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

Vice President, Engineering Services


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 (2011 - Present)
National CineMedia (2005 - 2011)
Coyne Associates (2003 - 2004)

Education

Alma College '03

Comments

Professional cat-herder and tinkerer-wrangler.

Maggie Mittan

Vice President, Mechanical Engineering


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.

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.

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.

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.

Carl Bettag

Vice President, Strategy


Professional Experience

Education

Comments

Coming soon!

Max Sigerman

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (July 2019 - Present)
Evolution Devices (2018)
Design the Future (2018)
Cedar Marine Propulsion (2016)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2019

Comments

Starting off college building race cars, Max transitioned into a biomechanical focus that included bone testing, robotic cockroaches and eventually assistive devices. After honing his engineering skills making prosthetic biking legs and interning for a muscle stimulation startup, he continued his love for learning and design at Alloy. Outside of work, he can be found somewhere along the California coastline, probably on top of a large rock.

Jenny Williams

Administrative Assistant


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (November 2019 - Present)
Robertson Stephens Capital (August 2016 - 2017)
Trizic Inc (February 2016 - August 2016)

Education: San Francisco Archdiocese
St. Philip's (2012 - 2016)
St. Anthony's (2008 - 2012)

Knight Equity Markets (2008 - 2006)
JP Morgan (2002 - 2005)
Goldman Sachs (1999 - 2001)
Merrill Lynch (1997 - 1999)

Education

MA TR School of Education, University of San Francisco, 2007
BA Communication, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1995

Comments

Jenny has come to Alloy by way of a financial and educational background. With her continued desire to learn and grow, she looks forward to broadening her scope to include engineering. (If only to learn how to use the laser cutter and the 3D printer!) She loves being at the beach with her two daughters and helping out in the kitchen while her "home chef" husband cooks.

Andrew Mello

Hardware Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (October 2020 - Present)
Zoox, Hardware Systems Engineer (2018 - 2020)

Education

MS in Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, 2018
BS in Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2017

Comments

Andrew enjoys being a generalist and is excited to be at Alloy to work on a diversity of projects across the development process. Outside of work, he likes hiking, backpacking, reading, and playing board games.

Tom Evans

Hardware Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (November 2020 - Present)
DCA Design International Ltd. (2014 - 2020)

Education

MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, UK 2009-2014
Included year in industry 2011-12 (at DCA Design International Ltd.)

Comments

Tom loves the variety associated with working in a product development consultancy, so much so that after six years of it in the UK he came to Alloy for more! Other passions outside of Alloy include audio electronics, music and music production, cooking (and eating), and petting dogs.

Kaethe Henning

Director of Business Development


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development, Director of Business Development (January 2021 - Present)
Dragon Innovation, a division of Avnet, Inc, Director of Business Development (January 2018 - October 2020)
Highway1 Accelerator, PCH International, Program Director (August 2014 - December 2017)
Xercise Lab, LLC, Senior Director of Operations and Business Development (December 2012 - July 2014)
San Francisco Opera Association, Marketing Operations Associate (September 2007 - July 2010)
San Francisco Symphony, Professional Chorister (September 2007 - July 2010)
Baldwin Bell Green, LLC (Management Consulting), Business Analyst (August 2006 - June 2007)

Education

M.M., Voice Performance, University of Northern Iowa, 2012
B.A., cum laude, Psychological & Brain Sciences and Music, Dartmouth College, 2006

Comments

Kaethe joined Alloy in 2021 after heading up sales and bus dev efforts at Dragon Innovation. Skilled in manufacturing consulting and operations management, driving process optimization and building quality business partnerships at all levels, with a particular focus at the VP and C level. Experienced in sales, marketing, account and program management with a demonstrated history of working with startups, small businesses, and new product initiatives within larger organizations, to support the development of hardware products in the consumer electronic and related manufacturing industries. Additional background in accelerators/incubators, performing arts, and brand licensing.

Shelly Cao

Mechanical Engineer


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2021 - Present)
Formlabs (2019, Intern)
Apple (2018, Intern)

Education

BASc in Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2020

Comments

Shelly joined Alloy as her first full-time job out of university. Before transitioning into a mechanical engineer, she experienced the full range of her mechatronics degree with internships in software development, product testing, reliability, and manufacturing. She left the cold Canadian winter for sunnier pastures and is still learning what Fahrenheit is. Shelly lost all her hobbies in the college grind, but is finally rediscovering her interests and becoming a cooler person (check back next year)!

Jo Slota

Prototype Shop Manager


Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2021 - Present)
Jacob May Design (2020) - CNC Operator
Heath Ceramics (2014-2020) - Product Development Engineer
California College of the Arts (2004-2014) - SF Studios Supervisor
The Crucible (2002-2004) - Sr Studio Manager

Education

MFA in Sculpture, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 2001
BA, University of Redlands, CA, 1995

Comments

When not supporting teams in figuring out how to build things, Jo tries to spend his time outside with his kids, on bikes, or in the home shop tinkering.
Arturo Meuniot

Founding Partner

Chris Fruhauf

Founding Partner

Brad Steiner

Mechanical Engineer

Michael Basha

Mechanical Engineer

Alejandro Garcia Rubio

Vice President, Engineering Services

Meredith Kersey

Office Manager

Maggie Mittan

Vice President, Mechanical Engineering

Max Chen

Mechanical Engineer

Jesse Staub

Mechanical Engineer

Alex Kensil

Mechanical Engineer

Trevor Ryan

Mechanical Engineer

Andrew Ness

Director of Hardware Engineering

Lauren Margolin

Mechanical Engineer

Lily Burkeen

Mechanical Engineer

Carl Bettag

Vice President, Strategy

Max Sigerman

Mechanical Engineer

Jenny Williams

Administrative Assistant

Andrew Mello

Hardware Engineer

Tom Evans

Hardware Engineer

Kaethe Henning

Director of Business Development

Shelly Cao

Mechanical Engineer

Jo Slota

Prototype Shop Manager

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.