The Team

The Kane Robotics Management Team has a combined total of more than 60 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industries. It’s Advisory Board brings significant expertise from the tech, robotics, and engineering fields.

Management Team


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 – F-35 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.

Advisory Board


Richard Milford, PhD

Richard has over 20 years of experience successfully leading advanced technology and product development in Aerospace & Defense at both large and small companies. He is currently the Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Virgin Orbit where he leads the integration of the air-launched LauncherOne rocket system and plays a key role in transforming the company from R&D to first flight and production. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (formerly Hughes Space & Communications) including Flight Controls & Software Department Manager for 150+ engineers, and Platform R&D Portfolio Manager and Chief Systems Engineer for the $1B 702 Satellite Product Line. He has also served as COO of Enigma Science, an R&D Instrumentation startup, and has lectured courses, published papers and patents in control systems, software, and product line strategy. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Robotics and Controls from the University of Queensland Australia, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.


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