Culture


We know that smart, creative people want to work with colleagues who inspire them and share their values. In our case, that means building a team that prizes diversity, responsibility, cooperation, technical proficiency, creativity, and positivity. Creating exceptional products is our passion, but not our only love. Outside the office we are bikers, surfers, campers, runners, artists, dog-walkers and stroller-pushers.

Arturo Meuniot

Founding Partner


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Oct 2008 - Present)
Tortuga Product Development (2001 - 2008)
Function Engineering (1996 - 2001)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1995

Comments

Believes in applying focus, discipline, and engineering principles in the quest for simplicity on the far side of complexity.

Chris Fruhauf

Founding Partner


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development, Co-Founding Partner (Oct 2008 - Present)
Alignment Product Development, Independent Contractor
Master Replicas, Director of Product Development, US.
Motorola, Lead Mechanical Engineer
Function Engineering, SF Office Director

Education

BS in Product Design, Stanford University, 1994

Comments

Extensive experience leading and supporting programs in consumer electronics, medical devices, household goods, toys, and professional audio. Co-founded Alloy to build an ever-improving team that brings better products to market faster.

Brad Steiner

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Oct 2008 - Present)
Tortuga Product Development (2008)
Proxim Wireless (2008)
GE Nuclear Energy (2006-2007)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis, 2006

Comments

Supported programs in consumer electronics and professional media equipment. Hands-on experience supporting pre-production builds.

Michael Basha

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (October 2009 - Present)
Kinematic Automation
Cisco Systems
Turley and Associates

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of the Pacific, 2008

Comments

Joined Alloy in 2009 after designing medical device assembly machines at Kinematic Automation. Experience leading and supporting product design projects in household goods and consumer electronics.

Alejandro Garcia Rubio

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2011 - Present)
Meyer Sound Laboratories (made stuff that sounds awesome)
Function Engineering (made really cool mechanical things)

Education

MS in Mechanical Engineering (Design Division), Stanford University, 1998
BS in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1995

Comments

Mechanical Design Engineer at Function Engineering. Director of Loudspeaker Development at Meyer Sound.

Meredith Kersey

Office Manager


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Sept 2011 - Present)
National CineMedia (2005 - 2011)
Coyne Associates (2003 - 2004)

Education

Alma College '03

Comments

Professional cat-herder and tinkerer-wrangler.

Tim Hyde

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Oct 2012 - Present)
Newell Rubbermaid
John Deere

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2010

Comments

Recently relocated from the Southeast and excited to be working on interesting products and challenges. Previously, a mechanical engineer at Newell Rubbermaid working on consumer products. Enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Wolfpack!

Brian Tachibana

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development - Mechanical Engineer (Oct 2012 – present)
Avinger – Sr. R&D Engineer (2011 – 2012)
NeoTract – R&D Project Engineer (2008 – 2011)
Allux Medical – R&D Engineer (2007 – 2008)

Education

MS in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Comments

Since joining Alloy, Brian has supported multiple consumer electronics and household goods projects. Prior to joining Alloy, Brian focused in medical device design and development within VC backed startups. He was the system lead on a reusable opto-mechanical drive system for first-in-human trials at Avinger. He was the subsystem designer for mechanical drive mechanism for a commercially released implant delivery system at NeoTract. He also helped the Darfur Stove Project develop and implement a fuel-efficient stove for use in Sudan’s IDP camps. He has never lost a sock.

Maggie Mittan

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (June 2013 - Present)
LAB31 Design, LLC (independent)
Bridge Design
Silicon Graphics

Education

MFA in Wood/Furniture, California College of the Arts, 2003
BS in Product Design, Stanford University, 1994

Comments

Joined Alloy in 2013 after 13 years as an independent contractor. Served as the lead designer for many consumer electronics and medical devices for both large companies as well as entrepreneurs developing new technologies. Several years experience designing highly engineered mounting systems for rooftop solar panels.

Max Chen

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Oct 2013 - Present)
Crucible Industrial Art School (Present)
Self-employed ME consultant (2009 - Oct 2013)
Hiemstra Product Development (2009)
Self-employed ME consultant (2001 - 2008)
Jefferson Mack Metalworking (2000 - 2001)
Montgomery Pfeifer (1998 - 2000)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1997

Comments

Cut my ME design teeth at Montgomery Pfeifer with clients like Logitech, SGI, and Sun Microsystems. Then was tired of working on landfill so started blacksmithing. Then was tired of being poor, so went back to engineering. This time staying an independent contractor for Lunar Design, Alloy PD, and Hiemstra Product Development, with a focus on medical devices. Finally succumbed to adulthood and joined Alloy full time.

