Team

Duke Robotics strives to attract talent and retain the best talents that can help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated robotics and defense products in the world. With many team members spread across different roles and working behind the scenes, below are listed our key team members:

Sagiv Aharon

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Mr. Aharon founded Duke Airborne Systems Ltd in 2014, a full subsidiary of Duke Robotics Inc. and is currently the CEO, President and CTO responsible for leading product development and technological vision. Mr. Aharon has significant experience in the field of engineering. He worked at the Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI) as a structural design engineer on a classified hybrid structure (composite/metal) air vehicle. Mr. Ahron held a position at Rafael Advanced Weapon Systems as a mechanical design engineer for complex active/reactive armor solutions for land vehicles, and worked for Elbit Systems Ltd (NASDAQ: ESLT) as a mechanical design engineer and a system integrator on several remotely operated weapon systems on land vehicles. He served as the CEO of Axis Aerospace Mechanical Design Ltd in the field of airborne structural projects and flight experiments, following strict aerospace level quality standards (AS9100).

Mr. Aharon holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering with a specialty in control and robotics from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Yariv Alroy

Chairman

Yariv Alroy brings over 30 years of business experience to our team. He began his career in 1989 at a law firm, with his last position as a partner. In 1993 he joined SHAHAL Medical Services as COO. For over a decade, Mr. Alroy served as Co-CEO of SHL Telemedicine LTD (SWX: SHLTN), a medical technology development and global telemedicine services company, operating in the United States, Germany, India, Japan, Israel and other territories.

Mr. Alroy holds an LL.B from Tel Aviv University.

Thurston Eric Womble

Thurston "Eric" Womble

Strategic Consultant for US Government and Customer Relations

Mr. Womble brings many years of experience in the defense industry and the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. federal government. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ELTA North America from February 2015 until February 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Womble served in leading executive roles at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) – Huntington Ingalls Industries. He joined NGC with over twenty-three years of experience serving in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the United States federal government.

Eric Womble served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ELTA North America from February 2015 until February 2018. ELTA NA is the US subsidiary of ELTA Systems Ltd. which is a global leader in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Early Warning and Control, Homeland Security (HLS), Self-Protection and Self-Defense, and Fire Control applications.

December 2012, Eric Womble retired from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ as Corporate Vice President for Program Integration and Assessment and founded a consulting company focused on helping defense and start-up companies better understand the Washington DC business environment.

While at HII and Northrop Grumman Corporation, Eric Womble led the Advanced Capabilities Group (ACG) for the Shipbuilding sector from March 2008 to March 2011. In this role, he led the research and development, strategic planning, advanced concepts and new business development efforts for the Shipbuilding sector which had $6 billion in annual sales. From December 2005 until March 2008, he led the ACG for the Ship Systems’ sector which built surface combatants and amphibious ships for the U.S. Navy and cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. From September 2004 until December 2005, he served as Vice President for the Large Deck Amphibious Programs. The Large Deck Amphibious program office was responsible for the design and construction of LHD-8 and LHA-6.

Mr. Womble joined Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in late 2002 as Corporate Vice President, Programs in Washington, DC. He was responsible for business and strategic development with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and international customers.

Mr. Womble joined NGC with over twenty‑three years of experience serving in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the United States federal government. He became the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi, in December 1995, and concurrently assumed the duties of National Security Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader in April 1997. In these positions, he was instrumental in setting and passing legislation and appropriations that impacted the Department of Defense, its service members and their families. He also was responsible for coordinating all military, legislative and budget activities with the Pentagon, other Congressional offices, industry, academic institutions, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense and Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittees.

Mr. Womble was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980 and had tours of duty in Patrol Squadron TWENTY‑FOUR (VP‑24), Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern Program in Washington, D.C., Program Resource Appraisal Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP‑81), Flag Secretary to Commander Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, Fleet Replacement Instructor in Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP‑30) and Operations Officer in Patrol Squadron FORTY‑NINE (VP‑49).

