RSE Executive Team
It would not be an exaggeration to say RSE has a dream team of seasoned professionals that share a deep passion for the environment, for robots, for education, and for good business. The founders, leadership, scientists and engineers of RSE cover all these bases. This team collectively has built over 16 million robots for consumers, commercial enterprises, the government and the military. These large varieties of solutions operate in homes, in oceans, on battlefields, and even in space. Our leadership includes high tech entrepreneurs that have built various successful businesses, both private and public, created thousands of jobs, and have provided strong returns for investors. Our scientists are well known in STEM education, the marine sciences, and more. Collectively this is a group will ensure the success of RSE.
Founder, Executive Chairman, Board Member
Colin Angle is the Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder of iRobot. Colin guides the strategic direction of iRobot. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his leadership, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home cleaning and military robots that are making a difference. Angle’s keen sense of business strategy is a driving force behind iRobot’s successful identification and execution of expansion opportunities. With Angle’s guidance, iRobot has formed key strategic partnerships, building on decades of expertise from each partner to create new and innovative robot solutions.
Angle’s leadership and vision for the future of robots have been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Angle is a member of the board of directors at Striiv, Inc. Angle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.
Founder, Director of Education, Board Member
DR. ERIKA EBBEL ANGLE
Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erika is the Executive Director and Founder of Science from Scientists, a non-profit which sends real, charismatic scientists into classrooms to teach 3rd-8th grade students STEM. She is also the CEO and co-founder of Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company, a Biotechnology company aimed at developing tests and interventions to improve gut microbiome efficacy.
In 2014 the Boston Business Journal selected Erika as one of the “40 Under 40” and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Pinnacle Award for Emerging Executive. In 2013 the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” in Boston. She was selected by L’Oreal Paris as a 2007 Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists. Erika served as a Commissioner for the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship program.
Director of Engineering
Brian Lucas is the Director of Engineering for RSE. Advancing the development of the Guardian LF1 robot platform, Brian leads teams of multi-disciplined volunteer engineers to develop robotic technology to solve large-scale environmental challenges. He is an accomplished hands-on leader with a 30-year record of transforming concepts into world-class products. Recognized for creating game changing innovation, technical breadth, and commitment to developing teams. Before RSE, Brian served as Engineering Manager/Chief Engineer at iRobot, Bose, Solutions In Motion, and Brooks Automation. A lifelong competitive sailor, Brian comes to RSE with a passion for the ocean, robotics, and building world-class engineering organizations.
Director of Marketing
Matthew Lloyd is Chief Marketing Officer at RSE, with responsibility for communications, marketing and brand management. In addition to RSE, Matt serves as the head of corporate communications for iRobot Corporation where he partners with the executive team to develop and execute strategic campaigns and storylines to position iRobot as a global technology innovator and leader in consumer robotics. Prior to iRobot, Matt worked as a senior consultant to established and high growth technology companies, driving creative corporate communications transformations, managing brand positioning, and elevating executive thought leadership. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from University of Colorado, is an avid diver, environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast.
Executive Director, Board Member
John Rizzi is an accomplished business leader having grown three high technology start-ups from formation to success over his 22 year entrepreneurial career. All three of Mr. Rizzi’s companies were involved in email technology, and each was a success. The first, founded in the late 80’s (well before the internet) was one of the earliest pioneers in commercial email. It went public in 1995 and was later bought by Computer Associates. The second was acquired by The New York Times digital group, and the third became part of eBay. His companies created over 1,000 jobs and operated directly in 8 countries and dozens of others through partnerships. These successes came in a fiercely competitive and constantly changing marketplace where many companies failed.
His recognition as an industry leader was uniquely validated when he was invited to testify before Congress in 2003 in support of anti-spam legislation. He was a key driver in the creation and passing of the CAN-SPAN law. Prior to his business career Mr. Rizzi was an officer in the U.S. Navy for over six years. He held engineering management positions on an aircraft carrier and at a defense contractor. He holds an MBA and has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.