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Meet the Embr Labs Leadership Team

Matthew Smith, Ph.D.

Research & Development

A passionate experimentalist, Matt is dedicated to improving people’s lives & the planet through applied materials science. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT, where he concentrated on advanced materials characterization, entrepreneurship, & karaoke.

Sam Shames

Business Operations & Supply Chain

A true energy amplifier, Sam believes that temperature is undervalued & has near limitless potential to improve human well-being. Sam graduated from MIT in 2014 with a BS in Materials Science & Engineering, & a minor in Energy Studies. His previous experience includes modeling the structure of bone, research applications for solar thermal fuels, & building a biodiesel processor. He has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 &, outside of Embr, he enjoys wrestling, cooking, reading, cello, & writing.

David Cohen-Tanugi, Ph.D.

Product

A thoughtful listener & technical thinker, David loves turning technologies into products. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, where he developed more efficient membranes for water desalination. His work has been ranked by Smithsonian Magazine among the Most Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012, & he has been recognized by the Forbes 30 Under 30. David is an avid rock climber & meditator, & also enjoys playing jazz in the office.

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Meet Embr Labs

Embr labs was founded by MIT students who are passionate about letting people take control of their own comfort.

Our mission is to harness the power of temperature to improve personal comfort & save energy. We are driven by the realization that existing temperature solutions haven’t significantly evolved in the last hundred years: these solutions are passive, low-tech, & impersonal.

Since our early days in 2013, we’ve been on a mission to bring next-generation personalizable wearable temperature to the world.

Jun.
2013
Matt Smith, Sam Shames, Mike Gibson, & David Cohen-Tanugi invent Embr Wave while at MIT.
Jan.
2014
Embr Labs is officially incorporated. EMBR stands for Environment, Mind, Body Resonance.
Nov.
2014
Embr Labs is a finalist in the Intel Make it Wearable competition, later receiving a $100k investment from Intel Capital.
Feb.
2016
Embr begins the final product design of Embr Wave.
Jul.
2016
Embr receives a $225k grant award from the US National Science Foundation.
Jan.
2017
Bose Ventures becomes a strategic investor in Embr Labs.
Aug.
2017
Our manufacturer successfully completes the Engineering Pilot build of Embr Wave.
Oct.
2017
Embr Wave raises $630K on Kickstarter.
Jan.
2018
Researchers at UC Berkeley find that Embr Wave restores comfort by 5ºF.
Mar.
2018
Embr Wave arrives in stock and is available for sale.
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