We are a team of people who are:
Passionate about improving the global food system and helping farmers succeed.
Proud of our experience in agriculture, frontier technology, and robotics.
Humble in the face of the scale and complexity of the problems facing the industry.
Excited to tackle these problems head-on.
The grandson of farmers, a lifelong greenthumb, and a passionate environmentalist, Eric has always aspired to build a company that directly improves our human relationship with the earth. Alongside Tim, he co-founded Tortuga AgTech with that mission in mind. Prior to Tortuga, Eric advised Fortune 500 corporations at McKinsey & Company, focusing on Agriculture and Energy. He has worked for small-scale organic apple farms and the world's largest agribusiness companies. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MS Management Science & Engineering and BA Psychology from Stanford University. Eric loves Colorado for the skiing in the winter, the hiking, swimming, running, and cycling in the summer, and the hockey all year round.
Tim Brackbill has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, where his research focused on high performance and extremely low cost precision plastics for single cell analysis. Tim previously worked in and managed design-to-commercialization at several high tech and automated startups including QuantaLife (now BioRad), Triaxis Medical devices, and several others. He also served as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, focusing on operations, high tech, and new ventures. Tim's previous engineering experience involves robotic design, automation, vision, rapid fabrication, and systems integration.
Director of Computer Vision.
Mike brings a passion for applying cutting edge computer vision technology to problems where he can make an impact on people's lives. He is excited to focus his attention and skills on the agricultural sector and make a contribution improving how we grow and harvest food while reducing our environmental impact on the world. During his PhD in Computer Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, he researched and developed technology to assist blind people to read documents that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Previously he worked as a scientist at Amazon's computer vision search team on embedded computer vision solutions. Mike just moved to Colorado and is excited to explore all the mountains.
Erin has a M.S. in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in mechatronics and controls from Santa Clara University. She previously worked as a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Autonomous Systems where she helped with the design, development, and test of navigation and controls software for an autonomous mining vehicle. When not designing robots, she enjoys practicing and performing aerial silks.
Director of Mechanical Engineering.
Chris is an experienced Engineering and Operations leader with much of his career focused around creating electro-mechanical products that are controlled with firmware. He has led or been an individual contributor on the creation of hundreds of products across a wide range of industries including LED Lighting and controls, high tech automation, military robotics, consumer electronics and medical devices. He has had active roles in design, manufacturing, sustaining, quality and product test. This broad spectrum of industry has provided a tremendous insight into creatively solving problems with quite different constraints while the different roles have provided wisdom into how designs can positively or negatively affect everything down stream.
Joining the Tortuga AgTech team was an easy decision for Chris as it was harvesting wheat from the seat of a John Deere combine as a teenager that first propelled his interest in Mechanical Engineering.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines.