The team behind the robots
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mr. Margolin is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and received his B.A. at The Wharton School of Business, The University of Pennsylvania. He has spent the bulk of his career as CEO of a variety of startup companies, many of which have been acquired. These include US- Restaurant Properties –NYSE-USV, which was acquired by GE; Intercon general agency which was acquired by Security of Hartford; Indoor Direct, sale pending and Texas AllRisk.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Mr. Margolin received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he also studied cognitive and computational neuroscience at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Prior to founding RoboKind he performed robotics research at The Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems (MARS) Lab, and the Heracleia Human Centered Computing Lab. He was also a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern’s Biotech and Informatics laboratory, as well as University of Texas at Dallas’s Nanotech Institute where he developed nano-scale materials, actuators and sensors. Richard has been designing and building humanlike robots since 2008 and is the former Director of Hardware for Hanson Robotics.
Gregory Firn, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Gregory Firn has served as Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Executive Director, High School Principal, Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach in school systems in Texas, North Carolina, Connecticut, Washington State, Nevada, and overseas. He has written over 100 educational research abstracts published by Effective Schools Ltd., as well as presented to over 40 different conferences, workshops, and trainings on educational leadership, continuous improvement, school and school system transformation and specific innovations such as STEM, PBL, PLC, Progress Monitoring, Informing Assessing, and Digital Integration to Conversion.
Dr. Firn earned his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and doctorate from Seattle Pacific University, where his research focused on learner-centered education.
Vice President of Sales
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Stevenson received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has performed research at Yale’s Social Robotics Laboratory, University of Texas at Arlington’s Next Generation Systems Laboratory and The Dallas Autistic Treatment Center. He is the chief architect of RoboKind’s software platforms. Before his concentration in robotics and artificial intelligence Mr. Stevenson developed financial software tools for one of the world’s largest financial institutions where he became experienced in releasing stable software.
RoboKind Autism Advisors
Pam Rollins, MS, CCC-SLP, Ed.D.
Author for RoboKind Robots4Autism Program and Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UTD/Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Dr. Rollins received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the recipient of the American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation’s First Investigators award to study the relationship between early pragmatic accomplishments and vocabulary development in children with autism. She is a Callier Scholar and teaches courses on the early assessment and intervention with children on the autism spectrum. She was appointed to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and has served since 2008. Dr. Rollins’ research focuses on the association among emotional regulation, early social-communicative skills and the acquisition of joint attention and language in typically developing children and children with autism. Her research lends empirical support to social-pragmatic theories of language as well as social-pragmatic intervention models for children with autism. Dr. Rollins is one of the expert authors of the RoboKind Robots4Autism Program.
Carolyn R. Garver, PhD.
Author for RoboKind Robots4Autism Program and Director of the Autism Treatment Center’s Dallas Program
Dr. Garver is the Director of the Autism Treatment Center’s Dallas program. She has a Ph.D in Health Studies and is a licensed Child Care Administrator. She is recognized expert and international speaker on autism, and has published numerous studies on autism. Dr. Graver is part of the Advisory Task Force Burkhart Center Autism Program at Texas Tech University, she is a member of National Association of Residential Providers of Adults with Autism (NARPAA), and is involved in various autism-related research projects. Dr. Garver is writing autism therapy lessons for Robokind, reviewing produced lessons to ensure lesson intent and quality and, analyzing test observations to determine testing results. She is also providing staff trained for handling children with autism and facilities for conducting tests involving patients of the ATC.