LeafLabs was founded in 2009 by a handful of MIT friends on the premise that science not only happens in labs filled with shiny equipment, but also on cluttered workbenches in musty basements. We go by the motto, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Creative & Inventive
The LeafLabs team continues to grow as we take on new projects and enter new fields. Our team brings expertise from top organizations such as Analog Devices, SpaceX, BBN, VMWare, and NASA. We are uncompromising about finding the best talent when it comes to hiring, both internally and in our global network of trusted subcontractors. In our off hours, we are musicians, authors, artists, rock-climbers, and jugglers in training.
Meyer recruited four friends and fellow MIT grads to leave jobs and PhD programs to start an R&D firm that would tackle the computer industry's toughest challenges. Together they have tackled over a dozen projects, each one more ambitious and high profile than the last. Under Meyer's leadership, LeafLabs has doubled its revenue yearly since its founding. In his hectic schedule he still finds time to play guitar and improve his game of Go. (MIT, EECS ‘09)
Hung leads the technical development at LeafLabs. Hung earned his Master’s degree while working with VMWare, and remained with the company after graduating. At VMWare, Hung was a core developer on the mobile virtualization team, creating hypervisors and other virtualization technologies on both Android and iOS. This experience has given him a deep knowledge of the internals of Android and ARM processors. In his free time, Hung is a computer security enthusiast and a skilled rock climber. (MIT, B.S. EECS ‘08, MEng EECS ‘09)
Barber specializes in FPGA firmware, computer architecture, and hardware design. She has served as the PI for LeafLabs on an active Neuroscience grant with the NIH. Before joining LeafLabs in 2010, Barber developed FPGA systems at SpaceX. She was a primary developer on the CUCU radio, which is currently installed in orbit on the ISS, that enables communication with the SpaceX Dragon capsule. Among her other accomplishments Barber is a published author of science fiction. (MIT, Physics ‘08, EECS ‘10)
Chronopoulos serves as technical director for the Neurotech Division of LeafLabs, and is the principal investigator for the Lotus project. His background is in computational astrophysics, in which he did graduate research studying magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun's interior. He continues to be interested in problems at the interface of science and technology. Chronopoulos plays in folk and bluegrass bands and builds interactive sound art for public installations and galleries. (MIT BS Physics '09, CU-Boulder MS Astrophysics '12)
Dixon is the director of business development for LeafLabs. Before joining LeafLabs, he co-founded a cycling power meter startup, started and lead the EasyTomato router firmware project, worked as a consultant for Appian Corporation, and played in the deserts of the Middle East as a field engineer for oilfield service company Schlumberger. Outside of work he enjoys, cycling, swimming, and playing guitar. (Boston University, Mechanical Engineering '06)
As director of operations, Verlin was the first non-engineer hired by LeafLabs in 2013. In addition to order and organization, she brings a decade of experience in visual design to LeafLabs. Before joining, Verlin worked as studio manager for the internationally recognized public art design team Harries/Héder Collaborative. Verlin’s own artwork has been recognized for awards that include a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship (2011) and the Traveling Scholars Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2014). (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, BFA '05)
Tasman brings years of experience in designing and developing successful embedded systems, with hands-on development in C. As part of Google’s Project Ara, Tasman led the Data Movement team and consulted on ASIC architecture. Before LeafLabs, Tasman was Lead Scientist at BBN Technologies, where he applied research findings to the development of advanced communications systems, turning theory into practice. He is the holder of multiple patents and a novice juggler. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Computer Science & Engineering ’83/ University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S. Computer Sciences ‘88/ University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. Computer Sciences ‘94)
Eisenstein is a FPGA Engineer at LeafLabs, and is working on sensor interface for the Lotus project. Her graduate research was based on developing a platform to interface between an image sensor, custom ASIC, and display for testing accelerated computer vision algorithms. At LeafLabs, she explores the intersection between the physical world, hardware, and software. Outside of LeafLabs Eisenstein plays for the MIT women’s ice hockey team. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science '15/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science '16).
With over twenty years of combined neuroscience and engineering training, Kinney has worked on methods for the automated reconstruction of the anatomical structure of the brain from nanoscale-resolution images, as well as scalable neural recording technologies for obtaining high-speed electrical signals from sites distributed throughout the brain. Kinney designed and built a tool for performing closed-loop ultraprecise, automated craniotomies. Kinney was a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Sejnowski's lab before he joined as a postdoctoral associate the lab of Ed Boyden in the Media Lab at MIT. ( Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Mechanical Engineering ‘98 / Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. Mechanical Engineering ‘99/ University of California- San Diego, Terrence Sejnowski Lab at Salk Institute, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering ‘09).
Lamantia has spent his career developing embedded systems in the defense, medical, and research fields. At LeafLabs, Lamantia is developing data acquisition systems which pushes the boundary of the state of the art. His efforts have involved: digital logic development, systems development, system architecture, and data visualization. Formerly, Lamantia developed Ophthalmic ultrasound devices and digital signal processing algorithms for ophthalmic data visualization at Sonomed Escalon. Lamantia is a cat owner and whiskey enthusiast. (University of Florida, B.S. Electrical Engineering ‘11/ University of Florida, M.S. Electrical Engineering ’12).
Mogenson is adept at embedded software and electrical design. He was a firmware developer and documentation writer for the Project Ara modular smartphone. Before coming to LeafLabs, Mogenson designed DARPA funded assistive exosuits at Harvard University's Wyss Institute. He is also interested in educational robotics and has developed the Root whiteboard robot and a programming API for indoor quadcopters. Outside of work, Mogenson is an avid skier and an amatuer musician. (Tufts University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering '11 / Tufts University, M.S. Mechanical Engineering '12)
At LeafLabs, Sinback leads software development for Willow, working on high-performance data processing and visualization techniques. As an undergraduate at MIT, her free time was spent helping her fellow students navigate rapidly-changing landscapes in coursework and lifestyle, working as a TA. Sinback is especially tickled by high-performance scientific computation, digital signal processing, compiler design, and education. In her spare time, she leads a flock of two pet parrots, cultivates opinions about popular music, and practices yoga. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ‘16)
Yee received her B.A in English from the University of New Hampshire intending on spending the rest of her life in the publishing industry. After several years of selling copies of “Integrated Chinese” and wrangling authors for the “Foundations of Algorithms” 4e and many other manuscripts, she realized that she enjoyed supporting tight knit groups of creative innovative people. Now at LeafLabs, Yee supports, oversees, and ensures that everyone has what they need. As LeafLabs grows and expands Yee’s passion for editing and growing interest in marketing will prove be be useful in the future. (University of New Hampshire, B.A. English ‘11)