Steve Myers
CEO & Founder

With a mechanical and electrical engineering background, Steve leads Mindtribe and client programs with the goal of advancing the way innovative technology products are developed to be more impactful for both users and businesses.

Since founding Mindtribe in 1998, Steve has engaged in all aspects of client programs in the consumer, industrial, medical, and automotive industries, both as an engineer and team leader.

Outside of the product development world, you might find Steve riding his mountain bike long distances, mountain unicycling, restoring and rallying old British sports cars, or honing his performance driving capabilities on the West Coast’s world-class tracks.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mark Olson
Vice President

Mark has been creating successful products for over 20 years, leading projects from the earliest user research and business strategy stages through detailed engineering and mass production.

At Mindtribe, he leads client programs of all sizes and types, including recent projects in wearable devices, mobile medical technology, and consumer electronics. On the weekends, Mark enjoys exploring California with his wife and three children, and attending many youth sports events and music performances.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – University of Minnesota 

Sam Kang
Vice President

Sam leads programs at Mindtribe by leveraging his technical and business backgrounds. Trained as an engineer, Sam has solved some of our toughest engineering problems, but he also holds an MBA and spent time as a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Sam has led highly successful development efforts for many of Mindtribe’s clients. This includes a major subsystem for the Tesla Roadster when they were a 40-person start-up, as well as the wildly successful Flip Mino camera and the original Jawbone Bluetooth headset. Most recently, he helped lead the engineering and manufacturing for the Adobe Ink stylus.

In his free time, Sam enjoys trying new restaurants and events in the Bay Area, as well as exploring different countries.

MBA – UCLA Anderson School of ManagementMS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University

Adam Rothschild
Engineering Manager

Adam is an electrical engineering manager who loves working on teams. He is passionate about helping clients and invests himself deeply to ensure their success. He also leads development of our internal EE design process, focusing on getting circuit boards back fast and right.

At Mindtribe, Adam has designed electronics for a wide array of applications including Square’s mobile card reader, an early Tesla transmission controller, Apnicure’s sleep apnea treatment device, a MEMS toxic sniffer for Nevada Nano, a wireless charger for Novashunt’s implanted medical device, a 3D digital compass for SRI, and a number of wireless and Bluetooth accessories.

Adam races sailboats in San Francisco Bay, plays drums in a local band, and loves cooking & eating. His smile grows even bigger when he thinks about his son Tom and his wife Sally.

MS Mechanical Engineering  – Stanford UniversityBA Physics – Wittenberg University

Alison Thurber
Engineering Manager

With a lifelong curiosity for electronics, becoming an Electrical Engineer was a natural step for Alison. While pursuing her MS EE she found an additional passion in the black magic of RF and has made the shift from retrofitting radars to designing low power mobile devices.

Hailing from Washington, DC, Alison is excited to make the jump to the West Coast to join Mindtribe.

In her spare time Alison enjoys exploring her new city, running, playing tennis, and doing canine agility with her dog.

MS Electrical Engineering – George Mason UniversityBS Electrical Engineering – George Mason University

Greg Schulte
Engineering Manager

Greg has been leading mechanical and system product development efforts for over 12 years, especially in medical and other devices involving human interaction. He brings his own expertise running a consulting firm and co-founding several successful start-ups.

Greg authored and illustrated an award-winning children’s book this year, inspired by his new daughter. He loves cooking, spending time outdoors with the family, and combining these activities whenever possible.

BS Mechanical Engineering – University of Michigan

Mike Ho
Engineering Manager

A salty Mindtribe veteran, Mike has experience across nearly every axis of our trade, from mechanical design to PCB layout to writing code. He has dived deepest in firmware and software, having programmed on bare metal, embedded Linux, smartphones, and just about everything in-between.

