Meet our team

A committed team with a unique vision

  • Rafael Acebrón

    Co-Founder & Electronic Engineer
  • Rafael Acebrón

    Co-Founder & Electronic Engineer

    Rafael Acebrón is one of the founders of AURA and a Master student in Electronic System Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

    His research interest includes robotics, electronics and the development of medical devices. His past research and experience includes mobile social robots and mechatronics design and control systems.

  • Marie André Destarac

    Senior Robotics Engineer
  • Marie André Destarac

    Senior Robotics Engineer

    Marie Destarac is a PhD student in the Technical University of Madrid (Spain) working with AURA as a researcher. She has obtained the Engineer degree in Electronics from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala), and the M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Her current research interest includes human musculoskeletal modeling, rehabilitation robotics and adaptive control systems. She is also interested in the use of brain signals to control devices, the design of control systems for upper limb prosthesis and the development of portable medical measuring instruments.

    She has more than 10 years working in R&D medtech projects in Guatemala, Japan and Spain, and has contributed with more than 15 articles reported in conferences and in indexed journals listed in the JCR. Marie received the “Innovators Under 35-Central America” award from the MIT Technology Review in 2015.

  • Ricardo Espinoza

    Chief Technical Officer
  • Ricardo Espinoza

    Chief Technical Officer

    Ricardo Espinoza is the CTO in AURA and a PhD student in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His current areas of interest are in healthcare robotics, service robotics, controls systems, mechanical design, mechanism synthesis and industrial automation. Ricardo has ten years of experience on the industry, working in manufacturing and maintenance. He received his mechanical engineering degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2008 and the MSc. degree in automation and robotics from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2013.

  • Jorge García

    Product Development Engineer
  • Jorge García

    Product Development Engineer

    Jorge García is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid working in AURA as Product Development Engineer. His research interests includes design and manufacture of an exoskeleton and an eye tracking device. He is currently working on his dissertation project targeted at the design of an exoskeleton for the upper limb to be used in shoulder rehabilitation therapies. Jorge holds a certificate in plastic manufacturing and a second certificate in 3D designed with Blender.
  • David Gómez Andrés

    Co-Founder & Medical and Research Advisor
  • David Gómez Andrés

    Co-Founder & Medical and Research Advisor
    David Gómez Andres is a co-founder of AURA. He received his Medicine degree in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a child neurologist in Hospital Universitario Infanta Sofía and a doctorate student in Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience Department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also holds a Master in Applied Statistics. He has worked in Applied Neuroscience research since his early university years. His PhD dissertation deals with the development of new computational techniques in the analysis and interpretation of data from instrumented gait analysis.
  • Santiago Hernández

    Software Engineer
  • Santiago Hernández

    Software Engineer

    Graduate in Electronics and Automation Engineering by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and studying a Master´s degree in Automation and Robotics by the same university. Santiago holds previous experience in the robotics arena; programming, control, sensor fusion, neural networks, etc. His interests are focused in developing computer vision applications for problem solving. Santiago is currently part of the Software Development team at AURA.

  • Erik Hernández

    Senior Software Engineer
  • Erik Hernández

    Senior Software Engineer

    Erik Hernández is a researcher at AURA. His current areas of interests are in healthcare robotics, computer vision, real-time and parallel software development, artificial intelligence, distributed systems. He is also interested in collaborative Multi-Robot Systems, distributed algorithms, robotics security systems and game theory. He received his B.Sc., in computer science from the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico., and his M.Sc. and Ph.D., in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain.

  • David Molina

    Electronic Engineer
  • David Molina

    Electronic Engineer

    David Molina is an undergraduate student of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid collaborating as an intern in AURA. His research interests includes signal filtering and processing for pattern detection in the eye movement. He is currently working on his dissertation project focused on the design and assembly of a PCB circuit for continuous LED illumination and data acquisition required in artificial vision systems. He successfully graduated for International Baccalaureate in the year 2011.
  • Lisandro Puglisi

    Project Management & Quality Control
  • Lisandro Puglisi

    Project Management & Quality Control

    Lisandro J. Puglisi is mainly focussed on the quality and control and project management activities in AURA. He has obtained the Engineer degree in Electronics from Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), and the M.Sc. and Ph.D in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). He has more than 10 years working in R&D projects and more than 3 years in the industrial sector in EU projects. He holds three patents, and has contributed with more than 30 articles reported in conferences and in indexed journals listed in the JCR, consolidating his interest in biomechanics, robotics, dynamic systems, control algorithms and Smart Grids.

  • Irene Pulido

    Chief Medical Officer
  • Irene Pulido

    Chief Medical Officer

    Irene Pulido is Medical doctor an PhD in Neuroscience by la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Neurologist. Her research interest includes movement analysis and control. She is currently working in AURA as CMO and is responsible of designing and performing studies and clinical trials of AURA's medtech solutions with both patients and healthy subjects.

  • Sara Ramos

    Co-Founder & CEO
  • Sara Ramos

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Sara graduated in Business Administration from the University Carlos III of Madrid. Highly motivated by the process of creation of innovative companies and by the development and exploitation of their full growth potential. Sara enjoyed an internship at the IDC Elevator, accelerator at the University of Herzliya in Tel Aviv, one of the world's most active entrepreneurial ecosystem. Her contribution is focused on the strategic and operational management of AURA, including its daily administration.
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Business Development
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Business Development

    Gonzalo is mainly focussed on the business development activities in AURA. He has obtained a degree in Biotechnology from the University Francisco de Vitoria (Spain). He is Master student from the Marketing & Sales Management program at EAE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He is an enterprising person genuinely committed to healthcare industry. Gonzalo enjoyed an internship at Boston University working as laboratory technician for cancer research. His actual interests are focused on developing medical devices to improve rehabilitation and diagnosis methods for human disorders.

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