Meet The Team

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 Values

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.
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Accountability

We prioritize safety and trust each other to take on responsibilities, follow through, and ask for support when we need it.

Continuous Learning

We are curious people with broad interests who cultivate a learning environment.

Recognition

We celebrate and create space for each other’s work, differences, and humaness.

Pragmatism

We work hard, work smart, and stay calm and positive under pressure. 

Collaboration

We build connections not only with each other, but with regulators, customers, and the aviation industry.

Open Communication

We are approachable and give and accept feedback, input, and help from all teammates.

The Iris Team

 
Alex Bland

Alex Bland

Senior Flight Operations Technician

 
Karol Zięba

Karol Zięba

Senior Deep Learning Engineer

 
Gabrielle Wain

Gabrielle Wain

Head of Public Policy

 
Grace McKenzie

Grace McKenzie

Director of Operations

 
Mark Genung

Mark Genung

Director of Flight Operations

 
Alejandro Galindo

Alejandro Galindo

Director of R&D

 
Eric Schafer

Eric Schafer

Simulation Architect

 
Cheryl Contreras

Cheryl Contreras

Deputy Head of Flight Operations

 
Angelo Stekardis

Angelo Stekardis

Computer Vision Engineer

 
James Howard

James Howard

Director of Engineering & Co-Founder

 
Stephanie Lacy-Price

Stephanie Lacy-Price

People & Communications Specialist

 
Alexander Harmsen

Alexander Harmsen

CEO & Co-Founder

 
Ryan McMaster

Ryan McMaster

Chief Pilot

 
Sujith Geevarghese

Sujith Geevarghese

3D Simulation Systems Engineer Intern

 
Scott Bowers

Scott Bowers

Backend Software Engineer

 
Joseph Dayton

Joseph Dayton

Support Engineer

 
Betty Kayton

Betty Kayton

CFO

Nikhilesh Ravishankar

Nikhilesh Ravishankar

Computer Vision Engineer

 
Zack Goyetche

Zack Goyetche

Electrical Engineer

 

Board and Advisors

 

David Cowan

Board Member David Cowan is a partner in Bessemer Ventures Partners and launched Bessemer’s practices in cloud infrastructure, consumer tech, cyber-security and space tech. During David’s time with Bessemer his portfolio has included companies such as LinkedIn, Twitch and Skybox Imaging. David has also co-founded three cyber security companies and overseen over 20 IPOs. David holds an MBA from Harvard University.
 

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.