AEssense Management Team

Meet The AEssense Team

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Robert Chen

President & CEO

Bob is the founder of AEssense and also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. He has a long history of building successful businesses in Silicon Valley. Prior to AEssense, he co-founded RAE Systems and AOT Corp., which were acquired by Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard respectively. Bob’s industry experience also includes various engineering and management positions at General Motors, General Electric, Tektronix, Fairchild Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard Company. Bob has a BSEE from National Taiwan Cheng-Kung University, a MSEE from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Advanced Engineer Degree from Syracuse University. Bob was also a member of HBS OPM Class 18.

Richard H. Janney

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Richard is a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AEssense. Before joining AEssense, Richard served as CFO at Skycross, Inc, helping develop its business, financial, and R&D strategies. Prior to that, Richard served as Vice President & Corporate Controller at Trident Microsystems where he managed two acquisitions valued at over $500 million in revenues. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and various other executive positions at Asyst Technologies, Jefferson Wells, and ZeBU Inc. (a SaaS Company). Richard holds a BS in Business from California Polytechnic State University.

Jennifer Ong

Executive Vice President

Jennifer has responsibility for the daily operation of the company.  She has over 25 years of experience in high-tech business and engineering management. Prior to joining AEssense, Jennifer was an executive staff member in the CEO’s office at RAE Systems, leading special and strategic programs. Prior to joining RAE Systems, she was a Principal at Pittiglio Rabin Todd and McGrath. Jennifer holds a BSEE from Stanford University, an MSEE from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Wenpeng Hsueh

Vice President of Engineering

Wengpeng Hsueh oversees all of our engineering operations, ranging from sensors to industrial design. Before arriving at AEssense, Wenpeng was Vice President of Engineering at RAE Systems and responsible for the development of various company products including QRAE+, Area RAE, MultiRAE 2, and 3G PID, the latter two accounted for half of the company’s North America revenue. Wenpeng holds a bachelor degree in Aeronautical Enginering from National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan and a Master Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Christopher Wrenn

Vice President of Americas Sales

Chris is leading our US sales. Previously, he was Sr. Director of Sales and Marketing for Environics USA, a provider of sophisticated gas & vapor detection solutions for the military, 1st responder, safety and homeland security markets.  Chris was also a key member of the RAE Systems team, helping to grow RAE’s revenues from $1M/yr to nearly $100M/yr in the above mentioned markets.  Chris has extensive experience teaching gas and vapor detection and has been a featured speaker at more than 100 international conferences.  He has written numerous articles, papers and book chapters on gas detection in HazMat and industrial safety applications.

Phil Gibson

Vice President of Marketing

Phil has 30 years of sales, marketing, and channel experience, and is known as the creator of the WEBENCH online design environment now owned by Texas Instruments. Previously, Phil held executive marketing positions at Infineon, TI, and National Semiconductor.  With 8 patents in web technology, Phil is an expert in digital marketing and built his first web site in 1995.  Phil holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from UC Davis.