Board of Management

William Santana Li
Stacy D Stephens
Mercedes Soria
Aaron J Lehnhardt
Jack M Schenk

What if we could make the United States of America the safest country in the world? Knightscope’s technology has the potential to be one of the most fascinating and impactful disruptions of our lifetime.

– William Santana Li,
Chairman and CEO

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William Santana Li

Chairman and CEO

Bill Li has served as our Chairman and CEO since April 2013. He is an American entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and through founding and leading a number of startups. During his career at Ford Motor Company from 1990 to 1999, Bill focused on four continents and held over 12 business and technical positions.

His positions at Ford ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with the Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln brands; to business and product strategy on the United States youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the “Amazon” team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.

After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary that became the world’s second largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to more than 600 employees, 20 locations worldwide, and annual sales of approximately $150 million. At the age of 28, Bill was the youngest senior executive at Ford Motor Company worldwide.

After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish and serve as the President and CEO of the Model E Corporation; a newly established automobile manufacturer that focused on the “Subscribe and Drive” model in California. Bill also founded Carbon Motors Corporation* in 2003, and as its Chairman and CEO until February 2013, focused it on developing the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle.

Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Stacy D Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

Stacy Dean Stephens is our VP of Marketing and Sales and co-founded the Company in April of 2013. Previously, he co-founded Carbon Motors Corporation* with Bill, where he led marketing operations, sales, product management, partnership marketing and customer service. At Carbon Motors, Stacy established the “Carbon Council”, a customer interface and users group consisting of over 3,000 law enforcement professionals across all 50 states and actively serving over 2,200 law enforcement agencies.

Prior to co-founding Carbon Motors Corporation, Stacy served as a police officer for the Coppell (Texas) Police Department from 2000 to 2002. In recognition of his accomplishments, Stacy was named one of Government Technology magazine’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” in 2011.

Stacy studied aerospace engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. He subsequently earned a degree in criminal justice and graduated as valedictorian from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and also sits on the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) SafeShield Project, which seeks to critically examine existing and developing technologies for the purpose of preventing and minimizing officer injuries and fatalities.

Mercedes Soria

VP Software Engineering

Mercedes Soria is our VP of Software Engineering and has been with Knightscope since April 2013. Mercedes is a technology professional with over 15 years of experience in systems development, life cycle management, project leadership, software architecture and web applications development.

Mercedes led IT strategy development at Carbon Motors Corporation* from 2011 until 2013. From 2002 to 2010, Mercedes was Channel Manager and Software Development Manager for internal operations at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where her team deployed software that was used daily across the firm’s thousands of employees. From 1998 to 2002 she worked as a software developer at Gibson Musical Instruments leading the effort to establish its online presence.

Mercedes obtained Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University with honors, as well as an Executive MBA from Emory University. She is also a certified Six Sigma green belt professional and a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Aaron J Lehnhardt

VP Design

Aaron Lehnhardt has served as our VP of Design since November 2015. Previously, from the Company’s inception in April 2013 until November 2015, Aaron served as Chief Designer of Knightscope. As co-owner of Lehnhardt Creative LLC from 2002 until April 2013, Aaron worked on advanced propulsion vehicle design, personal electronics, product design, video game design, and concept development work.

From 2004 to 2011, Aaron was Chief Designer at California Motors (“Calmotors”), where he led the design for various concepts for HyRider hybrid vehicles, the Calmotors 1000 horsepower hybrid super car, Terra Cruzer super off road vehicle, multiple vehicles for the U.S. Military, and various other hybrid and electric vehicles. He was also the lead designer and partner of Ride Vehicles LLC, a sister company to Calmotors, which worked on a 3-wheeled, standup personal mobility vehicle.

Aaron began his career in 1994 in the Large Truck Design Studio of Ford Motor Company, where he worked on the Aeromax and Excursion truck programs. His progress led him to the Large Vehicle Production Studio to work on the Mustang and Windstar models. He also successfully aided the development of the GT90, My Mercury, Th!nk, P2000 Prodigy, and certain concept vehicles.

Aaron earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Transportation Design from the College For Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He also served as an Alias 3D instructor at the College For Creative Studies.

Jack M Schenk

VP Business Development

Jack Schenk serves as our VP of Business Development and has been with the Company since December 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in security operations, including in physical security, systems integration and intelligence gathering software platforms.

