THE TEAM


Our team is committed to making a difference and helping you make smart decisions.

We are a group of professionals with decades of experience in engineering, science, technology and services. Our staff has been involved in building space missions, astronomical and environmental observatories, medical instrumentation, micro-electronics, geospatial technologies, drones, web and cloud architectures, science, big data, and launch and commercialization of high tech products. Our solutions are based in sound system engineering principles that ensure the highest quality of our products at the most affordable price.

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Javier MartiFounder & CEO

Javier is a seasoned executive that brings together a unique combination of science, engineering and management. He has a sound experience in the design and construction of space instrumentation (SMOS, Envisat), space missions (Planck, Solar Orbiter), ground based astronomical observatories (ALMA, ELT) and the largest environmental observatory (NEON). His experience at the European Space Agency with soil moisture and ocean salinity fostered the original ideas behind divirod.

Rick Brennan ∙ Operations

Rick served in engineering and business leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, large commercial firms, and leading-­‐edge technology startups. His 28 years of commercial experience include leading Sun Microsystems Internet Marketing and Development Group, Vice President for mergers and acquisitions at General Electric, and COO and CEO positions with multiple technology startups. Rick has 30 years of total military service. He has advised to the 4-star level on next generation networking, control, and weapon system technology issues. Rick has over 2,000 flight hours in commercial and military high performance aircraft, and is a graduate of the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).

Mike EstesEngineering & Data Science

Mike brings 30 years of engineering, management, and research experience to divirod.  He has managed engineering teams developing spectroscopy products for heavy industrial markets (Zolo Technologies) and diode laser products for biotech and industrial OEMs (Melles Griot).  As co-founder of Phiar Corporation, he developed novel terahertz frequency electronic devices for communications and energy harvesting applications.  Mike is a retired Air Force Reserve officer, where he worked to develop automatic target recognition technologies, UV missile warning sensors, nonlinear optical materials, and atmospheric LIDAR systems.

David Owenby ∙ Systems

From software engineer to CTO, David brings experience at all levels of the organization. He develops hardware and software products focused on solving real-world problems in the energy generation, aerospace, and consumer electronics industries. By understanding international supply chain and manufacturing, David helps small and large businesses bring innovative technology products to market.

Clara Chew ∙ Data Science

Clara has been actively researching using satnav signals to monitor soil moisture since 2010. She received her PhD with a hydrology focus from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015, and her dissertation research helped create one of the largest soil moisture networks in the world. She has also worked as a postdoc for the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dave Hygh ∙ Firmware

Dave is a highly experienced embedded hardware and firmware design engineer. He brings to divirod a phenomenal track record of designing, implementing, and testing complex embedded systems for top-technology companies. Among his recent successes, it is worth noting his key role in the development of one of the most sophisticated toys in the market: BB-8.

David Espinosa ∙ GIS Expert

David is a resourceful Geodesics, Cartography and Topography engineer. He was recognized by Elecnor as a key contributor to the methodologies behind geodesic networks based on global navigation satellite systems. He worked in railroads and highways as Chief of Technical and Topographic departments and analyst for other companies like Acciona and Ferrovial. David is always ready to take on new challenges with great optimism and enthusiasm.

Luis Perez ∙ Web & Cloud Architect

With almost 20 years experience on secured web technologies, Luis’ expertise is second to none. He has been involved in every aspect of IT as technical architect, database administrator, network engineer, senior programmer and Project Leader on several hundreds of projects, including security applications for banks. He is a successful entrepreneur and has provided IT services for both small and large companies.

Mathijs Baars ∙ Intern

Mathijs is an Engineering student who specializes in technical drawing and prototyping, and is continually working to develop his knowledge of new technologies. He imbues his work with a healthy amount of initiative. Early on, Mathijs knew that he wanted to work with startups. He has always been fascinated by mechanical systems and is highly curious about how they work.

Advisory Board Members

 

James Balog ∙ Senior Advisor

For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. He and his Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special, Extreme Ice. James has been honored with many awards, including, most recently, the Heinz Award, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Rose-Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, the Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal, and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society. He is the author of ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers and seven other books. His photos have been extensively published in major magazines, including National Geographic, and exhibited at more than one hundred museums and galleries worldwide. In 2009, he served as a NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-15) in Copenhagen. In 2015, at COP 21 in Paris, he made numerous presentations on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The United Nations Foundation and Solutions COP 21 at the Grand Palais.

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Vicki Goldstein ∙ Senior Advisor

Vicki Nichols Goldstein is the founder of Colorado Ocean Coalition and the Inland Ocean Coalition. Vicki has worked in the non-profit and ocean conservation field for over twenty-five years addressing a multitude of issues including vessel traffic, sustainable seafood, oil spill contingency planning, and fisheries interactions. While working for NOAA she co-wrote the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Designation Documents. During her years as Executive Director of Save Our Shores, she initiated and organized the first Central California Fishermen’s Forum on Marine Protected Areas and developed the Sanctuary Stewards Certification and Dock Walkers Programs. She is bringing her experience and love of the ocean to Colorado and other inland communities where she is creating a movement of individual and partner organizations involved in land to sea stewardship.

 

divirod also benefits from a phenomenal network of part time professional collaborators in science and engineering.