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:
Learn it well,
practice it honestly,
teach it generously.
Al has recently rejoined the team and is carefully crafting his bio as you read this…
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 BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She worked at Auris Health, Savioke, and Hansen Medical prior to joining Cooper Perkins.
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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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and an MS in Robotics and Control Systems from Boston University.
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 BS 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.
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 BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dwayne E Hickman Jr (DEHj)
DEHj is driven by a general love for technology and a passion to understand the world around him. He enjoys burrowing to the root of issues, then building a solution by leveraging the known and sprinkling in a bit of magic/innovation. When not solving engineering problems, you might find him tinkering on cars or motorcycles, doing laps at a racetrack, or just meandering through nature.
DEHj earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and MS in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. Prior to joining Cooper Perkins DEHj developed solutions for an array of aeronautical and aerospace programs at Lockheed Martin.
Eric has always been fascinated by the ways people use technology to accomplish extraordinary things. The tools we make can extend the capabilities of our minds and bodies, but what we are able to accomplish depends greatly on if they both amplify our strengths and compensate for our limitations. Eric’s career has revolved around this connection between us and what we create, driving his focus toward designs that best fit with how we perceive the world, make sense of it, and act. An avid cross-pollinator by nature, Eric reaches across organizations and engineering disciplines to align and energize teams delivering human-centered solutions. His work spans interface design, team performance assessment, autonomous vehicle interaction, and augmented reality systems for austere environments. Outside of work, Eric can be found venturing in the wilderness, training for the Boston Marathon, or delivering kinetic entertainment to his children.
Eric earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Prior to joining Cooper Perkins, Eric worked primarily in defense R&D, most recently at Draper.
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 BS and an MS 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.
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 BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
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.
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 BA in Art History and Arts Management from the University of San Francisco and works out of the San Francisco office.
Jane’s natural curiosity is what drives her to try to find innovative solutions to problems and ways to make existing systems more efficient. She is a creative at heart and values the discoveries that come from collaboration. Her love for design plays a role in all areas of her life whether it is brainstorming at work, capturing a photograph of her most recent outdoor escapade, or being in the jewelry studio.
Jane earned a BS in Industrial Technology and Packaging from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She interned at Flex Ltd. prior to joining Cooper Perkins.
Jose Oscar Mur-Miranda, PhD
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 SB in mechanical engineering and PhD 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.
Ever since learning about the disastrous effects of climate change as a child, Josh has been motivated by the desire to use engineering to help humans live in harmony with nature. During internships, he has put this into practice working on devices such as an electrostatic precipitator that recycled water from cooling tower plumes and a power delivery board for drones powered by hydrogen fuel cells. He continued this path in his coursework, taking on projects such as building a low-cost microscope to analyze water quality and designing a piezoelectric generator that creates power from sound. In his free time, Josh enjoys cycling and rock climbing.
Josh earned a BS in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.
Kevin recently joined the team and is carefully crafting his bio as you read this.
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 BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Klaus worked at TVGuide OnScreen and GCC Technologies before joining Cooper Perkins.
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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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She interned at Apple before joining Cooper Perkins.
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 BS 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.
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 MS 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.
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 strongly believes that transparent, empathetic communication is the key to productive relationships.
Megan earned a BS 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.
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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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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 MS in Applied Automation from the Polytechnic University of Poland.
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 BS 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 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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and MS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
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 BS in Engineering Management from Boston University.
Zach’s passion for engineering drives him to tackle some of the most complex and diverse problems facing our generation. He enjoys solutions that make you laugh either due to their elegant simplicity, or their out of the box creativity. While not working, you can often find him at WPI mentoring high school students in the FIRST Robotics program, playing guitar, wrenching on a car, or making his way down a snowy mountain on skis.
Zach earned a BS in Robotics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to joining the team at Cooper Perkins, he worked at Collins Aerospace as a Mechanical Design Engineer developing the next generation of life support systems for the International Space Station.
Zhi Ern Teoh, PhD
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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a PhD in Engineering Science from Harvard University.
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