The IPS Mission

Delivering product design excellence to diverse markets with precision, transparency and enthusiasm.

Our Story

Where we're from

IPS was founded in 2008 by Mitch Maiman and Paul Severino, former executives of Symbol Technologies (now Zebra Technologies).  As engineers with roots in product engineering and manufacturing, their goal was to build a product design and engineering services company to provide clients with a single source solution for concepts, industrial design, mechanical engineering, embedded software and systems architecture, mobile and enterprise application software, optical engineering and UX/UI design.

How far we've come

Beginning with a small mechanical engineering staff, the breadth of capabilities and number of employees has grown to a staff of more than 100 designers and engineers in just over 17 years, providing the full-service end to end development that was part of the founders’ vision.  IPS now serves customers across North America and global markets.

A Proud Forward Industries Company

In January of 2018, IPS was acquired by Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD) with a shared vision of providing customers with end to end product design, development and manufactured, finished goods.  The companies are actively and effectively collaborating and are energized by the new endeavor and are engaged with customers in realization of the extended vision.


Paul Severino

President, Co-Founder

Paul is the President and Co-Founder of IPS, building the company on a vision of delivering a comprehensive range of product design services to provide clients with effective solutions. Paul has 26 years of experience in the fields of manufacturing and engineering, managing a wide range of projects, including early generation and advanced bar code scanners.

His earlier career includes mechanical engineering positions at Ebasco and Fairchild Systems. Just prior to joining IPS, he served as Senior Director of Engineering and Senior Director of Manufacturing Engineering in Symbol Technologies, in Holtsville, NY.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master’s in Computer Science and Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Long Island University, C. W. Post. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with APICS certification.

Bob Wild

Chief Operating Officer

Bob is the Chief Operating Officer of IPS and brings over 25 years of engineering experience that applies to all aspects of product design. At IPS, he is instrumental in incorporating all disciplines of engineering – from concept to full production, as well as all phases of lifecycle development.Bob began his career at Symbol Technologies (Motorola) in Operations, where his responsibilities evolved into the development lead for flexible robotic and vision systems. He was also a member of the Advanced Development Group at Symbol developing Bluetooth v1.0. At Layer One, he developed next-generation 3G cellular solutions.

Approximately 10 years ago, Bob headed up a software department of more than 60 engineers at BAE Systems, then taking the Program Engineering Lead for the Mission Computing and Antenna Systems division.His experience spans full product life cycle development for DoD, B2B, and B2C solutions.Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering focusing on Control Systems from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in Wireless Communications from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and also has an MBA from SUNY Stony Brook.

Jan Niewiadomski

Chief Technology Officer

Jan is the Chief Technology Officer at IPS and brings over 25 years of experience in electrical engineering, embedded software, and system architecture for connected devices and comprehensive solutions. With a specialized focus on product design for IoT and medical/dental devices, Jan has played a pivotal role in shaping the technological landscape at IPS.

Prior to joining IPS, Jan held the position of Chief Technology Leader at Air Techniques and served as an Engineering Manager at BAE Systems. His career started at Global Payment Technologies, where he assumed the role of Director of Electrical Engineering, marking the beginning of a journey marked by innovation and leadership.

Jan’s deep-rooted experience spans across diverse industries, including medical devices, defense, and international business. Over the course of eight years at IPS, Jan and his team have been at the forefront of architecting and developing groundbreaking connected products and solutions. His leadership has been instrumental in guiding the Systems and Architecture group, contributing to the company’s success in various sectors.

Jan holds multiple degrees from Stonybrook University including BEEE, MSEE, and an MBA.

Mitch Maiman

Business Strategy Consultant

Mitch is Co-Founder and former President of IPS and has transitioned into a new group role as Business Strategy Consultant for IPS and Forward Industries to provide business strategy services.

Mitch honed his deep knowledge of product design on the strength of a 30-year career with companies that manufacture commercially successful products for the consumer, industrial, and DoD markets. This included employment with Norden Systems (now Northrop Grumman) and Applied Digital Data Systems (now NCR). Prior to launching IPS, Mitch was VP of Engineering at Symbol Technologies (now Motorola). Always espousing a hands-on approach to design, he holds a portfolio of numerous United States and international patents.

Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Our Values

We speak openly, honestly and directly, choosing our words with thought and care. We deliver on our promises.

We think beyond the scope of the problem, uncover all underlying issues and come to complete resolution. We boldly explore innovative solutions to problems old and new.

Real collaboration allowing expression of diverse ideas and voices is central to our work. We measure our own success by the success of our customers.

We enjoy creating products that make a difference. We put our all into everything we do and have a great time doing it.

Our Culture

The work is hard, but the fun is serious. From brainstorms to boat trips, from product design to ping pong, our work and our play are close to our hearts.

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