Jack’s career in security began with his service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where he was ultimately assigned to covert operations and intelligence-related positions. He joined Securitas Security Services in 1995, following his military service. Until 2011, Jack held numerous executive roles at Securitas, including Vice President Sales and Marketing, West Coast Region. Jack also led the team responsible for landing Securitas’ then-largest company contract.

From 2011 to 2014 Mr. Schenk was Senior Vice President of Sales at SDI Solutions, a leading systems integrator specializing in mission-critical technologies and infrastructure. He was also a member of the mergers and acquisitions team, where he led the integration of sales processes from numerous acquisitions that expanded SDI’s footprint to the national level.

Most recently, Jack served as Executive Vice President of Sales at Geofeedia, a location-based, social media monitoring company where he managed Geofeedia’s sales initiatives and launched the corporate security practice, which was responsible for adding numerous Fortune 100 customers to GeoFeedia’s book of business.

Jack attended Loyola University of Chicago. He is active in ASIS, the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Building Owners and Managers Association and the Special Agents Association.

Teamwork

Dominic A Villa
Phillip Wong
Suraj T Narayana
Urja H Patel
S SelvamRaju
Vamshi K Konduri
Parshad D Patel
Nicholas L Xydes
Ian N Ndicu
Clay J Pottorff
Michael T Lewis
Amelia K Helmick
Alfredo S Ruezga
Dr. Karan H Khokar
Hen-You Tan
Kishan N Panchal
Samuel A Erazo
Ina L Liu
Zoe E Demertzis
Ronald J Gallegos
C McKenzie Hilton
Gale I Curry
David P Looney
Sara C Gregg
C Mac Mai
Roman Fedynchuk
Weifu Wang

Dominic A Villa

K3 Lead Engineer

Dominic founded the Formula SAE Electric program at Santa Clara University which provides a platform for electric vehicle research and education. He spearheaded the team formation and attracted a group of 20 engineers passionate about the electric vehicle space.

Dominic designed an electrical powertrain (300V, 85kW battery pack) and led the systems integration synchronizing the battery pack, battery management system, motor and motor controller.

At Renovo Motors, Dominic supported the team on wide range of engineering projects in order to accelerate the completion of the prototype vehicle. He designed the dashboard including detailed CAD models utilizing Solidworks and produced multiple iteration of the design using a CNC router. He also deisgned and manufactured a battery/motor loading system for the prototype vehicle.

Dominic graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. In 2014, Dominic participated in Santa Clara University’s CAPE program for entrepreneurs.

Phillip Wong

K5 Lead Engineer

Phillip developed system control and computer vision software for semi-autonomous robotic arms at the University of California Santa Cruz and is experienced in utilizing point cloud libraries, communication protocols and the open-source, Robotic Operation System (ROS). He is an accomplished programmer in C programming language on Linux and Windows IDE (Eclipse/MPLABX), and C++, Java, and Python languages on Ubuntu.

He was also the lead programmer for an autonomous mobile droid that navigated through obstacles to find an end point. He and his team wrote the code that controlled different sensors on the droid including the motors, actuators, light filters and switches.

Phillip graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering.

Phillip Co-Chaired the UCSC Chinese Student Association, a student organization and resource devoted to promoting unity and empowerment among all students through education, consciousness and recognition of Chinese and Chinese American cultural aspects. Phillip is fluent in conversational Chinese (Cantonese).

Suraj T Narayana

Lead Back-End Engineer

Suraj is a machine learning enthusiast and has architected many projects that allowed him to grow his expertise. With extensive programming experience in C, C++, Java and python, he implemented an existing inference method for continuous time processes called Continuous-Time Belief Propagation at the University of California, Riverside.

During his undergraduate studies he was also part of a project titled “Artificial Neural Network and Genetic Algorithm for Robot Path Planning” which involved using several algorithms to find a robot’s target and find an optimal path to the target. He was also part of a project that involved designing an automated driver for a car race simulator.

Suraj prior joined a web startup where he was the lead programmer building an application called Invidy – an online platform used to create and share interactive videos. He also effectuated a fingerprint recognition system using CK distance, which is a featureless distance measure that uses MPEG encoding, and developed code to analyze streams of Twitter tweets to mine for information such as trending topics at a particular point in time using a Storm distributed framework.

Suraj earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belguam. He is fluent in Kannada and Hindi.

