Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

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, skiers, 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.

Meredith Kersey
Office Manager

Professional Experience

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

 

Education

Alma College, 2003

 

Comments

Professional cat-herder and tinkerer-wrangler.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Graham Arrick
Mechanical Engineer

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (June 2021 – Present)
Traverso Group at MIT (2018 – 2020)
C.S. Draper Laboratory (2014 – 2018)

 

Education

MS in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2020
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2015

 

Comments

Whether it’s planes, trains, bridges or widgets, Graham has always had a knack for design. For as long as he can remember, he’s been sketching his design ideas, then bringing them into reality with whichever tools he can get his hands on. In his free time, you’ll find him at a concert or traveling somewhere far away. He is a vegan, a sculptor, and a book lover!

Jaeyoung Huh
Mechanical Engineer

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (November 2021 – Present)

Airbnb-Samara (June 2017 – Mar 2020)

 

Education

B.AS Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2015

 

Comments

Jaeyoung is a mechanical engineer with past experiences in automotive and built environment. He likes to spend his efforts between innovative new technologies and environmental sustainability. Ask him about how his surfing is going.

Ben Shuch
Hardware Engineer

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (January 2022 – Present)
Gener8 (2019 – 2021)
Benchmark Electronics (2018)
Microchip (2017)

 

Education

MS in Engineering, ASU, 2019
BS in Electrical Engineering, ASU, 2018

 

Comments

Ever since Ben was young, he dreamed of working in Silicon Valley. In school he became fascinated by the craft of taking things apart and putting them back together (not always in the right way), and this led him to the path of electrical and mechatronics design. Ben worked in semiconductors and biotech before making the move to Alloy. In his free time he enjoys cooking, fermenting foods, thrifting, playing music, and trying to find his cat toys he will actually play with.

Catherine Thornbury
Hardware Engineer

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (February 2022 – Present)
ADLINK Technology (August 2020 – February 2022)
SYNG, Inc (2019, Intern)
Misty Robotics (2018, Intern)

Education

BS in Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2020

 

Comments

Catherine joined Alloy after experiencing Electrical Design and Engineering work in embedded systems, high-end audio and robotics. Her senior project at Cal Poly developed an electronic training tool for pruning wine grape vines. She has been curious about how things work since a young age, and got her start in electronics repairing retro game systems during high school. Catherine is interested in the intersection of biology and technology, and dreams of running a fully automated farm in the future. In her free time, Catherine enjoys working in her garden, engineering her house to accommodate her blind kitten, and crafting.

 

Leo Leighton
Mechanical Engineer

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (March 2022 – Present)
Collins Aerospace (May 2019 – March 2022)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2018-2019, Research Assistant)
Pratt & Whitney (2018, Intern)

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019

 

Comments

Leo joined Alloy after spending a few years in the aerospace industry developing life-saving explosive devices for ejection seats. He was drawn to engineering by an innate need to know how anything and everything works, ranging from consumer electronics to his own surfboards. Coming from Southern California, he’s always drawn towards the beach and warm, sunny weather. When he’s not deep in CAD or tinkering with a prototype, you can find him hitting home runs in his slow-pitch softball league, reading up on modern history or skateboarding around town looking for his next Kolsch.

Ami Tam
Administrative Assistant

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (May 2022 – Present)

Education

 

 

Comments

Jessica Massey
Project Manager

Professional Experience

Alloy Product Development (September 2022 – Present)
Diversified. (2016 – 2022)
Caissa Public Strategy (2015 – 2016)

Education

MS Instructional and Curriculum Leadership, University of Memphis, 2015
BS Education, University of Memphis, 2011

Comments

Jessica is thrilled to be at Alloy and bring her years of project management experience to the company. She’s here to help the team deliver stellar products to clients and refine existing processes for a seamless project management experience for Alloy’s clients. In her free time, Jessica loves to read, garden, play video games, hike, bike, and hang out with her three cats.

Arturo Meuniot
Founding Partner
Chris Fruhauf
Founding Partner
Brad Steiner
Mechanical Engineer
Meredith Kersey
Office Manager
Max Chen
Mechanical Engineer
Alex Kensil
Mechanical Engineer
Andrew Ness
Director of Hardware Engineering
Lauren Margolin
Mechanical Engineer
Max Sigerman
Mechanical Engineer
Tom Evans
Hardware Engineer
Shelly Cao
Mechanical Engineer
Jo Slota
Shop Manager
Graham Arrick
Mechanical Engineer
Jaeyoung Huh
Mechanical Engineer
Ben Shuch
Hardware Engineer
Catherine Thornbury
Hardware Engineer
Leo Leighton
Mechanical Engineer
Ami Tam
Administrative Assistant
Jessica Massey
Project 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.