More than anything, we are lifelong learners, and we look for people who feel similarly but also make us feel a little mediocre.

We see our work not as stories that belong to us, but as part of the story to which we belong.

Whether as practitioners or as supporters, we are all dedicated to the same mission:

Honor engineering.
Learn it well,
practice it honestly,
teach it generously.
Allison Tse
Engineer
Andrew LaNoue
Engineer
Anthony Clegg Parker
Engineer
Ching-Hua Tseng, Ph.D.
Scientist
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Engineers
Chris Evans
Director of Engineering
Chris McCaslin
Director of Engineering
Cris Pavloff
Engineer
Diane Young
Operations Assistant
Eric Maxwell
Engineer
Genevieve Laing
Director of Engineering
2
Cities
Gerhard Pawelka
Engineer, CEO
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Patented Inventions
Hannah Kaiksow
Operations Manager
Jennifer Bauer
Engineer
Jim Ahern
CFO
Jose Oscar Mur-Miranda, Ph.D.
Engineer
Juhi Kalra
Engineer
Kim Blair, Ph.D.
Engineer, Partnering Lead
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Spoken Languages
Kim Pelzar
Director of Talent
Klaus Renner
Director of Engineering
Liana Margolese
Engineer
Lisa Somogyi
Engineer, Director of Business Development
Matthew Antonelli
Engineer
Megan Daniher
Communications Manager
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Nobel Prizes
Ndungu Muturi
Engineer
Oliver Zhang
Engineer
Piotr Diduch
Engineer
Ryan Wood
Engineer
Possibilities
Vadim Kuklov
Engineer
Vicki Wong
Finance Manager
Zhi Ern Teoh, Ph.D.
Engineer

Allison Tse

Engineer

Allison sees solutions as a collection of building blocks that must first be understood and then reimagined, organized, and assembled into a functional system that serves its purpose and its user. She has applied this philosophy to designing an indoor autonomous delivery robot with a personality that inspires joy, and architecting parts of a robotic bronchoscopy system intended to diagnose and treat lung cancer. Most of all, she values being part of a team of diverse, creative thinkers who understand that conflict and collaboration must coexist in discovering real solutions to real problems.

Allison earned a B.S. and an M.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She worked at Auris Health, Savioke, and Hansen Medical prior to joining Cooper Perkins.

Andrew LaNoue

Engineer

Andrew is carefully crafting his bio as you read this…

Anthony Clegg Parker

Engineer

Anthony has spent his life engaged in patient but intent observation of the world around him.  From potent forces of nature with their perceived abundance and disruption to man-made machines and systems, which shape our reality for good or ill, Anthony has studied and reflected.  He also revels in the findings of his predecessors, appreciating the genius of their observations and conclusions, while at the same time wanting to prove for himself that these findings are reproducible and that science is living.  As an engineer, he takes the teachings of great professors and his own observations and experiences, and strives to apply them to challenges in elegant and appropriate ways.

After earning a B.S. in Physics from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University, Anthony worked on small wind energy systems as a Project Manager for the Western North Carolina Small Wind initiative before joining Cooper Perkins.

Ching-Hua Tseng, Ph.D.

Scientist

Ching-Hua appreciates things well spoken and well done.  Although not an engineer, he strives to contribute, asks forbearance, and hopes to make an impact.

Ching-Hua received a B.A. in Physics from Princeton, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard and studied Quantum Computing at MIT.  He was a research fellow in the Radiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  While at Pfizer, Ching-Hua sought new technologies such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, chemical library search algorithms and high-throughput screening.

Chris Evans

Director of Engineering

Chris appreciates that it takes balance to solve problems. He enjoys the elegance of a mathematical derivation from first principles, but knows that it can’t be effective without the creative vision to apply it. He has applied this balance of analysis and creativity to the development of complex electro-mechanical systems and medical devices ranging from an innovative mobility platform to a robotic, prosthetic arm, and enjoys working with talented, quirky teams to solve real problems that matter.

Chris added his quirk to the team at Cooper Perkins after tenures at DEKA Research and Development, AGFA Corporation, and Hampshire Instruments. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and an M.S. in Robotics and Control Systems from Boston University.

Chris McCaslin

Director of Engineering

Chris sees life as a string of opportunities to invent and solve. In creating mission critical equipment or gear to enable crazy adventures, in building prototypes to test an idea or helping build the next generation of engineers, and in crafting products to last years or carving pumpkins to last a day, the joy for Chris is the same: finding the tools and techniques to shape materials and ideas into something great that didn’t exist before. And through many cycles of design, manufacturing, and customer support, Chris has learned that the most creative engineering solutions concentrate on the user, but also address the many people who will build, see, sell, and service them.

Chris earned a B.S. in Product Design Engineering from Stanford prior to serving as a US Naval Officer for 4 years. He joined Cooper Perkins from Light & Motion, where he led development of high performance lighting for cyclists and scuba divers.

Cris Pavloff

Engineer

Throughout his academic and professional career, Cris has always taken opportunities to fill in gaps in knowledge by diving deep into new topic areas. He is truly fulfilled when new knowledge is unearthed and creative solutions to hard problems are discovered.

Prior to joining Cooper Perkins, Cris worked at BMW Research & Technology and Applied Materials. He earned B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Diane Young

Operations Assistant

Diane’s past experiences are as varied as the work she does at Cooper Perkins. From a business librarian to a tireless volunteer in a myriad of capacities and organizations, Diane is always up to the challenge of lending a helping hand. She enjoys supporting her team at Cooper Perkins by working behind the scenes to further the creative and dynamic environment that is inherent to engineering consulting.

Diane earned a B.A. in English from Western Connecticut State University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University and works out of the Boston office.

Eric Maxwell

Engineer

Eric believes that technical challenges can be overcome with methodical work, an open mind, and a dash of creativity. This conviction has driven his approach to solving engineering challenges in diverse industries including aerospace, marine power generation, and thin film composite membranes.

Eric earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked at Mainstream Engineering Corporation, Free Flow Power, Promethean Power Systems, and Oasys Water prior to joining Cooper Perkins.

Genevieve Laing

Director of Engineering

Genevieve loves collaborating with the diverse minds at Cooper Perkins. One of her favorite perks of working at Cooper Perkins is the ability to pick her colleagues brains. Whether it’s bouncing off ideas about her current projects, or rattling off questions about her road biking hobby, Genevieve is continually pursuing the quintessential solution. It’s this constant resourcefulness and curiosity that allows her projects outside of the office to transfer fresh ideas to her work so fluidly. Don’t expect to find Genevieve sitting at her desk all day; she is probably in the machine shop trying to answer the question, “but what happens when I…?”

Genevieve earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.

Gerhard Pawelka

Engineer, CEO

Whether it’s a sketch, a prototype, a product, or a company, Gerhard gets a kick out of creating something from nothing. Gerhard’s ambiguous tribal identity (Austrian by birth, Bohemian in ancestry, Canadian in upbringing, and American by induction) and his many abandoned hobbies (airplane pilot, ski instructor, bicycle racer, performing classical guitarist) belie his unwavering dedication to engineering. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Arts in International Relations, and rich professional experiences at Cannondale, Tune, and IDEO, Gerhard now happily toils as Cooper Perkins’ CEO.

Hannah Kaiksow

Operations Manager

With a background in the arts and culture sector, Hannah thrives in spaces where aesthetics, curiosity and innovation collide. Her love of the little details and her ability to analyze the big picture fuel her eagerness to create and sustain positive environments. She is driven by a desire to understand what makes the people around her tick and looks for beauty in all situations.

Hannah earned her B.A. in Art History and Arts Management from the University of San Francisco and works out of the San Francisco office.

Jennifer Bauer

Engineer

Jennifer is constantly examining the world around her with curiosity and believes in the relentless pursuit of better design. She has worked in a variety of research and development labs throughout her career and draws from her highly interdisciplinary background to creatively find new solutions to engineering problems. Jennifer loves diving into the mathematics of signals and utilizing engineering first principles to generate new electronic capabilities. Outside of work, you can find her knitting sweaters, racing triathlons, or skiing.

Jennifer earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. She worked at T.D. Williamson prior to joining Cooper Perkins.

Jim Ahern

CFO

Jim is an experienced CFO, financial consultant, and CPA with more than 25 years of experience in providing financial and operational leadership to entrepreneurial companies. He has helped transform and grow the companies he has worked with through his financial guidance, design and implementation of systems, and role in building strong cultures. As he does for other client companies, Jim serves as Cooper Perkins’ part-time CFO guiding its growth and industry-leading performance.

Jim is a certified public accountant and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in accounting & taxation and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Jose Oscar Mur-Miranda, Ph.D.

Engineer

Jose Oscar is most fluent in mathematics. He designed the first electrostatic vibration-to-electric energy converter during the completion of his doctorate degree. He then continued his research in energy conversion as a professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and Olin College. Additionally, he co-created the International Development Innovator Network (IDIN) to apply engineering design and entrepreneurship in global development. Jose Oscar is currently a visiting scholar of Laspau, affiliated with Harvard University and continues to improve engineering education through consulting for several institutions around the world.

Jose Oscar received his S.B., M.Eng. and Ph.D in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Born in Barcelona, raised between Spain and Puerto Rico, and mostly residing in Boston since coming to MIT, Oscar is a citizen of the world.

Juhi Kalra

Engineer

Having lived in six different countries by the age of nineteen, Juhi is familiar with the unfamiliar. As a child who had to change schools and make new friends every third year, she quickly learned that the key to adapting and succeeding in unfamiliar situations is perseverance. As a result, she has often taken the path less traveled – for example, switching from Economics to Mechanical Engineering halfway through her college career. As a hard-working adventurer who loves a new challenge, Juhi is confident in her ability to tackle any problem. This has led her to be part of a wide range of projects from women’s health devices to consumer electronics. Outside of work, you can find her at the climbing gym or trying something new like learning how to Salsa dance.

Juhi earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. She worked at Synapse Product Development before joining Cooper Perkins.

Kim Blair, Ph.D.

Engineer, Partnering Lead

A collaborator and connector, Kim realizes that while he is certainly capable of solving complex problems, the real joy is working with others to discover the most innovative solution. Kim’s varied professional experience in academia, government, industry, and start-up ventures has equipped him with the skills to quickly understand technology development and product engineering challenges, develop plans to address those challenges, assemble the appropriate teams, and fluidly transition from problem diagnosis to solution development.

Kim earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nebraska, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.  In 2005, the University of Nebraska awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award.  Kim also holds academic appointments as Senior Advisor to the Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center at Purdue University, a Visiting Professorship in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK and was the Founding Director of the Sports Innovation Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kim Pelzar

Director of Talent

Kim is an experienced Human Resources professional who has worked in business partnership roles for over 20 years. She handles both strategy and execution at her client companies, identifying and implementing solutions that are aligned with business goals. Kim has proven experience improving organizational effectiveness and leading talent initiatives including leadership development, performance management, recruiting and compliance. For clients needing more infrastructure, Kim also builds HR systems around recruiting, onboarding, compensation and benefits.

Kim holds her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she concentrated in HR Management and International Business. She earned her B.S. in Marketing at Boston College. At Cooper Perkins, Kim leads talent initiatives focused on the well-being of employees, people operations and company culture.

Klaus Renner

Director of Engineering

Klaus’s eagerness to understand the operation of every object he comes across, has not only aided him in the building and repairing processes, but has also given him a knack for discovering innovative solutions.  His keen interest in dissecting all things mechanical and electrical spans across numerous areas of his life, from appliances in his home, to his recreational transports of choice: canoes, kayaks and bicycles.  It is unlikely that Klaus has not fully immersed himself in the inner workings of each appliance in his home.

After earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Klaus worked at TVGuide OnScreen and GCC Technologies before joining Cooper Perkins.

Liana Margolese

Engineer

Through leading kids on backpacking trips in the Spanish Pyrenees, Liana is experienced with finding solutions to unexpected situations. Her curiosity and excitement to explore new places in the outdoors parallel her love of being creative and exploring new ideas. This drive to learn about the world around her has led Liana to be part of a wide range of projects, from building off-road race cars to programming autonomous robots. Outside of work Liana can be found at the climbing gym, on top of a mountain, or baking cookies.

Liana earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She interned at Apple before joining Cooper Perkins.

Lisa Somogyi

Engineer, Director of Business Development

A mechanical engineer by trade, Lisa is now in a business development role at Cooper Perkins where she can combine her passion for engineering with her natural tendency to meet new people. Lisa loves the process involved in identifying and matching the needs of potential clients with the skills of our engineers while keeping a pulse on which industries are moving forward with interesting new technologies. She gets excited to learn about the tools that are available to aid our engineers in bringing client ideas to realization. Lisa keeps her mind fresh by following her two dogs along the river or the ski trail.

Lisa earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has worked in many facets of mechanical engineering, most recently as a product design leader at Suterra, driving design to improve customer experience. Lisa brings her enthusiasm of exploring the west coast design space to enhance a local presence of Cooper Perkins in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Matthew Antonelli

Engineer

Matt is intent on making innovative devices better by using experimentation and observation to discover how well they work. As an electrical engineer, he strives to discover the answers to limitations, and then applies these lessons to design electronics that work in harmony with the user experience. Matt has built a wide breadth of products, from embedded systems development for large medical equipment to small battery-powered consumer devices. In all these endeavors, he strives to discover the independent variables that increase the overall function of product capability, then uses these discoveries to design elegant solutions.