Whether it’s a prototype or high-volume product, designed to go into a pocket or car or human body, there’s a good chance Mike’s worked on something like that here. Notably, as firmware lead on Square’s mobile card reader, he wrote the majority of the code that runs on the device and also supported the ramp to mass production. Mike often serves as Mindtribe’s de facto editor-in-chief, defending our written words against the dark tides of typoes and strange grammars. Mike’s favorite pastime is going on adventures. In fact, he wouldn’t even mind a long-haul economy flight with poor movie options, so long as there were a proper adventure or a delicious pizza waiting on the other side. He also loves pizza.

MS Mechanical Engineering  – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – UC Berkeley 

Tom Hsiu
Director- Program Operations

With a background as an engineer, entrepreneur and product developer, Tom brings a wealth of product innovation experience to Mindtribe. As Director of Program Operations, Tom supports the management of client programs as well as the implementation of our development methodologies.

Tom has played many roles at Mindtribe, from engineering implementation to program management and business development. His energy and enthusiasm are focused on making new and better things a reality, whether it be a client’s product or Mindtribe’s approach to product development. He has variously supported or helped lead projects ranging from the Flip video camera to Adobe’s Ink stylus. Outside of Mindtribe, Tom spends his time being schooled in Minecraft by his kids and tackling ill-advised home improvement projects. He remains fond of solar-powered race cars and animatronic creatures.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering and Product Design – Stanford University 

Kent Hull
Senior Engineer

Kent is an electrical engineer with experience spanning robotics, medical, consumer and professional audio, industrial integration as well as consumer and wearable designs, all areas in current production. His designs have been realized from concept through development to mass production and he has been directly involved in all of these phases, working and traveling to the necessary sites in order to complete these responsibilities.

He thoroughly enjoys working on collaborative teams where unique and innovative solutions can be actualized through the multiple perspectives garnered there. He enjoys digging deeply into the tasks at hand and thus exploring the additional benefits and bonus features that can be achieved within the framework of existing solutions.

Kent has designed electronics for a diverse number of products including Astro Gaming headsets, the Basis health monitoring watch, large-scale professional studio consoles, industrial thermal regulation and monitoring and robotics for semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Kent enjoys the time he spends with his family whether at home or traveling, experimenting in various types of photography including aerial, light painting, macro and landscape and anything that allows him to connect to the world around him in both passive and active pursuits.

BS,  Music Engineering Technology, Cogswell Polytechnical CollegeBS,  Electrical Engineering Technology, Cogswell Polytechnical College

Robert Dowling
Senior Engineer

Robert is a software engineer who dances on the border between software and hardware, always looking for the bigger picture and the new ideas that will make development easier. Frameworks, tools, algorithms and real data all attract his attention. No stranger to Agile/Lean methodologies, Robert thrives on iterative, collaborative development and planning.

Robert’s previous work includes architecting embedded Linux solutions in the cost-conscious marketplace of high volume consumer electronics, DSP development tools, reconfigurable computing and graphics acceleration.

Armchair mathematician, Robert takes long walks with his family and thinks about the complex plane, and how to teach the complex plane to his kids, or at least get them to juggle.

BA Mathematics – UC Berkeley

Sravan Mettupalli
Senior Engineer

Sravan is a software engineer who traverses the entire stack of hardware development with ease.

Most recently, he has been working on an IoT Embedded Linux device that requires him to take on everything from low-level assembly code on a coprocessor, to Linux device drivers, and all the way up to remote device management.

In his free time, you can find him either riding or working on bikes.

BS Computer Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Timothy Van Ruitenbeek
Senior Engineer

With a foundation in every one of our engineering disciplines, Timothy is an incredibly efficient engineer. Able to design electrical systems, mechanical systems, and software with strong and roughly equal proficiency, he is able to iterate solutions very rapidly in his head as he works.

Timothy thrives on challenging projects and recently had his hands in reverse-engineering the touchscreen scan pattern for a tablet that used both time-division multiplexing and wave superposition. This knowledge proved useful in evaluating and improving the performance of several potential active stylus tip designs. Outside of work, Timothy is an avid Formula 1 and sim-racing fan, often staying up late at night perfecting his home workstation and racing lines, growing vegetables on his balcony, or playing with his cats.