Mr. Womble served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Research from April 1992 to December 1995. In this position, he was the principal assistant to the director of the Navy’s science and technology executive agency, encompassing a headquarters staff of 450 personnel and the Naval Research Laboratory with 4,500 employees, which included over 900 PhDs and 71 senior executive service managers, with an annual budget exceeding $1.4 billion. After this assignment, he was selected to participate in the Department of Defense’s Congressional Fellows program.

Eric Womble received his undergraduate degree in 1979 from the United States Naval Academy as well as an MBA from Marymount College of Virginia. Currently, Eric Womble is a consultant to defense-oriented companies.

Leslie Jay Cohen

Leslie Jay Cohen, Ph.D. Senior Vice President of Hitco Carbon Composites

Advisory Board

Dr. Cohen has over 50 years of experience in the aerospace industry, 31 of which he served at McDonnell Douglas. As a Senior Director, he directed all Business Development for MDAC in the Russian Federation. He is a lecturer in Advanced Composites and has been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology. He is also a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Cohen holds a B.S, M.S., and Ph D. from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a Fulbright Post Doctoral Scholar at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, specializing in Structures and Materials.

Proven experience in combining the strategic planning discipline, system engineering and complex program management and implementation skills to create, win and manage profitable defense operations and commercial business opportunities, most recently with US NAVY, USARL, MDA, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman and Airbus.  World recognized credentials in advanced composite and high-temperature applications design, development and manufacturing for strategic, tactical system and civil aerospace systems.

Dr. Cohen’s experience covers a period of more than 40 years as a Research Specialist, Director of Research and Development, Major Program Management and as a Senior Executive. This experience has been both in the DOD and Civil Aviation program area and is at the Global level. Dr. Cohen’s travels throughout the world and recognition give me access to a network of professional, commercial and government officials in both the S&T and Aerospace Program arenas.  This includes living in the USSR/FSU for more than five years as McDonnell Douglas Vice President of the USSR/FSU McDonnell Douglas Russian Academy of Sciences Center for Technology Development and its successor the Boeing Center in Moscow.

PAST EXPERIENCE:

Hitco Carbon Composites (Gardena, California)
Senior Vice President – New Business Development and Strategic Technology 2001 – Present

Responsible for all Business Development& Strategic Technology.

  • Strategy definition, marketing and proposal development leading to wins and addition to backlog for programs – Boeing PAX 787 Floor Beams and Doors, FHI Wing Box Stringers, F-22 Inlet Lip and off-loads, Joint Structure Fighter Wing Skins and Nacelle AFP, A-380 VTP, Arrow and Thaad Inceptor, Falcon/CAV, US Navy Spares and NMD Rocket Nozzles with additions to backlog greater than $2Billion.
  • Developed and executed the HITCO strategy for transformation from hand lay up to  a fully automated Aerostructure fabricator of composite structures
  • Strategic planning for Special Programs, new commercial A/C programs, and hypersonics
  • Developed the technology for out of the autoclave automated manufacture of primary structure for advanced carbon epoxy composites

Cytec Fiberite Inc. & AMT I (Marina del Rey, California/Anaheim, California)
Director Advanced Program Development 1996 – 2001

Responsible for Aerospace Advanced Program Development.

  • Identified $20M sales over 3 years for Ordnance and Munitions.
  • Identified $30M of sales over 5 years for Orthotics and Prosthetics.
  • Identified $5M a year in additional sales for Bearings, Gaskets, and Seals.
  • Won and Program Manager $2.5M U.S. Navy Fast Ship Program, which developed a new concept for fabrication of very large surface ship structures with “out of the autoclave processing”.

McDonnell Douglas (USA/Russia)
Vice President, Advanced Programs 1989 – 1996

During this timeframe, Dr. Cohen was both the Director of the Army / Grumman / McDonnell Douglas Neutral Particle Beam Experiment program and flight experiment.  This position transitioned to the Vice President of Advanced Programs in Russia of which NPB was one of several and the stewardship of the Russian/MDC Joint Technology Center.  Dr. Cohen worked closely with the FSU launch vehicle manufacturers and designers of strategic weapon systems as the NPB program developed into a Joint USA/Russia flight experiment.  Specific program focusses of the NPBSE centered on payload definition and integration and launch vehicle selection – US vs. FSU.

