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Who We Are

Humanitarian Engineers

We aim to develop cutting-edge solutions in order to bridge the gap between robotics and firefighting, a field that has not seen any development. We are a group of dedicated and passionate engineers and businesspeople who understand the importance of creating solutions for our brave firefighters. We aim to mitigate risks to workers and firefighters nationwide, and increase safety standards for this dangerous profession.

Our Mission

A Paradigm Shift

Our mission is to revolutionize the field of robotics by developing the future of advanced, reliable, and accessible robotics to mitigate risks and solve problems for firefighters and civil workers in dangerous environments.


Meet The Team

Ambitious and diverse

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Siddharth Thakur

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Siddharth Thakur is a student, humanitarian, researcher, roboticist, problem-solver, and innovator. Siddharth has worked in a variety of environments spanning from academia to industry to the startup ecosystem, passionate about bridging his humanitarian side and engineering skills to develop solutions to real-world problems. Siddharth is a serial-founder with expertise in running, growing, and scaling startup enterprises. 

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Krishnan Ram

Chief Technology Officer

Krishnan Ram boasts nearly a decade of experience in deep learning and software development. Focused on developing software for real-world applications, Krishnan combines his love for robotics with his experiences working in software at Maana,, Department of State, and the Oden Institute at UT Austin. Krishnan leads the technology and engineering development teams.

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James Mahon VI

Chief Operating Officer

A pilot-in-training with a passion for material science and problem solving, James "Jimmy" Mahon drives the cutting-edge thermal protection systems on FireBot, as well leads as the operations, supply chain management, and logistics of the company. Jimmy combines experience in the startup ecosystem with almost a decade of work in material science and laser and optics research to provide a concrete foundation and structure to the R&D team.

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Aniruddh Thakur

Chief Financial Officer

Aniruddh's deep expertise in the world of investment, finance, and economics powers the financial and business arm of FireBot. Having worked at firms such as PWC, Fidelity, Capstone Headwaters, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Aniruddh combines his strategic and analytical skills to accelerate and ensure the trajectory of FireBot into market.

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Ashwin Hingwe

Head of Mechanical

Ashwin is a jack-of-all trades, combining an lengthy expert portfolio of work in mechanical, electrical, and robotics roles working with Intuitive Surgical and ReNew Robotics. Ashwin uses design, prototyping, and testing skills to drive the mechanical development of FireBot, and is excited to accelerate the development of the organization.

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Tessa Urwin

Electronics Lead

Tessa bring to the Paradigm Robotics team deep expertise spanning robotics, software engineering, electronics and electrical system development, and embedded systems control. Tessa utilizes her experiences in industry and academic to propel the cutting edge sensors, intelligence gathering technologies, and electrical systems on FireBot.

Industry Advisory Board

The Experts in the Field

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Eugene Campbell

Retired Fire Chief &  50+ Years in Firefighting
Missouri City Fire Dept.


Chief Joel Baker

Fire Chief
Austin Fire Department

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Chief Ken Bailey

Fire Chief
Travis County Fire Rescue

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Gordon Lohmeyer

Division Director
Brayton Fire Training Field @ TEEX

Technical Advisory Board

The Experts on the Technology

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Roland Fields

Fabrication Lab Manager
Houston Community College

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Scott Evans, P.h.D.

Director & Lecturer
University of Texas at Austin

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Mitch Pryor, P.h.D.

Robotics Professor
Nuclear Robotics Group @ Texas Robotics

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Ofodike Ezekoye, P.h.D

Engineering Professor
UT Fire Research Group

Business Advisory Board

The Experts in the Market

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Jake O'Shea

Director of Platform + Investor
Capital Factory

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Jeff Cardenas

Co-founder and CEO


Van Truskett, P.h.D.

Executive Director
Texas Innovation Center

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Bart Bohn

Director, Co-founder
Austin Technology Incubator

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