Dr. Ted Acworth is a scientist and engineer by trade, as well as an award-winning entrepreneur. He has been developing and commercializing innovative technology for over twenty years. The core of Dr. Acworth’s technical expertise is ultraprecision metrology systems design. Throughout his career he has also developed expertise in management of the research and development process. Combined, his work in these areas has been sought by companies, universities and governments in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Ted directed the advanced technology research portfolio at the Cambridge-MIT Institute, which under his management yielded 38 patent disclosures and 4 venture-backed spinout companies. In 2003 Ted co-founded Brontes Technologies Inc., an MIT spinout company. The company was funded by Bain Capital, Charles River Ventures, and Flybridge Capital Partners, and was sold to 3M in 2006 who then launched it nationally as the Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. Brontes’ product is available throughout the US, Canada and Western Europe and is part of the fastest growing category in all of dentistry.
Adding rocket science to his resume, Ted founded and directed the Stanford Artificial Star 3 Laboratory. In 2001, his team successfully pre-launch tested the NASA Gravity Probe-B Relativity Mission space telescope, producing the most accurate in-situ calibration ever.
Ted holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MS and BS from Columbia University.
Ted serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, focusing on 5-8th grade education. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, representing small innovative manufacturers. He is a member of the MassTLC Robotics Cluster Advisory Board, and a Director of the non-profit Design Museum Boston organization. In a former life Ted lent his scientific skills as on-screen host and science producer for History Channel’s successful weekly television series “UFO Hunters.”