MS Electrical Engineering – University of Texas at AustinBS Mechanical Engineering – University of Texas at Austin 

Angela Chu
Engineer

Angela’s obsession with puzzles has informed many of her life decisions, including her career in product design. With a background in mechanical engineering and architecture, she believes in fun, user-centric designs that delight.

Prior to Mindtribe, Angela was immersed in the Boston startup world. Recently, she worked on the UI and industrial design for a smart avalanche probe, as well as rapid prototypes for an urban helmet sharing solution. She craves fast-paced environments that expand both the breadth and depth of her knowledge. Angela’s love for learning extends to explorations in photography, trashion, furniture design and dystopian fiction.

BS Mechanical Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ben Ridder
Engineer

Ben is an engineer driven to learn as much as possible, not just within his focus of embedded software, but from everything and everyone around him.  He loves shipping products and seeing things he's worked on out in the wild.

Prior to Mindtribe, Ben worked on embedded software for payment peripherals to enable small merchants to take credit cards. Before that, he developed iOS applications for a variety of companies, including news organizations and children’s TV networks.  

After work, Ben can be found playing bass in different projects in an eclectic mix of genres from loud fuzzy rock to swing jazz.

BASc Computer Engineering – University of Waterloo

Brian Cherbak
Engineer

Brian is an electrical engineer who enjoys solving the problems that exist at the intersection of engineering and design. He takes a particular interest in the health of his team and relationships with his teammates.

He does his best work when it involves high-touch prototyping, often taking the time to lead dress even the scrappiest of prototypes. One of his favorite projects was a works-like prototype that involved retrofitting an existing product with a quick-and-dirty Bluetooth LE + iPhone app solution. The consequences of cannibalizing existing electrical hardware meant some clever workarounds and more custom hardware than expected, but made the satisfaction of the final integrated product so much greater. If you’re looking for Brian outside the office, first check all the local surf spot parking lots, then see if he took his tent with him.

BS Electrical Engineering — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Kerry Scharfglass
Engineer

Kerry is a software engineer of many stripes. From robotics to Unix system software to Android apps, he has played with many layers of the stack at one time or another. Some of these things have led him to pick up some knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems, which is growing every day. He enjoys opportunities which force him to move quickly to grow new skill sets, especially when they mix disciplines.

A penchant for consumer electronics has driven Kerry to begin thinking about products and the process of bringing one to life. After plans to go to grad school morphed into an opportunity to work on new products at Amazon, he wrote software that powered the Amazon Echo. Now he is looking forward to building beautiful devices that people can’t put down.

If Kerry is late to the office, look for him at his desk trying to fix just one more bug. You can also find him headphones-in and reading a sci-fi novel on the train, taking candid photos of people on their way to work, or obsessing over which phone to take to work that day.

BS Computer Engineering – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Kevin Mori
Engineer

A mechanical engineer by schooling and an embedded electronics designer by accident, Kevin delights in the interconnections between disciplines. He is thrilled by early-stage design where he pushes the limits of nebulous design spaces while grounding the effort with illuminating prototypes. Kevin has a particular proficiency and passion for high-power LED lighting, and all the electrical, mechanical, and thermal challenges thereof.

His desire to make the world a better place unifies Kevin’s collection of disparate projects: mechanical and thermal engineering for robotic solar farms at QBotix, scientific instrument design for autonomous underwater vehicles at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and development of real-time energy monitoring systems for reducing residential energy impact at Stanford. His guiding principle is sustainability; he is inspired by the conceptual beauty of renewable energy and the improvisational minimalism of wilderness medicine. Kevin takes the outside in “outside of the office” seriously. Most weekends, he can be found savoring the peninsula foothills by road and mountain bicycle or trying not to catapult a windsurfing rig on the Bay. But if there’s any snow left in the state, you’ll likely find him schlepping his skis in the backcountry to find those dozen sweet turns.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University BS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University 

Kyle Tucker
Engineer

Kyle comes from the startup world and is no stranger to taking on challenges outside of his expertise. Previously working for an awesome startup in the HD Field Monitor industry he took on many roles ranging from product design engineer, industrial designer, and project manager.

