Xyla is the CEO and founder of Parihug, and a Mechanical Engineer with a minor in Studio Art at Case Western Reserve University. With passions ranging from aviation to theater, she loves all combinations of art and technology, and can frequently be found tinkering with projects that combine the two.
Xyla strives to be the woman she wish she had to look up to growing up: passionate and invested in what she does technically, but also maintaining femininity and external interests like fashion and art. She prides herself on being in a dress at robotic design reviews, and a blur of pink in the machine shop. After years of being told girls can't build robots or fly airplanes, Xyla tries to spend as much time volunteering with elementary schools to make sure they don't feel the same way.
As a strong believer in integrating art, engineering, and psychology, Xyla founded Parihug in 2015. These plush toys let you hug loved ones from anywhere in the world, adding the humanity back into how people communicate over the internet.
Although Xyla is a MechE, she's definitely a bit of a closeted electrical engineer as well. She specializes in robotics and integrating systems and disciplines. She was president of the CWRU Robotics Team and an engineer on rocket team with NARS Level 1 certification.
Who says engineers can't be creative? In fact, Xyla's philosophy is that engineering is just another form of art. Although she may not be DaVinci, Xyla makes sure to spend at least 6 hours a week in the art studio as an art minor.