Dr. Todd Jochem is a Robotics, Unmanned Systems, and Technology
professional interested in small company/team creation, leadership and
development, and business-related mentoring of engineers and scientists.
Dr. Jochem is currently a consultant to small technology businesses,
advising them on matters such as strategic technology development,
corporate growth and exit strategies, government proposal development,
contracting, accounting, and administration.
Dr. Jochem has worked on Department of Defense funded efforts
involving unmanned ground vehicles as a Group Director at Foster-Miller,
Inc. and as Founder and President of Applied Perception, Inc. His
leadership role in starting, maturing and successfully exiting companies in
the emerging robotics-related market was recognized in 2007, when Dr.
Jochem was named a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the
Year Award for the Pittsburgh Region.
Before his business career, Dr. Jochem was a Systems Scientist at
Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and a 1997 recipient of
CMU’s Allan Newell Award for Research Excellence. His work at CMU
was also recognized more broadly in 2007 when the Navlab 5, a
self-driving car that Dr. Jochem co-invented while at CMU, was inducted
into the Robotics Hall of Fame. Dr. Jochem received his B.S. degree in
1990 from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Robotics from
Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. He and his wife live in Gibsonia, PA
with their 3 children.