RE2, Inc. was founded in July 2001 by Jorgen Pedersen. Jorgen started RE2 as a contract engineering house to fill a need for unmanned systems engineering expertise within Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). Jorgen pulled together a small team of engineers to work on the DARPA Perceptor program. The team successfully developed an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) platform along side the NREC team. RE2 was then asked to participate as a subcontractor on the DragonRunner program. With each successful program, RE2 was given additional subcontracting work and the firm grew from a company of one to a team of twelve dedicated engineers.
Jorgen decided that in order to grow the business and provide jobs for more engineering talent, he would have to seek prime contracts via the DoD’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. RE2 won its first SBIR in 2006 to develop a Small Robot Toolkit manipulation system for unmanned ground vehicles. This was the program that set the course for the future of RE2.
RE2 was named a 2008 Army Small Business Innovation Research Achievement Award winner based on our Small Robot Toolkit Phase II SBIR and innovation provided to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The Company was one of ten selected out of a field of more than 755 Phase II SBIR performers.
Today we are a leading provider of mobile manipulation systems for the DoD and beyond. We take great pride in developing high-quality robotic technologies that help to save lives and make a difference in our world.