  • Won U.S. government programs with key Russian institutes, winning two contracts and other business arrangements valued at over $20 million.  Supervised 30 professionals in Russia
  • Developed counter trade/offset strategy resulting in the lease of three DC-10’s, acquisition of upper stage structure for DC-X Single Stage to Orbit Vehicle and software for Mast Mounted Site.
  • Organized necessary technical, administrative and logistics personnel in Russia, providing the foundation for future Boeing Moscow Center.
  • Established supplier relationships in Russia for production hardware.

McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (Huntington Beach, California)
Director, Advanced Launch System 1987 – 1989

As the Director of the ALS program, Dr. Cohen managed both the system definition and technology demonstration projects.  While the system study existed until the next cycle of studies the technology demonstration programs continued and were implemented in various aspects of Delta IV such as an advanced composites shroud, health monitoring, and payload encapsulation.

  • Directed program for next-generation Advanced Launch System program, winning a $50 million subcontract for system definition and technology development.
  • Managed $5.3 million of company resources and over 100-person technical staff in two site locations, meeting contract objectives on time and within cost.
  • Won $26 million Advanced Launch System technology demonstration projects, maximizing leverage to division’s strategic plan.

MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:

SME/CMA Judd Hall Award for Excellence in Composite Manufacturing for Aerospace Structures. Member of AIAA, SME/CMA, ASTM and Fellow of SAMPE. Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow and Gold Medal Science and Technology, Structures and Materials, USSR Academy of Science. Advisory Board, Carnegie Mellon University Civil Eng., Stanford University Aeronautical Eng. and ARL Penn. State University. Exec. Comm. for S&T American Defense Preparedness Ass. Academician, International and Russian Academy of Engineering. First foreign member of Russian Federation of Society of Knowledge.  Winner of Suppliers of Advanced Composite Materials Association Award for Distinguished Technical Achievement.  L.A. City Council Citation For Humanitarian Contributions to Education In The City of L.A. – 2013.  Global Director of SAMPE, Member of the BoD for SME Aero & Defense Program, member of the board of director of USC School of Engineering.  Member of the Alumni Advisory Board for School of Engineering – Civil Engineering of CMU

International Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Joint US/Government of Sweden Program, 1966 Fulbright Hayes Post-Doctoral Fellowship to the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1967. American Society of Testing Materials Student Research Award, 1963. Elected Fellow of the Society of Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, 1991. Winner of the Judd Hall Award, for excellence in advanced composites, Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Composite Materials, 1991.  Gold Medal for Science and Technology for Aerospace Structures, USSR Academy of Science, 1991.  Elected as First Foreign Member of Knowledge Society of Russian Republic Zannie, 1992. Winner of General Manager’s and President’s Awards McDonnell Douglas, 1993 Elected, Academician, International and Russian Academy of Engineering, 1994. Three McDonnell Douglas “outstanding Achievement Citations”. SAMPE EU Award for Excellence – 2010.  George Lubin Award For Excellence In Composite Materials – SAMPE May 2013.

ACADEMIC TRAINING:

BS, MS, Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Structures & Materials), Carnegie Institute of Technology. Fulbright Hayes Post-Doctoral Fellow, Israel Institute of Technology, The Technion.

Danny Rothschild

Danny Rothschild (Major General, Res.)

Advisory Board

Gen. Rothschild served in the IDF Intelligence Corps for over thirty years, in various capacities, including Assistant to IDF Chief of Staff, commander of IDF Units in Southern Lebanon, Deputy Director of Military Intelligence, and Chief of Intelligence Research and Analysis.

He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering, chairman of the Israeli Board of the America-Israel Friendship League, and member of the board of governors of the Hebrew University Jerusalem.

Tal Russo (Major General, Res.)

Advisory Board

Gen. Russo served in many positions of command in the IDF, was a former GOC Southern Commander, and member of the IDF General Staff. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Haifa and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Irit Alroy

R&D consultant

With over 30 years of experience in the field of software and product development, Ms. Alroy is an invaluable asset to our team. Prior to joining Duke, she served as SHL Telemedicine’s Executive VP & CTO. Before that, Ms. Alroy held different positions in the field of IT development.

