Leadership

Dr. Jun Pei

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 led engineering efforts at Velodyne and worked in technology development at KLA-Tencor. Dr. Pei received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Mark McCord

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.

Bob Brown

Advisor

Mr. Brown is an advisor to Cepton on financial, operational and strategic matters. He was previously CFO at Cepton and at 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.

Dr. T.R. Ramachandran

EVP of Marketing / Biz Dev

Dr. Ramachandran has 20+ years 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. Previously, as a VP at LSI, he helped pave the way for its eventual sale to Broadcom (Avago). He has a B. Tech from IIT, Madras and a Ph.D. from USC.

Dr. Liqun Han

VP of Operations

Dr. Han manages Cepton's engineering team and operations. Previously, Dr. Han was Director of Engineering & Technology at KLA-Tencor, responsible for core technology innovation and new product introduction. Dr. Han received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, with a specialty in solid-state electronics and optics.

Dr. Dongyi Liao

VP of Applications

Dr. Liao leads a team responsible for developing firmware, perception algorithms and other software for Cepton’s lidars to provide complete smart lidar solutions. Prior to Cepton, Dr. Liao co-founded YourMechanic.com. He also served in various engineering and managerial roles at NVIDIA. Dr. Liao has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT.

Dennis Chang

VP of Manufacturing

Mr. Chang oversees Cepton's manufacturing and collaboration with leading contract manufacturing partners. Prior to Cepton, Mr. Chang served in engineering roles at leading Australian manufacturing companies making a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial products. Mr. Chang has a B.Eng. in Automobile Engineering from Tsinghua University and an MBA from Macquarie University.

Dr. Hao Wang

Senior Manager – Quality

Dr. Wang is responsible for quality, reliability & functional safety at Cepton. Previously, she played key roles in product validation, reliability testing & analysis, quality management and customer support at leading optoelectronic companies. Dr. Wang has a B.Eng. in Optical Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UNL.