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Dr. Fraser Smith

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Fraser Smith became our Chief Innovation Officer in 2019, and since then has been intimately involved in the engineering design aspects of all projects currently undertaken by Palladyne AI. He continues to be a driving force in generating new intellectual property (IP).

Since Dr. Smith began his time with the Company in 1988, his technical contributions have entailed leading numerous successful robotics programs, including the Bellagio Fountains project in Las Vegas (225 moving fountains), multiple force-reflecting teleoperated humanoid robots and the development of 16 robotic dinosaurs currently installed at Universal Studios’ Jurassic Park-The Ride in California.

Prior to joining us, Dr. Smith’s early work dealt with issues in fracture mechanics, damage tolerance, fatigue testing and design, failure analysis, life prediction, and component and material testing.

Dr. Smith holds more than 50 patents, with many more in process. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.