Meet The Aquagga Herd

Aligned on a mission, and with a genuine vision to bring new technologies and solutions to the world's biggest challenges around water.

Nigel Sharp

Co-Founder & CEO

Serial entrepreneur, technologist, and Techstars Alum, Nigel Sharp has held successive Entrepreneur in Residence roles at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Alaska successfully spinning out CU Boulder IP previously attracting SBIR and Venture Capital through multiple rounds of funding.

Brian Pinkard, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CTO

Dr. Brian Pinkard has previously spearheaded efforts at the University of Washington to develop mobile hydrothermal systems for the destruction of bulk chemical weapon stockpiles. Brian is a widely published expert in the field of hydrothermal processing.

Chris Woodruff

Co-Founder & COO

Chris Woodruff has a wide breadth of engineering experience spanning the aerospace, consumer electronics, and construction industries. His volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders piqued his interest in projects geared toward making a social and environmental impact.

Mike Czerski

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mike is a mechanical engineer with a well-rounded technical background in aerospace and startup environments. He has worked on projects ranging from airplane hydraulics, to football helmet design, to consumer product design, and to the design of an experimental combustion reactor for studying particle formation in flames.

Ariella Halevi

Engineering Project Manager

Ariella Halevi comes from a background of consumer product design and has a long history with local environmental restoration. She completed her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a minor in Art. In 2021, she left engineering to complete an environmentally-focused AmeriCorps service term before returning to a career focused on environmental engineering.

Cody Thomsen

Mechanical Engineer

Cody is a recent graduate from the University of Washington Mechanical Engineering program, currently working to complete his Master's while supporting Aquagga's technical development efforts

Calvin Rhodes

Mechanical Design Engineer

Calvin Rhodes is a multidisciplinary Mechanical Engineer working on Engineering Development and Project Management at Aquagga. Calvin's experience ranges from developing computer vision and autonomous navigation technology to designing and fabricating parts for a wide range of engineering and technical projects including aerospace and automotive industries.

Hilary Joyner

Senior Marketing Director

Hilary is a seasoned marketing professional, boasting over a decade of expertise in content creation, project management, and strategic development. Her passion lies in leveraging her marketing acumen to propel Aquagga's mission of fostering positive social impact. With a proven track record of success, Hilary is dedicated to steering innovative and impactful marketing strategies that align seamlessly with Aquagga's overarching vision.

Somnath Mukherjee

Senior Controls Engineer

Somnath (Som) holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has over a decade of experience working in thermal and gas power plants in India, holding various roles and possessing engineering expertise in multiple control systems and operational technologies.

Gus Millevolte

Research Engineer

Gus has spent the last decade studying neural control systems and self-learning algorithms for control optimization. He received his undergraduate in Neurobiology & Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Washintgon - Seattle. He is passionate about translating scientific research through engineering to solve problems for people.

Quinn Huelsbeck

Operations Manager

Quinn is a dedicated Lean/Continuous Improvement Leader who excels at using proven methods and cutting-edge technology to successfully cut costs, streamline operations, and increase productivity.

Angie Karsama

Marketing Manager

Angie Karsama is a B2B marketing professional who brings a wealth of knowledge in technical marketing, business development, content strategy, and social media. She enjoys crafting compelling narratives that resonate with target audiences.

Conrad Austin

Test Engineer

Annie Heble

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Aquagga - Out & About

Want to connect with Aquagga?

Check out the list of upcoming conferences where we will be attending below, or schedule a time to meet with us via Zoom or In-Person.
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June 17, 2024
June 19, 2024
New Orleans, LA
October 5, 2024
October 9, 2024
October 15, 2024
October 17, 2024

Thanks to our investors

Changing the world takes a everyone. Hence, in early 2023 we opened a Equity Crowdfunding investment round, we committed to giving our community the opportunity to work and invest alongside us!
Explore Wefunder to see how we did and learn more.

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