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Small but mighty. Passionate and focused. Four PhDs and counting. Meet the BluWave-ai team.

The Team

Devashish Paul

Devashish Paul founded BluWave-ai after an extensive career in the semiconductor industry focused on supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and networking. He is a life-long cyclist and nature enthusiast using human powered energy for personal transportation to explore the world. Devashish founded the company combining his interest in clean energy technologies with advanced computing and networking technologies.

During his 20+ years in the tech world, Devashish has led successful innovations in a diversity of markets at Canadian start-ups, Toronto Stock Exchange-listed, and Silicon Valley public companies, most recently at Integrated Device Technologies as Director of Strategic Marketing. He has grown businesses in Europe, Asia, and North American from the startup level to $110M annual revenue. In industry leadership roles, he ran the High Performance Computing Group in the Open Compute Project (started by Facebook) to create open industry computing platforms for low-latency workloads. Devashish also served as an advisory board member for the CERN OpenLab.

Devashish earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Royal Military College followed by a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Digital Signal Processing) and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Ottawa. He is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  

Devashish is a 31-time Ironman triathlon finisher, has coached masters athletes to 100+ finishes, was a coach for 14 years with the Kanata Nordic Ski Club, and has raced for Canada in 10 world championships. He is also a world traveler who loves connecting with people in diverse cultures both for personal interests and driving BluWave-ai's goal to become the premier global renewable energy AI company.

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CEO & FOUNDER

Mostafa Farrokhabadi

VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi is the technology and innovation leader at BluWave-ai. He has more than a decade of experience in designing mission critical grid solutions for industry and academia, including smart grids and microgrids projects with Hatch and Canadian Solar.

Mostafa has (co)authored several articles in high-impact journals, conference proceedings, and magazines, and holds patents on intelligent control and optimization of renewable-penetrated grids. He has also led the award-winning IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force on microgrid stability, an international coalition of 21 researchers from 14 institutions investigating stability issues in microgrids.

Mostafa obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has also studied and performed research in Sweden at KTH and Germany at KIT.

During the course of his career, Mostafa has received multiple business, research, and teaching awards, including the prestigious Ottawa's Forty Under 40.

When not busy researching and developing smart grid solutions, Mostafa actively raises awareness on climate change and energy poverty, enjoys reading about science and history, and contemplates the future of the human species.

 

Sergey Cherniavsky

QUALITY ASSURANCE LEAD

Sergey Cherniavsky is a Software QA Lead with over 12 years of experience in web, mobile, embedded, and cloud systems. As an experience QA lead, Sergey has a deep understanding of software development methodologies, quality assurance strategies, process, procedures, and best practices.

Sergey loves to play ping-pong and to explore new beautiful places with his family in Canada and the United States.

Craig Downing

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING

Craig Downing has over 20 years experience in technology companies in a wide range of areas including, specialized and high-performance computing devices for consumer, communication and industrial applications, hardware device security and software security, machine vision, graphics and image processing.

Craig’s roles in these companies included technical team management, managing integration projects with customers, international business development, technical product marketing and product management defining, bringing to market and managing the lifecycle of systems, software and electronic device products.

Tim Guttormson

TECHNICAL SALES LEAD

Tim Guttormson has 18 years of experience bringing advanced software solutions to customers solving complex problems in the world of integrated circuit design. He’s passionate about communicating the benefits of the BluWave-ai solution to the world, while applying his field engineering experience to build a team in that area for the company as it grows.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys training for triathlons, travelling and spending time with family.

Owen Kelly

Owen Kelly is a data-oriented R&D engineer with experience defining systems with statistically driven requirements. Passionate about using computation and analysis to leverage measured data. Rigorous and practical. Fascinated by numbers, Owen’s role at BluWave-ai is to use quantitative skills to deliver measurement-aware policy optimizations for energy micro-grid systems.

Owen is equally comfortable sharing quantitative outcomes with customers, as working independently on complex mathematical formulations. He has an unabridged enthusiasm for numbers!

Owen earned a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University.

Alex Linchieh

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

Alex Linchieh is a Product Manager at Bluwave-ai. He previously held lead engineering, planning, and project management roles within the energy, consulting, and defense industries. Alex's interest is focused at the intersection between engineering and business, particularly regarding the future of smart cities and the implications of AI on society.

