A seasoned technology and automotive executive with a track record of driving innovation in traditional industries, Shauna is our master-in-chief executive here at Sense. Shauna previously led Google’s automotive services program; prior she served as Chief of Staff for Google Devices, the company’s rapidly growing consumer electronics business combining the best of Google AI, software, and hardware to provide consumers with radically helpful experiences. Shauna started her career at a Ford Motor Company factory, where she instituted lean manufacturing principles. She later led Final Assembly production at a UAW truck plant then shifted gears as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she focused on R&D productivity before joining Honeywell International during a period of significant transformation. As VP of the Honeywell (Garrett) Commercial Vehicle Turbocharger platform, she revamped the product portfolio and infused new investment in product innovation. Since April 2019, Shauna has served on the Board of Directors of Lithia Motors.
Anurag Gupta joins the Sense team with proven track record of building and managing fast paced multidisciplinary engineering teams, driving innovation, product definition and design for fast paced technology development, with over 75+ diverse engineering projects completed, 80+ patents granted and 15+ patents pending. Anurag has been involved in start-to-end product development and shipping of HP’s first DLP TVs and projectors, Google Glass, and all the Nest line of consumer electronics products, among others. His experience lies deep in simulation-driven engineering for design, optimization, and failure analysis.
Hod runs everything under the hood here at Sense and defines the direction and deployment of our technology. He started his career at Intel, designing the first Pentium chips and was in charge of semiconductor technologies at Mellanox Technologies. Hod invented the first generic-CMOS Single-Photon-Avalanche-Diodes (SPADs) and first demonstrated arrays of these devices during his Ph. D. Before Sense, he was director of technology development at Illumina, the $45B DNA sequencing company, where he managed the development of on-chip CMOS DNA sequencers and was later CTO at TruTag Technologies, where he conceptualized and developed an award-winning handheld and battery-operated hyperspectral camera.
Scott is both co-founder and co-dreamer here at Sense. He has 30 years of commercial and innovative product experience in III-V compound semiconductors and optics. Before Sense, Scott served as executive vice president of manufacturing and technology development at Semprius Corp, vice president of Technology at Optovia, and vice president of Engineering at Santur Corporation, and as vice president of Operations at CoreTek, a successful tunable laser start-up acquired by Nortel. Scott started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he helped to develop and manufacture GaAs semiconductor lasers for the world’s first commercial fiber optic communication systems.
Aravind leads Sense’s product management team with a background steeped in automotive, software, lasers, optics, and product management. Previously, he served as product management head for connected car solutions at Wind River, an embedded systems company that was part of Intel’s IoT group, where he successfully led corporate strategy and execution of the Wind River automotive portfolio. Prior to Wind River, Aravind held executive positions at management strategy consulting firms, including IBB, Monitor Deloitte, and Cymer, a manufacturer of sophisticated UV lasers for semiconductor lithography.
SVP Partnerships & Operations
Mark leads marketing and business development at Sense and has the final word on every pixel and contract. Previously, Mark held leadership positions in engineering, operations, partnerships, product, supply chain, and strategy at sector leaders, including Intel, Lam Research, and SunPower. In his tenure, Mark has led two growth equity financings, two company acquisitions, a successful company exit, and the establishment of numerous strategic partnerships and supply agreements.
Russ Kanjorski brings 25 years of experience from multiple industries through his solar, strategy consulting, finance and legal background. Before Sense, Russ served in leadership roles at two solar PV startups. Russ was vice president of business development at Semprius and vice president of marketing at Abound Solar, where he led the global go-to-market strategy, ramping the business to a $70 million run rate over 3 years. Russ has also led four venture equity financings totaling almost $250 million.
Brent Fisher is a leader and prolific inventor with years of experience at the cutting-edge of numerous technical fields and industries, including optoelectronics and solar energy to materials and defense systems. Brent has demonstrated expertise in developing and scaling technologies to volume manufacturing and uses strategic analysis and business acumen to identify new opportunities for transitioning technology into the marketplace. His projects have won millions of dollars in support from both public and private investors in the energy and aerospace industries. Brent provides an uncommon combination of business insight and deep scientific experience.
As an advisor to Sense, Robert brings his unparalleled experience in CMOS microelectronics, in particular readout electronics for CMOS image sensors and Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs). As Principal Engineer in VLSI Vision Ltd and STMicroelectronics Imaging Division Robert was part of a pioneering team developing the first CMOS image sensors now found in most modern digital cameras and smartphones. In his academic research, Robert invented SPAD image sensors in nanometer CMOS technologies leading to volume SPAD time-of-flight products, recently passing the 1 billion module milestone in STMicroelectronics FlightSense products. Robert currently holds a Professorship in Electronic Imaging at the University of Edinburgh where he leads a research group exploring medical, scientific, and high-speed imaging applications of SPAD technology. Robert is an ERC Advanced Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Gabe always has the answers to Sense’s most pressing issues of the day. Gabe Sibley is the founder and CEO of Verdant Robotics, Inc., a robotics technology company focused on revolutionizing agriculture through the latest advances in AI, robotics, computer vision, and machine learning. In his previous roles, Gabe was CEO of Zippy Inc., an autonomous delivery company acquired by GM-Cruise, and chief science officer at the autonomous taxi company Zoox, Inc., where he helped grow the team to over 200. Gabe is also currently on leave as an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, was formerly a post-doctoral research assistant at Oxford University, a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California, and technical staff in the Computer Vision Group at NASA-JPL.
John A. Rodgers
Professor John A. Rogers received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In the Fall of 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the recently endowed Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics. He has published more than 750 papers, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents and he has co-founded several successful technology companies. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), and most recently the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute (2019). He is one of only ~30 individuals in history to be elected to membership of all three US national academies – the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine.
Niel Ransom is a Partner of WRVI Capital — a technology venture fund established in 2019 focused on accelerating the monetization and scaling of disruptive companies globally. Niel founded Ransomshire Associates, Inc in 2005 – an advisory firm focused on enabling early-stage companies to achieve business growth and successful exits. Before Ransomshire, Niel served as the Chief Technology Officer of Alcatel, where he directed a staff of 1200 scientists and engineers comprising Alcatel’s research, corporate strategy, intellectual property, and R&D investment organizations. Before joining Alcatel, he led the Advanced Technology Systems Center at BellSouth. He started his career at Bell Laboratories, where he headed various development and applied research organizations. He is Chairman of Saguna Networks and a Board Member at OPNT B.V. He serves as Member of the Advisory Board at Bayland Scientific, GenXComm, Sedona Systems, and Servato. Niel holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a BSEE and MSEE from Old Dominion University as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago.