We are a team of multidisciplinary engineers, scientists, geospatial professionals, business administrators, renewable energy project developers and cleantech enthusiasts. The core technical and management team members have solid academic training and sound cross functional professional experience in their respective fields of expertise. Each team member is committed to continuous professional development and improvement through lifelong learning.
Chinmoy Saha – Co-founder/President/CEO
Chinmoy has over twenty-five years of software and hardware engineering and management experience in aerospace, defense, remote sensing, energy and utilities industries. He has working experience in early stage startups and very large corporations researching, developing, operating and maintaining hardware and software systems ranging from microelectronics to jumbo jets. He has served renowned employers or end customers including, California Energy Commission (CEC), Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, United Airlines and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in the capacity of a Principal Investigator / Consultant / Project Director / Project Engineer. His exposures to the global socioeconomic and geopolitical environments and passion for environmental sustainability inspired him to found GGI. Chinmoy received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He is a PMI certified project management professional (PMP). He has received professional, technical and leadership development training from renowned companies and institutions including Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, UC Berkeley and United Airlines. He has authored or co-authored over twenty technical publications, organization reports and conference proceedings and seven issued or pending patents. Chinmoy leads GGI’s product, service and business development strategic and tactical initiatives. While Chinmoy has played important roles in exploring extraterrestrial and deep ocean resources, he is appreciative of the usefulness of a simple tool such as toothbrush in human lives. As a visionary, Chinmoy continues to insert aerospace and defense related technologies and operational processes into energy, utilities and agricultural industry operations and climate risk management to benefit the mass population. Outside of his working hours, Chinmoy flies sUAS with his children, takes care of his backyard vineyard & garage winery, prepares multi-cultural foods and beverages to entertain family and friends and volunteers for community services.
Jeff Pickles – Co-founder/Executive Vice President
Jeff Pickles co-founded Green Grid Inc. He jointly leads GGI’s remote sensing and renewable energy product and service development efforts with Chinmoy Saha. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology and helped grown companies from concept to commercialization, leading many technology development efforts in hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy for more than fifteen years. He has served renowned employers or end customers including California Energy Commission (CEC), Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), Iwatani, Linde and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in the capacity of a Consultant / Principal Investigator / Project Director / Project Engineer. He has substantial experience in remote sensing applications, GIS, electric utilities assets and vegetation management, nuclear powerplant operations and maintenance, hydrogen fuel cell system and vehicle fueling stations and renewable energy project development and management. He has published more than a dozen academic and industry papers and co-authored 3 US patents. Jeff enjoys his free time by surfing, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding with family and friends.
Dr. Kourosh Jafari Khouzani, Ph.D. – Data Scientist
Capitalizing on his solid background in very sophisticated medical image processing software algorithms, Kourosh has developed new GIS software algorithms and workflows for automated analysis of aerial LIDAR and GIS data for renewable energy remote site selection, vegetation management, wildfire risk assessment and solar energy system design. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI and held Research Associate positions at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA before joining the commercial industries. He has over 60 published articles in leading journals and conferences related to data science, statistical analysis, computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence. In his free time, Kourosh likes to develop training data for his deep learning models.
Yuen Chan – Software Solutions Architect
Yuen has over eighteen years of full stack software development experience at major global software companies. She has solid background in Big Data, SaaS, DaaS, web services, UI, UX, UAT and databases. Yuen has been leading front-end software development and implementation at GGI. Yuen received her BS in Computer Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and MS in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her free time, Yuen enjoys time with her family and friends and volunteers for community services.
Dr. Charles E Bryson, Ph.D.
Dr. Bryson’s career has combined fundamental studies in physics and materials science as they relate to analytical instrumentation. He is an experienced device engineer and accomplished inventor. His first instrument was a UV-Vis optical spectrophotometer built for Hewlett Packard, a device that reduced spectrum analysis time from 20 minutes to one second. In the field of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, he created a device for chemical and spectrum analysis that used a reduced spot size of 150 microns, down from 1 cm. While studying the surface potential of inhomogeneous surfaces, he developed techniques that allowed more accurate energy measurements with better precision. Since receiving his doctorate from Texas A&M, College Station in 1964 for developing a 2-D method to model ice nucleation on an atomic level, Dr. Bryson has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and been awarded more than 16 patents. He has received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Missouri, Rolla, MO in 1973. In addition, his career has included several contracts with NASA, and two of his devices are currently deployed on Mars. Dr. Bryson recently received an Exceptional Space Act Award and the 2013 NASA Government Invention of the Year. He is passionate about improving quality of human lives and proliferation of solar energy.