Since 1998, Key Tech has been transforming complex technologies into intuitive products. We design and develop medical, industrial and consumer products using novel sensors, wireless, ultrasound, microfluidics, optics and robotics, just to name a few. Our uniquely personal approach attracts industry leading global companies, as well as innovative startups to our Baltimore Headquarters. The Key Tech team of interdisciplinary scientists, engineers and designers take technologies into new applications, keeping your development pipeline fresh.
Jenny is a co-founder and CEO of Key Tech, spending her time guiding corporate strategy, managing client relationships, and overseeing company performance. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she has consulted to clients in the medical, industrial, and energy industries and her work has contributed to the advancement of precision diagnostic instruments, flow measurement, and control systems. Jenny holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics and is a registered professional engineer. Beyond Key Tech, Jenny is an avid supporter of STEM education and of women in engineering, is a technology career mentor, and a member of the Board of the Engineering School at the University of Maryland. She is also a wife, parent and yogi. Namaste.
Scott co-founded Key Tech and is an Electrical Engineer by training. Scott oversees the team of electrical engineers and programmers. Whether he is working as a project manager, electrical engineer, systems engineer or any other role, he loves working on a team to solve problems and bring products to market. Scott has extensive experience in the design, analysis and fabrication of micro and nano fluidic disposables. Scott has also contributed to the design and optimization of ultrasonic flow meters ranging in size from less than a millimeter to over 10 feet and ultrasonic based viscosity, density, hemostatis, hematocrit and temperature measurements. You might say he has a lot of experience hearing things that others cannot.
Scott is the proud parent of 4 children and lives on a farm with a collection of mostly useless animals. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Brian is one of the co-founders of Key Tech. He loves getting involved in the entire process of creating new product designs, continually learning, and ultimately making new devices and tools that help people live better lives. He also has experience with the clinical and regulatory considerations that come along with new medical products. As the VP of Strategic Development, he is responsible for the pipeline of new medical products being developed within Key Tech. Brian received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland and an MA in Business Administration from Loyola College.
Ben has been with Key Tech since 2000. In his role as technical guru and project manager, he has provided guidance to our multi-disciplinary team on a majority of the projects that have passed through Key Tech’s doors. Ben’s First Principles approach to technical design challenges is deeply rooted in his background of physics and mechanical engineering, and is based on years of product development experience across a range of industries. Ben received a BS in Physics from Haverford College and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andy is a Partner and the VP of Business Development, responsible for identifying new opportunities for Key Tech. He has a decade of design experience as an engineer and project lead for products including a continuous glucose monitor, neurosurgical injector and laparoscopic surgical tool. Andy is a regular speaker at events such as PDA Pre-filled Syringe and Drug Delivery Partnerships. After he tells you about his kids and recent adventures, ask him what life is like as a “retired engineer”!
Brian Murphy has been a part of Key Tech for the last 15 years. During this amazing journey, he has worked with over 50 different clients on close to 100 different projects and solved a nearly uncountable number of engineering challenges. As a Partner, a Senior Mechanical Engineer, and a Project Manager, Brian helps strategize on the big and the small. You’re as likely to find him mapping out a long term project plan as you will testing the accuracy of an engineering prototype. He thrives on newness, on passion, on bold visions and a respect for detail. When not obsessing about how to make a project a success, he squeezes in the small task of finding new exciting employees to add to the team while also making sure that Key Tech lives up to its dream of keeping its people happy.
Jake is a Partner and Senior Electrical Engineer who has been at Key Tech since 2004. Jake has managed a number of large medical and industrial multidisciplinary projects from requirements generation through commercialization. Jake has a thorough regulatory understanding and is responsible for streamlining and improving work processes at Key Tech. His engineering expertise is in the areas of mixed signal design, power electronics, automation, and sensor integration.
He received a BSEE from the University of Maine and an MSEE from the University of Maryland with a concentration in microelectronics. He is also a registered professional engineer. Outside of Key Tech, Jake and his wife stay busy chasing around their two young children.
Abbie is a Partner and the Senior Electrical Design Manager. Since joining Key Tech in 2006, Abbie has contributed to the design and development of more than 30 new electronic products, ranging from molecular diagnostic instruments to an optical system that automatically detects and records insect mating behavior. Abbie now manages electrical design across all development programs at Key Tech.
Abbie is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Bioengineering. Outside of Key Tech, she mentors high school STEM students, including the robotics team at Western High School, an all-girls public high school in Baltimore city.
