Meet Our Energy Team

Alan Ly

Field Application Engineer
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Alan Ly

Field Application Engineer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Electrical Engineering degree from SFSU. In my spare time I am a runner who have participated in multiple half marathon events and hobbyist who tinkers with electronics + 3D printing.

Alan Ly

Field Application Engineer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Electrical Engineering degree from SFSU. In my spare time I am a runner who have participated in multiple half marathon events and hobbyist who tinkers with electronics + 3D printing.

Andre Bals

Managing Director, EMEA
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Andre Bals

Managing Director, EMEA

Andre is responsible for sales and business development in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa for our energy business. After working at Arthur Anderson Consulting in Geneva, he  founded Omnisens, a technology start-up active in asset integrity management of large energy infrastructures, including downstream pipeline leak detection, offshore umbilicals and power cable monitoring. He helped develop a trace gas technology which monitors environmental and semiconductor molecular contamination. Andre holds an M.A. in materials and engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and University of California, Los Angeles. Feel free to speak to Andre in 4 languages: English, French, Italian or Romanian.

Andre Bals

Managing Director, EMEA

Andre is responsible for sales and business development in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa for our energy business. After working at Arthur Anderson Consulting in Geneva, he  founded Omnisens, a technology start-up active in asset integrity management of large energy infrastructures, including downstream pipeline leak detection, offshore umbilicals and power cable monitoring. He helped develop a trace gas technology which monitors environmental and semiconductor molecular contamination. Andre holds an M.A. in materials and engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and University of California, Los Angeles. Feel free to speak to Andre in 4 languages: English, French, Italian or Romanian.

Andrew Kidd

Product Manager
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Andrew Kidd

Product Manager

Andrew is a member of the team of Field Application Engineers who are responsible for the deployment and ongoing support of Picarro’s Energy customers. His unique blend of operational, diagnostic, and customer satisfaction skills were honed during his prior career as a small business owner in the automotive aftermarket industry, where he spent 10 years developing and supporting products of his own. Andrew is an avid automotive and racing enthusiast and a Bay Area native.

Andrew Kidd

Product Manager

Andrew is a member of the team of Field Application Engineers who are responsible for the deployment and ongoing support of Picarro’s Energy customers. His unique blend of operational, diagnostic, and customer satisfaction skills were honed during his prior career as a small business owner in the automotive aftermarket industry, where he spent 10 years developing and supporting products of his own. Andrew is an avid automotive and racing enthusiast and a Bay Area native.

Bastien Schmitt

Project Manager, EMEA
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Bastien Schmitt

Project Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in France, Bastien is holding a master degree in mechanical engineering from IFMA in Clermont Ferrand, the city where Michelin tire was born.  In his role as a project manager at Picarro, he uses his experience with projects and customer relationship from an earlier career in industry (automotive, railway, aerospace). He has been living in Czech Republic for a while as well as in Italy which makes him feel comfortable in all European countries. Feel free to speak to Bastien in 4 languages: English, French, Italian or Czech. When he is not in front of his laptop, you can probably find him in his garage fixing his Ducati.

Bastien Schmitt

Project Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in France, Bastien is holding a master degree in mechanical engineering from IFMA in Clermont Ferrand, the city where Michelin tire was born.  In his role as a project manager at Picarro, he uses his experience with projects and customer relationship from an earlier career in industry (automotive, railway, aerospace). He has been living in Czech Republic for a while as well as in Italy which makes him feel comfortable in all European countries. Feel free to speak to Bastien in 4 languages: English, French, Italian or Czech. When he is not in front of his laptop, you can probably find him in his garage fixing his Ducati.

