Our Mission

At SenSanna, we work closely with customers to develop customized, innovative solutions to some of the most challenging harsh environment sensing and monitoring problems. 

 

Leveraging our expertise in acoustic sensor systems and proprietary passive wireless surface acoustic wave (SAW) RFID and sensor technologies, our applications engineers will work with you to identify and develop a sensing solution to meet your needs.  SAW sensors can operate from cryogenic temperatures to 1,000°C, withstand up to 20,000 psi, and are RadHard to over 10 MRad ionizing radiation.  Building on this robust, solid-state sensor technology platform, we develop custom physical, chemical, and biological sensors operable in harsh environments.

 

Our Story

SenSanna Incorporated was founded in late October 2014, and merged with Applied Sensor Research & Development Corporation (ASR&D) shortly thereafter, acquiring ASR&D’s proprietary technology.  ASR&D has a history of successfully developing innovative wireless SAW-based sensor system technologies for NASA, commercial and government customers.  SenSanna employs a small, diverse staff of highly creative and specialized scientists and engineers, many of whom were formerly with ASR&D.   

With an expanded set of advisors and backers, SenSanna is poised to grow rapidly to serve the harsh environment wireless sensing needs of a range of industrial and government customers. 


Management Team

Founder, Chairman and CEO: Jacqueline Hines

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Dr. Hines is the founder and CEO of SenSanna.  A recognized leader in the field of passive wireless SAW sensor technology, Jackie has more than 25 years experience developing SAW based sensor solutions for physical, chemical, and biological applications.  Dr. Hines founded ASR&D in August 2005 to commercialize the SAW sensor technology being developed under a NASA STTR contract on which she was the PI.  Since that time, the firm has successfully developed a variety of wireless SAW-based sensors, RFID tags, and systems under NASA and commercial funding.  The company was re-formed as SenSanna Incorporated in 2014, and has developed an industrial customer base, primarily in the energy sector.  Prior to ASR&D, Jackie managed R&D for Sawtek Incorporated, the leading U.S. manufacturer of SAW devices for wireless communications applications.  A qualified Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) in the U.S. Naval Reserves, Jackie left the service in 1996 as a Lieutenant Commander, choosing to focus on her family and her management role in Sawtek’s IPO.  Jackie holds a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCF.  Dr. Hines holds U. S. patents on SAW sensors for physical, chemical, and biological applications, and has several patents pending.

 

Vice President of Operations: Karl Tammar

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Sr. Scientist: Leland Solie, Ph.D

A Fellow of the IEEE, Lee holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, all from Stanford University.  An renowned expert in surface acoustic wave technology, Dr. Solie joined ASR&D as a Senior Scientist in August 2005.  Prior industrial and academic experience constitutes a distinguished research career spanning more than forty years, including work at Sawtek Inc., Electronic Decisions Inc., Sperry Research Center, the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.  He is well known for his creative SAW-based device structures, has experience with SAW sensors for physical sensing applications, and holds over 40 U.S. Patents in technologies related to this field, with several additional patents pending. 

 

Board Of Directors

Director: Peter Smith

Peter brings a wealth of experience in corporate structuring and venture capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director: Doug Kirkpatrick, Ph.D

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Dr. Kirkpatrick is currently a founding General Partner of InnerProduct Partners, a San Francisco based early stage investment firm and technology development management company that he co-founded with a former DARPA colleague. In connection with his role as General Partner at InnerProduct Partners, he also serves as the CEO of two technology startups (one in radio amplifier technology for mobile handsets and the second in a nano carbon technology for natural gas fuel tanks). Previous to InnerProduct Partners, from 2010-2013 he was a partner at Vantage Point Capital Partners, a large multi-stage VC firm, also based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Prior to Vantage Point Capital Partners, from 2002 – 2010, Dr. Kirkpatrick was a Program Manager and Chief Scientist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While he was at DARPA he started and managed programs that, among other things, developed and deployed the first LED flashlights, started and validated the DOD path to bio renewable jet fuel, developed and demonstrated ultra-high efficiency solar cells, developed and demonstrated full 3d dynamic holographic displays, and developed and demonstrated portable tools for the rapid de-novo synthesis of DNA up to 10,000 base pairs long. In addition to his DARPA role he was simultaneously the Senior Technologist for Technology Productization for the Department of Defense. Prior to his tour at DARPA he was the VP for R&D at Fusion Lighting, a lighting technology startup in the greater Washington DC area, and before that a VP and Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation, also in the greater Washington DC area.

Dr. Kirkpatrick is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, a Member of the IEEE, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s holds a BS degree in Physics and Mathematics (1980) from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. (1988)

 

Director: Randy Beardsworth

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Randy Beardsworth brings over 30 years of strategic and operational experience, with expertise in maritime security, maritime domain awareness, border and transportation security, law enforcement, and immigration policy. In his current capacity as a Principal at Catalyst Partners, he helps clients with strategic planning and business development. Previously, Randy was a Vice President at Analytic Services Inc., a parent company to the DHS Homeland Security Institute.  As an Assistant Secretary for Strategic Plans, he created a long-range vision for DHS, and oversaw counterterrorism strategic planning and the creation and initial oversight of the Program Management Office for the Secretary’s Secure Border Initiative. Prior to his service with DHS, Beardsworth served in two administrations as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff.  Before entering civilian government service, Beardsworth served in the Coast Guard, where he held command of four ships throughout his career and completed numerous tours ashore.

 

 

 

Director: Andrew J. Hines, MBA


Careers

SenSanna is always looking for innovators with a passion for technology. As part of our mission to create the best in robust, flexible, and intelligent sensing technology we employ those with exceptional creativity, drive, and intellect. 

 

If you're interested in discussing employment opportunities with us, please get in touch with us at careers@sensanna.com. We're looking forward to improving the industry with you.