Ms. Alroy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master of Business Administration from the IDC in Herzliya (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)

Joel JT Malay

Joel "JT" Malay

RDT&E / Training, DoD and DHS Defensive Systems

Mr. Malay brings many years of experience in consulting and management services to US Government Partners to the industry. He specializes in the development, testing, evaluation and training of defensive technology systems in support of DHS and DoD Operational and Force Protection initiatives.

From 1985 to 2006, Mr. Malay served in US Army Infantry and Special Operations units.

After retiring from the US Army as a Special Forces Operations (Team) Sergeant, he served as a Security Contractor in direct support of US Government Strategic Objectives in the CENTCOM AOR until July 2013.

From 2013 to 2016, he provided SETA Program Analysis and project management for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), Tactical Operations Support (TOS) Subgroup assisting with the development of overmatch technological capabilities for the US Warfighter.

Mr. Malay then transitioned to industry, serving as the Director, Special Programs and Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Program Manager for ELTA North America where he remained until February 2018.

Mr. Malay now provides consulting services to industry for DoD and DHS defense systems. He specializes in the development, testing, evaluation and training of defensive technology systems in support of DHS and DoD Operational and Force Protection initiatives. He has experience providing commercial consulting and management services, most notably to ELTA North America, ELTA Systems Limited, and US Government Partners.

Mr. Malay holds a B.A in Management from American Military University.

Stas Muravich

Software Engineer

Mr. Muravich is a gifted software developer with more than three decades of experience in developing and launching products. His knowledge, ideas, and problem-solving capabilities are instrumental in the development of our systems.

Mr. Muravich holds a degree in Practical Electronics and Computer Engineering from the Chechen State University.

Amit Prigozin

Control Engineer

A gifted engineer, Mr. Prigozin handles various fields of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, and even software. As the leader of our control system development, he is a key player on our team.

Mr. Prigozin currently holds an M.S.c in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and plans to pursue his Ph.D. in the near future.

Albert Arakelov

Training

Mr. Arakelov is a weapon specialist and a gifted sniper. He brings over 20 years of experience in marksmanship and leadership; he is an Israeli Special Mission Unit Veteran, having served as the head sniper and squad leader. He was awarded the marksmanship medal in his Unit. His final position was the department head in the LOTAR – Counter Terror School.

Mr. Arakelov holds a degree in Practical Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akhtubinsk.

Tony Mazza

Tony (Anthony) Mazza

Business Development – North America

Anthony Mazza is a New York Attorney and Senior Business Liaison, delivering quality analysis and process improvements via executive consultation services, Board Representation or interim operational management.

Tony has significant managerial and business development experience in the technology and banking sectors at the CXO level. A strong strategic and innovative thinker, Tony has managed major business process and technology projects for Fortune 100 firms and Government entities. He is a is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has a career spanning 25 years as a Social Worker, Attorney and Finance Professional.

Tony is presently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and Public Policy at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He is licensed attorney and member of the bars of the NY, Federal and the US Supreme Courts. He also serves on the Board of Directors for an HR company in India for a Chicago venture capital fund (www.peoplestrong.com). Tony is a former US Army Infantry Officer and currently serves as an adviser to a non-profit re-employment program (www.icanstilldothat.org).

Erez Nachtomy

Vice Chairman

Erez Nachtomy brings over 30 years of experience in the business field. From 1989 until 2001, Mr. Nachtomy practiced law in one of the leading firms in Israel as a Senior Partner. In March 2001, Mr. Nachtomy joined the executive team of SHL Telemedicine Ltd. (SWX: SHLTN), as Vice President, and in January 2005 he was nominated as Executive Vice President of SHL Telemedicine Ltd. Until 2017, Mr. Nachtomy was active in the field of medical technology development and global telemedicine services, including in the United States, Germany, India, Japan, and Israel, and other territories.

Mr. Nachtomy holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.