Carl Vause is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Vause partnered with Dr. George Whitesides of Harvard University in 2013 to explore commercial applications for the ground-breaking soft robotics work pioneered at the Whitesides Research Group, in partnership with DARPA. Soft Robotics was formed to commercialize this research in late 2013 and Vause joined as CEO. Prior to joining Soft Robotics, he held a variety of senior positions in global technology companies. Vause holds a BSEE from Virginia Military Institute and a MBA from London Business School. He began his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2013.