During his time at Mindtribe Kyle has focused most of his work on a medical device to be used in developing countries. Though challenging, the development of this device has been both educational and rewarding.

In his spare time Kyle enjoys playing guitar, and working on cars and motorcycles. He also enjoys hiking and camping with his wife.

BS Mechanical Engineering Technology – The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jason Gonzalez
Engineer

Jason became a mechanical engineer to take great ideas from sketches to physical products. Along the way, he has also picked up knowledge in circuit design and programming while honing his prototyping skills.

Mindtribe is the perfect place for him to exercise his engineering muscles while making world-changing products. His previous work experience has ranged from machining microfluidic devices to making airplane wings out of fiberglass and carbon fiber. Outside of the mechanical lab, Jason enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and going to every sporting event his wallet will allow. He hopes to start training for a pilot license soon.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University 

Randy Ting
Engineer

As a start-up veteran, Randy has been designing and leading highly integrated hardware projects since the start of his engineering career. He prides himself on being a renaissance man with experience playing roles that include mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, project manager, and engineering lead.

Since joining Mindtribe, Randy has led the mechanical design team of an industrial energy monitoring system, laid out PCBs for the Square Stand, and designed a high volume product with industrial design-heavy features. He’s always ready to CAD in SolidWorks and design PCBs in Altium in order to tackle and solve the toughest hardware integration problems. In his free time, you can find Randy gaining expertise in esoteric skills. From properly shaking a homemade cocktail to perfecting the preparation of hand-cut sashimi, Randy is always willing to explore and excel in new hobbies as well as engage in healthy, intellectual debates.

 MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – UC Irvine BS Materials Science Engineering – UC Irvine

Sam Evans
Engineer

Sam started his electrical engineering career in the bio-medical field, working for one of the biggest life science and clinical diagnostic corporations in the world. Sam was a hardware designer for their next generation Droplet Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction (ddPCR) instruments. He designed, tested, and implemented printed circuit boards in a fast-paced R&D environment.

At Mindtribe, Sam is working on the development and implementation of the team’s internal projects and initiatives.

In his free time, Sam enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and camping. He also loves playing competitive card or board games with his wife, family, and friends. Also near and dear to Sam’s heart are his two cats, Luke and Leia.

BS Electrical Engineering – Loyola Marymount University

 

Sami Shad
Engineer

Sami is an engineer with a knack for bringing designs into reality. Though his formal training is in mechanical engineering, he also likes to dabble in electronics and firmware to add smarts to his work.

Sami has been working hard on turbocharging the ME processes at Mindtribe. By working closely with local vendors and bringing clear focus to projects, he’s been able to build prototypes faster than anyone thought possible. Sami sates his interdisciplinary hunger by sometimes switching hats, recently designing PCB’s to help out the EE team. In his spare time, Sami enjoys reading, playing cricket, hiking, or looking at the world through a camera viewfinder. He also likes visiting new places and recently added camping in Humboldt Redwood State Park to his list of memorable experiences.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University BS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University 

Telind Bench
Engineer

A veteran of launching product lines for both startups and established companies, Telind thrives on balancing design intent with manufacturing realities. He is equally comfortable solving problems in the design studio, machine shop, and factory floor. A deep understanding of stakeholders throughout the design process informs his mechanical engineering decisions and helps him bring ambitious products to life.

Telind’s work at Mindtribe has involved tackling projects for NASA, designing a range of consumer electronics and medical devices, and trips to Asia. He has deep expertise in sheet metal and injection molded part design, and has worked on everything from portable EKGs to IoT furniture. Before Mindtribe, Telind has designed light fixtures, consumer electronics, and even concrete racing canoes.