Urja H Patel

Lead Front-End Engineer

Urja is an experienced front-end web developer with expertise in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and JQuery. With an eye towards social impact, Urja helped create a simulation application that showed the significant role technology plays in solving day-to-day issues and, more specifically, the important role that mobile technology plays in the lives of homeless and low-income men and women. The project was focused on creating an exhibit at the Tech Museum of Innovation as part of its Social Innovation Workshop.

Before attending her graduate studies she worked as a lead PL/SQL developer at Brocade Communications. Urja led communications with the customer to identify and resolve issues while assisting her team to improve application performance.

Urja earned her Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Santa Clara University and her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications from IGNOU in India. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Gujarati.

S SelvamRaju

Advanced Lead Engineer

Selvam is a robotics engineer with wide experience in developing and building robotic systems. He specializes in systems engineering and control systems, and has worked on projects involving new product development and OEM Integration. Additionally, Selvam assisted in several R&D projects leading to the development of custom add-on devices for robots.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Selvam was the lead electrical and controls engineer developing a fruit picking robotic manipulator that uses computer vision to identify and pick apples without causing harm to the fruit or the tree. His unique field of study exposed him to work in various fields of robotics including robot autonomy, manipulation and control; sensors and perception; applied machine learning; Robot Operating System (ROS);and systems engineering and business development.

After leaving Carnegie Mellon, Selvam joined Seegrid Corporation, a global leader of robotic, vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), as a Robotics Engineer. During his time at Seegrid, he worked with a major OEM in the material handling industry to automate tow trucks, and collaborated on the motion control and tuning of robotic trucks.

Selvam earned his Master’s degree in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Anna University, India. Selvam also led several associations at the executive level such as the IEEE student branch of MIT, Instrumentation Engineers Association and a social service club called the Rotaract club of MIT. He is fluent in English, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

Vamshi K Konduri

K7 Lead Engineer

Vamshi commands a broad and deep understanding of robotics integration and possesses expertise in writing algorithms as well as working with sensor data. In addition to a proven track record of overseeing whole system development, he has contributed to projects in the areas of manipulation and control, path planning, computer vision and business development to round out his skill set.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Vamshi created a UAV-UGV collaboration system to help security personnel in distress situations. He also worked at Carnegie Mellon’s Create Lab, which explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. There he worked on camera information from BreathCams for panorama stitching, real world to pixel co-ordinate transform optimizations, masking and in-painting for privacy protection among other vision related work.

Prior to joining Knightscope, Vamshi worked at Seegrid Corporation, a pioneer in 3D vision navigation for autonomous forklifts. He integrated and programmed lidars for automated guided vehicles to create dynamic safety fields and smart light curtain features, which increased the safety of the vehicle while making it much more robust. Vamshi also contributed to Seegrid’s Robust Design Review (RDR) and other documentation for OEM integration.

Vamshi holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. He subsequently earned his Master’s degree in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University. Vamshi is fluent in English, Hindi, Telugu, and is conversant in French.

Parshad D Patel

Robotics Engineer

Parshad is a robotics engineer well versed in C,C++ and Python, with hands-on experience in autonomous manipulation, mechatronic systems and industrial automation. He has worked extensively on several industrial robotic manipulators where his opportunistic approach to learning made him an avid OEM systems integrator.

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Parshad co-founded two India-based start-ups in the field of industrial and defense automation. He spearheaded several turnkey projects that involved designing and fabricating conveyer systems for various Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). He developed close relations with EME (Electronics and Mechanical Engineers) Army School in Vadodara and was involved in automating several didactic instruments for the Indian Army.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Parshad developed an autonomous shingling system, which could place shingles on an inclined roof of less than 20 degrees. He interned at Hstar Technologies where he worked on mobile humanoid robots that served and lifted humans in hospitals and on army fields. He gained a keen interest in autonomous manipulation and worked primarily on ROS (MoveIt! package) and OpenRAVE, and developed arm-planning algorithms for the manipulators.

Prior to joining Knightscope, he worked at TE Connectivity where he was the lead software developer for the research project that required implementation of robotic manipulation in combination with machine vision to assemble optic fiber connectors autonomously. He integrated OpenCV, LabVIEW and Epson RC+ environments to achieve assembly accuracy of fewer than 5 microns

Parshad earned his Masters in Robotic System Development from Carnegie Mellon University and undergraduate degree in Mechatronics from Gujarat Technological University from India. He is an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys cooking. He is fluent in Hindi, English and Gujarati.