Dan Sobel

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (2014 - Present)
Apple (Intern)
Fikst Product Development (Intern)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2014

Comments

Got a taste of Silicon Valley engineering during an internship and had to come back for more. Has been on two Engineers Without Borders trips to Honduras to build sustainable potable water distribution systems in remote communities. Likes to spend weekends skiing.

Joann So

Receptionist


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Sep 2014 - Present)
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Education

BA Art History, UC San Diego, 2010

Comments

Cookie baker

Jesse Staub

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (Sept 2014 - Present)
Disher Design and Development (Intern)
Johnson Controls Inc. (Intern)

Education

BS Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2014

Comments

Joined Alloy after getting a taste for product development consulting at Disher Design and Development. On weekends he can usually be found in the woods or ocean, but enjoys spending time on glaciers when he can.

Alex Kensil

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2015 - Present)
Mike's Bikes & Bike Cart (Bicycle Technician)
Safer Lock LLC
Solar Logic LLC
California Mechatronics Center (Intern)
Crave (Intern)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, California State University-Chico
BA in Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Tuebingen

Comments

Alex joined Alloy in January 2015 after enjoying a brief sabbatical in the bicycle industry. While gaining experience in various fields as an intern, he set his career focus on consumer product development due to the overlap of engineering, design, and prototyping. When not spinning pixels in CAD or tinkering in the shop, he can be found enjoying the thrills of gravity, whether it be on a bicycle, skis, or motorcycle.

Ben Shepherd

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (July 2015 - Present)
Tesla Motors Inc. (Intern), 2013
Apple Inc. (Intern), 2013
Intelligent Mechatronics Systems (Intern), 2011
Curtiss Wright Controls (Intern), 2011
Canpages Inc. (Intern), 2010

Education

BS Honours in Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2014

Comments

Born and raised in the Canadian wilderness, Ben first cut his teeth at Apple and Tesla. Later, falling in love with the west coast lifestyle, he happily joined the team at Alloy. If you can't find him at the office, you might see him passing you on a bike, sailing the bay, or kiteboarding under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Trevor Ryan

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (August 2015 - Present)
PlusFab / Clear Design Lab
Shark|Ninja (Formerly Euro-Pro Operating LLC) (Intern)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2015

Comments

After completing his internship at Alloy in 2014, Trevor found himself back on the east coast to finish up his mechanical engineering degree at Northeastern University. While he filled his time skiing, managing a water polo team, and working for various startups, the lack of sunshine and warm weather took its toll. He then succumbed to peer pressure and joined Alloy full time to fulfill his destiny of designing awesome products. Not to be thrown into real life too quickly, he went gallivanting around Europe for six weeks before making the cross-country move back to his roots. Also commonly referred to as the “king of the tyrant lizards.”

Andrew Ness

Director of Hardware Engineering


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (May 2016 - Present)
LH Labs (2015 - 2016)
Proteus Digital Health (2006 - 2015)
US Ultratek (2004 - 2006)

Education

BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2003

Comments

Hardware engineer experienced designing products from industrial test equipment, wearables, and high-end digital audio to ingestible integrated circuits. Joined Alloy to establish the Hardware Engineering group to complement Mechanical Design with Electrical Engineering and Firmware Development.

Lauren Margolin

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development
Acorn Product Development
Lutron Electronics

Education

MS in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
BS in Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 2002

Comments

Lauren joined Alloy with a diverse background in consumer electronics, medical systems, and wearables. She is particularly interested in and attuned to user experiences and human-device interfaces. When not designing with Alloy, she can be found hiking and camping, traveling, volunteering, or throwing a disc around.

Oliver Boeckel

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (July 2016 - Present)
Orbit Baby, Intern (2015)
PING Golf, Intern (2014)
NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (2013 - 2014)

Education

MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2016
BS in Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, 2014

Comments

After growing up in North Dakota, Oliver moved to the Bay Area for school and decided he might never leave. With passions for both user-focused design and engineering analysis, he joined Alloy to pursue a career in consumer products. He has experience with smart products, designing for resource-poor settings, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams in South Africa, Finland, and Indonesia. If he isn't in the office, you might find Oliver on the golf course or at a local music venue.