When he’s not designing things, Telind spends his time organizing communities, DJing dance venues, longboarding, board gaming, and baking. 

BS Mechanical/Civil Engineering – UC Berkeley

Yoo-Yoo Yeh
Engineer

Yoo-Yoo's main background is in electrical engineering, but over the course of her career thus far, she's worn firmware, software, data analysis, and mechanical design hats. She finds integration between disciplines into a final working product very satisfying.

Prior to working at MindTribe, Yoo-Yoo assembled and instrumented small UAVs, rovers, and a mid-sized solar array for controls research at NASA Ames/Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. She also dabbled in musical interface design through the CCRMA program at Stanford University, and created The Go Game’s first electronic puzzle box. Outside of electronics work, Yoo-Yoo enjoys volunteering in the community, kite-flying, and trying to write music.

MS Electrical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Electrical Engineering – Stanford University 

Andrew Kriebel
Associate Engineer

With a background in mechanical engineering and product design, Andrew is passionate about designing and developing products that enrich lives and excite users. He particularly enjoys finding quick and inventive ways to prototype products and experiences.  

Before arriving at Mindtribe, Andrew worked on designing consumer electronics products, engineering medical devices, prototyping future technology experiences, and researching product design while studying at MIT. One of his favorite personal projects was building a pair of Internet connected pen-plotters for an art exhibit.

With any spare time, you can find Andrew backpacking through the woods, fly-fishing in a mountain stream, exploring somewhere new, tinkering with gadgets, or building something in the shop.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology   BS Mechanical Engineering – Pennsylvania State University

 

Freddie Temperton
Associate Engineer

From starting with soldering hobby kits from the age of 8, Freddie's fascination with electronic hardware has never stopped. Being happiest with a soldering iron in his hand has lead to the creation of many projects with some being more successful than others. Whenever purchasing a new gadget it will always be in bits before being turned on, a philosophy that has taught him how lots of consumer devices actually work.

Whilst at University in the UK Freddie worked on many projects in fields from aerospace communications to test equipment which led to starting a small company with his peers. This has produced products such as OSCAR – an adapter to create a small, high-resolution external display that has shipped to over 15 countries.

Outside of work, Freddie is often prototyping hardware for the latest mad invention, exploring California or setting up firework shows.

MEng Electronic Engineering – University of Southampton, UK

Justin Yeh
Associate Engineer

With a background in mechanical engineering, Justin believes product development is the place where he can design and create meaningful projects every day. He takes special interest in the burgeoning field of rapid prototyping.

Prior to joining Mindtribe, Justin worked on a variety projects in places ranging from a naval base in southern California to D.C.’s Capitol Hill. He hopes to develop his skill set at Mindtribe to aid others in building successful products that better the world.

Outside of Mindtribe, Justin greatly enjoys camping, playing music, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, board games, and food. He can usually be found in constant search of mind-blowing restaurants wherever he goes.

BS Mechanical Engineering –  Cornell University

Lucas Bruder
Associate Engineer

Lucas has always been curious about the inner-workings of consumer electronics. After taking his first programming class in high school, he became hooked and went on to Carnegie Mellon University to receive a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. To this day, he enjoys building embedded and mechatronic systems that interact with users in elegant and intuitive ways.

Before coming to Mindtribe, Lucas has had experience in several personal projects including a cube made from LED matrix panels and a mechatronic robotic dog that won the Builder’s Choice Award at the CMU Build18 hackathon. He has had several internships including one at Tesla Motors where he developed firmware for the body controllers on the Model X. At Mindtribe, he looks forward to applying the Mindtribe Engineering Process to build the best products imaginable.

In his free time, you can find Lucas working on a personal project or finding an excuse to use his 3d printer. When not working on a personal project, he is probably listening to music and soaking up the warm California sun with friends.

