TACHYUS - Key Persons


Brandon Simmons, COO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Operating Officer
Brandon Simmons is Chief Operating Officer of Tachyus. In addition to managing Tachyus' legal matters, Brandon also contributes broadly across the business, including providing leadership in strategy and planning, international affairs, business development, marketing, and general and administrative matters. Previously, Brandon was an attorney at Hogan Lovells. Brandon's experience includes significant work for Silicon Valley companies and investors as well as projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Before entering private practice, Brandon served as law clerk to Chief Judge JL Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Brandon received a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.

Carlos Calad

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President of Latin America
Carlos Calad is Senior Vice President of Latin America at Tachyus. He focuses on acquiring, on-boarding and delighting national, international and regional operators in Latin America. Before joining Tachyus, Carlos was the COO at Lupatech, the largest Brazilian oilfield services company. During his 35 year career he has served clients in USA, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Mexico and Colombia and has held positions as VP of Marketing at Archer and Schlumberger Oilfield Services as well as management, commercial and technical roles across Schlumberger, where he managed a sales organization of over 200 people producing more than $2 billion in annual revenue and established value sharing contracts with Latin American NOCs. Carlos completed postgraduate studies at Harvard, Columbia and Stanford, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes.

Dakin Sloss, CEO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Co - Founder
Dakin Sloss is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tachyus. He also invests in startups solving the world's hardest problems in government, finance, education, law, real estate, and information technology. Dakin co-founded OpenGov, where as CEO he recruited the core team, secured millions in angel funding and venture capital, arranged the initial pilot partnerships, and launched the world's most advanced smart government platform. Before OpenGov, he built California Common Sense, the premiere California open data and government watchdog non-profit. Dakin earned a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University in 2011. In 2016, Dakin was recognized as the featured Forbes 30 Under 30 energy entrepreneur. In 2017, he was named as a San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40 honoree.

Daru Darukhanavala

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
Dr. Darukhanavala has an extensive global background in the oil and gas industry including E&P, refining, retail, and marketing. He has held several technology leadership positions at BP and recently retired as CTO. Daru led global operational IT activities across America, Europe and Asia where he managed the introduction of emerging technology to BP. Previously, he oversaw the IT integration programs across the $48B M&A activities between BP, Amoco, and Arco. He actively participates on advisory boards for several companies, universities, and organizations such as DrillingInfo, Insight Venture Partners, and the Society for Petroleum Engineers. Daru received his Ph.D. and his M.S. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University.

Francisco LePort, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Co - Founder
  • Technical Advisor
Dr. Leport is Co-Founder and Technical Advisor of Tachyus for its data science and reservoir modeling research. Francisco served as Director of Engineering for Integrated Plasmonics, where he lead development of a highly versatile medical diagnostics device. Previously, as a Senior Research Scientist at Tesla, he worked directly with Elon Musk to create key technologies that ensure the safety and efficiency of the Model S battery. Francisco earned a Ph.D. in experimental neutrino physics at age 24 from Stanford University, where he built the world's most advanced neutrino detector, orders of magnitude more sensitive than any predecessor.

Ganesh Thakur

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Chief
  • Petroleum Engineer
Dr. Thakur is Chief Petroleum Engineer of Tachyus. He advises on strategy and manages executive-level petroleum engineering relationships. Dr. Thakur has several decades of operational and technical experience at Chevron as a Vice President, Global Advisor and Chevron Fellow. He also served as the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) President in 2012. Dr. Thakur's publications span reservoir characterization & simulation, secondary recovery and EOR, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, tight and unconventional reservoirs, and surveillance & monitoring. His expertise is frequently called upon to design reservoir management programs and mentor technical professionals as an ambassador to national oil companies and government ministries.

Garrett Fowler

Job Titles:
  • Principal
  • Reservoir Engineer
Garrett Fowler is Principal Reservoir Engineer of Tachyus. He deploys Tachyus solutions to customers and ensures successful adoption of cutting-edge reservoir optimization technology. Before joining Tachyus, Garrett worked at Occidental Petroleum and California Resources Corporation on a broad range of asset types and recovery mechanisms including conventional sandstone primary production, Permian CO2 and WAG floods, and light and heavy waterfloods in various geologic settings. His last assignment was with the reservoir optimization team, where he focused on waterflood surveillance and optimization. Garrett received a MS in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

Ian Hunt

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  • SVP of EMEA
Ian Hunt is Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Tachyus. He focuses on acquiring, onboarding and delighting international and national oil companies. Previously, Ian was VP of Business Development for Halliburton where he managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of product lines across the Middle East and North Africa region. His 30 year career includes a variety of operations, technical, and management roles in the high technology sector of upstream oil & gas. Ian's work experience at Halliburton, Paradigm and Baker Hughes spans over a dozen countries such as USA, UK, Norway, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and the UAE where he currently lives. Ian received a BS in Physics from Southampton University in the UK, with a specialization in nuclear physics. He is a member of the SPE and SPWLA.

Jeff Hatlen

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
Jeff has nearly 40 years of Oil & Gas technical and leadership experience across reservoir engineering, operations, and technology innovation. Most recently, he served as Chief Engineer at Occidental Petroleum and California Resources Corporation. Previously, Jeff spent time at Chevron, Texaco, and Getty Oil where he led efforts to develop heavy oil steam injection optimization methods that have been deployed across California, Indonesia, and Kuwait. Jeff has spearheaded several initiatives throughout his career to optimize production including steamflood enhanced oil recovery, unconventional reservoir development, data driven analytics, and surface facility operations. Jeff holds a BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Cal State, Bakersfield.