Alex has been with Key Tech since 2007 and has developed a broad range of products from auto-injectors, to neonatal transport systems, to complex in vitro diagnostic devices. Typically serving as technical lead or project manager, Alex also enjoys advocating for the end user and leading the development of Key Tech’s industrial design and usability processes. He appreciates “the forest” and “the trees” and knows both are equally important to a successful product.
Eric is a Partner and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Key Tech. Over the years he has served as the primary designer and design lead for many products, including high volume automated sample preparation systems, handheld point of care diagnostic instruments, automated smart drug injectors, and complex electromechanical subsystems for interfacing microfluidic cartridges to devices in several diagnostic instruments. Eric also serves as a “tech guru” at Key Tech, mentoring younger engineers and helping solve tough technical problems. Eric is a graduate of UMBC and past chair of the ASME Baltimore section.
Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing various sports and staying active, working on home improvement projects, and music, having played guitar in a band with his wife for several years before settling down and starting a family.
Lei has been in the embedded hardware field since 2004, focusing on firmware design and development. She has experience developing applications for various Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) on several hardware platforms. Lei received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Computer Science, and a MS in Computer Engineering, from the University of Maryland.
Dave is an experienced embedded systems designer and has led the firmware development effort for several of Key Tech’s industrial and medical projects. He has an affinity for cutting-edge technology and thrives on the challenges presented by new product development. Dave received a BS in Computer Engineering with a focus on embedded software from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andre has been in the design field since 2006; immersing himself in market trends, developing expertise on usability, and focusing on what consumers value has made Andre an expert at creating strategies and designing products that break new ground.
He has delivered award-winning innovation in diverse industries including consumer, scientific, and medical devices. Andre holds a B.A. in Industrial Design from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.
Anton is a Computer Engineer with interest in design and development of real-time embedded systems. He graduated from Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva Israel with a BS degree in communication systems engineering. Since joining Key Tech, Anton has delivered on the design and development of several embedded systems and Android applications for connected medicine. In his free time, Anton enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and exploring local attractions.
Weighing in at 5’ 8”, 160lbs, Chet joined the Key Tech team in 2012 as an Industrial Designer and has since helped to shape numerous projects to better serve their users and use environments. Focused on forming experiences that are both enjoyable and functional, Chet has contributed to designs ranging from handheld pharmaceutical delivery to benchtop molecular diagnostic instruments.
Chet graduated from the University of Cincinnati, earning a BS in Industrial Design. Outside of the Key Tech team, he spends his free time with a ball at his feet, transitioning his ever-present creativity to the soccer field.
Although Danica’s mom always said that she was talented enough to be a singer or ballet dancer, she changed course after she realized that her artistic spirit was trapped in a Mechanical Engineer’s body. She has had the pleasure of contributing to and managing projects in a variety of applications, including diagnostic microfluidic cartridges, therapeutic hypothermia devices, robotic surgical tools, and infant transport carts. Helping to guide a medical device through the entire product development process has become a passion for Danica, so she now happily saves her singing talents for the “enjoyment” of her closest hundred friends.
Danica made the long journey to Key Tech all of the way from the University of Maryland after she received her MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering. Also Key Tech’s Director of Fun Emerita, Danica can often be spotted biking and restauranting around Baltimore in the warmer months, but may be hard to find during her winter hibernation.
Alexis coordinates Key Tech’s marketing and business development efforts alongside Andy. She is also active corralling the undergraduate recruiting process at Key Tech. Alexis previously worked for an AM 100 law firm in marketing communications where she specialized in event planning. She received a BA and MA from Shippensburg University in Applied History.
A history nerd at heart, Alexis fits right into the quirky culture at Key Tech (though she still can’t speak binary). Weekends are spent chasing her two boys and spending time on her boat.
Nitin’s passion for Electrical Engineering stemmed from Middle School when he was interested in building speakers, and it has since expanded to cover a large variety of projects involving lighting controls, car diagnostics, tablet press instrumentation, and aerospace monitoring.
Nitin received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. There he also spent his free time becoming a better musician and further expanding his interests with music and engineering. He has designed and built low voltage vacuum tube amplifiers, an optical Theremin, solid state tube-emulating amplifiers, two electric violins, and some guitar effect pedals. Aside from music he is also interested in cooking (including oh so delicious smoked ribs), rock climbing (he still has to try outdoor climbing), and enjoying all forms of nature.
