Sentient Science opened offices around the world in 2017, including a new bearing research facility at Purdue University, an office in Pamplona, Spain and most recently, an office in Beijing, China.
The global expansions come after Sentient Science closed its Series B round of funding at $22 million from Georgian Partners out of Toronto, ON, bringing total investment into the company of more than $70 million from venture capital and the U.S. Government.
The office at Purdue University is home to Sentient Science’s bearing specialists, all Ph.Ds in mechanical engineering, materials science and tribology. It also houses Sentient’s laboratory equipment, which is used for its materials science analysis, which is a core modeling function of DigitalClone.
At the Purdue Office: From Left Top: Ankur Ashtekar, PhD, Nick Weinzapfel, PhD, Vijayant Kumar, PhD, Andrew Vechart, Harpal Singh, PhD, Shray Jerath, Xiang Dai,PhD, Jason Rios. From Bottom Left: Leroy Smith, Jingfu Liu, PhD, Matthew Clark, Arnab Ghosh,PhD, Brian Wilson, Saahil Vashishta
At the end of 2016, Sentient Science also closed its then largest Phase II agreement with Acciona Energia based in Pamplona, Spain. In early 2017, two employees from the Buffalo office, Data Scientist Aaron Soellinger and Implementations Manager Pedro Berges, PE, moved to Pamplona to work directly with Acciona on data ingestion and integration with the DigitalClone materials-based models. Data science from the operational data from the field are integrated with the materials-based models to provide a more accurate life prediction of the major systems and critical components of the field assets. The office has grown from two employees to six, with the hiring of Alfonso Faubel, President of European Operations, Jorge Martinez, Business Development, Zurine Zugasti, Commercial Programs, and Miguel Lopez, Drivetrain Technical Lead.
Pamplona Office: Miguel Lopez, Pedro Berges, Zurine Zugasti, Aaron Soellinger, Benjamin Kuch
Just recently, Sentient Science began deployment of DigitalClone with the largest wind operator in Beijing, China. With the newest contract, Sentient will expand its Chinese operations. Sentient Science recently hired Harry Liu, from Vestas, as head of China Operations. He joins Country Manager Zach Friedman in Beijing.
Beijing Office: Zach Friedman, Keith Vergien, Alfonso Faubel, Harry Liu
Sentient Science is a trusted third party to operators, providing the digital bill of materials of their mechanical equipment, which is needed for life extension and the ability to lower costs by 13% of revenues. Sentient’s DigitalClone platform predicts the current health and future life of the major systems and critical components of wind turbines, helicopter drivetrains and rail track and ties. The software connects operators with suppliers for life extension through optimal operations and asset management, supply chain efficiencies, and risk management.