"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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Nick
Program, Project, and Product Management

Nick has focused his career on addressing climate and energy issues through the tech sector. He has worked in both engineering and management roles, addressing needs in real-time energy/environmental IoT data analysis, energy system modeling and controls, and EV-grid integration. He holds an MS from Berkeley's Energy & Resources Group.

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Nathan
Engineering Operations

Nathan obtained his MBA from Western Governors University and most recently comes from the fintech world of SoFi, where he worked with engineering and operations in multiple capacities. He brings experience in training, business operations, and organization to the team. He is a certified Scrum Master and enjoys helping teams work better together. He is based in Montana and enjoys time outdoors, fly-fishing and hiking.


Infrastructure and Data Engineering Team

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Michael, PhD
Chief Architect

Michael obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, working in the prestigious RISELab under Dr. David Culler. His research covers high performance time series databases, wireless sensor networks, and secure communication infrastructure for IoT and control systems.

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Allen
Back End Engineering

Allen earned his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland focusing on the intersection of databases, machine learning, and distributed systems. He has extensive experience working with data science startups which follows over 15 years of web and application development for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Senate, and various non-profit groups.

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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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Carly
Software Engineering Intern

Carly is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is majoring in computer science. She first earned a minor in bioengineering, transitioning to computer science after being inspired by the many potential applications of software engineering to solve environmental problems. 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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John
Back End Engineering

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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David, PhD
PM

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.


Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Applications

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Chris, PhD
Data Scientist

Chris is a data scientist broadly experienced in both data product development and analytics. He received his PhD in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed computer simulations to study shape transformations in biological cells. He has over 11 years of experience in data science & statistical physics research.

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Michael
Data Engineer

Michael comes to PingThings with a diverse background in consulting and data science. He graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology and Business. He has since worked in various consulting roles for both large and boutique firms, where he specialized in data analytics, data visualization and business process automation.

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Ramiro
Data Scientist

Ramiro earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Technical University of Denmark. He has conducted research at NASA, NOAA and LDEO. He has experience applying Bayesian Deep Learning for financial trading applications and applying pattern recognition techniques and data analysis on blockchain data.

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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.


Front End Engineering Team

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Jeff Maxim
Lead Front End Engineer

Jeff has helped several NYC startups scale their products from the ground up to millions of users. He specializes in building delightful, scaleable front end products. In addition to his startup experience, he has built custom in-house technology solutions for NYC schools, taught at software engineering bootcamp programs, and worked as a K-12 classroom teacher for 10 years. He has a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

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Bo Yang
Front End Engineer

Bo is an electrical engineer turned software engineer with experiences working at both big electric power companies and tech start ups. He distills complex technical ideas into user-friendly interfaces utilizing various front end technologies and tools. He attended both undergrad and graduate school at University of Nebraska at Lincoln, specializing in power system engineering and electricity markets.

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Jamie
Front End Engineer

Jamie transitioned to software engineering from materials science and has since worked at several startups. Now he blends web technology with his experience in induction, photovoltaics, & fuel cells to solve problems using data visualization. He attended undergrad at Case Western Reserve University for materials science engineering and grad school at RIT for systems engineering. He also teaches front end development part-time at MCC.


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.


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.