Who we are

Well before voice-controlled products became commonplace, Dr. David Graham and fellow West Virginia University (WVU) researchers Dr. Vinod Kulathumani and Dr. Brandon Rumberg were pioneering a more efficient approach to sensing in wireless, resource-constrained applications. Thomas Doyle, a WVU alum in the semiconductor industry, reached out to Dr. Graham and the team to explore commercializing the technology for the exploding Internet of Things (IoT) market, and Aspinity was born.

With the growing demand for speech-enabled digital assistants, Aspinity saw an opportunity to support the new era of voice and applied their technology to efficiently detect voice - Aspinity was selected to join the first Alexa Accelerator program in 2017. With mentoring from Amazon and Techstars, Aspinity has progressed while expanding the applications for their smart sensor IC solution expanded to include acoustics, biosensing, vibration monitoring, and more.

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Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle / Founder, CEO

Tom brings over 30 years of experience in technology and semiconductors to Aspinity, primarily focused on analog and RF, including experience with 2 startup companies. Prior to joining Aspinity, Tom was responsible for business development/management for Cadence analog/mixed signal business focused on successful deployments of technology at leading semiconductor companies worldwide including all contract approvals. Previously, Tom was founder and president of a successful startup, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the company including, sales and marketing, offshore partners/distributors, and engineering teams in the US and Asia. He has experience in deploying technology to leading semiconductor companies and silicon foundries worldwide. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

Brandon Rumberg

Brandon Rumberg / Founder, CTO

Brandon has 10 years of experience with the full stack of low-power sensing: from integrated circuit (IC) design, to embedded systems and signal processing, to software development kit (SDK) creation and system integration. He created Aspinity’s analog-processing IC and software tools, and is an expert at developing analog-processing algorithms. He has been awarded 3 patents, has developed and taught 3 engineering courses, and has authored 20 publications—including a Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, 2015. He received a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University.

David Graham

David Graham / Founder, Advisor

David has been researching and working in the areas of low-power electronics, signal processing, and bio-inspired electronic systems for over the past 15 years, with numerous patents and publications in these areas. David is also an Associate Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2012, the West Virginia University Established Career Innovator Award in 2013, and the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award in 2017. He received his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Electrical and Computer Engineering for work in creating a silicon model of the human cochlea. He also received M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgia Tech and a B.A. degree from Covenant College.

Vinod Kulathumani

Vinod Kulathumani / Founder, Advisor

Vinod has over 15 years of experience on the design of robust, scalable and energy efficient wireless networks that support sensor actuator based applications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications in the area of sensor networks and holds one patent. Vinod is also an Associate Professor (tenured) in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the West Virginia University, where he leads the Wireless Sensor Actuator Networks Research Group. He received the Outstanding research award in 2010 and the outstanding teaching award in 2017 from the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai.


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