WORK WITH THE BEST

The Iris team is a diverse group of experts from around the world specialising in Computer Vision, AI, Robotics, Simulation, Embedded Systems and Autonomous Vehicles.

TEAM CULTURE

Our culture revolves around the core values that drive work at Iris every day.

A focus on collaboration, growth, hard work, and keeping active and healthy drives everyone to better themselves in and out of the office.

EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

California and Nevada are home to some of the wildest and most beautiful cities and environments on earth.

Whether taking a weekend stroll along the Lake Tahoe waterfront or making a rock climbing trip to Yosemite, experiencing and enjoying our natural world is a part of life that we love to celebrate.

DEVELOPING INTERESTS

We’re all passionate about the fields we work in. Engineering, business, marketing, and much more.

Nourishing these skills in and out of the office is essential to personal growth. Every weekend you’ll find us at local meetups, events, and competitions furthering our individual and collective passions for what we do.

The Iris Team

Alexander Harmsen

Alexander Harmsen

CEO & Co-Founder

James Howard

James Howard

CTO & Co-Founder

Somik Ghosh

Somik Ghosh

Lead Software Engineer

Alejandro Galindo

Alejandro Galindo

Head of R&D

Aaron Bailey

Aaron Bailey

Head of Business Development

Eric Schafer

Eric Schafer

Simulation Architect

Angelo Stekardis

Angelo Stekardis

Computer Vision Engineer

Karol Zięba

Karol Zięba

Deep Learning Engineer

Mohammad Saad

Mohammad Saad

Software Engineer

Ryan McMaster

Ryan McMaster

UAS Testing Program Manager

Joseph Dayton

Joseph Dayton

UAS Testing Associate

Cheryl Contreras

Cheryl Contreras

UAS Testing Assistant

Advisors

Russ Muzzolini

As an experienced startup and engineering team leader, Russ brings his knowledge of software development, agile business scaling, and talent acquisition and retention to Iris Automation where he serves as a technical leadership adviser.

Previously he served as CTO at Spire Global, Inc., a satellite-powered data company. Under Russ’ leadership Spire designed, manufactured, and launched 30 nano-satellites operating in low-earth orbit. He also oversaw the development of software for the fleet that performs multi-source data aggregation, storage, analytics, and data services for a range of customer use cases.

John Walker

John has fifty-one years of aviation experience in a career rich in air traffic control, airspace management, flight navigation, and airport development skills. John’s aviation career includes thirty-two years with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as four years served in the United States Air Force. His last Senior Executive Service assignment was served as the FAA’s Program Director of Airspace Management.

At Iris Automation, John lends his vast experience and wisdom of the aviation regulatory environment in the United States and around the globe to our efforts in enabling drones to fly safely within the national airspace.

Geoff Ralston

As an advisor through Y-Combinator, Geoff brings his expertise in the technological and business development of enterprise software products to Iris and provides valuable support for our team.

Geoff was a founder of Four11, where he built RocketMail, one of the first web mail services, which in 1997 became Yahoo Mail. At Yahoo Geoff worked in engineering, then ran a business unit, then became Chief Product Officer. After Yahoo he was CEO of Lala, which was acquired in 2009 by Apple. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from INSEAD.