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Liquid Robotics Announces Expansion of Strategic Advisory Board with Luminaries from the State Department and Department of Defense

SUNNYVALE, CA, October 27, 2015

Liquid Robotics®, a pioneer of autonomous, wave powered ocean robots, announced the addition of three highly respected former diplomatic and U.S. Defense leaders to the Company’s Strategy Advisory Board (SAB). The new members include:

  • John J. Young, former Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)
  • Robert Gelbard, career diplomat and former Ambassador to Indonesia, East Timor and Bolivia, Assistant Secretary of State and Presidential Representative for the Balkans
  • Millard Firebaugh, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Deputy Commander for Engineering and Chief Engineer of NAVSEA

They join an existing group of distinguished luminaries from the high-tech, commercial, and military sectors. Together, they will add valuable counsel and insights to help further the Company’s growth in the areas of defense, maritime, and security.

“We are honored to have John Young, Robert Gelbard, and Millard Firebaugh join our SAB,” said Gary Gysin, President and CEO of Liquid Robotics. “Their expertise will be invaluable as we continue to build the sensor network for the ocean critical to addressing the escalating ocean-related challenges facing businesses and governments worldwide.”

With the addition of three new members, Liquid Robotics’ SAB is now comprised of 18 experts from the commercial, defense, science, and high-tech industries. Established in the Fall of 2011, the SAB serves as an advisory role to the executive management team by providing insights into a broad array of organizational, governmental, and technology trends.

“Now that Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders® have a solid footprint around the globe, I am extremely pleased that Ambassador Robert Gelbard, Rear Admiral Millard Firebaugh, and the Honorable John J. Young have joined the Strategic Advisory Board where their distinguished credentials will help the Company continue its rapid growth into new and challenging markets”, said Dr. Marv Langston, Chairman, Liquid Robotics’ Strategic Advisory Board and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for C4I.


About Liquid Robotics, Inc.

Liquid Robotics designs and manufactures Wave Gliders®, the first wave and solar powered autonomous ocean robots. With our partners we address many of the planet’s greatest challenges, by transforming how to assess, monitor, and protect the ocean. We solve critical problems for defense, commercial, and science customers. Liquid Robotics is a venture-backed company. Visit us at to learn more.