World Class Caliber Team

Makai’s highly-qualified team of engineers are on the cutting edge of subsea technology development, and are pushing  the limits of what is possible.


With Advanced Degrees M.S. or greater

With Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Engineers

Senior Staff

Greg Rocheleau, M.S.


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Mr. Rocheleau has over 10 years’ experience in ocean engineering at Makai, and has led numerous programs as Vice President and Director since 2014.

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


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

Leah Ablen, MBA, FCPA (Aust.)


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

Michael Nedbal, Ph.D.

VP of Operations / FSO

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Dr. Nedbal is Makai’s Vice President of Operations and Facility Security Officer. He has been with Makai since 2011.

Kevin Veenstra, M.S.

Subsea Technology Manager

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

Venkata Jasti, Ph.D.

Director, Engineering Software

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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.

Mike Eldred

Director, Heat Exchanger Development

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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.

Richard Argall, M.S., P.E.

Division Head: Ocean Energy

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

Hermann Kugeler

Vice President of Business Development

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

John Sender, Ph.D.

Senior Physicist / Numerical Modeler

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

Mike Harrison, MBA

Senior Program Manager & Ocean Engineer

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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.

Kevin Shimotsu, M.S., P.E.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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Mr. Shimotsu has over 10 years’ experience in developing mechanical hardware systems. He is licensed as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Hawaii.

Alex Le Bon, M.S., P.E.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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Mr. Le Bon has over 10 years’ experience as a mechanical engineeer at Makai. He is licensed as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Hawaii.

W. Reeve Hicks

Project Manager / Sr. Engineer

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Reeve joined Makai in 2016 as a mechanical engineer in the Subsea Technologies group. He attended Boston University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Since joining Makai he has made an immediate impact analyzing, designing and testing innovative mechanical, electrical and control systems for Makai’s customers.

Kayo Fujiwara, M.S.

Senior Software Engineer

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

Adrian Jelffs

Senior Software Engineer

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Mr. Jelffs has 25 years of software development, electrical system design, and R&D experience.

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