The Oculi Team


Founder CEO CTO

Dr. Rizk is a thought leader, Systems Engineer, Principal Investigator / S&T manager with expertise in drones, machine learning, multi-modal semiconductor sensors, sensor fusion, and perception for autonomy. He also made key contributions at Rockwell Aerospace, McDonald Douglas, Boeing, APL and Johns Hopkins University.

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Mark Edwards

Co-Founder Chairman

Mark Edwards is an entrepreneur and veteran of the technology industry with 25 years of international CEO and board experience. Mark has led and grown software and hardware businesses at various stages from startup to $250M revenue public companies including at; HP, Microsoft (Windows UK & Ireland), Mformation Inc, Psion Computers PLC & Symbian PLC.

Chad Howard

Founding Member, Lead Solutions Engineer

Chad Howard is a self-described engineering generalist who is leading Oculi's applications team in the development of novel solutions. Prior to Oculi, he was at the Applied Physics Laboratory where he worked on the rapid development of wireless communications systems from R&D to operational deployment. He has a BS and MSE in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Alejandro Pasciaroni, PhD

Founding Member, Lead Digital Designer

Dr. Pasciaroni is an electronics engineer who is leading Oculi's ASIC and FPGA digital designs. He has an MS and PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. Prior to Oculi, he worked on several research projects at both the Universidad Nacional del Sur and the Johns Hopkins University. 

Philippe Pouliquen, PhD

Founding Member, Technical Advisor

Dr. Pouliquen is a researcher with a focus in the design of application specific analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits. He has authored and co-authored over 60 articles in journals and conferences in this area, of which 3 have best paper awards, and is also a co-inventor on 4 patents.



Senior Pre-Sales Engineer



Senior Solutions Engineer

Our Advisors

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Nick Kepler

COO of Silicon Catalyst

Nick Kepler has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with varied leadership and technology management roles including semiconductor process technology development and manufacturing, design enablement, technical program management, and customer-facing marketing and technical sales.

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Drue Freeman

Experienced Global Automotive Semiconductor Executive

Drue Freeman is the former CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth, Silicon Valley, he is also a 30-year semiconductor veteran, with 15 years focused on automotive. He advises companies in the connected car and ADAS/Autonomous ecosystems and is on the Advisory Boards of several public and private.


Steve Lamont

Experienced Strategy and Marketing Executive

Steve Lamont focuses mostly on strategy and marketing for technology businesses. He was previously a managing partner in Accenture's strategy practice, head of marketing for McCaw Cellular Communications, and a senior engagement manager at McKinsey and Company. He currently is an angel investor at Sand Hill Angels and Silicon Catalyst Angels. He has a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Sam Smith, PhD

Strategic Technical Advisor

Sam Smith has over 25 years experience in a variety of disciplines including computational intelligence, machine learning, network automation, autonomic systems, cloud based computing, intelligent control, embedded systems design, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technology. He has over 120 publications in the fields of intelligent control, survivable network automation, autonomous systems, simulation, computational search, and expert systems, including seven book chapters, 20 journal papers, and 100 refereed conference papers.


Terence Collier

Electronics and Packaging Expert

Terence Collier has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and advanced packaging field. He has led in management roles including designing new fabrication processes and the  design, development, qualification and ramping of new packaging solutions to market. Terence has also become a leader in the through glass via fabrication for 3D packaging solutions. He has written and presented numerous articles on semiconductor packaging. Operating CVInc since 2001, he has worked with large and small business ventures to bring solutions to market.

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