The vision to solve seemingly unsolvable challenges.
In the 1960s, NASA made the impossible, possible—landing astronauts on the moon and returning them home safely. Now the transportation industry faces its own moonshot moment. Yet, with billions invested, fully commercializing automated vehicles remains out of reach.
Spartan Radar is engineered to succeed where others have failed. In fact, our team has already put thousands of radar systems on the ground, in the air, and up in space.
Taking a practical, systems engineering approach and reinventing existing, proven tech, we’re creating Biomimetic Radar™ systems to deliver against market needs.
Spartan Radar origin story.
“The beginning is the most important part of any work.” – Plato
“Spartan Radar’s Biomimetic RadarTM mimics human perception, which relies on contextualization and focus for processing. Spartan Radar achieves real-time vehicle perception through an effective combination of hardware and software, edge intelligence and AI, and integrated firmware to enhance data security.”
– Krithika Shekar,
Senior Research Analyst
Meet our leadership team.
Innovation runs deep in our bones.
Nathan MintzChief Executive Officer & Founder
A proven entrepreneur and tech innovator with deep sensor tech experience, Nathan was founding CEO of defense start-up Epirus. He has raised in excess of $50M in venture capital funds and incubated, led, invested in and advised multiple start-ups in the defense, autonomy, SaaS, and cybersecurity domains. Nathan holds 8 U.S. patents, and he has successfully engineered sensors, jammers and communication systems for airplanes, ships, satellites, drones and now automobiles during the course of his 16-year career with Raytheon, Boeing, Epirus and Spartan. Nathan graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in material science engineering.
Blake GascaChief Revenue Officer & Founder
Blake’s deep experience in the autonomous vehicle industry includes successfully starting and exiting two video-based startups in the vehicle telematics space that delivered computer vision, object recognition through machine learning, video intelligence, and vehicle analytics. Blake holds 3 U.S. patents and has 16 years of experience in the automotive sensor market. Blake graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.S. in information systems.
Tyler RatherChief Technology Officer & Founder
A seasoned technology innovator with deep insights into sensor integration, Tyler has led teams of scientists and engineers in the development of digital RF technologies for radar applications, and he holds a U.S. patent. The former Director of Digital RF for Physical Optics Corporation, Tyler also spent 12 years managing teams and engineering radar solutions for Raytheon. Tyler holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Theagenis AbatzoglouChief Technologist & Founder
A worldwide authority on digital signal processing, Theagenis holds 24 U.S. patents, has been published in more than 70 journals, and has taught at Notre Dame, University of California-Irvine, and Stanford. Theagenis’s career at Raytheon, Boeing, and Garrett Automotive spans forty-five years. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of California-Irvine and a B.S. from California Institute of Technology.
Robert BrownChief Strategy Officer
Robert’s extensive work in the tech, transportation, and the public sector has always been driven by a fundamental mission of safety, transparency, and tangible results. He was a core member of the TuSimple team that built a go-to-market strategy around autonomous technology through OEM relationships, customer integrations, and strategic partnerships that resulted in a successful initial public offering earlier this year. He also worked for the state of California and was a lobbyist in Washington D.C. Robert graduated from San Diego State University and taught at Oxford University.
Dr. Tiffany LamPrincipal Scientist
Tiffany is an expert in cognitive sensors and advanced signal processing with 3 trade secret recognitions and multiple publications. Her experience includes 17 years leading innovation in sensor tech, machine learning and systems engineering for Spectranetix, Electromagnetic Systems, Inc., and Raytheon. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bill RudniskyArtificial Intelligence Lead
An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Bill has a career spanning 16 years contributing to cognitive autonomy and artificial intelligence research and development projects. He has been granted 4 US Patents and 3 trade secrets for his work in AI/ML. Prior to joining Spartan Radar, he was a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of Southern California, and is currently working on his Ph.D. at SUNY Binghamton in Operations Research, studying evolutionary programming applications to deep reinforcement learning for schedule optimization.
Teresa PrisbreyGeneral Manager, Hoplo
Teresa has over 15 years of commercial fleet tech leadership experience and a proven track record of developing customer-centric processes and products from conception to commercialization. Before coming to Spartan, she served as COO and VP of Marketing for Zone Defense, and Director of Preview Radar for Preco Electronics. A recognized expert in fleet safety, Prisbrey co-authored key industry standards for ANSI and has served on subcommittees and working groups for ISO, OSHA, and MSHA. She has lectured on tech industry marketing and business strategy at Boise State University and is a recipient of the Team Builder Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.