Clarkson University Honors Helen Greiner


Helen Greiner Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

Helen Greiner, founder and CTO of CyPhy Works, Inc., was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by Clarkson University at their Capital Region Campus commencement in Schenectady, N.Y., on Friday, June 9.

The degree was awarded for “for her leadership and pioneering work in the design, development and application of robotics, and for her ongoing commitment to pushing the frontiers of technology — from the creation of user-friendly consumer robotic products, to the development and commercialization of drone and robotic systems for industrial and military purposes.”

“You go into a market where you are in such hot demand — not just the engineers, data analysts, and STEM educators, but everyone who has learned how to think, analyze, write, and make sense of our increasingly complex world. One in five Clarkson grads already leads as a CEO, VP or senior executive of a company, and this could be you, whether you climb an existing corporate ladder or build an entirely new one,” Greiner said in her remarks to the students. “No matter where your path takes you, fair winds and following seas, be on the lookout for adventure and ride it where it takes you. And always, always dream big.”

Visionary technology entrepreneur Helen Greiner is known for both innovation and business strategy in the field of robotics.

She is the founder of CyPhy Works, a leading tethered drone company delivering persistent aerial platforms to defense, public safety, energy, construction, mining, and transportation. She currently serves as chief technology officer for the company.

In 1990, Greiner co-founded iRobot, serving as president until 2004, and chairman until 2008. During her tenure, she guided iRobot into its position as a global leader with the release of the Roomba, the PackBot and SUGV Military Robots. Under her leadership, the company created a culture of practical innovation and delivery, leading to the deployment of more than 6,000 PackBots to U.S. military troops.

Greiner has received numerous honors and awards. She was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by the Harvard Kennedy School in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, and “Innovator for the Next Century” by Technology Review Magazine.

She was also recognized as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Helen Greiner, founder and CTO of CyPhy Works, Inc.; and Associate Dean of Engineering Robert Kozik. Greiner was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by Clarkson University on Friday, June 9.

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