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CEO

Jose Andres, Ph.D., P.E.
President, CEO

Dr. Andres has over 30 years’ experience in ocean engineering at Makai, and has led the company as President since 2006.

Director of Engineering

Greg Rocheleau, M.S.
Director of Engineering

Mr. Rocheleau has over 10 years’ experience in ocean engineering. He has been the Director of Engineering at Makai since 2014.

CFO

Leah Ablen, MBA, FCPA (Aust.)
CFO

Ms. Ablen is an accountant with over 30 years’ experience. She has been Makai’s CFO since 2012.

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Subsea Technology Manager

Kevin Veenstra, M.S.
Subsea Technology Manager

Mr. Veenstra has over 10 years of broad ocean engineering experience. He has successfully managed the development of both software and hardware systems.

Subsea Cable Group Manager

Venkata Jasti, Ph.D.
Subsea Cable Group Manager

Dr. Jasti is responsible for the maintenance and development of Makai’s proprietary cable model that is the key underlying model of the MakaiPlan Pro and MakaiLay products.

Director, Heat Exchanger Development

Mike Eldred
Director, Heat Exchanger Development

Mr. Eldred is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of relevant experience, and has led Makai’s heat exchanger development and testing since 2009.

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Division Head: Ocean Energy

Richard Argall, M.S.
Division Head: Ocean Energy

Mr. Argall is an expert in ocean energy and marine renewables, with over 15-years’ experience.

Senior Physicist / Numerical Modeler

John Sender, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist / Numerical Modeler

Dr. Sender has over 40 years of experience in engineering, R&D, and instrumentation development.

Senior Program Manager & Ocean Engineer

Mike Harrison, MBA
Senior Program Manager & Ocean Engineer

Mr. Harrison has over 30 years ocean engineering experience including the design and installation of ocean engineering systems, marine cable installations and engineering studies and analysis.

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West Coast Operations Manager

Robert McClellan, M.S., P.E.
West Coast Operations Manager

Mr. McClellan is an offshore construction expert with over 20 years of experience in leadership, program management, and contingency operations, as well as marine search, salvage, facilities maintenance, and construction.

Senior Ocean Engineer: Cable Control Software Systems

David Lipp, M.S.
Senior Ocean Engineer: Cable Control Software Systems

Mr. Lipp has over 30 years of experience related to the design, operation and testing of ocean related software and hardware systems.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kevin Shimotsu, M.S.
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Shimotsu has over 10 years’ experience in developing mechanical hardware systems.

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Senior Software Engineer

Kayo Fujiwara, M.S.
Senior Software Engineer

Ms. Fujiwara is an experienced software engineer with over 10 years’ experience working in Makai’s cable modeling group.

Senior Software Engineer

Adrian Jelffs
Senior Software Engineer

Mr. Jelffs has 20 years of software development, electrical system design, and R&D experience.

Business Development Manager

Hermann Kugeler
Business Development Manager

Mr. Kugeler leads Makai’s business development efforts for both commercial and federal projects.