Executive Management Team
Sassan has a passion for technology and is relentless in pursuing his goals. Prior to Omniscent he was with EMC where he played different roles in architecture and design of high-performance systems for exascale computing, big data analytics. He helped in several merger/acquisitions executed by EMC, and AMCC. He was part of an executive team that took JNI to IPO with more than 1.2B market cap. Prior to EMC, he managed various engineering teams in delivering high-performance storage and networking products in several enterprises and startup companies such as Data Direct Networks, AMCC, Adaptec, and AMD. He has more than 14 patents. He received M.S.E.E and B.S.E.E from University of Michigan, AnnArbor, Michigan.
Yogesh B. Gianchandani is a Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a primary appointment in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and a courtesy appointment in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Gianchandani also serves as the Director for the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (wims2.org). Created in 2000 with support from the National Science Foundation, the Center brings together research in core technologies to facilitate microsystems for environmental monitoring and healthcare. He has graduated about 35 Ph.D. students, and contributed to about 45 issued or pending US patents, and published about 330 papers in journals and conferences. He was a Chief Co-Editor of Comprehensive Microsystems: Fundamentals, Technology, and Applications, published in 2008, and he serves on the editorial boards and program committees of a number of journals and conferences. From 2007 to 2009 he also served at the National Science Foundation, as the program director for Micro and Nano Systems within the Electrical, Communication, and Cyber Systems Division (ECCS). Dr. Gianchandani is a Fellow of IEEE.
Chief Sensor Architect, Founder
Yutao Qin is currently an Assistant Research Scientist in the EECS department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has over 5 years of research experience in microfabricated gas chromatography systems and related components, such as micro-pumps and micro-valves. His work established several important milestones and performance benchmarks. He received the B.S.E. degree in 2010 in electronic science and technology (microelectronics) from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. He received the M.S.E. degree in 2012 and a Ph.D. degree in 2015, both in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He has published over 10 journal papers and conference papers and has 3 US patents pending on related topics.
VP – Operations
Ahmad brings over 30 years of operations experience in both multinationals and start-ups. He previously served as the V.P. of Manufacturing Technology and Operations at Aquantia Corp. which had a very successful IPO followed by an acquisition by Marvel Semiconductor. As the very first member of the Operations team, Ahmad built a talented team in both the US and Taiwan. Under his leadership, this team managed the most advanced semiconductor nodes offered by TSMC. In this position, he also managed all automotive functional safety certification and required training. Prior to Aquantia, Ahmad was the V.P. of Manufacturing Operations at AMCC. He received his B.S.E.E from the University of California, San Diego and holds 4 US & international patents.
Board of Advisors
Industry veterans in the areas of chemistry, microfluidics, gas chromatography, and gas sensors.
Jan Willem Poelmann
Mr. Jan Willem Poelmann serves as VP of Business development and sales for Oclaro, a leader in optical components and modules, since October 2017. He was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Picarro Inc, a leading provider of solutions to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations, trace gases and stable isotopes across many scientific applications and industrial markets. He led Picarro’s revenues and new product introductions to new heights from 2010-2017. Prior to Picarro, he served with Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for their Service Provider Alliance business in EMEA from 2005 to 2010. Prior to Juniper, he served various executive sales and marketing positions at Dell, Corvis Corporation, and Nortel Networks. He has a BA and MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Dr. Colin Poole
Dr. Colin Poole has worked in the field of Chemistry and instrumental/analytical Chemistry for more than 30 years. He has graduated many students throughout his academic carrier. He has served as a Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan since 1990 and as a science advisor to US Food and Drug Administration from 1989 to 2016 and was awarded Certificate of Recognition from US Food and Drug Administration. He is a commissioning editor for the Encyclopedia of Analytical Science since 2002. He held several positions with a number of Universities in Europe such as Belgium, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Poole is member of the Editorial Advisory board for the Journal of Planar Chromatography, Journal of Separation Science, Chromatographia and is an editor for the Journal of Chromatography A, and Series Editor for the Handbooks of Separation Science, and Molecular Science and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier’s Reference Modules on Science Direct.
His research interests are the fundamental aspect of gas, liquid, supercritical fluid, and thin-layer chromatography, data analysis, and ionic liquids The application of these techniques to problems of an environmental, food chemistry and biomedical nature have been his foremost goals. Dr. Poole joined Omniscent board of advisors as of summer of 2017.
Dr. Richard Payne
Dr. Richard Payne has extensive contributions to the US semiconductor industry. After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, he joined Bell Labs where he built the first Ion Implanted BJT and developed, patented and produced the Twin Well CMOS technology. Richard is a true pioneer in the US semiconductor industry. In 1986 he took MEMS from an idea to high volume manufacturing production over course of nine years and made Analog Devices one of the market leaders in high-performance MEMS accelerometers. During 1998 to 2014 he successfully ventured four MEMS-based startups where three of four got acquired by larger corporations including the last one, Pixtronix by Qualcomm in 2011 for $200M. He holds many patents and received the J. J. Ebers.Award from the IEEE.
Dr. Paul T. Roberts
Dr. Paul Roberts is an authority in the field of environmental air quality studies from exposure assessment to instrumentation and their related methodologies. He was involved in numerous evaluations of analytical methods, monitors, and instruments and evaluated a range of continuous benzene monitors for use in communities near oil refineries.
Dr. Roberts recently retired from Sonoma Technology, Incorporated (STI) after a whopping 35 years tenure within its management team, most recently as Executive VP, Chief Scientific Officer, and Corporate Quality Assurance Officer. He has often presented complex technical project results to governmental bodies and the public. Dr. Roberts has co-authored three book chapters; published 38 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 240 reports; and made over 75 presentations at conferences, universities, public agencies, and public meetings. Dr. Roberts designed and managed regional, near-road, and near-source air quality and meteorological field studies in many areas of the United States, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast, and the northeastern United States from Virginia to Maine. As co-lead, he developed and presented a three-day photochemical assessment monitoring stations (PAMS) data analysis workshop and a PM workshop for the U.S. EPA. He has done air quality and exposure work in cooperation with governments, universities, and industries in Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, Columbia, and Thailand. In addition, Dr. Roberts served on various EPA peer-review panels from 1995 to 2010.
Prior to STI, Dr. Roberts was chairman of several oil-industry trade association committees that sponsored air quality research, was a consultant to the environmental affairs group of Chevrons, and testified at Federal hearings.
Dr. Paul Roberts holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Cal Tech and a masters & B.A. in chemical engineering from Rice University.