Nicholas L Xydes

Robotics Engineer

Nick has worked on multi-robot control systems, developing an aerial videography system and integrating sensors and software into a variety of land, sea and air robots. As a research assistant at the Robotics Systems Laboratory at Santa Clara University, Nick operated a total of 6 spacecraft missions, developed core operations software and led the operations for the NASA Sporesat science spacecraft-managing operators, payload data and mission analytics.

Nick is proficient in 3D modeling and design, mechatronic design, systems integration, and programming in Matlab, Python and C languages. In 2013, Nick participated in the CAPE program for entrepreneurs where he won first place in the technology sector of the business plan competition. Nick holds both a Bachelors of Science and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Ian N Ndicu

Back-End Engineer

Ian prides himself as being a chameleon when it comes to software development. He is proficient in C, Java, JavaScript and Python. Prior to joining Knightscope, Ian worked at IBM, contributing to the IBM Bluemix Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering as a member of the Business Shared Services (BSS) team. He worked to onboard new customers and lead several teams that created web tools using the micro services infrastructure to assist internal teams, such as support and sales, diagnose and nurture customer needs.

He became fascinated at an early age with the ability to make lines of code manipulate the world around him, which influenced him to become a member of both his high school and university’s robotics teams. Throughout his college career, he championed computer science and robotics by helping children in his community realize the same joy he received from the sciences.

He later turned his passion for robotics into tangible experience by working as an intern within the greater Boston area’s robotics corridor. As an intern at CyBio US, a medical automation company, he developed software that simplified pharmaceutical research efforts by creating both intuitive frontend interfaces as well as adaptive control software for a variety of CyBio’s systems. He was also responsible for creating and maintaining procedures that allowed CyBio’s maintenance team to test and verify that CyBio’s systems were operating as expected. With fervor for exploring other facets of the industry, he became a quality assurance intern at Harvest Automation were he performed rigorous testing on their HV-100 platform.

Ian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and a minor in Robotics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is an avid thrill seeker who enjoys spontaneous excursions.

Clay J Pottorff

Platform Engineer

Clay was co-captain of a team on the NASA Lunar Regolith Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center. His objective was to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated chaotic terrain of the moon. His love for robotics started at age 11 through involvement in the B.E.S.T. and F.I.R.S.T. Robotics programs.

As part of a Capstone Design Project, Clay was appointed lead design engineer in charge of building a bio-inspired, passive-perching system for use on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system was designed to provide grasping mechanics to UAVs without any energy investment using only the weight of the quadrocopter.

Clay obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics with a mechanical emphasis. He loves to travel and also studied at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées-Lyon where he took courses in both French and English. In his free time Clay likes building stringed instruments using a combination of new and old world techniques. He also has a strong fondness for many different forms of art and has dabbled in sculpture as well as printmaking.

Michael T Lewis

Front-End Engineer

Mike is a gifted roboticist and computer scientist. He co-founded the robotics startup UpDroid. As its CTO, he led the hardware and software development of the UP1 robot and UpDroid Commander (UpCom) user interface. On the hardware side, Mike was responsible for prototyping the electronic systems using low cost, off-the-shelf components. On the UP1 software side, he maintained the firmware, Linux OS, and ROS stack. Mike wrote UpCom from the ground up to be a modular, browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) and app-launcher for UP1 development and interaction.

Prior to starting UpDroid, Mike was a test automation and software systems engineer at Broadcom, where he worked on solo automation projects for the hardware testing group and on Broadcom’s Linux kernel in the Linux group.

Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University.

Amelia K Helmick

Lead Production Engineer

Amelia was instrumental in producing Disney’s first iteration of a new character – a robotic crime fighter named Baymax for the hit movie Big Hero 6. Her responsibilities included modifying the animatronics design for manufacturing, building the prototype, writing the standard operating procedures, and supervising several shops to produce over a dozen animatronic units for Disney parks worldwide.

Additionally, she interned at both New Balance and Under Armour. At New Balance, she gained experience in advanced manufacturing as she reviewed current manufacturing materials and created a selection standard for quality assurance. While at Under Armour she invented a garment that improves muscle recovery after a work out, for which she later filed a provisional patent.

While at school, Amelia led two university project teams: one that produced a rock-climbing device with a unique safety fail-safe, and the other a ballet pointe shoe with special adhesion methods to reduce strain on the foot. On both teams she served as a lead for the design and fabrication of the products.

