Dr. Aaron Franklin is the CTO at Tyrata and the Addy Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemistry at Duke University. After spending six years on the research staff at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, he joined the faculty at Duke in 2014. At Duke, Dr. Franklin leads a research group focused on developing new electronic devices and sensors from nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, using nanofabrication and low-cost printing approaches. Tyrata’s IntelliTread™ technology began as a research project in Dr. Franklin’s lab at Duke and was translated into the successful startup company in 2018 with a team of experienced entrepreneurs. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Arizona State University in 2004. He is a prolific scientific contributor and inventor, with more than 90 publications and 50 issued patents.