Lester Kozlowski

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technology Officer

Lester Kozlowski is founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technology Officer of AltaSens. He leads research activities, including pixel and sensor design as well as customization of silicon fabrication for CMOS imaging sensors. Mr. Kozlowski has more than 27 years of experience in sensor and imaging technologies. He has developed numerous projects with CMOS and CCD sensors for commercial and aerospace applications.

Prior to the formation of AltaSens, Mr. Kozlowski was Chief Technologist at Rockwell Scientific. Earlier, Mr. Kozlowski developed hybrid focal plane arrays at Hughes Aircraft.

Mr. Kozlowski holds 25 patents and has contributed to over 150 technical publications. He is a member of SPIE and SMPTE, and is a senior member of IEEE. Mr. Kozlowski holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Yutaka (Jake) Onodera

Executive Vice President

Mr. Onodera has nearly 30 years of experience working at JVC and JVC KENWOOD Corporation. He has worked for the consumer electronics product planning, new business development, and IP licensing departments. Additionally, Mr. Onodera worked at the JVC Americas Corporate office in Wayne, NJ, as General Manager of the Techno-Marketing Department, where he was in charge of technical marketing, safety and environmental issue. His most recent title before joining AltaSens was Senior Specialist of Strategic R&D Department of JVC KENWOOD Corp.

Mr. Onodera holds a B.S. in Physics from Saitama University in Japan.


Kevin Brehmer

Executive Vice President of Engineering

Kevin Brehmer is Executive Vice President of Engineering and is responsible for image sensor and camera system design engineering. Mr. Brehmer has more than 19 years of experience in CMOS image sensor and image system design for digital still camera, mobile phone and defense markets.

Prior to Altasens, Mr Brehmer consulted as an expert witness for CMOS Image Sensors, drove CMOS Image Sensor ROIC business development in defense markets and founded a company PixelCam that developed the first commercially available Mega-Pixel CMOS Image Sensor and Camera module for DSC and Mobile markets.

Mr. Brehmer holds 23 patents relating to applications of image sensors and analog circuits and has been a co-author of many technical journals and ISSC papers. He is a member of IEEE. Mr. Brehmer holds a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan and MSEE degree from Santa Clara University.


Anders Petersen, Ph.D. 

Vice President of Advanced Technology

Dr. Petersen has more than 25 years of experience in semiconductor IC and system design primarily using CMOS IC technologies. Experience includes both product design and design for R&D applications. He held positions both as an individual contributor as well as a manager. At Altasens he is responsible for advanced CMOS IC sensor design. Prior to Altasens, Dr. Petersen has been working with Teledyne Imaging Sensors, Intel Corporation and Conexant Systems. At Teledyne he was responsible for custom imaging sensor designs used in industrial, defense and aerospace industry covering spectral ranges from deep UV to LWIR. At Intel and Conexant he was responsible for IC product design for high speed optical communication systems.

Dr. Petersen holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.


Clint Elsemore

Chief Financial Officer

Clint Elsemore is Chief Financial Officer at AltaSens and manages the finance and accounting departments. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial results and ensuring fiscal responsibility. Mr. Elsemore has more than ten years of experience in the finance and public accounting fields.

Prior to AltaSens, Mr. Elsemore worked at Rockwell Scientific. He was in charge of all financial aspects of Rockwell Scientific Licensing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Scientific.

Mr. Elsemore received a B.S. in Accounting at California Lutheran University, and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Darren Paulson

Vice President of Business Development and Compliance

Darren Paulson is the Vice President of Quality Assurance at AltaSens and manages all quality functions, including Quality Control, Quality Engineering, Supply Chain Quality, and Inspection and Metrology. He also works closely with AltaSens’ suppliers to ensure the delivery of the highest quality products to final customers.

Mr. Paulson has over 25 years of experience in the field of quality assurance. Prior to joining AltaSens, he held several management positions at Teledyne Sensors and Imaging, Litton, Northrop Grumman, and Rockwell Scientific. He has been in charge of quality assurance organizations in various commercial and aerospace technologies.

Mr. Paulson is Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma Certified, has held numerous Instructor certifications in high reliability from NASA, U.S. Navy, and DOD. He is an active member of the American Society of Quality.


David Standley, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

As Chief Scientist at AltaSens, Dr. Standley performs R&D for the company's future products. He joined the company as a Senior Analog Design Engineer, and later became the leader of the analog design group, working on a variety of design projects and mentoring junior staff members. He has over 20 years of imaging device design experience.

Dr. Standley earned a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked at Rockwell Science Center in Thousand Oaks, CA, developing smart image sensors for machine vision applications, as well as circuits for high-performance CMOS image sensors. Then he was a founding employee and the lead designer at Biomorphic VLSI, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, directing the designs of several CMOS image sensor products for commercial applications such as cell phones and DSCs, as well as mentoring new staff members. He was the principal scientist at Biomorphic before joining AltaSens.

Dr. Standley has several publications and 12 patents, and is an IEEE Senior Member.


Gennady Medvedkin, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

As a Senior Scientist for R&D at AltaSens, Dr. Medvedkin’s area of concentration is the photonic and optical functionality of CMOS sensors for mainstream projects. His curriculum vitae includes an extensive academic background in optoelectronics and semiconductor technology that is complemented by years of industry experience in the design and characterization of imaging devices.

Dr. Medvedkin earned a M.S. in Optoelectronics from Electrical Engineering University and Ph.D. in Semiconductor Materials from Physical Technical Institute, both in St. Petersburg, Russia. He spent a year at Stanford University as a visiting scholar. He worked at Aptina Imaging, San Jose, CA, where he was responsible for photonic characterization of CMOS image sensors. Prior to that Dr. Medvedkin worked at Physical Optics Corporation in Torrance, CA, developing large-scale image sensors using UV and EUV wavelengths for space and military vision applications. In earlier years he developed polarimetric sensors for laser-orientation systems. While working on a post doctorate at Tokyo University A&T, Dr. Medvedkin discovered a new ferromagnetic material that is compatible with silicon and considered to be a source of future huge capacity memory based on spintronics paradigm.

Dr. Medvedkin has authored multiple technical articles and papers, holds three U.S. patents and a dozen of international patents, and is an OSA Member.


Per-Olov (P.O.) Pettersson, Ph.D. 

Sr. Program Manager

Dr. Pettersson has more than 15 years of experience in the field of imaging sensors ranging from visible light CMOS sensors to infrared image sensors packaged for space flight.  Experience includes program management as well as functional management in development and production.  At Altasens he is responsible for program management of CMOS sensor designs and contributes to pixel development engineering drawing on his device physics expertise gained at Caltech.  Prior to Altasens, Dr. Pettersson has been working with Teledyne Imaging Sensors and McKinsey & Company,Inc.  At Teledyne, he managed programs reaching from infrared imagers for military applications to specialized CMOS visible imagers.  He also held positions as functional manager of Engineering and Operation teams at Teledyne.  At McKinsey, P.O. was an Engagement Manager for projects primarily in the area of Operations.

Dr. Pettersson holds a Masters and a Ph.D degree. in Applied Physics from The California Institute of Technology