Dr. Kelly holds undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and computer science, and both undergraduate and graduate degrees in robotics. Al is generally active as a technical consultant in robotics and autonomous vehicles. Clients are typically investors, boards, and C level management. Assignments range from evaluating technical teams for investors, to helping to value acquisitions, to advice on technology roadmaps, to identifying investment opportunities, etc. He worked in the aerospace industry for ten years before returning to academia. Less recently, Al has been an active technical consultant engaged in robotics technology development for industry. Clients include aerospace consulting companies, navigation test equipment vendors, AGV vendors, CNC machine vendors, medical equipment manufacturers, steel industry suppliers, service robotics companies, and military equipment manufacturers. Government clients include NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and DARPA.
Al is a founder or co-founder of the following active entitles as well as several more that are now inactive. In most cases, Al is now inactive but each entity continues to thrive under professional management. At one time or another he has functioned as Chairman, Board Member, CEO, CFO, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief Scientist.
- Custom Industrial Automation (Canada) – supplies inspection services to the steel industry
- Carnegie Robotics LLC – High tech robotics (guidance and sensing) equipment supplier
- Titan Robotics – High tech aircraft maintenance services based on robotics
- Locomation – Automated Trucking
- Analytic Technologies LLC – General Consulting Services in Robotics
Al has been involved in IP related activities in his role at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) /NREC for about 20 years. On the main campus of CMU, Al is a full professor. At the unique and world-renowned NREC facility nearby, he is a Project Director and is now transitioning to Chief Scientist role.