Sam is Key Tech’s first Sales Engineer and helps to bridge the gap between business and product development. Originally from Buffalo, NY he received a B.S. from the University of Rochester where he studied Biomedical and Chemical engineering. Prior to joining Key Tech, Sam performed clinical diagnostic research and also worked with ophthalmic laser platforms. In his free time, Sam enjoys reading science fiction books, playing rugby, and nursing the resultant injuries.
Jamie is a software developer with a focus on writing PC and Web-based applications. At Key Tech, he has worked with clients to tightly integrate PC and embedded software to create seamless, unified systems.
He received his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and completed his MS in Computer Science at Hood College.
Jonathan graduated with distinction from Penn State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Although he’s passionate about mechanical design, he also has a strong interest in working with microcontrollers and electrical systems. He has experience with electromechanical systems, rapid prototyping, complex tolerance analysis, and Arduino programming. When he’s not busy trying to automate something around the house, Jonathan loves to spend time doing anything outdoors.
Josh is a Senior Industrial Designer at Key Tech with over 20 years’ experience across several industries. He has worked on both US coasts, in Japan and Italy; designing everything from cars to food containers, ice cream scoops, and laboratory equipment. Josh received his B.S. in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design.
Josh’s more recent past saw him also volunteering and working for environmental, performing arts, and job training nonprofits. He enjoys the fact that working at Key Tech lets him continue giving back while utilizing his creative abilities. Outside of work, Josh tries to get out to see live music as much as possible and climbs plastic rocks a few times a week.
Whether it’s traveling to different countries or learning new skills, Matt has a passion for exploring new things. When coupled with his appreciation for the outdoors, this passion has resulted in hobbies such as rock climbing and photography. It also kickstarted his interest in mechanical design when it led him to Terps Racing, a club at the University of Maryland that designs mini Baja racecars. That experience was only the beginning, and he takes the skills and knowledge he learned and applies them to the complex technical projects he works on daily at Key Tech.
Mason graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering, with a focus on embedded systems engineering. At Key Tech, he is pursuing his interest in the intersection between embedded systems and PC systems. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, or anything else that takes him outside.
Melanie is a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager at Key Tech, and a graduate of University of Maryland. Since joining Key Tech in 2013, Melanie has earned her stripes by designing mechanical user interfaces, microfluidic disposables, and electro-mechanical devices for medical, industrial, and consumer markets. Melanie has a real knack fur data analysis and loves to sink her teeth into the statistical challenges that can drive product design decisions. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys painting, playing volleyball, and scratching carpeted posts. Needless to say, Melanie is a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat choice for any design team.
At Key Tech, Ward has undertaken roles as an electronic hardware designer, systems integrator, and scientific liaison. He enjoys collaborating across Key Tech’s disciplines to create full-featured and tightly integrated products. Throughout his work, manufacturing and the challenges it brings for prototype and production hardware remain an interest of his.
Ward received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University where he coauthored publications on both a river water quality monitoring system and an animatronic vulture. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, backpacking, and baking artisan bread.
Thomas joined Key Tech after studying Mechanical Engineering and Jazz Piano Performance at the University of Maryland. After years of not being able to color inside the lines, he has finally found a home with the creative people of Key Tech. Thomas has a soft spot for complex packaging challenges (see: square pegs and round holes), and gets particularly excited about designing for reliability. His background in exoskeleton development, prosthetics, and ergonomic analysis informs his day-to-day work on the diverse and sophisticated projects at Key Tech.
When away from his desk, Thomas takes pride in his ability to loosely follow recipes and play songs typically heard in elevators.
Jeff has worked previously on building, testing, and repairing UAVs, and he brings his background in avionics to his position as an engineering technician at Key Tech. In his spare time, Jeff is an avid angler, enjoys traveling, and will happily talk to you about anything related to cars.
Chris joined Key Tech in 2010, and has been architecting firmware ever since. Chris has worked on just over 30 projects, including multiple full-scope product designs marrying PC, microcontroller, and FPGA components. Chris has also led the design of multiple internal projects, including a reusable embedded communication framework.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Computer Engineering and a minor in Classics. Outside of the digital realm, Chris is a semi-pro confectioner and connoisseur of purposefully terrible movies, literature, and music.
In addition to serving as Key Tech’s Facilities Manager, Brett manages the team of Technicians that assists with the design, testing, troubleshooting, and assembling of prototypes. Brett served in the US Marine Corps as a C130J Electrical Systems Technician from 2005-2010, with multiple overseas deployments. Brett became a Managing Technician within his squadron and received a Navy and Marine Achievement Medal for his technical skills and leadership. He received his associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wor-Wic Community College and is currently working toward his BSEE. In his spare time he enjoys any outdoor activity and is a cider aficionado.
