David Barrett

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

On Leave

A headshot of Dave Barrett


  • Ph.D., Ocean Engineering, MIT
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Lowell


  • Robotics

With over 25 years of experience in the robotics industry, Dr. Barrett has built robotic systems for a wide variety of government, commercial and industrial customers.

Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. and M.S. in ocean engineering and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Lowell. He teaches mechanical engineering and robotics at Olin. Prior to joining the Olin faculty, Dr. Barrett was vice president of Engineering at the iRobot Corporation. Prior to iRobot, he held positions as a director of the Walt Disney Imagineering Corporation, as a research engineer at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and as a technical director at Draper Laboratory. In addition to his many published articles, Dr. Barrett holds 15 patents with previous colleagues on a variety of robotic systems. He is a member of numerous professional societies including IEEE Robotics and Automation, Vehicular Technology and Ocean Engineering Societies.