Brad Ballard

Field Application Engineer
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Brad Ballard

Field Application Engineer

Brad joined Picarro back in 2015 as a technician working with R&D products in the lab but now managers their applications out in the world. As a Field Application Engineer, he is the technical point of contact for two of our utility partners -- DTE Energy and Baltimore Gas and Electric. Previously Brad was in the US Navy from 2007-2012 and has an educational background in Economics (from Ohio State and SJSU) and Computer Science (from Illinois). If not working from his home in Denver, CO, Brad spends his time on the road making customer visits, conducting field trials for potential new partners, or teaching himself new things. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and has completed two four-month-long, 20+ country trips around the world in 2012 (solo) and in 2019 (with his wife), visiting 6 continents and 50 countries in total (so far…). 

Brad Ballard

Field Application Engineer

Brad joined Picarro back in 2015 as a technician working with R&D products in the lab but now managers their applications out in the world. As a Field Application Engineer, he is the technical point of contact for two of our utility partners -- DTE Energy and Baltimore Gas and Electric. Previously Brad was in the US Navy from 2007-2012 and has an educational background in Economics (from Ohio State and SJSU) and Computer Science (from Illinois). If not working from his home in Denver, CO, Brad spends his time on the road making customer visits, conducting field trials for potential new partners, or teaching himself new things. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and has completed two four-month-long, 20+ country trips around the world in 2012 (solo) and in 2019 (with his wife), visiting 6 continents and 50 countries in total (so far…). 

Brian Perrotta

Sr. Field Application Engineer
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Brian Perrotta

Sr. Field Application Engineer

Brian comes from a having an extensive technical background with many years of experience in software development in various sectors including Mobile Communications, IOT, and Semiconductor markets. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Redlands. He has always been comfortable working directly with customers and has a knack for evangelising and broadening adoption of new technologies. After starting with Picarro, he has built upon his robust skillset, one which leverages his extensive technical knowledge with the desire to make the world a safe and clean place to live.

Brian Perrotta

Sr. Field Application Engineer

Brian comes from a having an extensive technical background with many years of experience in software development in various sectors including Mobile Communications, IOT, and Semiconductor markets. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Redlands. He has always been comfortable working directly with customers and has a knack for evangelising and broadening adoption of new technologies. After starting with Picarro, he has built upon his robust skillset, one which leverages his extensive technical knowledge with the desire to make the world a safe and clean place to live.

Daniel Howard

Field Application Engineer
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Daniel Howard

Field Application Engineer

Born and raised near Columbus, Ohio, Dan's career previously had him in all phases of the automotive industry. Early retail management and wholesale sales roles lead to a stint on the design and manufacturing side in the high performance aftermarket in Southern California from 2016 – 2019. There, he was fully immersed in the Motorsports side of the industry, where he plays a key role to this day. He brings a strong technical mind, mechanical aptitude and a sales and support temperament to the FAE role to support and grow our Energy solution fleet. Dan is also a Crew Chief for a professional race team in IMSA's MX5 Cup, an avid outdoorsman, cyclist and amateur car racer himself with 2x NASA National Championships.

Daniel Howard

Field Application Engineer

Born and raised near Columbus, Ohio, Dan's career previously had him in all phases of the automotive industry. Early retail management and wholesale sales roles lead to a stint on the design and manufacturing side in the high performance aftermarket in Southern California from 2016 – 2019. There, he was fully immersed in the Motorsports side of the industry, where he plays a key role to this day. He brings a strong technical mind, mechanical aptitude and a sales and support temperament to the FAE role to support and grow our Energy solution fleet. Dan is also a Crew Chief for a professional race team in IMSA's MX5 Cup, an avid outdoorsman, cyclist and amateur car racer himself with 2x NASA National Championships.

Doug Ward

Director, Gas Sales & Marketing
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Doug Ward

Director, Gas Sales & Marketing

Doug Ward is a seasoned natural gas industry leader with 30+ years of experience in business unit leadership, engineering, operations, and business development.  He is currently the Director of Gas Sales & Marketing at Picarro.  Before joining the Picarro team, Doug’s work experiences included working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation where he led their Aspire Energy subsidiary.  Doug began his career working for CenterPoint Energy for 20+ years serving in various leadership roles including leading regional gas utility services, engineering, construction, and operations functions.  Doug has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and a MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.

