Dr. Gary Wang
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Wang has more than 20 years of research and development experience in related areas and is recognized as one of the world leaders in engineering design and optimization. He is the recipient of the 2005 National I. W. Smith award for creative engineering from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), as well as the 2007 Rh Award from University of Manitoba for outstanding research contribution. Being an ASME Fellow, Dr. Wang is currently serving as an associate editor for field top journals Engineering Optimization and ASME Transactions, Journal of Mechanical Design.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
George Cheng is involved in research and development of simulation-based optimization methodologies as well as leading the product development of the flagship software tool OASIS. George was the Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) winner and two-time recipient of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), and was the recipient of the Young Innovator Award from Surrey Board of Trade in 2015.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
As an SFU graduate and software wizard, Geoff Groos designed the main software architecture for OASIS and leads the development team. Before coming to Empower, Geoff worked for iQmetrix under an NSERC URSA grant. Geoff is a technology-polygot, leveraging technologies across many different stacks and domains, from Fortran to Kotlin, to aggressively develop the frontier of optimization and visual-analytics technology. You can find Geoff on Stack-Exchange, Github, and Kotlin Slack channel under the pseudonym "Groostav".
Mr. Meza brought to the team close to 20 years of global sales experience in engineering equipment and software. With a strong engineering background, Oscar was the executive vice president of Creaform Inc., leading which was once a Canadian start-up company to a world-leading company for 3-D scanner and software with 20 times the sales growth in 6 years. Mr. Meza has rich experience in global sales and deep understanding of different countries and cultures. He has built successful distribution and sales network worldwide.
Dr. Iain Begg
Dr. Begg brought to the team over 25 years of experience in software development and commercialization. Dr. Begg led research and development projects of various scales, and since 2002, he has been providing consulting services on visualization and data analysis to Fortune 500 companies spanning from finance, health, to engineering and other fields. Dr. Begg is currently an advisor for 6-7 start-up companies.