Alex has a B.Sc. In Materials Engineering (with a Nanotechnology minor) from the University of Alberta and holds Professional Engineering (P. Eng.) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys photography, hiking, sports cars, and building high performance computers.

Francois Odouard

GENERAL MANAGER, USA

Francois Odouard is an analytics and data executive, passionate about helping organizations develop solutions to data, IT and process challenges. Throughout his career, he has successfully defined visions addressing objectives articulated by senior management, aligned stakeholders at all levels of the organization, designed potential solutions and led execution teams.

Francois has held executive positions in major firms such as American Express, Morgan Stanley and IBM. He holds a B.Sc. in Commerce from HEC Paris, and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Francois likes to compete in triathlons and explore all the cultural life that New York City has to offer, when he is not traveling to far corners of the world with his wife and children.

Brandon Rohan Paul

PRODUCT MARKETING SPECIALIST

Brandon Paul completed his degree in marketing at the University of Ottawa in 2018. While at school, he also took electives in Roman history and 19th-21st century world history. Brandon continues his education on the world by trying to learn something new everyday, avidly reading texts and listening to podcasts on history, politics, and society. Brandon is very passionate about storytelling and is in the process of creating his Space Opera novel series. He likes to contemplate what he's learned on his morning run and has completed five half marathons since 2014.

Nasrin Sadeghianpour

SENIOR AI - SMART GRID SCIENTIST

Nasrin is a Senior Smart Grid & AI Scientist at BluWave-ai. Prior to that, she was a Ph.D. scholar at the smart grid team in IDLab. During her tenure in IDLab, Nasrin successfully applied AI in four major industry projects, developing solutions using statistical modeling, machine learning, and deep reinforcement learning, to facilitate practical demand response algorithms for residential customers and electric vehicles in the smart power grid.

Nasrin's Ph.D. research led to several high impact international publications. She obtained her Ph.D. in computer science from the Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium, in 2018.  

Nasrin loves traveling, exploring different cultures, and meeting new people.

Hubert Sugeng

Hubert Sugeng drives the product development at BluWave-ai. He’s been working in engineering for over 16 years, with recent leadership roles delivering product with AI-based KodaCloud, and Bridgewater Systems (acquired by Amdocs).

Hubert has led the development of performant, scalable, and fault-tolerant products running in national level mobile carriers, as well as cloud SaaS with IoT devices. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton University.

Aside from building cool stuff at BluWave-ai, Hubert loves to game, play badminton, and is very curious about how everything works from tech, to macro-economics, to astronomy.

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

Lutz Tischendorf

Dr. Lutz Tischendorf develops and integrates software at Bluwave-ai.  He has an extensive background in software development, system administration and project management and is a recognized scientist in the field of computational biology.  He has worked in IT for 20 years and has been CTO of a German-based company Esemos GmbH for 11 years.

Lutz led the development and operations of high performance and high availability software in support of powering internet and intranet searches for the German Telekom and multiple online portals and ecommerce sites. He was also primarily responsible for managing and analyzing big data.

Lutz is the author and co-author of more than 40 peer reviewed publications and is still active in research related to applying optimization methods to problems in conservation ecology.  

In his spare time, Lutz enjoys the outdoors on ski, foot, bicycle, sailboat or canoe, serves as a director at the Northern Magic Fund in support of helping children in Kenya and likes to travel and explore the world.

ENGINEERING

Praveen Venigalla

JUNIOR FULL STACK DEVELOPER

Praveen Venigalla is a Junior Full Stack Developer at BluWave-ai. He is mainly responsible for designing, building, and integrating several frontend interfaces for the existing backend systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, JNTU Kakinada, India and a postgraduate degree in Information Technology, Humber College. His favourite hobbies are reading non-fiction, cooking, doing yoga, and travelling.

Muhammad manages the Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources operations at BluWave-ai. He started his career in Corporate Banking, as a Management Trainee, and quickly moved up to the role of Relationship Management.

Muhammad has completed a BSc. in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering and has recently completed an MBA from Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

He is passionate about finance, business ethics, and holistic fitness. In his spare time, he likes to have coffee chats, read books on the economy and human psychology, and practice calisthenics.