Amelia graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. She is an accomplished athlete and has competed in women’s cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field events.

Alfredo S Ruezga

Platform Engineer

Alfredo has a deep passion for electrical engineering. That passion jumpstarted his career at Electric Motor Werks where he was in charge of the development, production and continued update of high power battery chargers for use in both CHAdeMO and general battery charger applications. CHAdeMO a quick charging method for battery electric vehicles recently proposed to be a global industry standard. He was also the lead engineer in charge of the development of an onboard 8kW charger, one of the first in the market aimed at bringing fast charging for a new American electric motorcycle manufacturer, Zero Motorcycles.

Alfredo was also a powertrain engineer in the Formula SAE Electric team at San Jose State University where he was in charge of the design, production and testing of high-voltage, as well as low-voltage, safety systems for their record breaking race vehicle.

Alfredo earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was granted membership in Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Alfredo is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Karan H Khokar

Robotics Engineer

Karan is a highly respected and well-published roboticist specializing in human-robot interaction, multi degree-of-freedom robot arm manipulation and grasping. He worked on the famed DARPA Robotics Challenge at TRACLabs, where he integrated open-source kinematics software with the ATLAS humanoid, achieving the robot arm manipulation goals of the project. He also remotely operated the humanoid robot during the live competition in complicated tasks such as opening doors.

Karan developed an algorithm that detects human intention from motion as part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of South Florida. The algorithm assists humans in grasping a desired object with a desired grasp configuration while tele-operating a remote robot. Karan worked at the Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Technologies (CARRT) where he implemented his algorithms on several robots including a wheelchair mounted robotic arm, a Programmable Universal Manipulation Arm (PUMA) robot, and a Phantom Omni haptic feedback device.

Karan completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Mumbai University, and earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of South Florida. He is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor and radio talk show host. Karan is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi, and is conversant in Punjabi and Urdu.

Hen-You Tan

Lead QA Engineer

Hen-You is a fanatic in Total Quality Management (TQM).  He likes to do things right the first time and maintains a personal philosophy of, “If there is a better way, why not try it?  And if we can automate it, we should.” Throughout his extensive career, Hen-You has worked at major corporations such as Oracle, Sybase, and NASA as well as several start-up companies like Saba, Arena Solution, Onepage, DeepDyve, Badgeville, and AgilOne.

Hen-You brings to Knightscope over twenty years of a very broad range of QA experience from white/black box testing, to automation, builds/releases, performance, and operations/customer support.  His strength is to build QA automation processes, methodology, and teams. This includes building a new QA infrastructure from the ground up.

Hen-You earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University.  In his spare time, he likes to read, cook, and spend time with his wife and daughter. Hen-You is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Taishanese.

Kishan N Panchal

Technician

Kishan is an experienced technician with expertise in testing, servicing and repairing hardware. Prior to joining the team, Kishan was an assembly technician at Boosted Boards, a Silicon Valley startup that designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes electric powered boards for commuting.

Kishan was responsible for product assembly and troubleshooting mechanical and electrical issues at Boosted. He was also in charge of the final inspection of all finished goods prior to delivery. But his passion for Robots and concerns about the safety of the community led him to seek out and join Knightscope.

Kishan studied engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. His goal is to earn his bachelor’s degree in engineering in the coming years. Kishan is an enthusiastic Cricketer and loves to travel. He is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.

Samuel A Erazo

Sammy is a hands-on builder, fabricator and electrical technician. He was the lead assembly technician at Boosted Boards, a Silicon Valley startup that designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes electric powered boards for commuting.

Sammy oversaw the technical build of electric, remotely controlled skateboards and also managed the production line workflow during peak demand periods. He reported directly to the CTO who tasked him with ensuring that the production and on-time delivery goals were met.

Sammy obtained his diploma from Woodside High School, and subsequently earned his technician certificate in heating and air conditioning from WyoTech. He plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in the coming years so that he can pursue his passion for design and prototyping with Knightscope. Sammy is fluent in Spanish.

Ina L Liu

Front-End Engineer

Ina is a software engineer with an extreme passion for robots.  She used her background in embedded systems at Neato Robotics where she focused on improving and perfecting the robot’s navigation behavior as key member of the algorithms team. 