Mariano is a Mechanical Engineer with a penchant for electronics and control systems prototyping. Since joining Key Tech in 2011, much of Mariano’s work has been on the development of a precision pharmaceutical fluid delivery system, with responsibilities ranging the full product development scope from early prototype hardware test beds and fluidic characterization to production system design and integration testing. Mariano continues to lend his cross-disciplinary skills to Key Tech projects needing quick integration of electro-mechanical components, and enjoys bringing complex hardware to life.
Mariano graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In a previous life Mariano also received a BS in Psychology from Towson University and worked in early childhood development and special needs therapy. When he’s not at work, you can find Mariano enjoying family time with his wife and three children, or riding a vintage motorcycle through Baltimore County landscapes.
Tyler came to work at Key Tech after graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. Voted “Most Likely to Become a Comedian” in high school, Tyler strives to solve complex problems using creativity, hard work, and, if possible, a bit of humor. He feels at home at Key Tech, where there’s always new concepts to learn, skills to develop, and challenges to overcome.
When he’s not at work, Tyler enjoys playing and watching hockey, making music, working on mechatronics projects, and sleeping. With two cats at home and a plethora of dogs at the office, he’s happy to maintain the lifestyle of both a “cat person” and a “dog person”.
Frank graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Computer & Systems Engineering. Soon afterwards, he migrated to Baltimore to pursue his interest in embedded firmware development for medical devices at Key Tech. Outside of work, Frank enjoys long distance running and dabbling in hobbyist audio electronics.
Laura is a Mechanical Engineer at Key Tech. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She likes being challenged by complex problems and working on new technologies in the medical industry. Outside of work, Laura enjoys staying active and working on artistic projects.
Sean graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and joined Key Tech shortly afterward. He’s looking forward to the PCB design work that awaits him. Sean is new to Maryland, having spent most his life in northern Virginia. In his free time, Sean likes to read fantasy novels, play video games and chess, and do almost any outdoor activity – particularly snowboarding, camping, hiking, and general exploring.
Sean also aspires to one day compose electronic dance music.
Katie is a newbie engineer who just joined Key Tech, and boy is she happy to be here. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Katie loves being challenged, and gets super excited about projects where she gets to learn new things and collaborate with other engineers… which happens to be pretty much every project at Key Tech, so she thinks it’s a really good fit. She has significant experience in automation, assembly design and device testing. Katie is a very visual thinker and brings lots and lots of hand-drawn sketches to any project she is a part of.
When not immersed in a novel, Katie enjoys taking naps, traveling, watching Pixar movies, and eating as many carb and sugar heavy items as she can (interpret as: baked goods). She comes from an aggressively baseball family, and is thrilled to live in Baltimore and supports her favorite team, the ever-successful Orioles, as often as possible. Katie likely would be a Broadway star in a different life. You can often catch her mouthing show tunes (and only occasionally singing to herself) while doing her work. Though Katie does suffer from “resting nice face” and rarely is seen not smiling, her bubbly and outgoing personality is genuine. When she gets excited, she also tends to babble a little. Sometimes a lot. Which might be why this bio is long….
Florence graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and joined Key Tech immediately afterward.
However, there was a time before she got her act together when she was majoring in bioengineering. As a result, she has published a paper in DNA extraction methods in botany, worked with human blood when developing a MEMS patient monitoring device, observed cardiac surgery on a pig, and utilized CFD and SolidWorks to streamline surgical planning procedures.
In her free time, Florence channels her inner old person by completing crosswords and doting on her houseplants. When she’s acting her age, she enjoys hiking and bouldering, kayaking, and strategic board games.
Drew graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He is passionate about developing embedded firmware at Key Tech and finding creative solutions to tough problems. Outside of Key Tech, Drew loves to go rock climbing, play ultimate frisbee, go hiking, or do anything else outdoors.
JoAnna is a Computer Engineer at Key Tech who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute with a B.S. in Computer & Systems Engineering and a minor in Psychology.
On one hand, she is fascinated by the logical concrete rules that govern mathematics; on the
other, she enjoys being able to express herself through innovative creativity.
Although outwardly dichotomous, JoAnna has found a way to unify her love of precision and
abstraction in the architecture and design of software.
Now and again, she can be caught tracking down the best food spots in Baltimore, dancing to
hip-hop choreos, or lying low in her apartment playing video games.
