"PingThings is a great example of the type of disruptive software that industries need to scale up the individual Internet, and we're delighted to make an investment in the company."


- William 'Bill' Ruh, CEO, GE DIGITAL

Business Team

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Sean
Chief Executive Officer

Sean founded and built a multi-million dollar consulting firm focused on data science and AI after completing his MBA at Oxford. Previously, he served as a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory focused on machine learning, anomaly detection, and high performance and cloud computing.

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Sydney
Head of Operations

Sydney has dedicated her career to the Big Data industry and has nearly ten years of experience as an operations leader bringing vision, innovation, and creativity, to transform a Big Data software engineering startup into a successful growing business partnering with companies such as Palantir and Vertica. Prior to her operations leadership experience Sydney was a software engineer building applications and data architectures to support Big Data use cases for the U.S. government. She holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Masters degree in Architecture-based Enterprise System Engineering from UC San Diego.

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Laurel
Project Management

Laurel has a PhD in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Physics. Her research was about using data to inform risk-aware decisions, and on quantifying the benefits of collecting new data to improve decision-making outcomes. She has done work with utilities, regulators, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions for future-proofing the electric grid.


Infrastructure and Data Engineering Team

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David, PhD
Engineering Lead

David joined PingThings to further his passion for solving complex engineering problems. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland, Australia. Since making the shift to software development, David has worked in a variety of tech startups, most recently growing a cloud governance product (cloudtamer.io) from an idea to a commercial software company of 50.

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Ori
Senior Software Engineer

Ori has nearly ten years of professional programming experience, working on high performance, high scale systems at Google, Facebook, and Level.ai, using tools including C++, Python, Scala, SQL, and Spark. Ori is also a prolific open-source programmer. He is a core contributor to the OpenBSD operating system, where he helps build VMM, their OS virtualization stack. He is also the creator of the Myrddin programming language and a Git implementation for Plan9.

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John
DevOps

John is a full-stack developer with a wide range of experience, from frontend development to IoT/edge computing to DevOps and many of the things in between. Previously, he has worked in such diverse industries as driver training, web surveys, mobile app development and HVAC analytics. He is driven by a passion for automation and for making complex systems run smoothly.

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Sigrid
Software Engineering

Sigrid has a B.S. in Computer Systems and Networks, has been working in software engineering field for over 12 years and has experience ranging from low-level embedded programming in MIPS assembly and C, to backend services in functional programming languages in finance industry, gamedev, web and desktop applications. A member of FOSS community, mostly concentrated on developing software for Plan 9 OS.

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Carly
Software Engineer

Carly is completing a degree in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. She first earned a minor in bioengineering, transitioning to computer science after being inspired by the potential applications of software engineering to expand the use of renewable energy resources in our power grid. She has experience working on backend development at multiple startups. She enjoys building efficient software and is passionate about transforming our energy system.

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Jacob
Software Engineering

Jacob is a recent graduate from Iowa State University, where he achieved his B.S. in Cyber Security Engineering. He has a background in penetration testing and security consulting and an interest in OS and network layer security. He also does open source development, mostly focused within the plan9 community.

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Jesse
DevOps and Software Engineering

Jesse has ten years of professional experience working with computers ranging from microcontrollers to massively parallel clusters. He graduated from IIT with B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. With a broad range of experience in object storage, wireless sensors, cloud computing and software defined radio, Jesse works on infrastructure at Ping Things.


Analytics and AI Applications

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Mohini, PhD
Data Team Lead

Mohini has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on designing grid monitoring tools that transform high volumes of sensor data into actionable system insight, yet are mindful of real world constraints and the needs of human users. She has worked on several national and international research collaborations and has broad expertise in energy and climate. She cares deeply about creating advanced power grids to simultaneously support the energy transition and demand growth, both critical for the well-being of people and planet.

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Yi-Tan (Debbie)
Data Scientist

Debbie Chang earned her MS in Computer Engineering from VA Tech and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UMCP. She has experience working on large scale operational data and developed anomaly detection for both complete and incomplete time series data in real time. She is passionate about using machine learning to solve complicated problems and draw new insights from large complex datasets.

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Jeff
Data Scientist

Jeff Lin came from a variety of academic research, recently in an auditory neural circuitry lab where he specialized in signal processing, data visualization, and data analytics. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Digital Signal Processing from The George Washington University and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine.


Subject Matter Experts

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Theo Laughner
Utility Engineering and Information Systems

Theo has nearly two decades experience at the Tennessee Valley Authority managing over 1900 power quality monitors, digital fault recorders, microprocessor relays, and revenue meters, integrating this data into an enterprise utility data system, and automating the retrieval of this data.  He has years of experience engaging with utilities and researchers via CIGRE, EPRI, and IEEE.

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Dr. Alexandra von Meier
Grid Sensing and Power Systems

Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where she teaches a course on Electric Power Systems. She is also Director in CIEE’s Electric Grid program area, focuses on power distribution systems, Smart Grid issues, and the integration of distributed and intermittent generation. Her current research projects center on the use of high-precision micro-synchrophasor measurements for situational awareness, diagnostics and control applications in distribution grids.


Board of Directors

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Andrew Byrnes
Comet Labs

As Director for Micron's AI Fund and portfolio manager for Comet Labs, Andrew invests in and supports the best early-stage AI and robotics startups that transform big industries. His focus is in deep tech, industrial automation, and computing hardware that enable the next wave of machine learning innovation. Prior to Comet, Andrew was the founder of Stower Energy - an early startup leveraging machine learning to provide predictive operations and maintenance for distributed energy systems - and project manager for utility scale power developer the Martifer Group. He did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and enjoys his limited peaceful moments in the quiet fog of Pacifica.

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Paul Winters
Denham Capital

Paul Winters is the board representative of Three Curve Capital LP (“TCC”), the family office of Mr. Stuart Porter, founder and CEO of Denham Capital Management LP (“Denham”). TCC invests in early stage companies across a range of technologies, applications and sectors. Paul also serves as Managing Director and General Counsel of Denham, a $9.5 billion+ energy and resources focused investment advisor. He is responsible for all legal matters involving Denham, its funds and its investments. Paul has almost 25 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, and has handled a wide range of matters arising across the lifecycle of companies in the energy sector. He serves as a board member of Greenleaf Power, a North American biomass-focused IPP, and Endeavor Energy, an Africa-focused thermal and renewable IPP, among others.

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Ali Raza
ChampionX

Ali Raza