Our interdisciplinary team consist of experts in the fields of Geophysics, Physics, GIS, Mechanical, Computer, and Civil Engineering. Additionally, we have expertise in multi-sensor system design and application for large-scale above and below ground monitoring of civil infrastructure, including design and implementation of various geophysical measurements system such as Ground Penetrating Radar and Electromagnetic Induction systems.
We develop mobile multi-sensor platforms using the latest and custom-designed sensor technology of many domains. Our expertise extends beyond sensing system design and includes the efficient handling and visualizing of large-scale data streams within a GIS framework. Another core competency of StreetScan is the development of automated algorithms for distilling pertinent information from large volumes of multi-sensor data (Knowledge Discovery in Big Data) and visualizing those results in web-based applications to allow informed decision making.
Peter Ogren, PE, PLS
CEO, Co-Founder, Director
Our CEO Peter Ogren has been a major player in a number of other companies, including Summit Communications and TG Associates in Portland, Maine, and is currently President of Hayes Engineering, Inc., in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has also been involved in numerous successful real estate developments in eastern Massachusetts, including the Island of Nantucket. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. He is also a Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Soil Evaluator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Peter has 40 years of civil engineering design and construction experience. This includes 2 years as Project Engineer at New Seabury on Cape Cod, 18 years as Engineering Coordinator at Hayes Engineering, Inc, and 20 years as President of Hayes Engineering, Inc. He has worked on and managed projects including the structural design of numerous apartment buildings, water and sewer pumping station designs, hydraulic analysis, environmental impact reports, site designs, and residential subdivision designs. Peter is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Huntington Society (Northeastern University). His education includes an MS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University (1972) and BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University (1969).
Ralf Birken, Ph.D.
COO, CTO, Co-Founder, & Director
Dr. Ralf Birken is a near-surface geophysicist and an entrepreneur running his second startup. Before founding and joining StreetScan Inc. he was a Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University from 2009 until the summer of 2015. Throughout his career he has managed large research and engineering projects and teams, successfully written research and project proposal, run a small company, and been an advisor and mentor to many students. He received his Ph.D. in Geophysical and Geological Engineering from The University of Arizona in 1997 and a MS in Geophysics from the University of Cologne, Germany in 1992. He completed a Post-Doc in 2000 with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University before joining Witten Technologies Inc., a start-up that commercialized the first GPR arrays for utility mapping. He has over 18 years of research and engineering experience in industry and academia in near-surface geophysical mapping, designing new measurement systems, dealing with Big Data sets, and sensor technology mainly for civil infrastructure health monitoring applications. Dr. Birken is an expert in applied electromagnetic geophysics and also interested in the efficient, large-scale, and accurate mapping of subsurface utilities by combining modern positioning systems with geophysical array technology. He is an inventor listed on 6 patents and 2 pending patent applications, and the author of 4 book chapters, more than 12 journal publications, over 60 conference proceedings, and over 30 other miscellaneous publications, posters, or major technical reports. Since 2011 he is a Gordon mentor to Fellows accepted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Institute. He enjoys all things basketball, playing, coaching his two sons, and watching the Celtics.
Director of Research & Development
As the Director of Research & Development at StreetScan, Scott works with engineers and researchers developing new capabilities for StreetScan's Pavement Inspection and Management Solution. In addition he is developing new products and pursuing research opportunities. He received his M.S. in Physics from Portland State University in 2003, and during that time, worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory developing acoustic/ultrasonic-based systems for non-destructive testing. Over the last 12 years, Scott has worked on various sensor platforms with a particular emphasis on radar based systems used for imaging and detection. He gained expertise in developing automated detection algorithms, designing multi-sensor based detection systems, and various aspects of image and signal processing.
Manager, Sales and Marketing
As the Manager of Sales and Marketing at StreetScan, Stan brings over 25 years of experience in selling and marketing exclusively to the public sector. Stan comes to StreetScan after selling his municipal software company where he served as the Chief Marketing Officer, and is eager to sell StreetScan's new technologies and solutions to local government. In addition, he will be developing new marketing materials and bringing in new customers for StreetScan. He received his M.Ed. from Temple University in Instructional Design and has used this knowledge to help better explain complex solutions in his marketing.
Research & Development Engineer
David Vines-Cavanaugh is a project manager and research & development engineer at StreetScan. He is also working towards a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, which follows an M.S. in Structural Engineering both from Northeastern University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University. For the past seven years, through academic research and industry, he has been immersed in the field of civil infrastructure health monitoring, developing and implementing various sensor systems (e.g. radar, acoustic, vibration, optical) to detect damage on bridges and roadways. In Fall 2015, he was awarded the Young Researcher Award for a paper and presentation delivered at the Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering conference in Berlin, Germany. In his spare time David likes to stay active with running and biking.
Yubo Zhao, Ph.D.
Research & Development Engineer
Yubo Zhao is a Research and Development Engineer at StreetScan. He received both his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering in 2015 and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 from Northeastern University. He has been working on infrastructure health monitoring through the past years of academic research and industry, gaining experience in designing, building and integrating mobile sensing systems (acoustic, radar, optical, etc.) and developing signal analysis algorithms to assess conditions of roadways, plus quality assurance and testing, prototyping, machining, 3D printing, etc.
Salar (Sal) Shahini Shamsabadi
Data Scientist & GIS Developer
As a Data Scientist and GIS Developer at StreetScan, Sal works on integrating and leveraging information from large geospatial datasets for developing pavement management, sensor fusion, and life-cycle cost analysis models. He received his B.S. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2012, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2014 from Northeastern University, where he developed StreetScan’s GIS web application for pavement monitoring and management. Sal has received multiple awards over the last few years (Best Innovation Award at RISE, Best Paper Award at SAGEEP, Dean’s Scholarship Award at Northeastern University), which encouraged him to pursue his passion for using data driven methods to support better decision making. During his free time, he enjoys running, lifting, and rock climbing.
Software Engineer & System Administrator
Guoqiang Huang is a software engineer and system administrator at StreetScan. He received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2013, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China, in 2007. He has 5 years of industry experience at Sumavision Co., Ltd, where he designed an embedded system platform for digital TV products. During his career, Guoqiang has gained expertise in developing embedded systems, designing distribution systems, data collection and processing systems, and Linux operation system administration. Basketball is his favorite spare time activity, and he is a big fan of the Boston Celtics.
Roy Apostle received his B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in International Affairs from Northeastern University in 2015. Prior to joining Streetscan, he provided GIS, surveying, and environmental services to the U.S. Geological Survey, GEI Consultants, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and Philmont Scout Ranch. His research interests include LiDAR, hydrology, and GIS for public transit planning.
Prof. Ming Wang
Ming Wang is a COE Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D., Structural Dynamics and Random Vibration, from the University of New Mexico, in 1983, and his M.S., Civil Engineering, from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, in 1980.
Prof. Gunar Schirner
Gunar Schirner is an Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Northeastern University. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2008) and a M.S. degree (2005) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He graduated in computer engineering from the Berufsakademie Berlin, Germany, in 1998. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in Fall 2009, he was an assistant project scientist at the Center for Embedded Computer Systems (CECS) at the University of California, Irvine. Gunar also has 5 years of industry experience at Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) where he designed distributed embedded real-time software for telecommunication products. His research interests include embedded system modeling, system-level design, and the synthesis of embedded software.