Gautam Baksi

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (September 2016 - Present)
Google - Product Design Engineer / Program Management
GoPro - Mechanical Engineer
Osterhout Design Group - Mechanical Engineer
Apple - Product Design Engineer
Design Visionaries - Design Engineer
Applied Materials - Manufacturing Engineer

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1999
MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Comments

Gautam has spent 15 years working as a mechanical engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a member of design teams at Google, Apple and GoPro and uses these experiences to focus on improving cross-functional and cross-cultural communication in all collaborative environments.

Sam Vinci

Hardware Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2017 – Present)
Maxim Integrated (2014 – 2016)
SFSU College of Science and Engineering (2013)

Education

BS in Electrical Engineering, San Francisco State University, 2013

Comments

After developing evaluation systems for ECG and optical heart rate sensors, Sam joined Alloy to apply his background in low-noise, precision circuits to a wide range of products. Outside the office, Sam can be found training his dog not to eat crabs at Ocean Beach.

Lily Burkeen

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (April 2017 - Present)
Fikst Product Development (2014 - 2017)
Eaton (2013)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

Comments

Prior to joining Alloy, Lily worked in biomedical and microfluidic device development. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, the occasional triathlon, and wind surfing.

Heather Martin

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (April 2017 - Present)
Apple Inc., Intern (2015 - 2016)
Teradyne, Intern (2014)
Proof of Concept, LLC (2012 - 2014)
iFixit (Dozuki), Intern (2012 - 2013)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Comments

In her spare time Heather teaches a Materials & Manufacturing class at CCA, and enjoys craft cocktails and travel.

Michael Lee

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (June 2017 - Present)
Apple (2015-2016)
General Motors (2014)

Education

MEng in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2017
BS in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2015

Comments

After spending time at General Motors and Apple, Michael found his calling at a smaller company and merrily arrived at Alloy. Outside of Alloy, you can spot Michael noodling on guitar, playing violin, zipping around on one of his bikes, or autocrossing his car.

Emily Porter

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (July 2017 - Present)
Pratt & Whitney, Mechanical Design Engineer (2011 - 2015)

Education

MS Engineering in Product Design, Stanford University, 2017
BE concentration in Mechanical Design, Dartmouth College, 2011
BA in Engineering Sciences and Spanish, Dartmouth College, 2010

Comments

Emily sees Alloy as the perfect place to build on her past experiences in mechanical engineering (think jet engines) and human-centered design (connecting people to food, water, and electricity). She loves being outside (especially in snow), cooking delicious vegetarian food, and researching ways to balance technology, manufacturing, and sustainability.

Dmitry Soyfertis

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Education

Comments

Anthony May

Hardware Engineer


Professional Experience

Education

Comments

Autumn Turpin

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Education

Comments

Arturo Meuniot

Founding Partner

Chris Fruhauf

Founding Partner

Brad Steiner

Mechanical Engineer

Michael Basha

Mechanical Engineer

Alejandro Garcia Rubio

Mechanical Engineer

Meredith Kersey

Office Manager

Tim Hyde

Mechanical Engineer

Brian Tachibana

Mechanical Engineer

Maggie Mittan

Mechanical Engineer

Max Chen

Mechanical Engineer

Dan Sobel

Mechanical Engineer

Joann So

Receptionist

Jesse Staub

Mechanical Engineer

Alex Kensil

Mechanical Engineer

Ben Shepherd

Mechanical Engineer

Trevor Ryan

Mechanical Engineer

Andrew Ness

Director of Hardware Engineering

Lauren Margolin

Mechanical Engineer

Oliver Boeckel

Mechanical Engineer

Gautam Baksi

Mechanical Engineer

Sam Vinci

Hardware Engineer

Lily Burkeen

Mechanical Engineer

Heather Martin

Mechanical Engineer

Michael Lee

Mechanical Engineer

Emily Porter

Mechanical Engineer

Dmitry Soyfertis

Mechanical Engineer

Anthony May

Hardware Engineer

Autumn Turpin

Mechanical Engineer

A Place to Thrive


The name Alloy is a testament to the fact that we are stronger as a well organized team than we are as individuals. The team improves further as its members improve. To that end, we strive to create the ideal atmosphere for an engineer to grow and accomplish their best work. We do so by providing learning opportunities, investing in our tools, refining our processes and encouraging responsible autonomy.