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Our Team

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RORY KORATHU-LARSON, 
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER. FOUNDER. 

Rory Korathu-Larson founded RPrime Labs with over 10 years experience in “bring to market” rapid prototyping, engineering, CAD, 3D printing and small batch production manufacturing. At any given time he has 10 or more inventions in the patenting process, along with multiple patents already granted. 

In March of 2020, Rory developed, designed and prototyped a 3D printed mask for Covid in just 48 hours. With the help of friends, family, and national and international experts – the Maker Mask project became both the first FDA approved 3D mask, as well as the world’s largest 3D printing project with free downloads in over 160 countries.

Previous to founding RPrime Labs, Rory studied engineering on both the East Coast (Rochester Institute of Technology) and in Hawaii (University of Hawaii). Rory returned to Seattle to immerse himself in the technology culture, the Maker Space community and the rain. As an early employee of Seattle Makers, Rory helped on hundreds of projects that utilized his vast knowledge and mastery of woodworking, laser-cutting, welding, 3D printing, CNC milling, CAD design and development. Rory has collaborated on the development of team-building programs and led classes for all sized companies — from start-up breweries to Amazon.

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ANDREAS KOWALD, 
SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Andreas joined RPrime Labs in June of 2021, after graduating from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

 

Andreas, our Software Engineer, is responsible for all aspects of the development of data detection algorithms, data warehouse and transfer protocols, and data visualization with our roll-out partners. He has played a key role in our Structural Alarm project, and has helped with the software development of several other classified intellectual property and patents as well.

 

Andreas enjoys music, studying foreign languages, and fitness – most recently focusing on boxing and protective arts.

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PETER SPRINGER, 
PROJECT MANAGER

Peter was a director of the Maker Mask initiative starting in April of 2020, helping with staffing, project management, and logistics. In June of 2022, after graduating from the University of Oregon, Peter joined full-time as Project Manager of several initiatives – including Marine Probiotics and our Structural Alarm. He manages all aspects of strategic development, goal setting, and stewardship, and adjusts the go-forward strategy as needed.

Peter is an avid sports fan – including supporting and following the Seahawks, Mariners, the University of Oregon teams, and the Kansas University Men’s Basketball Team.

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WINSTON ROBERTS, 
BUSINESS ANALYST

Winston has been with the RPrime team since Maker Mask, where he was the Engineering and Personnel Manager. After graduating in 2022 from New York University – Winston joined RPrime Labs as a Business Analyst – responsible for research, analysis, and development of materials for grant proposals, foundation funding, and university partnerships. Winston has played a key role in the creation of the documentation of research and whitepapers related to the lab's intellectual properties and patentable applications and solutions.

Previous to joining RPrime Labs full-time, Winston completed three years of studies at the NYU Shanghai Campus, with his final year, and graduated at the New York campus. He is fluent in Mandarin and studied International Business and Relations, Economics, World Affairs, and Social Studies.

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ELIOT ROBERTS, 
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Eliot is a 2020 Dean’s List graduate of Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Foreign Relations, and History. After graduating, Eliot joined the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington DC, where he interned during university as well. With significant travel, study abroad, and language experience, Eliot has worked a varied paid policy and security-relevant projects – including his ongoing consulting work within Supply Chain Security. He was a key leader in the Maker Mask project as its Director of Operations and Logistics.

Eliot has traveled extensively, including time in China, Taiwan, Italy, Europe, and throughout the United States. He enjoys learning new cultures and languages and is fluent in Mandarin.