About Us

Who We Are

New River Kinematics (NRK) was founded in 1994 by two Ph.D. mechanical engineers who also specialize in computational kinematics. They first applied this expertise to solving challenging control problems posed by the use of robotics in hazardous nuclear environments. From there, the founders grew into the field of spatial metrology where they recognized the need for a rigorous application of kinematics. Click here to read more about the early history of NRK. Since then, the company has expanded to include a talented team of industry-trained engineers and professionals to further develop NRK's software and support NRK's customers.

Executive Team

 

Joseph Calkins, PhD, NRK Co-Founder

Joe Calkins attended Virginia Tech and received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His research areas included robotic deflection compensation, and coordinate measurement uncertainty analysis. He co-founded NRK and continues to work in the area of advanced coordinate metrology.

 

Robert J. Salerno, PhD, NRK Co-Founder

Bob Salerno attended Virginia Tech and received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering. After a brief stint in academia at Virginia Tech, he co-founded NRK and continues to work in the area of advanced coordinate metrology.

 

Bob Salerno and Joe Calkins are the primary architects and developers of numerous spatial metrology and machine control applications. Collectively they have immense experience in engineering software development specializing in spatial transformations and computer graphics. They are recognized worldwide as experts in metrology serving aerospace, shipbuilding, and numerous other industries. Click here for their philosophy regarding software development.

 

David O'Neal, NRK President & Product Line Manager

David O'Neal received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has worked in the portable metrology field since 2001 in both a technical and sales capacity, and in sales management since 2008. He joined NRK in 2010 as a regional sales manager, became Vice President of US Sales in 2012, and then NRK Product Line Manager in 2014.

 

Department Heads

 

International Sales

Rick Cole

 

North America Sales

Patrick Welch

 

Marketing & Communications

Jessica Ruff

 

Technical Support

Gary Garrison

 

Finance

Shannon Fish


Contact any of us by phone at 757-565-1500.