John Spruce

John Spruce is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years in the Aerospace and Defense industries. John has successfully assembled and led diverse teams in the execution of complex business models that combine engineering, manufacturing, and services as well as intellectual property development and licensing. Prior to founding Kane Robotics, John served as CEO of Advanced Steel Recovery where he oversaw the installation of numerous large-scale automation projects around the world. John also served as CEO of Mechtronic Solutions, Inc., an engineering and manufacturing services firm specializing in the development of unique airborne sensor systems for manned and unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Government. John has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.




Alan Hiken

Alan Hiken is a Subject Matter Expert in Composites Manufacturing with more than 35 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industries. His expertise includes hands-on experience in the design and manufacture of advanced composite structures and elastomer-based products for high-performance applications. He previously served as VP of Operations and VP of Engineering & Technology at Rubbercraft Corporation where his responsibilities included overseeing the development and deployment of the company’s elastomeric tooling for composites manufacturing. Alan previously worked for Northrop Grumman in El Segundo, CA and held composite intensive leadership positions such as:

  • Manufacturing Team Leader – Fuselage Structure YF-23 Program
  • Team Leader for Composites Manufacturing F/A-18 E/F Program
  • Composites Center Manufacturing Manager
  • IPT Lead – JSF Center Fuselage

Alan received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Alan holds a patent related to composite processing and is a published author and presenter.