Meet the team

Cormac Hondros-McCarthy

Co-founder (Mechanical Design)

Cormac leads the mechanical design. With an engineering background and his interest in ocean conservation, ropeless technology became the main focus quickly. He has worked in medical device development, infrared camera manufacturing, and has always had a gravitational pull towards environmental conservation.

Ted Zhu

Co-founder (Electrical/Software)

Ted has a Software Development and Hardware Electronics Engineering background. He is passionate about using his software and electronics expertise to drive projects of high impact and ecological conservation. Ted has worked with a variety of software development frameworks and rapid- prototyping technologies in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, controls, and distributed systems.

Will Carome

Research Technician

Will has a background in marine conservation biology and photography. He brings research skills to the team for manufacture and field testing of the LobsterLift system. He most recently studied human impacts on endangered Hector’s dolphins in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Lauren Shum



Lauren is an electrical engineer who specializes in sensor development and photovoltaic technologies. She has experience building organizations from the ground up and bridging communication gaps between diverse stakeholders. A life-long environmentalist, she is committed to leveraging technology in the service of society.

Parth Sagdeo


Mikaela Hondros-McCarthy


Mikaela’s background is in accounting and finance in public, private, and non-profit organizations. She specifically has experience with grant accounting, budgeting, and reporting and contributed to that aspect of this project. Mikaela has an MBA with a concentration in Environmental Managements and Clean Energy and Sustainability.