The LeafLabs Team: 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, Microsoft, SpaceX, BBN, Apple, and Google. 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)
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 a 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)
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. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics ‘08/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ‘10)
As LeafLabs’ Director of Neuroscience, Sherwood brings over 15 years of experience as an in vitro and in vivo electrophysiologist; split between top research Universities/Institutes.. He is skilled at performing single & multi-unit extracellular recordings, evoked field potential recordings, and whole cell patch clamp recordings. Using LeafLabs’ high-density multi-electrode arrays, Sherwood pioneered multi-unit recordings from intact cerebral organoids. Before LeafLabs, Sherwood was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. John Isaac (NINDS, '08-'10; Eli Lilly, '10-'13), followed by a Research Associate in the Lab of Prof. Paola Arlotta (Harvard University, '14-'18). In Sherwoods spare time he is slowly turning his backyard into a farm. (University of Bristol, BSc Neuroscience with a year in Industry '03 / University of Bristol, PhD Neuroscience '07)
Collins is an entrepreneur at heart, and loves working with razor sharp, small teams to accomplish big goals. At LeafLabs, he sources and qualifies potential clients, manages the business side of the house, and assists with project management on larger projects. Before LeafLabs, he founded a venture backed financial technology company that aimed to bring the power, ease, and efficiency of automated investing strategies to everyone, and helped lead marketing at a dog genetics company. Outside of work, he enjoys rock climbing, singing, and various types of games. (Princeton University, BA Philosophy, Minors Computer Science/Entrepreneurship, ‘17)
Furie started his career doing microprocessor verification, first for Intel, working on Itanium, and later for Microsoft where he worked on the Xbox One and the Hololens. Leaving processor design behind, he jumped over to Nest to work on their thermostat product line before leaving to co-found a startup building products for cyclists. He's also worked on sub-sea automation and instrumentation systems for off-shore fish farms, and helped resolve IT issues at hospitals in Rwanda. Outside of work, he enjoys building things outdoors and is an aspiring machinist. (Cornell University, B.S Electrical & Computer Engineering '08)
Mason brings decades of embedded, kernel, and networking experience to Leaf Labs, having contributed to the Linux and Solaris kernels and done numerous silicon and board bringups on a wide variety of architectures. He specializes in low level programming, problems atthe HW/SW boundary, and performance improvement, as well as drivers, BSPs, diags, and debugging tools. Outside of work he also enjoys robotics, antique car and motorcycle restoration, and building things ranging from bicycles to houses.
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)
Before joining Leaflabs, Pohorecky worked on robotic autonomy systems at CSAIL and Draper which gave her an appreciation for complex system design and interfacing with the real world. Her wide variety of interests lead to her to gain experience in operating systems, circuit design, and FPGA programming, among other things, which she tries to put to good use at work. After hours, she builds combat robots and electric go-karts, and complains about living too close to the office to ride her motorcycle to work. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science '19)
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)
Dixon assists with business development for LeafLabs while running his venture funded startup, Aulera. 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)
Lamantia has spent his career developing embedded systems in the defense, medical, and research fields. At LeafLabs, Lamantia is developing data acquisition systems that 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).
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 to be useful in the future. (University of New Hampshire, B.A. English ‘11)
Spatz is an electrical engineer with experience in embedded development, consumer electronics, signal processing, and RF design. At Leaf Labs, he works on neurophysiology and electrophysiology data acquisition systems. His Master's thesis work was in custom parallel MRI receive arrays. He recently re-grouted the shower in his apartment, and it turned out pretty OK. (MIT, B.S. Electrical Engineering '14/ MIT, MEng Electrical Engineering 2016)
Buercklin came to LeafLabs after the conclusion of his graduate studies in electrical engineering working on computational physics. As a researcher he worked on optical inverse problems and development of optimal controls for ion trap quantum computing. Buercklin enjoys uncovering insight into physical systems through simulations while using classical optimization and machine learning techniques to discover new solutions to problems. Outside of work, Buercklin can be found enjoying live music or riding his bike around Boston. (B.S. ECE at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign '15, S.M. EECS at MIT '19)
At LeafLabs, Jepsen works on grants supporting research in neuroscience. At MIT, Jepsen enjoyed classes in cellular biophysics & neurobiology, signal processing, and operating systems engineering. In his spare time, he runs relays and bridges for the Tor Project, and likes to prepare playlists for spontaneous shows on WMBR. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Electrical Science & Engineering '18)
At LeafLabs, Freeman leads research on project WILD:CARROT by investigating miniaturized insect nervous systems and developing biophysical simulations modelling their behavior. As an MIT undergraduate, he studied mathematics, with particular emphasis on mathematical physics and foundational mathematics, while also engaging with artist communities working at the intersection of perceptual neuroscience and art. Outside of the office, he spends his time developing optical art, exploring urban environments, watching existential Russian animations, and meditating. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Mathematics '18)