Date: Monday, March 30th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: West Village G - Room 106

Dress code: casual

Symbotic will be joining us for a great event. This is a great chance to find out about Co-op and full employment opportunities, to hear about their platform, and to do some networking with professionals. Be sure to check their website ( and their career recruitment video in advance .


Product Demo


Dr. Larry M. Sweet

Chief Technology Officer


Dr. Sweet leads development of Symbotic’s next generation systems that use large fleets of high speed autonomous robots for touchless warehouse automation.  This disruptive new technology in now transforming supply chains in four vertical market segments, and was recognized with the 2013 Edison Award for Productivity.  A graduate of MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, he was a tenured engineering faculty at Princeton University before moving to senior executive positions at GE, Fanuc, ABB, United Technologies, and Pepsi, bringing new robotics and automation technologies to successful commercial implementation, and developing engineering teams essential to this success.

Rob Sullivan

Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder


Rob brings over 26 years of experience as a senior operational and technical leader with expertise in Engineering, Manufacturing and Program Management. At Symbotic, Rob leads Program Management, Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, Controls, Test and Network Infrastructure Engineering groups along with new product initiatives. Previous to Symbotic, Rob was employed at Brooks Automation for over 12 years, where he held various engineering positions, most notably as Vice President of Engineering, Critical Components Division, where he oversaw Research, New Product Development, Product Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Program Management and Laboratories. Previous to that he spent seven plus years at Raytheon where he was a Hardware Design and Development Lead Engineer. Rob holds a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Forrest Buzan, ScD

Director of Controls Engineering


Dr. Buzan serves as the director of the Embedded Control and Machine Control teams at Symbotic. The Embedded Control team uses state of the art estimation, trajectory generation, and controls techniques to control the motions of our fleets of high speed autonomous robots for case storage and retrieval in our warehouse automation system. The Machine Control team utilized Rockwell PLC controlled machinery and FANUC robots to handle cases moving into and out of our storage structure.


Forrest is a mechanical engineer. He earned his BS from the University of Illinois and his SM and ScD from MIT. During his career he has served at a director level for Blueshift, Inc., ActivMedia Robotics, and Intersense, Inc. Dr. Buzan also taught controls at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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