Sn5 #9 Maria Telleria: Augmentation Over Automation
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
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Maria Telleria is co-founder and CTO at Canvas, a construction robotics startup that is working to make life safer and better for trades workers. During her childhood in Mexico, Maria was always “tinkering,” often helping family members fix things that were broken. When she moved to the United States at 14, she joined the robotics team at her high school—sparking an interest in mechanical engineering. This started her on a path that would take her to MIT, where she earned her undergraduate degree and later her Ph.D. Her doctoral research focused on building small, precise fluid valves, a vital component of mechanical products. Canvas is building worker-controlled machines to enable contractors to make drywall finishing safer and more attractive to a shrinking pool of skilled labor. Using tech and AI, this system improves worker air quality by capturing 99.9% of the dust produced in the sanding phase and most importantly eliminates musculoskeletal injuries. It also greatly reduces the opportunity for falls by enabling workers to tackle riskier elevated work from ground level. The firm has collaborated with leading builders and District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to perfect its approach. Earlier this year, Maria was named to the Inc. 2022 Female Founders