Leadership that drives innovation

Our team has delivered innovative products across autonomy, aerospace and defense sectors.

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Our Leadership Team

Dmitry Turbiner

Founder & CEO

Dmitry Turbiner is a founder, inventor of multiple foundational technologies and a hardware engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MS from Stanford University. He dropped out of Stanford in 2016 to found General Radar to revolutionize AI based radar technology for use in autonomous systems and long range perception. Together, the team has developed four generations of radar and one lidar system and is delivering solutions to a variety of problems in both the commercial and defense space.

Prior to Genrad, Dmitry was a Microwave Engineer at NASA/JPL where he served as the Cognizant Engineer for the COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7 Mission’s Radio Occultation Antenna Array. Currently, twelve of Dmitry’s Antennas are orbiting on a constellation of six LEO satellites, launched as the primary payload of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center.

Okie Williams

Co-Founder & CTO

Okie Williams joined Dmitry as Co-founder and VP of Engineering of General Radar in 2016. He leads the engineering team, from design and manufacturing to software development.

Prior to General Radar, Okie worked at Apple, Analog Devices, and a handful of hardware start-ups around Cambridge, MA as both a co-founder and an engineer. Okie holds patents in multiple areas, from sensor data processing algorithms for mobile devices, augmented reality gaming, technology related to micro pick-and-place robots, and radar innovations regarding work at General Radar.

Okie studied EECS as an undergraduate at MIT after which he started a company building custom machine learning chips for robotics applications.

Cody Daniel

Chief Product Officer

Tools define humanity’s domain and unlock the future, and Cody unifies design and discipline to implement these modern instruments. With experience founding and advising multiple instrument and technology based startups he demonstrates success in architecting and commercializing complex, multi-domain technology enterprises into relevant market positions.

Cody’s roots lie in traditional machine design, learning classic machining in his father’s shop and studying precision machine design and systems at MIT. Previously he founded 3Scan, a company that synthesized high bandwidth imaging and high speed automation to redefine pathology methods. This company successfully exited in an acquisition by Strateos, a leader in lab automation and drug discovery workflows. Notable accolades include a recognition in 2018 by Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work with 3Scan as well as a Guinness World Record in 2011 for manufacture of the World’s Largest Clock.

Sergio Rodriguera Jr.

SVP of Govt

Sergio joined General Radar in 2018 and brings considerable Government and Military experience to the team from his time on active duty as a Naval Officer conducting two overseas deployments and as a Reservist at the Pentagon and deploying to Afghanistan in 2009 and assignment with the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the Director of Intelligence.

His achievements include earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. He was appointed to the Trade Finance Advisory Council by the Secretary of Commerce and Fraud Working Group by the Federal Reserve Board. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Naval War College.

William J. Haynes

Strategic Counsellor

Jim brings considerable private and public sector experience to the team.

He has served as Executive Vice President in two publicly traded corporations: CSRA (an information technology company acquired by General Dynamics in 2018), and SIGA Technologies (a biotechnology company). Jim was also Chief Corporate Counsel for Chevron Corporation (2008-2012), and twice a partner in the international law firm of Jenner & Block.

Jim also held two Senate-confirmed Presidentially-appointed offices: General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2001-2008), and General Counsel of the Department of the Army (1990-1993).

Prof. Boris Murmann

ASIC Architect

Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. From 1994 to 1997, he was with Neutron Microelectronics, Germany, where he developed low-power and smart-power ASICs in automotive CMOS technology. Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant with numerous Silicon Valley companies. Dr. Murmann’s research interests are in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on sensor interfaces, data converters and custom circuits for machine learning.

He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, as well as the Data Converter Subcommittee Chair and the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He is the founding faculty co-director of the Stanford SystemX Alliance and the faculty director of Stanford's System Prototyping Facility (SPF).

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Our Advisory Board

Tim Harris

Board of Advisors

Timothy Harris, co-founder and CEO of Swift Navigation, is focused on building a world-class organization that will power the next generation of GPS-enabled autonomous vehicles and robots. A proven leader in the high-accuracy GPS industry, Tim leads teams that are excited to drive innovation and challenge each other to achieve visionary change. Prior to Swift, he worked in supply chain consulting for OR Soft Jaenicke GmbH in Halle, Germany, and in corporate finance for Emerge Digital Group, where he oversaw M&A and strategic partnerships for a digital media holding company. Tim holds a JD degree from Boston University and a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Prof. Howard Zebker

Board of Advisors

Howard’s research group specializes in interferometric radar remote sensing applications and technique development, as applied to studies of the Earth and solar system. Originally a microwave engineer, he built support equipment for the SEASAT satellite synthetic aperture radar and designed airborne radar systems. He later developed imaging radar polarimetry, a technique for measurement of the radar scattering matrix of a surface.

He is a Fellow of the AGU, IEEE, and Electromagnetics Academy. He has served on a number of National Academy panels, mostly for the Space Studies Board, plus the Naval Studies Board Advanced Radar Technology Panel. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford, where he serves as Associate Chair for admissions.

Our Investors

“General Radar will redefine the radar industry,” said Octave Ventures’ Michael Kim, who is joining General Radar’s board of directors. “The innovations it is bringing to market will significantly enhance the capabilities and reduce the cost of aerospace radar, while also opening up an exciting range of new commercial applications. We believe that General Radar is a company with a very compelling future.”

“As ardent believers in the power and relevance of General Radar’s technology, Disruptive is thrilled to participate in this round. Now more than ever, we believe that General Radar’s innovations will empower the United States and its allies to address the most critical national security threats of the 21st century.” said Disruptive’s CEO Alex Davis.

"From a venture investor perspective, there are 5 defining characteristics of the HardTech startups that we like to invest in:

  • They contain Hardcore science/engineering
  • They involve Hardware – in addition to software
  • They're Hard to do
  • If done right, they're Hard to copy
  • The 'venture-able' ones are Hard to find

General Radar definitely fits that bill."