Denise Wong is a Principal Robotics Engineer at Exyn Technologies, a Philadelphia-based startup that creates autonomous aerial robots capable of navigating complex, GPS-denied environments. From underground mines to complicated warehouses, Exyn’s intelligent drones empower humans to work with greater productivity, efficiency, and safety in otherwise dangerous and inaccessible places.
Denise has over 7 years of R&D experience in robotics. At Exyn, she leads algorithm development in mapping. She never imagined she’d ever step foot in an underground mine and now she’s been to underground mines all around the world to fly robots that collect data in areas that are too dangerous for humans to go into!
Prior to joining Exyn, Denise earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.E. in Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, where she developed algorithms for the manipulation of magnetic microrobots using visual servoing and interfacing microrobotic tools with basic science. This research was featured on the Science Friday, Xploration Earth 2050, and IEEE Spectrum. She also graduated with a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Denise is passionate about increasing workforce diversity in STEM and in the tech workplace. When not working on robots, she enjoys being outdoors exploring the woods around Philadelphia by bike and playing tennis.