After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in the same discipline, Zack began his professional career working in manufacturing automation in the Bay Area. In this role he worked to architect and design robotic assembly lines for medical device assembly. Through this experience, Zack became aware of the power of QR code technology and utilized these unique IDs to track parts as they moved through the supply chain. Zack’s role later shifted to engineering management as he oversaw the team responsible for the design and development of novel medical products.
From there Zack moved on to his next opportunity at a robotic surgery startup called Auris Health (now part of J&J). As a Senior R&D engineer and team lead at Auris, Zack designed and developed surgical instruments for robotic surgery applications like lung cancer diagnosis and kidney stone management. Throughout the first six years of his professional career, Zack earned several patents, led diverse teams, and pioneered cutting-edge product designs. Looking to apply these experiences towards entrepreneurship, Zack began to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School in the Fall of 2018.
Zack’s ingenuity, professional accomplishments, and entrepreneurial leadership potential allowed him to stand out at Harvard as well; he attained multiple merit-based awards and fellowships during his time as a student. Within his first few months in Boston, Zack also met Kait and together they began developing a clever solution for returning lost items using QR codes. As time passed and new challenges transformed the marketplace, Zack and Kait shifted their principal focus from lost & found towards helping brands reconnect with their consumers via QR codes.
As the CTO of Brij, Zack leads the engineering team in developing our tech platform and perfecting the user experience. These contributions are invaluable to Brij’s success as the company continues to refine and perfect its product offering: “I think we are really just scratching the surface of what is possible when you connect digital experiences to physical products,” says Zack, “I’m incredibly excited to see how we will continue to transform the way consumers engage with their favorite products and brands over the coming months.”