Joe Hitt, PhD

    Dr. Hitt serves as the Co-Founder and CEO for GoX Studio, Co-Founder and COO for Fit Scientific and the Executive Director for Wearable Robotics Association. He is recognized nationally as an expert in wearable robotic technologies and human systems. Dr. Hitt is a retired, service-disabled Army Lieutenant Colonel who became obsessed with wearable robotics and the accuracy of fitness trackers following injuries sustained serving four years in an airborne unit. After breaking a leg, herniating disks, and dislocating a shoulder in one parachute accident, Dr. Hitt learned that the first step to optimizing his rehabilitation was accurate measurement. He is credited with creating the world’s first bionic running leg as showcased on the Discovery Channel with a Special Forces amputee running at eight mph only four months after losing his limb.

    After serving as the director for both the Aerospace Systems and Thermodynamics Group and the Mechanical Engineering Research Center at the United States Military Academy, Dr. Hitt was invited to become a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA, Dr. Hitt led multiple advanced technology programs in partnership with 15 industry prime contractors, 10 subcontractors, and 10 world-class academic institutions and managed a robotics-centric program portfolio worth over $300 Million. He regularly participates on multiple government, private and academic panels, and boards including the Board on Army Science and Technology and the Army Basic Science Review Panel. He’s been invited to speak at numerous conferences including the National Robotics Initiative, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Harvard University Smart Clothes Symposium, and ExxonMobil Wearable Technology Workshop.

    Dr. Hitt currently serves as the CEO of GoX Studio, a product development company focused on wearable and robotic technologies that enhance health, performance, and quality of life.

    Dr. Hitt obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California.