Alan Adler is the President of AeroPress, Inc. An inventor and engineer, he founded the company in 1984 to manufacture and sell his revolutionary invention, the Aerobie flying ring. Over the years Alan added many more high performance sport toys and the innovative AeroPress coffee maker to the company’s product lineup. Now that the assets of the Aerobie sport toy brand have been sold to SwimWays, a subsidiary of Spin Master Ltd., Alan has brought the focus of the company squarely onto the globally-beloved AeroPress coffee maker.
Alan has been honing his inventing skills since he was 13 years old. That was when he came up with an idea for a useful tool: an electronic device for measuring minute displacements in structures. When he described his invention to an engineer, he was told that his creation was an existing device called a “strain gage” that had been invented the year Alan was born. So began Alan’s lifelong inventing streak.
In Alan’s early career he worked as an electrical engineer designing systems for high tech companies. He was fascinated by sailboats and taught himself aerodynamics so that he could learn to design them. His studies led him to design a radically light boat he called the Fast-40 which became a production series manufactured in Rockland, Maine. Alan also designed a 60-foot racing ketch he called Etosha, which was the first monohull to finish in the 1998 Singlehanded TransPacific Race from San Francisco to Hawaii.
Alan holds over 40 patents. He has designed instrumentation systems for military aircraft, nuclear reactors, and submarines, a paraboloid lens for telescopes, and dozens of flutes in addition to his boats and Aerobie products. Along with the course on sensors he taught for Stanford University’s mechanical engineering students, he has given guest lectures on engineering design, aerodynamics, and inventing at NASA, Google, Caltech, Princeton, UC Davis, and The Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
Alan and his wife Irene, with whom he owns the business, live in Los Altos, California. On any given day you’ll find Alan working on a new invention in his workshop or enjoying a delicious cup of coffee brewed with an AeroPress.