Doug Ward

Director, Gas Sales & Marketing

Doug Ward is a seasoned natural gas industry leader with 30+ years of experience in business unit leadership, engineering, operations, and business development.  He is currently the Director of Gas Sales & Marketing at Picarro.  Before joining the Picarro team, Doug’s work experiences included working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation where he led their Aspire Energy subsidiary.  Doug began his career working for CenterPoint Energy for 20+ years serving in various leadership roles including leading regional gas utility services, engineering, construction, and operations functions.  Doug has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and a MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.

Dr. Eric Chan

Field Application Engineer
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Dr. Eric Chan

Field Application Engineer

Eric is an oceanographer, with a Ph.D./M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rochester and a B.S. in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His past research focused on geochemical processes such as microbial methane oxidation and hydrothermal fluid dynamics under the earth's oceans. His wide interests ranging from the sciences to engineering allowed him to excel in research missions in the Arctic and half the world's oceans for more than a decade. Now he is using his expertise at Picarro to help its partners succeed in the energy landscape. When Eric is not working, he's spending time outdoors with his dogs, camping, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, or playing beach volleyball.

Dr. Eric Chan

Field Application Engineer

Eric is an oceanographer, with a Ph.D./M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rochester and a B.S. in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His past research focused on geochemical processes such as microbial methane oxidation and hydrothermal fluid dynamics under the earth's oceans. His wide interests ranging from the sciences to engineering allowed him to excel in research missions in the Arctic and half the world's oceans for more than a decade. Now he is using his expertise at Picarro to help its partners succeed in the energy landscape. When Eric is not working, he's spending time outdoors with his dogs, camping, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, or playing beach volleyball.

Francesco Ciocca

Program Manager, EMEA
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Francesco Ciocca

Program Manager, EMEA

Francesco Ciocca

Program Manager, EMEA

Hrishi Patel

Field Application Engineer
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Hrishi Patel

Field Application Engineer

Hrishi graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Since then, he has worked as an Applications Engineer and Design Engineer at NiCor Gas and Nippon Bearing. Having experience in natural gas industry and customer facing roles will provide Hrishi a great springboard to the Field Application Engineer role. When he isn’t working, Hrishi likes playing sports, solving sudoku, hiking and travel. 

Hrishi Patel

Field Application Engineer

Hrishi graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Since then, he has worked as an Applications Engineer and Design Engineer at NiCor Gas and Nippon Bearing. Having experience in natural gas industry and customer facing roles will provide Hrishi a great springboard to the Field Application Engineer role. When he isn’t working, Hrishi likes playing sports, solving sudoku, hiking and travel. 

Jason Shehan

Director, Gas Operations and Engineering
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Jason Shehan

Director, Gas Operations and Engineering

Jason brings a wealth of knowledge to Picarro from the gas utility industry. With 17 years of Gas Operations experience with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, he understands the day-to-day operations processes and procedures that our customers work with every day. His primary focus is to help customers from day 1 of the Picarro solution install through scaling and full adoption of Picarro Advanced Leak Detection. He has been an end user of Picarro and has experienced firsthand the success of what Picarro can bring to the gas energy sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids, coaching baseball, CrossFit, and wakeboarding. 

Jason Shehan

Director, Gas Operations and Engineering

Jason brings a wealth of knowledge to Picarro from the gas utility industry. With 17 years of Gas Operations experience with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, he understands the day-to-day operations processes and procedures that our customers work with every day. His primary focus is to help customers from day 1 of the Picarro solution install through scaling and full adoption of Picarro Advanced Leak Detection. He has been an end user of Picarro and has experienced firsthand the success of what Picarro can bring to the gas energy sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids, coaching baseball, CrossFit, and wakeboarding. 

