Our Team

Camus Energy was founded in 2019 in the San Francisco Bay area. We have deep experience designing and operating distributed systems, and a passion for combating climate change. From pioneering work at Google, SpaceX, and Uber, we bring expertise in massively parallel cloud computing, high-scale real-time analytics, and high-reliability computing. We believe that we can combine our desire to impact the world with our technical expertise to bring about positive change. And we are going to have fun doing so – Our mascot is the capybara, and our official utensil is the spork.

Leadership Team

Astrid Atkinson

CEO

Astrid Atkinson is CEO and co-founder of Camus Energy, which provides software-based Grid Management as a Service, combining real-time situational awareness, device control, and markets and pricing to support the transition to a Distribution System Operator model. Prior to founding Camus, she was a Senior Director of Software Engineering at Google, where she was an early leader in distributed systems reliability. As lead for reliability engineering for Google.com, she led the development of Google’s global web serving platform, and as head of Frameworks Engineering, she led the transformation of all Google products to standardize on common, performant, scalable infrastructure for servers, microservices, mobile apps, and experimentation – to help all teams at Google operate reliably at global scale. She speaks globally as an expert on large scale distributed systems architecture, reliability engineering, and organizational leadership.

Cody Smith

CTO

Cody Smith (he/him) is CTO and co-founder of Camus Energy. He is a technical leader specializing in large computing applications — particularly in areas of reliability, monitoring, cyber security, and efficiency. At Google, he served in multiple technical leadership roles, including as enterprise-wide architect and strategist for Site Reliability Engineering and production lead for Google Search. He co-authored Google’s large-scale monitoring platform, network load balancer, and RPC security infrastructure. On a special assignment, he served as operations leader for the HealthCare.gov “Tech Surge” rescue crew working for Todd Park, US CTO. He received a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Michael Ryan

COO

Michael Ryan is the COO and co-founder of Camus Energy. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, service delivery, business operations and executive leadership in the areas of data integration, business process management, Web, IOT and industrial data management.  He’s delivered key strategies, products, and programs for Xerox, NetApp, BD Biosciences, WellPoint, 2lemetry, GE, and Sony Biotechnology.  He has received his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, has been certified as a Stanford Advanced Project Manager, and has completed an MBA at  Santa Clara University.

Ted James

VP Strategy

Ted James is Head of Strategy at Camus. He is an expert in clean energy adoption, distributed resources, policy/regulatory contexts, and go-to-market strategies. Prior to Camus, Ted was a Principal at PG&E where he focused on utility decarbonization and business strategies, as well as customer solutions. He also served 6 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), including as a Team Lead in the lab’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center. He received a BA, Environmental Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Leeds School of Business.

Raj Raheja

Chief Business Officer

Raj Raheja  is Chief Business Officer at Camus. He is an expert in data driven insight in the world of finance and fintech. Most recently, Raj led a team of quantitative risk and data scientist professionals at Citadel LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund that brings together the art of fundamental investing with cutting edge technology to help its capital partners achieve their financial goals. Prior to that, Raj led product management at MSCI Barra, a fintech firm providing risk analytics and investment decision making software to the top asset managers, hedge funds, pension plans, and sovereign wealth funds around the world.  He has received a BS, Business Administration at Carnegie Mellon University and a Master in Financial Engineering from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

Team Members

Doug Cutting

Advisor

Doug is an open-source software developer. He launched several successful projects at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), including Lucene, Hadoop and Avro. He is currently Chief Architect at Cloudera and in the past has served on the board of the ASF and worked at Yahoo!, Excite, Apple and Xerox PARC. Doug has a degree in Linguistics from Stanford University. Doug likes hiking, backpacking and especially mountain biking. He volunteers locally to create new trails and coach the youth mountain bike team. His wife and three sons share these passions and can often be found together enjoying the outdoors.

Armando Atienza

Armando Atienza is an engineer at Camus who has expertise and experience through the entire engineering stack from hardware to large scale computational systems.  At Google he wrote the enterprise infrastructure monitoring platform and worked in the self-driving cars program.  He built systems monitoring for SpaceX and then oversaw infrastructure and security for member companies at Playground. He served as an engineer on HealthCare.gov as part of the “Tech Surge” rescue crew.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

James Duncan

James Duncan is an engineer at Camus with strong background in designing massive-scale distributed systems and building highly reliable infrastructure. He served recently as Google engineer as an expert in structured data representations of real-world entities, payments and  risk engineering. He was an author of Google’s Knowledge Graph and engineered other large-scale systems for data analytics and logging infrastructure. He received a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Backhaus

Scott Backhaus is currently serving as an independent consultant to Camus Energy. He recently served as the Coordinator for Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) impacts on critical infrastructure systems for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He previously served in multiple roles in his 20-plus years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including Program Manager for the Office of Electricity, Program Manager for DHS Critical Infrastructure, principal investigator for several LANL projects funded by the Office of Electricity, and team lead for LANL’s component of the DHS National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Group.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley in the area of macroscopic quantum behavior of superfluid 3He and 4He.

Mathilde Badoual

Mathilde Badoual is a third year PhD student at UC Berkeley with Professor Scott Moura in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Working at the Energy Control and Application Lab (eCAL) and focusing her work on optimization and control for integrating renewable energies on electricity market. In addition to the PhD program she is working at Camus Energy on grid state estimation for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. She studied electrical engineering and power systems in undergrad at Ecole CentraleSupelec in Paris, France and completed a Master in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Systems at UC Berkeley with a strong focus in optimization. After her masters she worked as an intern at Tesla in the Optimization and Market team, doing optimization for the 129 MWh Hornsdale (Australia) Tesla battery’s bidding strategy on the AEMO market. Her background includes power system, optimization, control (linear and nonlinear).

Will Salisbury

Will is a software engineer with a background in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to Camus, he was a founding member of Uber’s Maps team where he worked on geospatial datastores, search systems, and recommendation engines. He has also worked professionally as a security engineer, deploying multi-cloud service meshes and public-key infrastructure. Will holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.

Milton Venetos

Milton Venetos is a product management consultant at Camus.   He is a skilled engineer specializing in the creation and use of analytical modeling software packages — particularly within the energy industry. He has 20-plus years experience launching, building and selling new hardware and software products and companies including GateCycle, acquired by GE Energy, and Linear Fresnel Solar at Ausra.  He is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt. He received a BSME, Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MSME, Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Help us build the future of energy.

We’re a smart, scrappy and driven team that’s looking to build the software that matters in the real world. If you’re looking to shape the nature of the grid, then get in touch!
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