BS Electrical and Computer Engineering – Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Choi
Associate Engineer

Equipped with a formidable arsenal of rapid (and not-so-rapid) prototyping techniques, Michael is never far from a machine shop or tool-cluttered workbench when tackling a mechanical design challenge. After fixing (and breaking) giant cockroach robots at the GRASP Laboratory at UPenn, and inventing toys at IDEO, Michael has learned how to communicate with engineers and designers via a colorful language of prototypes.

Michael is developing his skill set at Mindtribe to maneuver the perpetual need to articulate design through prototyping, whether that’s discovering new ways to add extra polish to a 3-D printed model or streamlining the rapid prototyping process. In particular, Michael is learning how functional prototypes become manufacturable designs while working on a new interactive robotic toy. Outside of Mindtribe, Michael spends his time crafting meticulous bento boxes each morning, modifying gaming consoles, appreciating Japanese Jazz Fusion, and finding new ways to make life easier through prototyping hacks.

BS Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics – University of Pennsylvania

Michelle Warner
Associate Engineer

As a member of the Ink and Slide project, Michelle took part in bringing a product from final design to full scale manufacturing. Working with teams at Ammunition and Adobe, she played a key role in creating an amazing product through truly collaborative design. Outside of work Michelle enjoys tennis, hiking, and sewing with electronics.

From a young age, Michelle wanted to be an “inventor”. As a Mechanical Engineer at Mindtribe she gets to live that dream everyday as she works as part of the team to turn client concepts into reality.

As part of Mindtribe’s team, she had the chance to experience taking a product from final design to full scale manufacturing as part of project “Ink and Slide”. This project gave Michelle the chance to experience what truly collaborative design looks like and a good feeling for how challenging manufacturing can be.

Outside of work, Michelle loves to spend time designing and sewing clothing (with or without electronic components). Her current projects include, refining the firmware for her LED light-up dress and designing a line of fashionable clothes for the chronically cold professional.

MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University

Patrick McCabe
Associate Engineer

Ever since he built his first robot at the age of 14, Patrick has been hooked on creating embedded systems. While being formally educated in electrical engineering and computer science, he also has a passion for rapidly prototyping mechanical systems.

Before joining Mindtribe, Patrick designed a ground support system for the post-landing operations of the Falcon 9 rocket at SpaceX. He also worked as a freelancer to design, build, and program an iOS controlled lamp dimmer.

When he isn’t designing products, you can find Patrick enjoying a moment of Zen in the park or learning to play his guitar. 

BS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thomas Eliot
Associate Engineer

Thomas has engineered hardware systems big and small across the world, from solar racing boats in the Netherlands, to microelectronic smart pills, to Macbooks in Shanghai. He leverages his experience to quickly comprehend products and create minimal code and elegant electronic designs.

Thomas’s favorite projects bring delight to audiences – reminding us that there is beauty and humanity to be found in technology. While in university, he contributed to his community, installing interactive sculpture and branded experiences at local businesses. A firm belief that the best ideas are created in collaboration with diverse teams is critical to his success.

Outside the office you may find him lost in the Sierra Nevada, chasing John Muir’s memoirs in the sun and snow.

BS Electrical and Computer Engineering – Carnegie Mellon University

Amy Kwan
Engineering Program Manager

As an Engineering Program Manager, Amy supports client programs and internal project teams. With a background in mechanical engineering and business, Amy is able to leverage both disciplines to ensure successful product delivery. She is excited to work on user-centric consumer products and help bring products to life.

Prior to Mindtribe, Amy was a mechanical engineer for an aerospace & defense company, where she helped deliver flight hardware. Over time, she became involved with R&D management and became passionate about encouraging intrapreneurship. After almost a decade in engineering, Amy went back to school to explore new opportunities and industries, which included edtech, wearable tech, health SaaS, and e-commerce. With her hybrid background, she was able to work with various early-stage tech startups on their business and marketing strategies.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys trying new recipes, hosting parties, and getting lost in new cities.