Prior to Neato, Ina worked on trajectory planning and programming with the NAO robot as a graduate student at the University of Southern California.  Ina implemented various robotic simulations dealing with planning, task allocation, and communication.  She proudly touts this as her favorite project up until joining Knightscope.  Ina also worked with the Cyber Physical Systems Design group at the University of California Irvine to build a project using a Raspberry Pi that supports teaching basic design principles for Cyber Physical System (CPS).

Ina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Intelligent Robotics from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, she loves to do puzzles and express her creativity through DIY craft projects. Ina is conversant in Cantonese.

Zoe E Demertzis

Intern

Zoe is a gifted engineer with a particular affinity towards artificial intelligence, networks and autonomous robots.  She left her mark on NASA through a variety of exciting projects with the Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL) at Santa Clara University.  There she developed software, performed tracking/data collection, and maintained ground station hardware for various RSL-run satellite missions.  Zoe also contributed her talents to the RSL Rover team: a group of undergraduate engineers who designed and implemented a partially autonomous, post-fire environmental assessment vehicle. 

Zoe recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering with an emphasis in Robotics, and is currently working on her Master’s at Santa Clara University in Computer Science and Engineering.

Ronald J Gallegos

Director Business Development

Ronnie has over 16 years of experience selling into the Security sector, where he served as a trusted advisor and provided solutions to global corporate enterprises, large public safety entities and critical infrastructure sectors.  His background ranges from physical security human resources, systems integrations and global situational awareness SaaS platforms and analyst services.

Ronnie’s career in security began with AlliedUniversal, the largest US owned and managed Security Services company.  He was promoted to Regional Business Development Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area where he began building relationships and cultivating his industry contacts.

Ronnie later joined Securitas Security Services in Silicon Valley, one of the largest Security contractors in the world.  During his tenure at Securitas, Ronnie achieved a #4 ranking in the nation in new business won out of 93 Business Development Managers, partnering with many major Fortune 1000 organizations for multi-million dollar contracts.

He then moved to G4S (Group 4 Securicor), the world’s largest security contractor with over 600,000 employees, specializing in security human resources, security systems and security incident management SaaS, and was subsequently recruited to become the Director of Enterprise Sales at Geofeedia, a location-based, social media monitoring SaaS start-up.  While at Geofeedia, he executed all aspects of the company’s sales initiatives into enterprise accounts, and helped launch the corporate security practice.  Ronnie was responsible for adding more than 60 Fortune 100 customers to their portfolio prior to joining Knightscope.

Ronnie earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.  He is active in the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), and currently serves as Vice Chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ASIS, the American Society for Industrial Security. He has also participated as a panel speaker at the ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits for Identifying, Analyzing and Predicting Patterns of Criminal Behavior, the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, NV in 2016 for Location Intelligence for Active Shooter Threats, and was a keynote speaker at the Government Social Media Conference (GSMCON) in Reno, NV in 2015 on the topic of Location Intelligence for Government Entities.

C McKenzie Hilton

UI / UX Designer

McKenzie strives to fulfill user needs through simple, meaningful experiences. She has created impactful design and marketing solutions for the likes of Tuft & Needle and Ford Motor Company. After cutting her teeth on mattresses and cars in the past, she is beyond excited to now be designing for the future of security.

She utilizes a combination of research and empathy in her creative process to create the best possible experience for the user. During her time at Mapcat.io, she defined the user experience through interviews, competitive analysis, wire framing, clickable prototypes, and user testing.

McKenzie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in 2015. During this time she was involved in many extracurricular activities including women’s leadership, working as a residential assistant, and running a wellness program.

Gale I Curry

Deployment Engineer

Gale is a mechanical engineer with a broad background ranging from physics to hardware and software. Gale first began her journey in robotics as a leader of the Combat Robotics team at UCLA, designing and building small robots for the BattleBots competitions in California.

She worked at the Autonomy Incubator – a group within NASA dedicated to leading the way for autonomous machines at NASA. There she worked on controlling an autonomous swarm of mini-quad-rotors capable of following leaders or autonomously reaching goal-points while avoiding obstacles and each other.

As a graduate student she worked on modifying a 3D-printed prosthetic hand to autonomously perform gestures based on intuitive movements by the user. She also explored the dynamics of single-person VTOL (vertical take off and landing) drones, with disturbances caused by mobile passengers.

