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 optimize for safety and autonomy, which means holding yourself responsible for following through and asking when you need support.

Continuous Learning

We support continuous personal and professional growth by offering educational benefits, and we learn from each other in weekly learning lunches.

Dynamism

We are building cutting edge technology, which requires being comfortable with change and expecting our direction to evolve with our growing industry.

Cohesion

We meet as a team every Friday, host monthly office exchanges, and a coffee matching program to deepen cross-departmental connections.

Efficiency

We believe in working smart and hard to accomplish our goals. We’re outcomes focused, not face time focused, so we allow for flexibility in our teammates’ working styles.

Openness

We are working on some of the hardest problems in our industry, so it’s important to be open, transparent, and to share our mistakes so we can all learn together.

The Iris Team

 

Alex Bland

Alex Bland

UAS Testing Associate

 

Karol Zięba

Karol Zięba

Deep Learning Engineer

 

Gabrielle Wain

Gabrielle Wain

Public Policy Lead

 

Aaron Bailey

Aaron Bailey

Head of Business Development

 

Mark Genung

Mark Genung

Head of Flight Operations

 

Alejandro Galindo

Alejandro Galindo

Head of R&D

 

Eric Schafer

Eric Schafer

Simulation Architect

 

Cheryl Contreras

Cheryl Contreras

UAS Testing Associate

 

Angelo Stekardis

Angelo Stekardis

Computer Vision Engineer

 

James Howard

James Howard

CTO & Co-Founder

 

Stephanie Lacy-Price

Stephanie Lacy-Price

Office Overlord

 

Alexander Harmsen

Alexander Harmsen

CEO & Co-Founder

 

Ryan McMaster

Ryan McMaster

UAS Testing Program Manager

 

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 Engineering Intern

 

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.