Board of Operating Directors and Staff

Joseph D. Rizzi, Co-Executive Director, CEO

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Kevin Rea, Co-Executive Director, CTO

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Bruce Kamolnick, Director, Secretary & CFO

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Beth Goodwin, Director, VP Hawai'i Operations

Beth runs the Hawaii operations and marine mammal programs, and is the primary Captain of our research vessel, the May Maru. She was a co-founder of Liquid Robotics Inc., ran their Hawaii facility, and has an in depth knowledge of Wave Glider mechanics, operations, and diagnostics. She has spent decades studying whales and dolphins and served as a NOAA marine mammal observer on several cruises throughout the Eastern Tropical Pacific. She is also a research SCUBA diver, and owned and ran a whale watch and eco-tour company in Hawaii for 15 years. She has an M.A. in Physiology & Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and is passionate about protecting the ocean.


Kurt Kiesow, Director, VP, Systems Engineer

Kurt is a co-founder of Jupiter, and since inception has been deeply involved in a broad spectrum of Jupiter projects. He was a co-founder of Liquid Robotics Inc., and previously he was a founder of The Network Technology Group, and Applications Unlimited and held senior leadership positions at SAIC and AristaSoft. In his spare time, he enjoys Amateur Radio and SCUBA diving.


David Walker, Director, VP Electronic Systems

David oversees hardware and electronics development. As chief hardware architect for Liquid Robotics Inc., David was responsible for the development of the electronic architecture of the Wave Glider platform. His deep knowledge of this technology allows him to support all of Jupiter Research Foundation's projects. Before joining Liquid Robotics, David was chief scientist for Micro Linear Corporation. David is the author of numerous technical publications and holds several patents. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.



Tim is a co-founder of Jupiter, and was a co-founder and VP of Sales & Marketing at Liquid Robotics Inc. Currently a Strategic Advisor at Georgia Tech Research Institute, Tim was previously a co-founder and President of VeriFiber Technologies, as well as President and CEO of Micro Linear Corporation, a publicly traded company which was acquired by Sirenza Microdevices in 2006.

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Lou Dietz, Senior Engineer

Lou has a deep background in electronics and optical instrumentation, and is responsible for instrumentation development on the Oceanic C02 project. He has extensive experience in imaging systems, optical detection, and microfluidics for life science applications, and has developed several successful products for the medical diagnostic and bioanalytical research markets. He has also held VP Engineering roles in several companies, such as Biodesy, On-Q-ity (formerly CELLective DX), Nanoplex Technologies, and SurroMed. Lou holds 21 U.S. patents covering optical instrumentation, nanoparticle manufacturing techniques, and electronic circuitry for communications systems. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


Heike Schmitz, Senior Research Scientist

Heike supports multiple projects with her scientific, technical, and management expertise. She combines a background in software engineering and management with her passion for marine biology and her interest in marine microalgae. Heike studied Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and after a successful career at Google she returned to college for a B.S. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She is also a certified SCUBA diver, an avid sailor, and passionate about marine conservation.


Roger Dellor, Senior Research Scientist

Roger has been an integral part of our Ocean Microscope development. He came to the U.S. from England in 1966 to work for Fairchild Semiconductor, where he was involved in numberous engineering and development projects, giving him a rich background for our development. After Fairchild he worked for several semiconductor, computer, and networking companies. His other interests include mountain biking and being a grandfather.


Evan Dellor, Research Scientist

Evan manages the bioelectrochemical signal acquisition and statistical data processing in our plant communications lab, and is a key researcher on our CO2 and Microplastics programs. He has a background in physics, materials engineering, and electrochemistry, and studied at Colorado College, CO, Columbia University, NY, and the University of California, Berkeley. His interests include the culinary arts and fermentation science.


Murray Taylor, Electronic Engineering

Murray maintains, integrates and develops Wave Glider systems, as well as Captaining and crewing the May Maru. Originally from New Zealand, where he trained in Telecommunications and Electronic Systems. He has extensive background in sailing, diving, mechanics, and of course surfing.


Adam Taufmann, Mechanical Engineer

Adam's software, electrical, and mechanical engineering skills are well suited for our payload development and integration needs, and his skills as a free diver are an asset to our marine operations. He was a technical engineer in the U.S. Army for seven years, and then got a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He has a passion for learning and creating useful inventions, and when not at work he enjoys surfing and snorkeling.


Francesca Cohn, Intern

Francesca is Jupiter’s newest addition to the team as a microscopy intern working on both the Autonomous Microscope and the Microplastics projects. She uses her background in plankton identification and marine biology to support various experiments in the lab, grow plankton cultures for testing, and collaborate on the development of the autonomous microscope. After finishing her gap year with Jupiter, she will be attending University of California Berkeley next year as a freshman.


In Memoriam: Captain Mark Grandoni

In memory of Captain Mark, 1956-2012, an avid mariner, explorer and adventurer. He excelled at his work with Jupiter and is greatly missed.


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