Gale graduated from Northwestern University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics and Controls. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David P Looney

NOC Specialist

David Looney is a US veteran who served over 7 years in the Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. He has worked on many different types of information technology and communications equipment, and loves the challenge of working in high stress, high demand situations.

During his career, David worked closely with Harris Corp., SAIC, Thales, General Dynamics, and CECOM for the Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical to test and evaluate new network based radio communication systems in a tactical environment. While stationed in South Korea, he served as the Systems Administrator for the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. He also supervised a network team that was responsible for the integrity and security of the Department of Defense (DoD) network and its users on his station.

Early in his military career, David was a radio retransmission operator, where he gained electrical and RF experience. He was a technical specialist in installing and maintaining RF communications in tactical operations. After being promoted to sergeant he was responsible for the accountability, training, and management of personnel and equipment. In Fort Carson he served as the systems administrator and radio operations manager where he managed a network team, radio team, and tactical communications team.

David’s experience and technical expertise led him to become chosen above his peers to be the subject matter expert of site survey evaluation, planning, and training for tactical radio retransmission operations. David is fluent in Spanish.

Sara C Gregg

Deployment Engineer

Sara is a “jack-of-all-trades” mechanical engineer with experience in analysis, design, and manufacture of mechanical systems. Following her exposure to autonomous systems while working on her undergraduate degree, she decided to focus on dynamics and controls for her master’s degree. There she developed a feedback control system for a robotic arm using an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), and became familiar with Java, C++, Python, and ROS (Robot Operating System). She also became skilled in fluid analysis.

Earlier at Cornell University, she ran the Rapid Prototyping Lab, which is a 3D printing resource for other students. Sara was a member of the Autonomous Sailboat Team where she designed and built the sailboat’s keel, and of Cornell’s iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team where she cloned E. coli, designed circuits, and helped prototype designs.

Through an internship at GE Aviation, she performed fatigue analysis on structural components in the combustor. The next summer at Pitney Bowes, she performed root cause analysis on assemblies with chronic quality issues, then made changes to both their design and manufacture to remedy the issues.

Sara earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

C Mac Mai

Creative Director

Mac is a highly creative and multi-talented designer/creative director with over 17 years of professional experience in both digital and traditional media. He brings to Knightscope a proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, communication, and management to a variety of brands and projects from startup companies to multi-million dollar revenue websites.

Mac gained an appetite for the demanding, fast paced environment startups provide, and has worked for such companies at Automotive.com, Build-To-Order, Inc. and Model E Corporation. Prior to joining Knightscope, he served as Creative Director at The Enthusiast Network and Source Interlink Media where he developed creative strategy, improved user experience, oversaw visual direction, and designed direct marketing collateral. He collaborated with in-house teams as well as outsourced developers to maintain and implement design specifications throughout the entire design to development process.

Mac led product, UI/UX, design, SEO, development and sales teams on automotive in-market brands such as Motortrend.com, Automotive.com, Automobilemag.com and Newcar.com focusing on a superior car buying experience and high conversion rates. All efforts combined generated approximately 5 million leads and over $50 million in revenue over a 10-year period.

Mac earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Advertising from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan and a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mac is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Roman Fedynchuk

Technician

Roman is an experienced technician with extensive expertise in diagnosing, calibrating, upgrading and repairing electrical products. As a project manager for the Ski And Spa Resort Bukovel in Ukraine, he built his own team that made a huge impact in developing the resort and providing services.

Roman also worked as a technician at Sunny Appliance Repair, where his responsibilities were to troubleshoot and repair residential HVAC systems and appliances for home, office and commercial use. He is skilled in performing extensive repairs on damaged electrical products, soldering electronic control boards.

He earned his Masters Degree in management organization in Ukraine, and his next goal is to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in engineering in the US. Roman holds certifications from the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.

Weifu Wang

Back-End Engineer

Weifu recently completed his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on robotics and software development, where he worked on the autonomous all-terrain vehicle motion planning project, developing a local planner with Open Motion Planning Library (OMPL) integrated with ROS (Robotics Operating System). He has a broad skillset in building mobile robot software systems using C++, Java, Javascript, Python, and Matlab.

He’s also experienced in computer vision software development, building 3D reconstruction systems with optimization tools in Matlab. In addition to robotics, he has strong web development skills and practical experience in data science. He has built a music sharing web application, a personal social media application, and is also experienced in data analysis and prediction using Yelp and Twitter data.

Weifu completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University, and earned his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is fluent in Mandarin.