Mr. Nicolaus A. Radford
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nauticus Robotics, Inc.
Mr. Radford is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Nauticus Robotics, Inc., (NASDAQ: KITT) which is on a mission to become the most impactful ocean robotics company through the deployment of autonomous maritime systems. He’s also founder and principal of Jacobi Motors, LLC, an early stage company emerging from stealth mode commercializing variable flux electric motors for the traction motor markets. Mr. Radford is also the managing partner of Rad Capital Ventures, a hedge fund primarily exposed to trading electricity. During his career, he has raised over $250mm in investment capital.
Prior to his starting his companies, Mr. Radford spent 14 years at the Johnson Space Center and led many of NASA’s robotics efforts focused on future spaceflight missions and experimentation on the International Space Station - including both Valkyrie and Robonaut. Additionally, he was also the principal investigator for NASA in DARPA’s advanced electric machine research for robotics. Mr. Radford led NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for the International Space Station crew exercise and mobility assistance and initially served as Co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program. He has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in challenging development timeline environments. During Mr. Radford’s tenure at NASA, he was the recipient of numerous patents, design awards, and commendations for his expertise and leadership which ultimately culminated in him receiving NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. He has been published several times on topics relating to spaceflight robotics and contributed to Springer’s Humanoid Robotics Handbook. Mr. Radford earned his B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
In 2017, Radford was the recipient of the Houston Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 Award. In August 2020, he was highlighted by Houston's Innovation Map as an innovator to watch. Nic lives in Nassau Bay, Texas and is married to his beautiful wife Inna (also a successful entrepreneur), and he has 3 children – Hannah, Christian, and Alexandra.