AOSense Employees

AOSense currently has 30 employees, spanning a wide range of disciplines including physics, optics, mechanical engineering, electronics, software, and packaging.

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, 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, Executive Chairman

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.

Technical Directors & Fellows

Dr. Igor Teper, Chief Technology Officer

Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University

Since joining AOSense in 2010, Dr. Teper has contributed to and led numerous research efforts in optical atomic clocks and inertial sensors.  Prior to AOSense, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Mark Kasevich at Stanford, developing techniques to use quantum entanglement to improve the precision of atom-based sensors.  Dr. Teper did his Ph.D. research in the group of Vladan Vuletić at Stanford/MIT, where his thesis work included the first demonstration of single-atom detection on an atom chip.

Miao Zhu

Dr. Miao Zhu, Vice President of Time and Frequency

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.