Joe Felicicchia

Sr. Director, Sales & Client Engagement, Energy
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Joe Felicicchia

Sr. Director, Sales & Client Engagement, Energy

Joe Felicicchia

Sr. Director, Sales & Client Engagement, Energy

Julien Klein

Director, Product Management
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Julien Klein

Director, Product Management

Julien is responsible for Product Management for Energy applications. He brings fifteen years of experience managing products and leading marketing initiatives in the laser and photonics industry. He has been involved in various end markets including energy, photovoltaic, micro-electronics manufacturing, bio-medical and academic research. Julien was born and raised in France where he received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Ecole Polytechnique. He also holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has happily called California and the Bay Area home for the past 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys live music, tennis, running, pilates, and spending time with friends and family.

Julien Klein

Director, Product Management

Julien is responsible for Product Management for Energy applications. He brings fifteen years of experience managing products and leading marketing initiatives in the laser and photonics industry. He has been involved in various end markets including energy, photovoltaic, micro-electronics manufacturing, bio-medical and academic research. Julien was born and raised in France where he received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Ecole Polytechnique. He also holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has happily called California and the Bay Area home for the past 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys live music, tennis, running, pilates, and spending time with friends and family.

Malvin Delgado

Director, Sales & Client Engagement
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Malvin Delgado

Director, Sales & Client Engagement

Malvin Delgado is an international energy business leader, customer advocate, inspiring people leader and entrepreneur with demonstrated experience in business management, strategic planning, as well as in the execution of tactical plans to achieve company growth in the Energy Sector: Oil, Gas, Renewable, and Utilities. Prior to joining Picarro as Director, Sales & Client Engagement, Malvin worked in leadership roles for T.D. Williamson, Baker Huge, GE, SIEMENS, SHELL, PdVSA, as well as other important energy companies in functions related to business development, sales, operations, and project management in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Malvin Delgado

Director, Sales & Client Engagement

Malvin Delgado is an international energy business leader, customer advocate, inspiring people leader and entrepreneur with demonstrated experience in business management, strategic planning, as well as in the execution of tactical plans to achieve company growth in the Energy Sector: Oil, Gas, Renewable, and Utilities. Prior to joining Picarro as Director, Sales & Client Engagement, Malvin worked in leadership roles for T.D. Williamson, Baker Huge, GE, SIEMENS, SHELL, PdVSA, as well as other important energy companies in functions related to business development, sales, operations, and project management in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Renato Winkler

Director of Business Development, EMEA
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Dr. Renato Winkler

Director of Business Development, EMEA

Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, Renato is a Physicist, holding a Ph.D. in Climate Science from LSCE/CEA in France. In his role as a business developer at Picarro, he combines his scientific brain with business sense from an earlier career in the financial industry to create added value for our customers and the company. If you want to know what time it is, just ask Renato. He's a self-proclaimed "watch nerd" with 10 watches in his current collection. 

Dr. Renato Winkler

Director of Business Development, EMEA

Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, Renato is a Physicist, holding a Ph.D. in Climate Science from LSCE/CEA in France. In his role as a business developer at Picarro, he combines his scientific brain with business sense from an earlier career in the financial industry to create added value for our customers and the company. If you want to know what time it is, just ask Renato. He's a self-proclaimed "watch nerd" with 10 watches in his current collection. 

Robby Vaughn

Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing
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Robby Vaughn

Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing

Robby is responsible for Business Development and Technical Marketing for the Energy organization at Picarro. He is an energy business leader with over 15 years of experience in Upstream Oil and Gas in operational,  technical, and sales roles. He entered the energy sector as a Geophysicist working on Seismic Data Processing and Imaging with top-tier service provider Schlumberger. Later, he transitioned into sales and business development roles of increasing scope and importance at industry leaders Halliburton-Landmark and IHS Markit.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Orleans in Geology and a Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Robby devotes his leisure time to his family, his passion for wine, rock climbing, hiking, and reading.

