CEO & Founder
Dr. Pei is a technologist in optics and electronics. Before co-founding Cepton, Dr. Pei founded AEP Technology to develop advanced 3D optical instruments. Earlier in his career, he worked in technology development at KLA-Tencor, a semiconductor metrology company. Dr. Pei received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
CTO & Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding Cepton, Dr. McCord was Director of System Engineering, Advanced Development at KLA-Tencor. He has also served as an associate professor at Stanford University, and as a research staff member at IBM Research. Dr. McCord received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Brown has over 30 years of financial experience, primarily with high-tech companies. He was most recently CFO of Velodyne Lidar, and prior to that was EVP and CFO at VeriSilicon Holdings. Earlier roles included VP positions at Cadence Design Systems and LSI Corporation. Mr. Brown holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
EVP of Marketing / Biz Dev
Dr. Ramachandran has over two decades of expertise in the technology sector bringing advanced IC and system products to market and scaling them to high volume. He was most recently VP of Product Management at Velodyne Lidar, where he helped launch market-leading sensors for AV/ADAS markets & beyond. Previously, as a VP at LSI, he helped pave the way for its growth & eventual sale to Broadcom (Avago) for $6.6B. He has a B. Tech from IIT, Madras and a Ph.D. from USC.
VP of Operations
Dr. Han manages Cepton's engineering team and operations. Prior to Cepton, Dr. Han was Director of Engineering and Technology at KLA-Tencor, responsible for core technology innovation and the introduction of new products. Dr. Han received a Ph.D. in applied physics and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, with a specialty in solid state electronics and optics.
VP of Applications
Dr. Liao leads the team responsible for integrating firmware, machine learning algorithms and other software components into Cepton's lidar to provide a complete solution for customers. Before joining Cepton, Dr. Liao was the co-founder of YourMechanic.com, an on-demand automotive repair provider. He has also served in various engineering and managerial roles at NVIDIA. Dr. Liao received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT.
VP of Manufacturing
Mr. Chang oversees Cepton's partnerships with leading manufacturers. Prior to Cepton, Mr. Chang served in engineering roles at several leading Australian manufacturing companies making a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial products. Mr. Chang has a bachelor's degree in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University and an MBA from Macquarie University.
Senior Manager – Quality
Dr. Wang is responsible for quality, reliability, and functional safety at Cepton. Before joining Cepton, she played a key role in product validation, reliability testing and analysis, as well as quality management and customer support for leading optoelectronic products and components, especially for general and specialty lighting. Dr. Wang has a Bachelor’s degree in optical engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.