOL UAVs, where he leads aerodynamics, flight software, and control algorithms development.