We make things that matter.

We are happiest creating products for people’s everyday lives. The only thing better is working with a great group of people. Luckily, we get to do both.

Sense was born from the simple idea that people should know what’s happening in their homes. We track calories, footsteps, miles per gallon, budgets, and rewards points — yet it’s astonishing that we know so little about the place where we spend so much time. Energy efficiency and home automation begin with information. We built the Sense home energy monitor to provide people with information about their homes in the simplest, most useful way possible.

We are deeply data, mobile, and consumer-oriented. We brought advanced speech recognition technology to mobile phones including voice search, voice text messaging and dictation, and voice-enabled virtual assistant technology. Our products are used globally in Samsung and other mobile phones and in Siri before its acquisition.

Now we’re putting all our energy into helping you better understand yours.

Meet the team

We work hard, have fun, and make sense puns.



Mike Phillips
CEO, Co-Founder
Founder and CTO of SpeechWorks and Vlingo. As a research scientist and graduate of MIT and Carnegie Mellon, Mike was among the first to commercialize speech recognition technology.
Christopher Micali
VP of Product, Co-Founder
Vlingo’s first Product Manager, Chris led the design and development of its consumer-facing mobile applications. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.
Ryan Houlette
VP of Engineering, Co-Founder
Former Senior Architect at Vlingo, led development of its speech recognition service architecture. Ryan holds an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
Barbra Araya
Support Analyst
Barbra is currently in school at Bunker Hill Community College pursuing a degree in psychiatric nursing.
Joe Bamberg
Lead Hardware Engineer
Joe led the development of electronic energy meters at Analog Devices that are used in millions of homes. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami.
Alex Boos
Technical Support Analyst
and Device Discovery
Alex is currently working toward his degree in Network Security at Bunker Hill Community College.
Margot Bouvier
Lead Support Analyst
Margot is a former Transcription and Annotation Manager at Nuance and Vlingo. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Quinnipiac University.
Sohail Budhawani
Software Engineer
Sohail worked as a Supply Chain Engineer and Data Engineer before discovering his passion for Android development. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Shakwan Burnett
Field Operations
and Device Discovery
Former IT Business Analyst at Aramark Higher Education, managed POS implementation projects and provided technical support to end users. Shakwan studied Computer Information Systems at Devry University.
Marshall Chapin
Chief Strategy Officer
Former VP of Sales at EnerNOC, COO/co-founder of Highland Pellets, and COO of Envision Education. MBA from Cornell University and BA from Kenyon College where he now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Ghinwa Choueiter
Senior Data Scientist
and Machine Learning Engineer
Designed and implemented machine learning and natural language processing systems for Vlingo, DataXu and Hopper. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Hilario Coimbra
Principal Product Manager, Consumer
As Director of Product Management at Kyruus, he oversaw the development of their white-label consumer product applications. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.
Ben Ewing
Community Manager
Previously the Community Product Manager at GrabCAD, Ben managed the product development, marketing and support for their online community. He graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Engineering Science.
Eduardo Fare
Support Co-op
Eduardo is working towards a degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University. When he’s not at Sense, he enjoys robotics, as well as playing guitar.
Matt Fishburn
Data Scientist
Matt has a PhD from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands in single photon detection. He lives to travel and to squeeze every last bit of understanding from data.
Rayshawn Green
Technical Support Analyst
and Device Discovery
Former Harvard Software QA Engineer responsible for jump-starting test automation program; built a scalable RMA process at Ecovent Systems.
James Kern
Software Engineer
Former QA Engineer at Vlingo. At Swirl, he was responsible for server side engineering, dev ops, and system architecture. He holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College.
Song Kim
Controller
Song has over 19 years of manufacturing accounting experience and expertise in system implementation. Song earned his MBA from Bentley University, and is a Massachusetts CPA.
Noel King
Director of Business Development
Noel was a Senior Director of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC, where he worked closely with utilities to design and deliver demand response programs. He holds a BS in Geology from Yale and an MBA from MIT.
Donna Leclerc
Principal Product Manager, Partnerships
Previously at Vlingo and Nuance, Donna was the Product Manager for the Samsung Android smartphone voice assistant. Donna holds an MS in IT from Bentley University, and an MA in Linguistics from Boston College.
Caleb Marcus
Data Scientist
Caleb joined the Sense team full-time after excelling in the 2014 summer internship program. He holds a BS in Physics and Computer Science from Brandeis University.
Gerardo Milano
Support Co-op
Originally from Venezuela, Gerardo is a co-op student pursuing a major in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University, where he’s also part of the Men’s Soccer team.
Kendra Pelletier
Technical Sales Manager
Kendra joins Sense from Nuance Communications Inc, and brings Project Management skills as well as deep knowledge of mobile devices and related ecosystems. Kendra holds a BS from Bentley University.
Jonah Petri
Software Engineer
Jonah helped create Emmy Award-winning software at iZotope, and wrote macOS and iPhone apps at Apple. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Boston College.
Emilie Phillips
Data Scientist
Emilie built robots for the military and consumer products, specializing in autonomous behaviors and kinematics. She has a BS in computer science and physics from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Calvin Pradhan
Technical Support Analyst
Calvin is a Senior at Northeastern University working towards his Bachelors in Information Technology. Originally from Nepal, Calvin moved to the US 2 years ago to pursue a career in System Administration.
Jonathan Rasch
Marketing Co-op
Jonathan is a student at Northeastern University studying towards a degree in Communications. He previously worked at Solebrity, where he was part of the User Acquisition team. 
Charlie Rutledge
VP Operations
An expert in scaling operations, Charlie is the former COO of Vlingo. He led Speechworks' Professional Services team, growing it to 12 offices globally. Charlie holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Fadi Saffouri
Software Engineer
As Nuance's Principal Software Engineer, Fadi led the design and implementation of the voice assistant app for Samsung phones. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Concordia University.
Bradford Swanson
Product Marketing Manager
Brad joins Sense from iZotope, where he worked on award-winning signal processors for music, film and broadcast. He holds a MM in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell.
Scott Taylor
VP Business Development
Scott has a passion for working with partners to deliver compelling user experiences. He’s worked with global enterprises to deploy products that have handled billions of user interactions around the world.
Zach Tweed
Support Co-op
Zach is a co-op student from Northeastern University, pursuing a math major and a minor in Computer Science. He previously worked at Harvard Medical School and Mass General in their neuroscience research labs.
Rhoda Ullmann
Director of Marketing
Rhoda sold and implemented global client solutions for Microsoft, launched new channels for Staples, led design strategy to craft new brands and customer experiences. She holds an MBA from INSEAD.
John Watlington
Director of Hardware
Former VP of Hardware Engineering at One Laptop Per Child, John led design and production of four generations of XO laptops. He is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab.
Jeff Weinstein
Director of Manufacturing
Jeff has been developing products in the robotics and consumer product fields for 25+ years. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Tadashi Yonezaki
Senior Data Scientist
Designed and implemented ad delivery optimisation system at Tremor Video. Researched signal processing at Panasonic and SpeechWorks. Tadashi holds a Ph.D. from NAIST, Japan.

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