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AOSense Employees

AOSense currently has 63 employees, spanning a wide range of disciplines including physics, optics, mechanical engineering, electronics, software, and packaging. We have one of the largest atomic physics teams in the world under one roof, including 28 Ph.D.s trained under seven physics Nobel laureates.

AOSense capabilities are detailed here.

Board of Directors

  • Brent Young

    Dr. Brenton Young, President and Co-Founder

    Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University

    Since founding AOSense in 2004, Dr. Young has served as Principal Investigator for programs to develop atom-optic sensors and control electronics for DARPA and the Air Force. Prior to AOSense, Brent designed, built, and fielded atomic and optical systems for Stanford University, JPL, and NIST. His doctoral research, under the direction of Prof. Steven Chu, was a precision measurement of the fine-structure constant via the photon recoil shift in laser-cooled cesium.
  • Mark Kasevich

    Prof. Mark Kasevich, Consulting Chief Scientist and Co-Founder

    Ph.D. Applied Physics, Stanford University

    Dr. Kasevich is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University where he pioneered many of the light-pulse atom interferometry techniques used in AOSense sensors. His current research interests focus on development of novel gravimetric and navigation sensors based on cold atoms. Mark graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in physics and received his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University under the direction of Prof. Steven Chu.
  • James Spilker

    Dr. James Spilker, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder

    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

    Dr. Spilker is a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering and Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University. Jim was a co-architect of the GPS system and he has extensive experience commercializing complex military and aerospace technology as co-founder and Chairman of Stanford Telecom, which he grew to over 1,300 employees. At AOSense, he works on advanced navigation algorithms that fuse data from multiple sensor inputs.
  • David Whelan

    Dr. David A. Whelan, NAE

    Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Los Angeles

    Dr. Whelan was the Vice President & Chief Technologist (Ret), Boeing Defense Space & Security, where he developed new technology vectors and systems and served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the HRL Laboratories. Prior to joining the Boeing Company, Dr. Whelan was Director of the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA and Chief Scientist at Hughes Radar Systems. Dr. Whelan is currently serving as the Executive Director for Government relations at UCSD.

Senior Management

  • Todd Gustavson

    Dr. Todd Gustavson, Chief Technology Officer

    Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University

    Dr. Gustavson joined AOSense in 2006, leading the design of several atom-optic sensors. As a Research Associate at Stanford, Todd developed atom-optic sensors and associated real-time control software. For his postdoctoral work at MIT, he helped create a novel BEC apparatus under Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle. At Finisar, Todd engineered diode lasers to operate in harsh thermal environments. For his Ph.D. research at Stanford under Prof. Kasevich, Todd demonstrated a high-precision atom-optic gyroscope.
  • Jamil Abo-Shaeer

    Dr. Jamil Abo-Shaeer, Vice President of Strategic Planning

    Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Dr. Abo-Shaeer leads AOSense’s internal strategy and business development efforts. Prior to joining AOSense, Jamil was a program manager at DARPA where he developed and managed research programs in quantum metrology, optomechanics, quantum simulation, and ultrafast lasers. Jamil received his B.A. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in physics from MIT under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle.
  • Martin Boyd

    Dr. Martin Boyd, Vice President of Time & Frequency

    Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado

    Dr. Boyd joined AOSense in 2008, and has since led the development of compact atomic clocks and atom-optic gravity sensors. He specializes in laser systems and control electronics for atomic physics applications. Marty completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Jun Ye at JILA. His Ph.D. work included laser cooling, laser frequency stabilization, and demonstration of the optical lattice clock technique.
  • Matt Cashen

    Dr. Matthew Cashen, Vice President of Sensors

    Ph.D. Physics, SUNY Stony Brook

    Dr. Cashen specializes in developing inertial sensors for precision navigation systems. He has worked on a wide range of devices including atom-optic accelerometers, gravity gradiometers, gyroscopes, and optical and microwave atomic clocks. Previous industry experience includes development of laser radar systems and high power lasers at Raytheon Company. Matt completed his Ph.D. in physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook working under Prof. Harold Metcalf.
  • Technical Directors & Fellows

    • Michael Matthews

      Dr. Michael Matthews, Director of Inertial Sensors

      Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado

      Dr. Matthews joined AOSense in 2007 and has designed, built, and demonstrated a number of atom-optic sensors on programs sponsored by DARPA, the Navy, and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. Mike’s Ph.D. thesis work included the first demonstration of Bose-Einstein condensation, for which his advisors Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics. Prior to joining AOSense, he led a research group at 3M studying fiber devices, sensors, and UV-lithography.
    • Miro Shverdin

      Dr. Miro Shverdin, Director of Geophysical Systems

      Ph.D. Applied Physics, Stanford University

      Since joining AOSense in 2010, Dr. Shverdin has led numerous government-sponsored programs to develop innovative atom sensors for national security, geodesy, and geophysical applications. Previously, Miro was a key technical staff member at LLNL developing a compact monoenergetic gamma-ray source for nuclear spectroscopy. He received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Stephen E. Harris for demonstrating the first single-cycle optical pulse.
    • Miao Zhu

      Dr. Miao Zhu, Technical Fellow in Physics

      Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado

      Dr. Zhu joined AOSense in 2015. Prior to joining AOSense, he was a Master Research Scientist at HP/Agilent Laboratories, where his research included atomic frequency standards, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, and optical frequency combs. His Ph.D. and post-doctoral research work in Dr. John Hall’s lab (JILA and NIST) included the laser frequency chirped cooling method, high resolution spectroscopy in laser cooled/trapped atoms, and sub-Hz laser frequency stabilization methods.
    • Alan Zorn

      Alan Zorn, Director of Navigation Analysis

      M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Stanford University

      Since joining AOSense in 2009, Mr. Zorn has led the analysis of navigation and gravity systems for atom-optic sensors. Previously, at Dynamics Research Corp., Alan designed and tested inertial navigation systems aided by gravity gradiometers and GPS for the Trident submarine program. He also designed navigation filters at The Analytic Sciences Corp. and tested Doppler navigation systems at the Naval Air Development Center. Alan is currently completing his Ph.D. on optimal nonlinear control at Stanford.

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