OUR STORY

About TurbineOne

Our story begins when Matt Amacker and Ian Kalin crossed paths at Sweat Equity Ventures. Ian's interest stems back to an experience in the Navy when he had to "eyeball" defensive measures from the Bridge of his Destroyer. The conventional systems were down and in desperation, he discovered that a cheap handheld commercial radar was more relevant and effective than his entire warship at keeping his Sailors safe. What followed was Ian's career modernizing government technology.

When we served on frontlines, we didn't have the best tech tools — the next generation will

Matt's interest in national security stems back to his time at Google and the Toyota Research Institute. In his Rapid Prototyping work, he observed how Cloud Networks could not handle the data being generated by self-driving cars and also how easy it had become to put transformative Machine Learning capabilities on small commercial devices like drones. Matt became alarmed about the direct risks to national security and committed to bridging the divide between Silicon Valley and the U.S. Government. So together, Ian and Matt formed TurbineOne.

When we served on frontlines, we didn't have the best tech tools — the next generation will.

MILESTONES

Our Journey

Here are some old vignettes that led our Team to be so passionate about the the work we do today:

Ian during a Naval Training Exercise onboard the USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) in 2003.

Dave delivering Thanksgiving meals in the Philippines in 2013.

Vea competing in a national live steel sword-fighting competition.

Matt & Casey's prototype that was used in the African American History Museum - Smithsonian. Uses 3D controllers for Object Manipulation.

Dave and his father (2004). He was the Chief of Police for Coral Gables, FL and Dave had just returned from the invasion of Iraq.

Casey, 100K rocket project lead, placing a GPS tracker into the body of a rocket to track its trajectory and landing.

Casey's rocket lifting off with its GPS tracker inside, successfully providing data to the engineers on the ground.

Matt & Casey's prototype LiDAR that also provided people tracking with identification using sensor fusion with PTZ cameras. Shown merged with realtime render on huge rear-projection screen.

Matt and Casey's prototype Large Thermal Camera Array using Raspberry PIs for data aggregation.

Pictures from Ian Kalin's Naval Training Exercises onboard the USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) in 2003.

Vea's grandfather, Jerry, who served in the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean war.

Dave getting ready for airborne operations at Ft Bragg, NC - 2008

Dave with then LTG Scott Miller, CDR of Joint Special Operations Command, during his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.

Joe in Afghanistan (2012) during his years of service.

Joe in Afghanistan (2013) during his years of service.

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Who we Are

Our Team

Veterans of the U.S. Department of Defense and the World's Leading Tech Companies

Ian Kalin

CEO & Co-founder

Served in U.S. Navy as Counter Terrorism Officer & Nuclear Engineer. Twenty years of GovTech modernization includes being the first Chief Data Officer for U.S. Dept. of Commerce and as CTO of eHealth.

Matt Amacker

CTO & Co-founder

Awarded over 110 patents, including “Search Autocomplete”. Previously Principal Engineer at Amazon, Head of Applied R&D Lab at Google, and Head of Car AI for Toyota Research Institute.

David Hammerschmidt

Business & Strategy

20+ year US Army Military Intelligence Officer with distinguished service in the Special Operations Community including command in our nation's elite counter-terrorism special mission units.

Casey Barker

Engineering

Previously a software engineer at Cisco, where he built the foundations for a new data center forensics product. Specialized in planet-scale networking and robotic sensor fusion at Google. Won the 2012 Carmack Prize for Amateur Rocketry and the 2013 NAR President’s Award.

Keith Goldberg

Engineering

A pioneer in developing mesh networking technology with over twenty years experience working with networking stacks and wireless protocols. Previously worked in the simulation and training industry.

Vea Fier Downey

Operations

15+ years of logistical and operational experience in a variety of industries from biopharmaceuticals to physics-based AI. Full contact martial artist and lead instructor. Process creator and gear turner.

Sandeep Mittal

Machine Learning

PhD in deep learning optimization for real-time systems. Over 8 years of extensive applied research experience in developing AI/ML and computer vision models for scientific applications in real-time autonomous systems deployed on exascale systems and edge computing systems.

Joseph Locke

Robotics

Served 10+ Years US Army, spanning the Infantry, Intelligence, SOF and Cyber communities. Left the Military to earn a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the express goal of bringing cutting edge technology and robotics into the hands of the operator on the front-lines.

Marina Nitze

Board Director

Previously CTO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Original class of Presidential Innovation Fellows and co-founder of U.S. Digital Service. National GovTech leader.

Ross Fubini

Board Director

Founder and Managing Partner of XYZ Venture Capital. He’s made a career as a successful early stage technology investor and is passionate about connecting people to build insightful products.

Scott Howell

Board Advisor

First USAF Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, Vice Commander of USSOCOM, over 34 years of service and experience to our nation in Special Operations.

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Team Members

Ian Kalin

CEO & Co-founder

Served in U.S. Navy as Counter Terrorism Officer & Nuclear Engineer. Twenty years of GovTech modernization includes being the first Chief Data Officer for U.S. Dept. of Commerce and as CTO of eHealth.

Team Members

Matt Amacker

CTO & Co-founder

Awarded over 110 patents, including “Search Autocomplete”. Previously Principal Engineer at Amazon, Head of Applied R&D Lab at Google, and Head of Car AI for Toyota Research Institute.

Team Members

David Hammerschmidt

Business & Strategy

20+ year US Army Military Intelligence Officer with distinguished service in the Special Operations Community including command in our nation's elite counter-terrorism special mission units.

Team Members

Casey Barker

Engineering

Previously a software engineer at Cisco, where he built the foundations for a new data center forensics product. Specialized in planet-scale networking and robotic sensor fusion at Google. Won the 2012 Carmack Prize for Amateur Rocketry and the 2013 NAR President’s Award.

Team Members

Keith Goldberg

Engineering

A pioneer in developing mesh networking technology with over twenty years experience working with networking stacks and wireless protocols. Previously worked in the simulation and training industry.

Team Members

Vea Fier Downey

Operations

15+ years of logistical and operational experience in a variety of industries from biopharmaceuticals to physics-based AI. Full contact martial artist and lead instructor. Process creator and gear turner.

Team Members

Sandeep Mittal

Machine Learning

PhD in deep learning optimization for real-time systems. Over 8 years of extensive applied research experience in developing AI/ML and computer vision models for scientific applications in real-time autonomous systems deployed on exascale systems and edge computing systems.

Team Members

Joseph Locke

Robotics

Served 10+ Years US Army, spanning the Infantry, Intelligence, SOF and Cyber communities. Left the Military to earn a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the express goal of bringing cutting edge technology and robotics into the hands of the operator on the front-lines.

Team Members

Marina Nitze

Board Director

Previously CTO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Original class of Presidential Innovation Fellows and co-founder of U.S. Digital Service. National GovTech leader.

Team Members

Ross Fubini

Board Director

Founder and Managing Partner of XYZ Venture Capital. He’s made a career as a successful early stage technology investor and is passionate about connecting people to build insightful products.

Team Members

Scott Howell

Board Advisor

First USAF Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, Vice Commander of USSOCOM, over 34 years of service and experience to our nation in Special Operations.

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