A music lover, part time gardener, and tennis fan, Jonathan has been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years with twelve of those being in restaurant management. He has worked in a wide variety of restaurants ranging from family owned businesses to some of the most successful hospitality groups in the country. He has a passion for service and believes that proper hospitality has the power to refresh and nurture the soul. A short time ago, he never dreamed he would be working in the robotics industry. He now sees automation as the future of the industry he loves. Jonathan holds his Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory.
aka Hamburger Hoelper, aka Guacamolly is an avocado enthusiast, a bike commuter, a yoga teacher, and a mechanical engineer. Molly joins us from the Show Systems group at Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed animated figures and props for Disney Parks worldwide. She enjoys designing robots, telling stories, spending time outdoors camping and hiking, travelling the world, connecting with people, and also may be a cat whisperer. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis.
Adrienne enjoys interesting technical challenges like everyone else at Creator. Previously she worked for a waste-to-energy start-up, where she got a crash course in how to be thrifty and idealistic. She loves being at Creator where she can learn so much from others and experience first-hand what it takes to make an impact. She also plays way too much ultimate frisbee and has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Always curious, Patrick constantly learns and tries new things. He teaches himself how to play keyboard, speak Spanish, rock climb and more. After completing a BS in mechanical engineering in his home state at the University of Missouri, he traveled west to California to complete his MS in mechanical engineering at Stanford. While there, he discovered a passion for mechatronics and embedded systems. Before joining Momentum, Patrick was an automation engineer in the Advanced Engineering Group at Flextronics.
James is a versatile engineer. He builds software, web applications, and user interfaces for monitoring, data management, analytics, and automated control in mechatronic systems. He studied mechanical and computer engineering as a masters student at Boston University, and math as an undergraduate at Middlebury College. Over the years James has worked at start-ups, consulting firms, an international energy tech corporations, development organizations in West Africa, and schools in Brooklyn. He likes designing algorithms, playing guitar, snowboarding, burgers, robots, and burger-robots.
Andy has a history of working collaboratively with both humans and robots. He started his career designing composite manufacturing robots for aerospace applications and more recently moved to San Francisco to join the startup community. He is a licensed PE with a BSME from the University of Notre Dame. On the weekends, you’ll find him exploring the mountains by foot, bike, and ski.
As an embedded systems and mechatronics engineer, Cam loves moving electrons. His friends are quick to note his subtle and appropriate sense of humor. He once built a joystick and a 7-segment LED display. He also attended high school. He spends his spare time not writing his biography, allowing his teammates to shoulder the responsibility. Above all, Cam is an awesome teammate and a good sport.
James loves taking things apart to discover the secrets of how they work, ranging from windup watches to nuclear reactors. When not tinkering, he can be found exploring California with his family. He started his career as a nuclear mechanic in the US Navy, and joined Momentum to create and improve mechanical designs. He holds B.S degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Saint Cloud State University.
Mike Perez is a proud father, martial artist, and electric vehicle enthusiast. Before Momentum he worked in R&D at Tesla Motors for the powertrain team. His tooling, fixtures, and manufacturing processes can still be found on the manufacturing line at Tesla today. He can often be found in his garage building high powered electric vehicles, drones and motorcycles. Many of the skills he obtains were either self taught or acquired through working with master craftsman.
The uniqueness of products he has been involved with is fascinating: LED guitar necks, hexagonal solar panels, flywheel batteries and countless others. Relentless, tireless, and indomitable, Steven is the catalyst that makes Momentum alacritous. With six years of startup experience, moving quickly is all he knows and he pulls experience from small startups to large organizations like Tesla and NASA. All his know-how is backed by a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Arya is a challenge-loving experimentalist with a passion for embedded systems, astrophysics and music. She enjoys poring over astrophysics textbooks, pondering theories about dark matter and quasars, practicing taekwondo, skydiving and playing the violin. She even designed and fabricated her own beautiful, kick-ass, electric violin. She worked as a value engineer at Beckman Coulter Inc. and collaborated on a robotics project with Intuitive Surgical. Arya earned her MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS from University of Texas Arlington.
Experimenter and embedded systems Guru. Noe draws his inspiration from nature and prefers a cold beer while debugging. Noe is a generalist who’s better than most specialists. Before Momentum, he was a Systems Engineering Manager at Qbotix and holds a PhD, MS, and BS, in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Above all Michael enjoys tackling challenging engineering problems. He joins Momentum from Tesla Motors, where he was the powertrain team’s lead transmission engineer, and his design set the quietness benchmark for EV transmissions. Prior to Tesla, he was a design engineer at GM. In his free time Michael coaches Stanford’s yearlong design practicum course. Michael is a licensed professional engineer and has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.
Jeff C. Jensen
He is as likely to scribble theory on a whiteboard as he is to melt a circuit board and you'll find him jumping out of airplanes and philosophizing over fine wine. Jeff has more than 15 years of engineering experience spanning software, information technology, mechatronics and embedded systems. He landed his first job in software engineering when he was a high school freshman and later worked for Cisco. He was also a Senior Product Manager at National Instruments. Jeff holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as an instructional adviser in embedded and cyber-physical systems.
Paul Radcliffe creates software to serve his passion for food, music and active lifestyle. He created Dinner At My Place, an app for home chefs that became one of the top 10% most downloaded applications on the Android marketplace. At Amazon, he lead the development of Amazon MP3 (now Amazon Music), the first music store to sell music without digital rights management. He then led the platform team at MyFitnessPal, the leading app for nutrition and fitness tracking used by more than 165 million users. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Sacramento.
Joanna was initially drawn into a career in mechanical engineering by her love of roller coasters. While she hasn't had a chance to build one yet, she has designed systems for a wide variety of industries including aerospace, mining, and precision agriculture. Previous projects include an in-situ iron ore spectrometer, a mini-LIDAR device, a table-top pipetting robot, and operations and testing of the Rock Abrasion Tools on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Joanna has always been fascinated by mechanisms and motion and is excited by the unique opportunity to combine that with her passion for food. Prior to joining Momentum, she led the development of the payload delivery system for X's Project Wing. Joanna has an MS from MIT and a BS from Caltech, both in mechanical engineering.
Alex is here to help. His two biggest priorities are taking time to dig into science textbooks and being a loyal friend. At Momentum, he gets to combine his love of technology with a deep understanding of the food industry. Prior to founding Momentum, Alex was an engineer at Semiconductor Technology Associates and a researcher of quantum computing algorithms at University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a BS in physics. Before college, Alex grew up working in his parents' restaurants.
David K. Bordow
A transcendent love for food and an engineering mind enable David to design wonderful edible experiences that satisfy latent human desires. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, David grew up surrounded by a rich food culture, and later worked as a professional cook in both Italy and the US, working at institutions like Chez Panisse. He has experience in design consulting and taught design and food at Stanford and the RCA in London. While completing the Masters Design Program at Stanford, David helped students learn to manufacture their dream products in the Product Realization Lab. Before Stanford, David earned a BS in mechanical engineering at UCLA.