Not to mention that she discovered a newfound interest in the exciting, albeit expensive, world
of PC building.
And it’s only a matter of time before she owns her own personal battle station complete with 16k
resolution, 1024 fps, unlimited ram, overclocking, liquid cooling, pristine cable management,
and of course programmable LEDs…(what a nerd).
Naima graduated from Baltimore City Community College with an AAS in Accounting then recieved a BS in Real Estate & Economic Development from the University of Baltimore. This odd combination speaks to her personality and interests directly. Naima is a Baltimorean through and through and has a strong passion to effect change in the community she grew up in and those like it, but she also very much loves accounting! Naima is a geek at heart and studied engineering at Penn State Altoona for a year and a half before she decided she would rather be in business. She enjoys tinkering, building and all things science. In her spare time she likes to love on and annoy her three children & husband, binge watch her favorite shows and read. Naima also enjoys being extremely goofy/silly and always looks forward to a good road trip.
Teresa is Key Tech’s CFO. She spends her time providing strategic analysis and guidance for financial decision making. She also manages the day-to-day operations for the Accounting and Finance department. Over the course of her 25-year career, she gained extensive experience as a finance professional working with both large and small companies in areas such as financial analysis and process improvement. In her most recent position, she was responsible for building and managing the financial infrastructure as the company grew from $10M to $40M in 6 years.
Teresa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance from Penn State University and enjoys watching Nittany Lion football. She has two grown sons, Alex and Ethan, whom she enjoys spending time with whenever possible. She lives with her partner, Bill, in Annapolis where she enjoys fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She is an active member of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay non-profit organization.
Faith Quist is a Mechanical Engineer. Since joining Key Tech, Faith has helped design, build, and evaluate systems ranging from proof of concept prototypes to complex electromechanical systems ready for production. She loves learning about each client’s unique needs and technology and working creatively with her coworkers to solve new challenges.
Faith is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and secondary major in German. Her interests outside of Key Tech include crochet, baking, and aerial silks.
Will graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is passionate about developing cool, cutting edge electromechanical products and loves Key Tech for the opportunities it provides. Will has experience developing complex disposables, automated steering and measurement systems, and automated test systems, among other things. Though mechanical in title, Will is eager to find excuses to write code and mess around with circuits whenever he can. He is originally from Connecticut, and he loves to sing, to travel, and to ride his motorcycle. One of these days someone will catch him belting out a tune in the office when he thinks no one is around.
As an Electrical Engineer at Key Tech, Rachael has extensive experience in custom PCB design and full system electronics integration across a variety product spaces, including point of care devices, laboratory diagnostics instruments, and hand-held electronics systems. Rachael is also acting Director of Fun at Key Tech.
Rachael graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Outside of Key Tech, Rachael likes to tinker with electronics and programming and play soccer (when she is not injured).
Ode graduated from U.C Barkley with an undergraduate degree in fursics. His undergraduate research focused on quantum theory to determine why Schrodinger’s cat is not a dog. He then got his master’s in Business and Barketing from Ruffgers. Ode joined the Key Tech team as a pawduct developer in 2018, and has gained special skills in ball dynamics, treat technology, micropoo-idics, and nap time. In his spare time he watches Petflix and goes to yappy hour with friends.
Kun is a Computer Engineer, focused on developing embedded firmware at Key Tech. He has experience in the full scope of medical software development, including requirements definition, architecture design, software and hardware debugging, algorithm development, and verification. Kun enjoys working on software that interfaces with the physical world, and is interested in product design and software development methodology.
Kun received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Outside of work, he enjoys hobby electronics, music, and is an avid D.C. sports fan.
Mike graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since joining Key Tech, he has contributed to the development of diagnostic medical devices, industrial testing devices, and disposable complex fluidic cartridges. His experience includes work on electromechanical and thermal systems; fluidic systems involving sample and reagent handling, mixing, and delivery; and test development for complex systems.
Outside of work, Mike enjoys playing the trumpet, hiking, climbing, and spending time outdoors.
Jeff joined Key Tech in 2011 and since then has led the design of several embedded electronics systems for medical and industrial devices, including an ultrasonic diagnostic instrument, a pharmaceutical compounder, and a water quality testing system. He is skilled in analog and mixed signal electronic design as well as digital logic design in VHDL, and has even been known to use some heavy-duty math and science when backed into a corner.
Jeff graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, he plays bass guitar in a cover band and tries to get his co-workers to come to his shows.