Today, MIT Technology Review reveals its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For her work in the field of computer and electronics hardware, Fetch Robotics’ Melonee Wise has been recognized as an entrepreneur on the list.
Melonee is CEO of Fetch Robotics. Prior to joining Fetch Robotics, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics, where Melonee and her team introduced UBR-1 to the robotics world. Along with the product debut, Melonee and Unbounded were the inaugural winners of the RoboBusiness Pitchfire competition. Before then, Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage. Among other responsibilities there, Melonee was the Manager of Robot Development, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware. Melonee has extensive experience developing and designing robot hardware and software. Some of her projects include developing algorithms, libraries, and hardware for an autonomous boat, car, personal robot platforms, and battle bots. Melonee is also currently a Mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.
“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Melonee Wise to this prestigious list.”
This year’s honorees will be featured online at www.technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 1. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 2–4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (www.EmTechMIT.com).
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