"PingThings is a great example of the type of disruptive software that industries need to scale up the individual Internet, and we're delighted to make an investment in the company."

- William 'Bill' Ruh, CEO, GE DIGITAL

Business Team

Sean Patrick Murphy
Chief Executive Officer

Sean founded and built a multi-million dollar consulting firm focused on data science and AI after completing his MBA at Oxford. Previously, he served as a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory focused on machine learning, anomaly detection, and high performance and cloud computing.

Julia Fletcher

Julia served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy for a decade. She completed her MBA at Georgetown in 2016 and pivoted to consulting. She was most recently the Director of Design for Redhorse Corporation where she supported custom AI/ML prototypes for DoD and DHS. She is on the Board of Directors at J.H.Fletcher & Co.

Chelsea Winfree
Program Management

Chelsea has over a decade of experience in the tech industry, including DevOps, Cloud computing, and project management. She brings a broad knowledge base to tackle a variety of problems and a people-first approach to process and organization, especially among teams. In addition to working with PingThings, Chelsea currently leads her own consulting firm, Kakumei Consulting.

Architecture and Back End Engineering Team

Michael Andersen, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Michael obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, working in the prestigious RISELab under Dr. David Culler. His research covers high performance time series databases, wireless sensor networks, and secure communication infrastructure for IoT and control systems.

Allen Leis
Back End Engineering

Allen earned his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland focusing on the intersection of databases, machine learning, and distributed systems. He has extensive experience working with data science startups which follows over 15 years of web and application development for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Senate, and various non-profit groups.

Moustafa AbdelBaky, PhD
Cloud Engineering

Moustafa is a postdoctoral scholar at the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, working under the guidance of Professor David Culler. He is a member of the Building-Energy-Transportation Systems (BETS) group at the RISELab. Moustafa obtained his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he was a three-time recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship and the recipient of the Rutgers ECE Academic Achievement Award.

Data and Machine Learning

Chris Ryan
Data Scientist

Chris is a data scientist broadly experienced in both data product development and analytics. He received his PhD in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed computer simulations to study shape transformations in biological cells. He has over 11 years of experience in data science & statistical physics research.

Michael Chestnut
Data Engineer

Michael comes to PingThings with a diverse background in consulting and data science. He graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology and Business. He has since worked in various consulting roles for both large and boutique firms, where he specialized in data analytics, data visualization and business process automation.

Dr. Dennis Lucarelli
Quantum Computing and Deep Learning

Dr. Lucarelli is an applied mathematician with a background in quantum information science, control theory and machine learning.  He was a Principal Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from 2002 to 2018, leading a number of projects funded by IARPA, DARPA and ONR.   He obtained his doctorate from the department of Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and his BA in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996.

Front End Engineering Team

Jeff Maxim
Lead Front End Engineer

Jeff has helped several NYC startups scale their products from the ground up to millions of users. He specializes in building delightful, scaleable front end products. In addition to his startup experience, he has built custom in-house technology solutions for NYC schools, taught at software engineering bootcamp programs, and worked as a K-12 classroom teacher for 10 years. He has a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

Bo Yang
Front End Engineer

Bo is an electrical engineer turned software engineer with experiences working at both big electric power companies and tech start ups. He distills complex technical ideas into user-friendly interfaces utilizing various front end technologies and tools. He attended both undergrad and graduate school at University of Nebraska at Lincoln, specializing in power system engineering and electricity markets.

Will Franzen
Front End Engineer

Will is a computer science student attending the University of Colorado at Boulder's engineering school. He has over four years of full stack development experience working at startups in a multitude of industries including next generation marketing, e-commerce, and finance. He has a passion for teamwork and bringing beautiful user interfaces to life.

Subject Matter Experts

Theo Laughner
Utility Engineering and Information Systems

Theo has nearly two decades experience at the Tennessee Valley Authority managing over 1900 power quality monitors, digital fault recorders, microprocessor relays, and revenue meters, integrating this data into an enterprise utility data system, and automating the retrieval of this data.  He has years of experience engaging with utilities and researchers via CIGRE, EPRI, and IEEE.

Board of Directors

Andrew Byrnes
Comet Labs

As Director for Micron's AI Fund and portfolio manager for Comet Labs, Andrew invests in and supports the best early-stage AI and robotics startups that transform big industries. His focus is in deep tech, industrial automation, and computing hardware that enable the next wave of machine learning innovation. Prior to Comet, Andrew was the founder of Stower Energy - an early startup leveraging machine learning to provide predictive operations and maintenance for distributed energy systems - and project manager for utility scale power developer the Martifer Group. He did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and enjoys his limited peaceful moments in the quiet fog of Pacifica.

Paul Winters
Denham Capital

Paul Winters is the board representative of Three Curve Capital LP (“TCC”), the family office of Mr. Stuart Porter, founder and CEO of Denham Capital Management LP (“Denham”). TCC invests in early stage companies across a range of technologies, applications and sectors. Paul also serves as Managing Director and General Counsel of Denham, a $9.5 billion+ energy and resources focused investment advisor. He is responsible for all legal matters involving Denham, its funds and its investments. Paul has almost 25 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, and has handled a wide range of matters arising across the lifecycle of companies in the energy sector. He serves as a board member of Greenleaf Power, a North American biomass-focused IPP, and Endeavor Energy, an Africa-focused thermal and renewable IPP, among others.

Adam Carte
Denham Capital

Adam Carte is the Chairman of the Board of PingThings. Adam also serves as the CEO of Luminoso Technologies, an AI-powered natural language understanding company that spun out of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining Luminoso, Adam was an Operating Partner to Denham Capital Management, and a founding member and Partner of Fairlead Advisors. At Fairlead, Adam has led negotiations for acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and company restructurings for over 20 different companies across a broad range of industries.