Corvid founder ‘fumbled’ into success

As a child growing up in Greensboro, David Robinson had an interest in how machines worked – a fascination that may have driven his parents a little crazy.

“I did take apart everything and got yelled at a lot for taking stuff apart,” Robinson said. “TVs, computers, cars. Sometimes I put them back together. Every once in a while. Just figuring out how things worked was interesting.”

That boyhood interest led Robinson to advanced degrees in aerospace engineering at N.C. State University and, in 2004, his founding of Corvid Technologies, where he remains president.

The Mooresville-based company just broke ground on a new $28.9 million corporate headquarters just east of Interstate 77 Exit 31. Corvid provides computational physics analysis support to the defense and automotive industries. Its customers range from the U.S. Department of Defense to U.S. Olympic teams, to the motorsports industry.

These complicated and precise projections save time, money and more importantly, lives, he added. “The idea is if you can model it on a computer before you ever build it or before you test it, you can save the government time and money,” said Robinson. “You can also develop weapons and defensive solutions that are more optimized rather than developing an armored vehicle, putting it in (combat), having guys die and then coming back and seeing what’s wrong with it.”

The same goes for motorsports customers. Instead of testing on a real-life track and risking the car or driver, Corvid creates proposed technologies called virtual design development.

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