Ralph Miller – CEO

Ralph Miller sits on the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer. Ralph started Calsense in 1986, engineering the company’s first products; soil moisture sensing with a computer, microprocessor based controller. A key component of the Calsense success is factory-direct support to the customer and Ralph launched the field service department early on to help customers use water conservation technology successfully.

Prior to Calsense, Ralph was Vice President and General Manager of TRW’s LSI products division in La Jolla, CA. Ralph was employed at TRW as a semiconductor engineer, after receiving a BA degree in Physics from UCLA in 1967. Over the following nineteen years, he worked his way through the ranks as Section Head, then Department Manager. In 1977 he was chosen to lead a start up company, which became TRW’s LSI products division and grew the business over an eight-year period, to over four hundred employees and annual sales in excess of fifty million dollars.

A.J. van de Ven – President

A.J. van de Ven is the President of Calsense. He joined the company in 2005 as a software engineer, writing firmware for the ET2000 and ET2000e irrigation controllers.

Prior to taking the role of President, A.J. was extensively involved in all aspects of the business including engineering, sales, marketing, accounting, manufacturing, and product support. As one of the company’s principal engineers, he not only helped bring the ET2000e and CS3000 irrigation controllers to market, he also worked on the Command Center software and developed the WeatherSense service which provides real-time ET and rain information to any location throughout the United States.

Bob Destremps – Vice President

Bob Destremps has been the Vice President of Calsense since 1997. Among his other duties, he also heads the engineering department. He has been employed at Calsense since 1990 when he transitioned from a consultant to a permanent employee.

Bob worked with Ralph Miller the CEO early on developing Calsense’s irrigation controllers. The 2100 and ET1 controllers are the results of these efforts. Since then Bob has also guided the development of the ET2000, ET2000e and CS3000 irrigation controllers.

Bob holds an electrical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated in 1981. Following college, he went to work for Boeing Aerospace. Following Boeing, he offered his services for several years as an engineering consultant in the San Diego area.

Rick Capitanio – Vice President, Sales

Rick Capitanio has been Vice President – Sales for Calsense since 2002. He was employed by Calsense in 1988 as one of the first field service representatives and spent many years working with customers in the field, servicing the product and teaching end users how to be successful with Calsense technology. In 1994 Rick moved over to sales and covered the California, Nevada and Arizona markets. Currently he manages the Calsense sales team covering various areas throughout the United States.

Prior to Calsense, Rick spent several years as a Junior High School teacher in the Boston area and is originally from Connecticut. After receiving a B.S degree in Biology from Boston College, spent two and a half years in Ecuador, South America, educating farmers and indigenous people how to raise fresh-water fish for enhanced protein diets. Rick in addition holds a Masters Degree in Teaching from Boston University.

David Meehan – Corporate Secretary/Treasurer, Field Service Manager

David Meehan oversees field operations throughout the United States as well as conducts additional duties in Corporate Administration.

David has an extensive background in Electronic Control Systems. He received his initial training as a proud member of the United States Air Force. After leaving the military in 1988, he then joined Hazeltine Corporation in Greenlawn, New York as a Calibration and Control Systems specialist. He started his career at Calsense in 1996, after relocating to San Diego with his family. He spent 15 years in the field as a Calsense Field Service Representative, working alongside Calsense customers in San Diego, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado before taking on the role as the Field Service Manager.

Prashant Upadhyay – Production Manager

Prashant is the current Calsense Production Manager. He joined the company in 2006 and oversees all aspects of operations including Purchasing, Production Control & Planning, Repair and Shipping. He is also the company representative for EPA & UL certifications.

Prior to Calsense, Prashant spent several years working as Production Manager in Electronic Contract Manufacturing Company in San Diego. He worked with many companies on their new designs & all stages of operations.

Prashant holds a degree in Industrial Electronics Engineering and diploma in Marketing Management from University of Mumbai. He is APICS certified & ISO 9000:2000 Lead Auditor.