After earning an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Matt worked at various Bay Area enterprises and startups before joining Cooper Perkins in San Francisco.

Megan Daniher

Communications Manager

A trained designer with a background in strategy, project management, and creative direction, Megan finds satisfaction in translating patterns into a defined system, picking the right synonym to convey a specific message, and ensuring cohesion in creative solutions. Whether seeking the clearest way to articulate a story, learning a new hobby, or switching industries, she satisfies her curiosity by jumping into the deep end of new challenges. She is a strong believer that empathetic, transparent communication is the key to productive relationships.

Megan earned a B.S. in Graphic Communication Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Before joining Cooper Perkins, she was Design Director at SevenDesign, the team that defined and implemented the current iteration of Cooper Perkins’ brand.

Ndungu Muturi

Engineer

Ndungu loves the journey through questions, hunches, and stories that develop into a refined product. In almost all facets of life, he digs insatiably into the roots of an issue to find where innovation lies. Ndungu has developed experience in iterative prototyping and testing through work in novel wind energy technology, robotic actuation, and more. Though an engineer at heart, he’d be remiss to exclude his passion for playing and dancing to soul music.

Ndungu earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Olin College, where he subsequently served as the Instructor of Design and Fabrication. He also worked at Schneider Electric and Rise Robotics before joining Cooper Perkins.

Oliver Zhang

Engineer

Ever since he was a child, Oliver has been driven by an insatiable curiosity to figure out how details come together to make the world work. Now, as an engineer, it is the understanding of those small parts that allows him to bring new ideas into reality. Be it cooking or making robots, Oliver believes that with a methodical persistence and attention to detail, he can take on any challenge.

Oliver earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Piotr Diduch

Engineer

As an electrical engineer versed in embedded control systems, it’s no surprise that Piotr gravitates first to the underlying electronics of machines and objects. While Piotr totes a diverse background that includes leading a design effort in developing the Dynamic Shim Update System, which increased the MRI image resolution of the human brain at 7T systems, you’re more likely to hear him talking about riding his motorcycle. He is known to utter phrases such as “speeding is not dangerous; people are dangerous.” Piotr’s technical accuracy can be seen whether he is at work or at play.

Piotr earned an M.S. in Applied Automation from the Polytechnic University of Poland.

Ryan Wood

Engineer

A lot of Ryan’s personal and professional projects revolve around building and creating. When not building, there’s a good chance you’ll find him roaming the aisles of the local hardware store. Many of the drawers in Ryan’s home are filled with bolts, screws, and motors – it’s rather difficult for him to escape the joy of building. His previous work, which includes roles in the electromechanical, medical, educational, and hi-tech clean room environments, has given him a broad yet deep understanding of many technical problems.

Ryan earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Davis, and followed that up with a career in robotics, applying it towards the fields of cancer research, education, and now doing awesome things at Cooper Perkins.

Vadim Kuklov

Engineer

Vadim believes that all people should have access to effective and well-designed products that meet their needs. As a mechanical engineer, he loves to work at the intersection of deterministic design and holistic product development. Vadim’s design experience includes sanitation in Kenya, earthquake-resistant housing in Nepal, blind accessibility in India, and medical devices in Boston. Whether focused on a sticky machine design challenge, a new woodworking project, or a big granite wall, Vadim thrives in multivariable environments.

Vadim earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Vicki Wong

Finance Manager

Having worked with people across all ages and walks of life, Vicki has learned that the most successful products often evolve from simple ideas. When evaluating the usefulness of a solution or product, Vicki asks:

Will this product or service improve the life of the user?

Will the user enjoy using this product?

If the answer to these questions is no, then it is time to reevaluate the strategy, design or concept.

Vicki earned a B.S. in Engineering Management from Boston University.

Zhi Ern Teoh, Ph.D.

Engineer

As a mechanical engineer, Zhi Ern is inspired by the elegant design solutions that plants and animals use to thrive in their challenging environments. By applying design lessons learned from nature, he strives to create systems that function in harmony with the world we live in. Fascinated with how things fly, he has built a variety of air vehicles ranging from hand launch UAVs and quadcopters to insect-scale flapping wing robots. Apart from insect-scale robots, he also works on robotic mechanisms inspired by origami. This work  has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic and BBC.

Zhi Ern earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Harvard University.