Bill Flaherty


Bill Flaherty

Director of Hardware Engineering

Massachusetts, USA

About Bill

As Very's Director of Hardware Engineering, Bill has a natural love of taking a complicated problem, breaking it down to its base level, and then coming up with a solution.



Python, Matlab, LabView


CAD, Advanced Manufacturing, 3D Printing (plastic and metal), CNC

Current Role

Bill is currently reimaging the hardware design process to deliver outsized value on tight timelines to our clients. By defining a new approach to Agile development for hardware, Bill enables aligned development with our software engineers while appreciating hardware's differences from software.

Past Experience

  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Technical Staff
  • GE Aviation, Engineer/ Technologist
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Research Assistant


  • Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics


Bill holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in addition to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and over seven years of technical experience and research.


Bill's hobbies include fixing yard tools, gaming, reading, guitar, astronomy, golf, and woodworking.