Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence (RE2, Inc.) is a women-owned Carnegie Mellon University spin-off company specializing in mobile defense robotics, with an emphasis on Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems software development and unmanned systems components.

RE2 also provides a broad range of unmanned systems services, including system integration, software development, robotics engineering, and semi-autonomous navigation. RE2's expertise is broad and lends itself to several markets, including defense, law enforcement, homeland security and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Though the company won its first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Army in 2005, the RE2 was not prepared for the accounting requirements related to federal contracts. To perform on SBIR awards, a company must have a cost accounting system in place that effectively captures and classifies direct costs, materials and labor, as well as overhead burden.

The client came to the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for guidance and found that SBDC assistance is full-service: the consultant assisted the client in setting up an accounting system to meet all federal requirements through the equitable and consistent application of all costs incurred in performing on their contract and also reviewed the QuickBooks accounting system.

In addition, the consultant worked with the client to identify other funding opportunities, including two Broad Agency Announcements issued from the Technical Support Working Group and two Microgrants from the Innovation Partnership, and provided critique assistance to the company on its Phase II SBIR submission to the Army. In 2006, the client was awarded a Phase II SBIR from the Army for $750,000 and two Microgrants from the Innovation Partnership for $3,000 each.