Muhammad Zaheed

SENIOR MANAGER, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Nathaniel Charlebois

Nathaniel Charlebois designs, implements, and integrates back-end software at BluWave-ai. As a recent Computer Systems Engineering graduate from Carleton University he has a keen interest in distributed, scalable systems, and has been involved with Secure Smart Grid networking research at Carleton’s Cisco IoT laboratory. When not behind a keyboard developing projects, Nathaniel can be found cycling, running or enjoying a pint of craft beer at a live music venue.

INTERMEDIATE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Behnam Tamimi

GRID INTELLIGENCE ENGINEER

Behnam Tamimi is an electronic and energy systems engineer, educator, and researcher. Behnam brings to BluWave-ai a depth of experience in data analyses and distributed energy resources design, as well as control, optimization, and mathematical modelling.  He is an IEEE Senior Member, was a member of two IEEE-PES taskforces on benchmarking test systems, and has received two international and four Canadian recognition awards for his contributions to the field. Behnam received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and has been constantly contributing to open-source software foundations. When not busy with "work" he loves playing with math puzzles and programming languages.

Samantha Berg

Samantha Berg is a Data Analyst at BluWave-ai. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, where she was on the Dean's Honour List, and a Data Science Diploma from Brain Station. She enjoys using her critical and analytical thinking skills to solve complex problems. In her free time, Samantha loves to downhill ski, paint and explore the great outdoors.

DATA ANALYST

Rahul Gahlawat

DATA ANALYST

Rahul loves number crunching and finding efficient solutions to intricate problems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a post-graduate diploma in Business Analytics.  Rahul enjoys gaming and exploring the outdoors in his spare time.

Jack has a background in statistics and experience working in data analysis and modeling in different industries such as transportation, banking, and university. He enjoys solving challenging problems using mathematical and statistical equations.

Jack is excited to apply deep learning and new modeling techniques to open different possibilities for solving an industry problem. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing basketball.

Jack Zhang

MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER

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Humam Fadel

SALES MANAGER

Humam Fadel joins the company as a Sales Manager responsible for multiple international markets. He has more than 17 years of experience with global power leaders such as General Electric (GE) and ABB, focused on electrical, automation and power energy solutions. Humam has an Electrical Engineering degree from Ajman University, in the United Arab Emirates. In his free time, Humam loves swimming, soccer and hiking.

James Aitken is an innovative sales leader with nearly 15 years account management experience. James thrives in fast-paced, dynamic organizations displaying a passion for excellence and an unwavering commitment to customer service. Fluent in English and French, he drives sales excellence with up to date knowledge of the client, the market, and the solution. James utilizes his competitive and determined spirit to win business.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

James Aitken

Jake W. Ahmad brings 20+ years of sales & operations leadership within the energy, logistics and healthcare sectors with global leaders such as GE, Siemens, McKesson and OMV Exploration GmbH. He has led sales teams to exceed revenue targets totalling $260M and established a reputation as a transformational leader who builds teams with a culture of excellence and collaboration. Jake has a Bachelor of Science degree in computers from University of South Wales , an M.B.A from Cardiff University and a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of London UK.  

SALES DIRECTOR

Jake W. Ahmad

Kaan Gun

DATA ANALYST

Kaan obtained his Engineering degree in Sustainable and Renewable Energy from Carleton University. He has been an active member of the IEEE Carleton branch, hosting weekly workshops and mentoring engineering students. He is passionate about sustainable energy system, and how machine learning may help in this context. His 4th-year project developed advanced reinforcement learning techniques for battery energy management systems (https://kaangun.com). In his free time, Kaan enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking, but only after having a cup of coffee.

SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST

Manish Bhasin

Manish Bhasin helps with the back-end systems at BluWave-ai and enjoys designing and discussing software architecture. He graduated from Software Engineering at York University where he worked on a mobile app for improving healthcare communication for his capstone project. Manish likes listening music Post-Rock while he codes. He plays the violin when he can find the time.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

James Roundell

DATA PLATFORM & ML DESIGNER

James Roundell designs and implements the data platform at BluWave-ai.  James obtained degrees in Computer Engineering from McGill and Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.  James has a diverse career as a tech entrepreneur, as a director in corporate America e-commerce and as a lawyer practicing poverty law in Ontario. James enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, being active, learning new things and meeting new people.