Tortuga Logic was founded by pioneers in the hardware security space, comprising of 4 Ph.D. level scientists who combined hold over 400 publications. The technology of the company was born out of decades of research done in the labs of Prof. Timothy Sherwood (Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Prof. Ryan Kastner (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego) through millions of dollars in industrial and federal grants. The core technology was the subject of the Ph.D. thesis of CEO Dr. Jason Oberg, who was a graduate student in Prof. Kastner’s research group. Dr. Jonathan Valamehr also focused on hardware security while he obtained his Ph.D. in Prof. Sherwood’s lab.
Jason Oberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Oberg is one of the co-founders and Chief Executive Officer of Tortuga Logic. He oversees technology and strategic positioning of the company. He is the founding technologist of the company and has brought years of intellectual property into the company that he successfully transferred out of the University of California. Dr. Oberg is leading the company to meet all milestones including raising capital, tripling the team size, putting together strategic partnerships, and generating revenue on all products and services. Dr. Oberg has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Jonathan Valamehr, Ph.D.
Dr. Valamehr is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Tortuga Logic. As a co-founder, Dr. Valamehr has grown Tortuga Logic from concept to a venture-backed, revenue-generating company. As Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Valamehr serves a myriad of roles where he oversees the growth of several key corporate areas including talent attraction, capital acquisition, and customer development. He is responsible for all internal operations processes, including the management of both technical and business teams. Before founding Tortuga Logic, Dr. Valamehr worked in the area of Computer Architecture, where his research revolved around leveraging emerging technologies and cross-disciplinary tools to build secure, high-speed microprocessors. Dr. Valamehr received his Ph.D. (2013), M.S. (2009), and B.S. (2007) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from UC Santa Barbara.
Ryan Kastner, Ph.D.
Dr. Kastner has over 10 years of experience in realm of hardware security. He has served as a principal investigator on various government and industrial grants related to hardware security (over $3 million in toto). This includes the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps award which focuses on commercializing technology from academia. Dr. Kastner is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UCSD. His research focuses on computer system design with a focus on critical and real-time applications. He received a PhD in Computer Science at UCLA, a masters degree (MS) in engineering and bachelor degrees (BS) in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, all from Northwestern University.
Tim Sherwood, Ph.D.
Dr. Sherwood has worked both in industry and academia on hardware security for over a decade. He is a Professor in the department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, specializing in the development of novel computer architectures for security, monitoring, and control. He leads an award-winning research lab focused on these areas, with funding from several major government grants. His work and teaching have both been recognized, as he is the recipient of the 2009 Northrop Grumman Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award. Prior to joining UCSB in 2003, he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Davis (1998), and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego (2003).