Jeff McNamara

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President of North America
Jeff McNamara is Senior Vice President of North America at Tachyus. He focuses on acquiring, onboarding and delighting oil producers across the US and Canada. Previously, Jeff served as North America Region Manager for Halliburton managing a multi-hundred million dollar portfolio and over 1,000 staff. His 15+ year career spans management, account management and business development roles. He has served oil and gas customers in the US, Canada, and many countries in Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, Thailand, China, Vietnam, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Myanmar. Prior to Halliburton, Jeff worked as a geologist for several oil and gas firms in Canada. Jeff earned a MBA and also received a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Alberta.

Jeri Eagan

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
Ms. Eagan is a Director of Tachyus. Ms. Eagan's experience includes 30 years with Royal Dutch Shell in the U.S., The Netherlands, and London. During this period, she served in various roles including VP Finance for Global Gas and Power, VP Finance for Commercial America and Chief Financial Officer. After retiring from Shell in 2005, Ms. Eagan was employed by Delta Hydrocarbons B.V. as CFO until 2009. In January 2012, she joined the board of directors of the Marine Spill Response Corporation, the largest standby oil spill and emergency response company in the United States. Ms. Eagan also serves on the board of directors for BPZ Energy. Ms. Eagan holds a BS in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, an MBA from the University of Houston, and law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

Jim Cerna

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
Jim served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Armada Oil, Inc. until the closing of the Armada business combination with Mesa Energy, Inc. in March of 2013, at which time he became President of Armada Oil, Inc. Jim served as Chairman of the Board of Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LEI), and was also CEO and President thereof. Prior to founding Lucas Energy, Jim was the CFO of Petroleum Partners LLC. He was the founder and CEO of NetCurrents, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTCS), an early ASP modeled BI organization that focused on Internet information monitoring and analysis, where he was the author and co-inventor of a US Patent for Real Time Internet Search Technology (FIRST). Jim was a Lieutenant and Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Squadron 192.

Joel Moxley

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Co - Founder and EVP of Business Development for Foro Energy
  • Founder of Foro Energy
Joel is Co-Founder and EVP of Business Development for Foro Energy, which is commercializing high power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal, and mining industries. Most recently, Dr. Moxley was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at North Bridge Venture Partners where he worked with entrepreneurs to conceive, form, and grow early-stage companies in the energy and materials sectors through investments from the fund's $2B+ in assets. Previously, Dr. Moxley was Co-Founder of PriorSmart, which leads the market in patent enforcement data for the IP litigation community and Vice President of Operations of Semprus Biosciences. Dr. Moxley received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S.E. from Princeton University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Michael Lefenfeld

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Founder of SiGNa Chemistry
Michael Lefenfeld co-founded and leads SiGNa Chemistry, a global manufacturer of highly-active, environmentally-friendly chemicals. SiGNa's products are used to improve production processes in the energy recovery, petrochemical refining and chemical manufacturing industries. Prior to SiGNa, Michael embraced his ability for commercializing new technology and launched and sold three other companies. He holds more than 75 patents in areas ranging from medical devices to chemical reactivity. Michael has a Masters in Chemistry from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St Louis. Michael is an annual lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and is an adjunct faculty scholar at Michigan State University.

Pallav Sarma

Job Titles:
  • Chief Scientist
Dr. Sarma is Chief Scientist of Tachyus developing the fundamental modeling and optimization technologies underlying the Tachyus platform. He is a world-renowned expert in reservoir management, with multiple patents and numerous papers on the subject. He has over 12 years of experience working for Chevron and Schlumberger. As a Staff Research Scientist for Chevron, he was responsible for their key simulation and optimization technologies. He received many awards including the Dantzig Dissertation award from INFORMS and Chevron's Excellence in Reservoir Management award. Pallav holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. Minor in Operations Research from Stanford University.

Paul Orland, CTO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Co - Founder
Paul Orland is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tachyus. He advocates for functional programming, specifically F#, to deliver and iterate on robust enterprise-grade provably-correct software on a rapid start-up schedule. Paul worked on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft, building tools for Windows Azure developers. He previously created and deployed custom end-to-end software solutions across multiple industries, including a real-money algorithmic trading platform for an early-stage hedge fund and a residential leasing pipeline system for a real estate management firm. Paul received a BS in Mathematics from Yale University in 2012 and paused his postgraduate degree in Physics at the University of Washington to co-found Tachyus.

Scott Nolan

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Partner at Founders Fund
Scott Nolan is a Partner at Founders Fund, where he focuses on investments in technology-driven companies across sectors including energy, biotechnology, aerospace, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Scott is a board member at Tachyus, Collective Health, Tribogenics, and two other companies currently in stealth mode. Prior to Founders Fund, Scott was an early employee at SpaceX helping to develop the propulsion systems. After SpaceX, Scott spent time at Bain & Company working with its private equity clients, and co-founded a startup building social web apps on the Facebook Connect platform. Scott earned both a BS and MEng in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in 4 years, and received his MBA from Stanford University where he was co-president of the Entrepreneurs Club.

Tom Baruch

Job Titles:
  • Advisor
  • Obama 's National Advisory Council
Tom formed CMEA Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in energy, IT, life science companies, in 1988 with New Enterprise Associates. While at CMEA, Tom managed a total of $1.2 billion of capital across seven funds. Earlier in his career, Tom worked at Exxon Mobil for 12 years, eventually leaving as President of the Exxon Materials Division. Currently, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS) and Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI). Tom is a member of Obama's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), where he advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House on science and technology innovation. Tom is also a member of the "Brain Trust" of the ARPA-E program within the U.S. Department of Energy.