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OUR PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOLVING THE UNSOLVABLE
We have some of the world’s best minds on our team
We have a team of exceptionally talented people across three offices internationally; in the USA, Switzerland, and Vietnam.
Our team of scientists and engineers are among some of the best in the world and are connected with the most advanced research centers on the planet.
Originally from Perth in Western Australia, David completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Western Australia, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to complete his Ph.D at the University of Oxford in the UK. His Ph.D focused on computational simulations which required development of advanced new numerical methods, as well as extensive use of supercomputing.
Dr. Knezevic later joined Prof. A.T. Patera’s group at MIT, where he worked on the Reduced Basis method that is the foundation of Akselos' technology. He was part of the team that won the largest Deshpande innovation grant at MIT in 2011, which secured the launch of Akselos.
Before taking up the CTO role with Akselos full time, David was also a lecturer in the Institute for Applied Computational Science at Harvard University, teaching graduate courses on scientific computing.
With 16 articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, Dr. Knezevic is an expert in fields related to computational engineering, including applied mathematics, computer science, software engineering and supercomputing.
As CEO of Akselos, Thomas has an extensive background in technology and risk management. He is committed to applying breakthrough technology solutions to address business and operational challenges. Since co-founding Akselos in 2012, he has led the recruitment of a world-class global team, and helped transform a number of market-leaders with Akselos’ engineering simulation technology.
As part of his MSc he was in Prof. Patera's laboratory at MIT in 2000 and was part of the group that worked on the Reduced Basis method that is the foundation of Akselos’ technology. The technology was subsequently enhanced over 12 years at MIT, before winning the largest Deshpande innovation grant at MIT in 2011, which secured the launch of Akselos.
Since completing his MSc, Thomas has spent 15 years in roles that give him the insight needed to balance technology adoption and risk management, including as an engineer for GE Power (ALSTOM at the time), a US Government scientist, an enterprise software architect, and head of investment risk for a major European bank.
Thomas has been exposed to the world of technology start-ups throughout his career. He is actively engaged in the global innovation ecosystem and an Angel Investor in a number of successful deep-tech start-ups. This includes early-stage investment in some of the most successful Swiss start-ups, which are today global leaders in their fields or have been acquired by multi-nationals.
Phuong and his team have successfully delivered projects to several major companies in the Mining and Power system industries since the company was founded in 2012.
Phuong is from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City in 2004. His final year project qualified for the final round of the Vietnamese national software competition (TTVN) in 2004, for which he was awarded a full-time scholarship from the National University of Singapore (NUS) to pursue a Master's degree in the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) at NUS. Phuong continued to work on his PhD thesis with Prof. Anthony Patera (MIT) in SMA, focusing on the Reduced Basis method that is the foundation of Akselos’ technology. He later moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2009 and worked as a post-doctoral associate to resume work on the Reduced Basis technology.
In 2009, Phuong and two colleagues from MIT were awarded the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) prize by Springer for their work on the Reduced Basis software.
From 2010, Phuong joined forces with co-founders David Knezevic and Thomas Leurent to develop the commercialization of the Reduced Basis technology. Phuong left MIT and joined Akselos full time in March 2013, however, continues his research work as an Affiliate Researcher at MIT.
Prior to joining Akselos in 2016, he held various executive and management positions at software focused companies such as ANSYS, Reaction Design, Tensilica, and Synopsys.
With strong success in enterprise sales and marketing, he has forged successful long-term partnerships - driving both the product and enterprise performance of global customers. He has designed and deployed enterprise solutions benefiting customer's product and corporate objectives while remaining sensitive to regulatory, stakeholder and market mandates.
Geoff has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and has a passion for disruptive innovation and driving growth.