MBA – Columbia Business School MS Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University     BS Mechanical Engineering – UCLA

Andrew Berberick
Engineering Program Manager

With a focus in embedded software engineering and an educational background in biomechanical engineering and product design, Andrew’s career journey has been a circuitous one.

He has worked within both extremes of the Silicon Valley tech culture as an early Mechanical Engineer at a Bay Area smart lock start-up and as a Product Design Engineer for Google.

Within Mindtribe, Andrew has amalgamated his passions for human-centered design and engineering, in particular, by developing the embedded software for touch, motion, and gesture-interactive textiles.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys composing and performing music, running, backpacking, painting, and writing about crazy ideas. Andrew’s mission is to leverage this anomalous combination of passions and experiences to inspire others towards engineering and science.

MS  Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University BS  Biomechanical Engineering – Stanford University

Ryan Vanderpol
Engineering Technician

If it needs to be prototyped – Ryan can make it. A self-taught machinist who has gone through the steps of starting his own hardware business, he has professional experience in machining, injection molding, welding, concrete, woodwork, and a host of other techniques and media.

When a Mindtribe client’s prototype needed some precision silicone parts, a few days later Ryan had quality parts coming out of molds made in-house.  Rather than spend excess time and expense getting a 3rd party to design and fabricate something demanding high tolerances, he’d rather spend an afternoon behind a CNC mill and do it himself.

Ryan’s varied personal interests compliment his varied skills.  When not at work, he rows whaleboats on the Bay, teaches classes at TechShop, plays catch next to Lake Merritt with his fiancée, and builds (and rides) funky bicycles. 

BA Applied Mathematics – UC Berkeley

Joe O'Brien
Project Analyst

Joe's career includes cooperating closely with project managers and executives in planning and developing analytical methods for forecasting, budgeting, data collection, and statistical analysis. He is skilled at leading presentations and supplying reliable data in an easy to digest format to give management the tools they need to make informed decisions. He led the design, research, and development of an interactive planning model for executive planning and regional strategy implementation at the Capital Insurance Group. Joe has an entrepreneurial spirit. In high school, he founded and maintained a profitable diving business cleaning boats in Morro Bay harbor, aptly named Joe Below.

At Mindtribe, Joe focuses on analyzing project work and ensuring there is continuous process improvement. He assists project leaders with project structure and logistics, including tracking budget and expenses, scheduling team and client feedback sessions, and supporting project leaders in other ad-hoc efforts across multiple projects. He helps in supporting project and company success by providing clear and accurate visibility into the financial performance of our numerous projects. Joe is working on new tools to improve this visibility and further efforts to forecast financial performance. 

When not at Mindtribe, Joe enjoys delving into the latest sports analytics, hiking, biking, going to the park or beach, and trying to soak up as much sun as his Irish skin will allow.

BA Economics and Mathematics – University of California, Santa Barbara

Ashley Burrow
Operations Manager

Ashley manages Mindtribe's internal operations.

From HR-oriented functions like recruiting, onboarding, and training, to infrastructure needs like office space and IT, Ashley designs, leads, and manages the systems needed to deliver the results we do for our clients. Combining her experience and insight with a holistic view across all of Mindtribe, Ashley’s work has become the backbone of a healthy, growing, highly functional team. 

Outside of work, Ashley is a trained pastry chef and avid traveler.

BA Psychology – San Francisco State University

Brittany Morrell
Office Manager

With a background in marketing and professional communications, Brittany provides a dynamic perspective to Mindtribe.

She has previous experience working for small startups and major firms, providing both technical and creative support to clients and executives. At Mindtribe, Brittany oversees and performs the day-to-day administrative responsibilities, along with managing the team’s marketing content and collateral.  She enjoys supporting her team and collaborating to get any job done.

Outside of the office, Brittany dedicates her time to coaching girls basketball, running half marathons, and exploring new scenic locations.

BA Communications – California State University, East Bay

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