Team

Dr. Robert
Brooks

CEO

Robert is a leading expert in precision, high reliability robotic sensing and design with a PhD in mechanical engineering and over 9 years industry experience.

He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto where his thesis was focused on designing and developing next generation of surgical robotic mechanisms and sensors. In industry, Robert has worked across a broad range of high-reliability sectors including nuclear, steel, industrial robotics, pharmaceutical automation and medical devices. Practically, he has a deep background in micro-machining, high density circuit board assembly, and welding with a focus on precision machine assemblies.

Prior to that, he received his Bachelor Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Michael
Augustinavicius

COO

Michael Augustinavicius has over 35 years of experience in the global electronics and technology arena.

Michael was part of the founding management team at Celestica. He started the Cisco business, the Silicon Graphics business, and led the growth of the Sun Microsystems business to a multi-billion dollar global business. He managed Revenue, P&L, the Customer relationship and operations around the globe. Operations included Sales, Business Development, Product design, Order Logistics, New Product Introduction, System and sub-assembly manufacturing, Supply Chain and After Market repair services. He also led the Computer Peripherals Division. Prior to Celestica, Michael worked for IBM. He held leadership positions in Far East Procurement, Quality, Test Engineering, Software development, manufacturing, account management and new product Introduction. Prior to IBM, Michael was the President of an industrial electronics start-up company, and was the Vice-President of Operations for a plastics company.

Michael holds Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. He is also a Professional Engineer.

Dr. Albert Chen

VP of Engineering

Albert has over 10 years of experience in designing sensor systems and 5+ years building and leading engineering teams developing new technology.

He received his Bachelor and PhD degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. His PhD research focused on realizing MEMS-based imaging systems. After graduation, Albert developed novel processes to fabricate holographic optical elements for near-eye display at North Inc. (recently acquired by Google). Subsequently, Albert joined Excelitas as a Systems Engineer building next generation LED/Laser engines for medical and industrial applications.

Since joining Forcen, Albert has led the development and delivery of multiple customer projects.  Albert is currently focusing on the next generation force sensor technology architecture.

Angad
Sandhu

VP of Business Development

Angad is an accomplished & resourceful businessman with a diverse experience in driving strategy, piloting innovation & leading from the front. He has also designed, planned, & implemented ForceN Inc.’s overall marketing strategy, sales philosophy & commercialization approach.

Beginning his career as a Production Engineer, in international manufacturing companies, he was swiftly promoted from operations to top-management. He has an extensive portfolio of success by leading supply chain teams, nurturing & growing key customer accounts, & securing multi-million dollar deals. He has a wealth of achievements in start-up, turn-around, & business-expansion environments.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (University of California Santa Barbara), Cornell Executive Management Certification (Cornell University) & a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology MBET (University of Waterloo).