Shannon Vissman, Chief Executive Officer
Walter Aviles, CTO & Vice President Engineering
Novint’s Chief Technology Officer, Walter A. Aviles, has over 20 years of technical and managerial experience in commercial, government, and academic environments where he has spearheaded the design and development of advanced, first of a kind, human/machine interfaces, virtual environments and robotic systems. Prior to joining Novint, Walter was a Vice President at SensAble Technologies and a founding Principal at Teneo Computing. At SensAble, Walter helped establish the company's software group, produced the world's first commercial haptic software development toolkit, and led the development of the FreeForm haptically enabled 3D product design application. He later received the first Grand Innovation Award ever presented by Computer Graphics World and is used by customers such as Hasbro, Mattel/Fisher-Price and New Balance. At Teneo, he continued to help pioneer the development of commercial, haptically enabled solutions for customers such as Mobil, NHK and Harvard. Walter holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Chi engineering honor associations.
Jonathan Miller, Vice President Advanced Products Group
Jonathan has worked for over ten years in the areas of business development, project management, and product marketing. Prior to joining Novint, Jonathan worked in the field of education for seven years, and was the editor-in-chief of a magazine for five years. He earned his degree from Stanford University, where he received the James Lyons Award for Service to the university.
Frank Joutras, Vice President Exoskeleton Development
Frank Joutras has over 25 years experience in product development and management. Prior to joining Novint, Frank was Vice President of Product Development for ForceTek, and previously, he was President and Chief Science Officer for Inverse Technology Corporation. While at ForceTek, Frank developed the ForceTek XIO, an exoskeleton prototype that tracked motion and applied resistance to movement, promoting muscle activity for a given function within a virtual world. At Inverse, Frank, with the help of several prominent Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons, developed and marketed Protonics®, the world’s first exoskeleton device to address the major cause of back, hip, and knee pain. Frank earned his BS degree at the University of Nebraska, holds several U.S. and Foreign Patents, and has partnered with several highly respected institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and the American Sports Medicine Institute.