Robby Vaughn

Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing

Robby is responsible for Business Development and Technical Marketing for the Energy organization at Picarro. He is an energy business leader with over 15 years of experience in Upstream Oil and Gas in operational,  technical, and sales roles. He entered the energy sector as a Geophysicist working on Seismic Data Processing and Imaging with top-tier service provider Schlumberger. Later, he transitioned into sales and business development roles of increasing scope and importance at industry leaders Halliburton-Landmark and IHS Markit.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Orleans in Geology and a Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Robby devotes his leisure time to his family, his passion for wine, rock climbing, hiking, and reading.

Tanner Orland

Field Application Engineer
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Tanner Orland

Field Application Engineer

Shortly after graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Environmental Science, Tanner began his career at Picarro in 2015.  Starting as a field technician working on Surveyor R&D, he has since excelled in 3 different roles within Engineering, Operations, and is now a Field Application Engineer within the Energy space.  Tanner brings proficiency in customer deployment and training, technical support, and project management.  On his spare time, you will find him climbing rocks, running, fishing, cycling, or exploring Santa Cruz with his golden retriever. 

Tanner Orland

Field Application Engineer

Shortly after graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Environmental Science, Tanner began his career at Picarro in 2015.  Starting as a field technician working on Surveyor R&D, he has since excelled in 3 different roles within Engineering, Operations, and is now a Field Application Engineer within the Energy space.  Tanner brings proficiency in customer deployment and training, technical support, and project management.  On his spare time, you will find him climbing rocks, running, fishing, cycling, or exploring Santa Cruz with his golden retriever. 

Dr. Tesfaye Berhanu

Support Manager, EMEA
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Dr. Tesfaye Berhanu

Support Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in Ethiopia, I am very passionate about science and climate. I received a Master program full scholarship from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and started my academic career. I did my PhD studies in Grenoble France and had the opportunity to travel to Dome C, Antarctica and spent very exciting three months followed by four years of postdoc at University of Bern, Switzerland working on GHG measurements on the Swiss Alps and joined Picarro in 2018. I love travelling, listening to music, and running.

Dr. Tesfaye Berhanu

Support Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in Ethiopia, I am very passionate about science and climate. I received a Master program full scholarship from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and started my academic career. I did my PhD studies in Grenoble France and had the opportunity to travel to Dome C, Antarctica and spent very exciting three months followed by four years of postdoc at University of Bern, Switzerland working on GHG measurements on the Swiss Alps and joined Picarro in 2018. I love travelling, listening to music, and running.

Tom Dockery

Sr. Director, Field Operations and Engineering
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Tom Dockery

Sr. Director, Field Operations and Engineering

Tom is responsible for technical and operational field support in North America, Central and South America and Asia Pacific. He brings with him, over 35 years of Operations and Technical Marketing experience.  Tom has been working with Picarro's Energy Customers for over 6 years now, addressing adoption and the digital transformation.  In his down time, Tom will be found riding bikes or racing historical sports sedans at one of his favorite Northern California racing circuits.

Tom Dockery

Sr. Director, Field Operations and Engineering

Tom is responsible for technical and operational field support in North America, Central and South America and Asia Pacific. He brings with him, over 35 years of Operations and Technical Marketing experience.  Tom has been working with Picarro's Energy Customers for over 6 years now, addressing adoption and the digital transformation.  In his down time, Tom will be found riding bikes or racing historical sports sedans at one of his favorite Northern California racing circuits.

Vincent Gaeto

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Energy
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Vincent Gaeto

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Energy

Vince is an Energy Industry executive with over 24 years of experience. The first 17 years of his career were spent working for Peoples Gas in Chicago where he directed all Distribution and Transmission Gas Operations for the South Region of Metro-Chicago. Following the San Bruno pipeline explosion in California, Vince joined PG&E where he oversaw all Gas Engineering and project management. Vince holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University.

Vincent Gaeto

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Energy

Vince is an Energy Industry executive with over 24 years of experience. The first 17 years of his career were spent working for Peoples Gas in Chicago where he directed all Distribution and Transmission Gas Operations for the South Region of Metro-Chicago. Following the San Bruno pipeline explosion in California, Vince joined PG&E where he oversaw all Gas Engineering and project management. Vince holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University.