Who We Are

Our team is a mix of robot and automation experts, tinkerers, and problem solvers, who have been addressing problems in logistics and the supply chain for years.

IAM Robotics’ team of world-class engineers are focused on delivering innovation and operational value that is transforming the material handling industry.

Meet Our Leaders

Our Leaders

Tom Galluzzo, CEO


Tom is the Founder and CEO of IAM Robotics. He has over 15 years of experience in autonomous robotics. Previously, Tom worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Harris Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and other organizations. During his career, Tom developed autonomous systems for air, land and sea. He built robots to compete in major competitions including the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the DARPA Grand Challenge. Several of Tom’s robots have won in the areas of navigation, autonomy and design. Tom also co-founded OpenJAUS, a technology company that develops software for the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS). OpenJAUS is the market leader in providing JAUS solutions to the defense industry. Tom holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Florida and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Vladimir Altman, Vice President, Engineering


Vladimir is Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for IAM Robotics, where he focuses on robotic hardware design and implementation. Previously, Vladimir served as a Robotics Engineer for Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center where he led electrical and mechanical design of robotics systems for customers like John Deere, Samsung, BAE Systems and the US Army. He has designed and implemented a man-portable unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection system, which is being used in Cambodia to clear minefields that threaten innocent lives. He also designed and built a laser scanner mapping unit used on an autonomous robot for paint stripping of large military aircraft. Additionally in the past, Vladimir worked for Laurel Networks, later ECI Telecom, where he helped develop networking equipment. Vladimir holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

John Cameron, Principal Robotics Engineer


John is the Chief Robotics Engineer at IAM Robotics. His work at IAM Robotics is a continuation of over 18 years of experience working on a variety of autonomous robotic platforms and mechatronic systems. Previously, John worked at Harris Corporation, where he developed novel technologies for satellite systems, ground robotics, and underwater robotics. His primary areas of research were: autonomous manipulation and grasping, 3D object identification in degraded unstructured environments, distributed system design, and augmented reality interface systems. John received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, where he worked on a number of student design competitions and was a robotics lead on the DARPA MICE program. Following this, John obtained a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, where he studied steer-by-wire controller design for vehicle rollover prevention.

Nicholas Kirsch, Senior Robotics Engineer


Nicholas Kirsch is a Senior Robotics Engineer at IAM Robotics where he uses his experience in control systems to improve the driving, navigation, and manipulation systems for Swift. Nicholas started at IAM Robotics after completing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh at the Neuromuscular Control and Robotics Laboratory. His research in the development of neuroprosthetic devices for persons with disabilities can be seen in many peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as in the book Human Modeling for Bio-Inspired Robotics. As a member of the Pittsburgh community, Nicholas contributes to numerous STEM outreach programs that focus on programming and robotics, and has mentored multiple teams that have competed in the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competitions.

Our Evolution

Founded by roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) – world’s largest and best-funded robotics R&D centers
First picking robot prototype demonstrated, picks over 1,000 items per hour from a shelf
Company launches Swift at MODEX
First Swift robot “Adam” at Rochester Drug reaches human-level picking performance
IAM Robotics raises millions from KCK Ltd. to accelerate the introduction of Robot Workers
The supply chain market embraces the Swift robot as an affordable, flexible and fully autonomous material handling solution


IAM Robotics is disrupting the industry with the first affordable and available robot that is interchangeable with current staff and will increase pick and put-away accuracy, facility safety and picking speed to radically increase our customer’s competitiveness in a velocity driven world. We are changing the traditional supply chain one warehouse, one store at a time – and you could be part of it! Join our innovative team that is being noticed: Robotics Business Review (RBR) named IAM Robotics a Global Top 50 Robotics Company for the 3rd year in a row! We are looking for experienced individuals that can support a team of engineers and designers making world-class products.

Compensation and benefits are competitive. Our company has a fun, family-first culture. Candidates should be passionate, entrepreneurial and enjoy being part of an energetic team. You must be ready to focus on tackling hard problems and be determined to achieve breakthrough results. We don’t bother with one-time throw-away projects. Be prepared to build upon everything you learn and do.

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