Data Physics Corporation is a privately held company. It was founded in February 1984 by Sri Welaratna and David Snyder.
One of the greatest factors of Data Physics ongoing success in delivering breakthrough technology is its dedicated team of software and hardware engineers. Our worldwide staff of exceptionally talented scientists, engineers, researchers, analysts, manufacturers, and developers comes from various backgrounds in automotive, aerospace, defense, technology, business, and more.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices and distributors all over the world, Data Physics continues to reach new heights in innovation.
As President and CEO, Sri Welaratna leads Data Physics, planning its strategic direction and position in industry. Under his leadership Data Physics continues to innovate, striving for excellence and pushing technological frontiers in the test and measurement industry.
Sri Welaratna came across the Fourier Transform in 1971 while doing research at the University of Bradford in England and went to work for Hewlett-Packard, first in Europe and then at Santa Clara. His work at HP included applications engineering, marketing, and software development. Prior to starting Data Physics, Sri had a career as an independent consultant doing work for a number of international and Silicon Valley companies including IBM. Sri then joined with Dave Snyder to form Data Physics in 1984.
Sri Welaratna originally trained as an Electrical Engineer in Sri Lanka and worked as an Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer before receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Bradford in England. Sri has authored many technical articles and continues to write for technical publications.
As Chairman and CTO, Dave Snyder provides essential technology and engineering leadership for the development of Data Physics products. Dave Snyder’s ingenuity and technical expertise has led to numerous successful generations of DP hardware and software.
Before joining forces with Sri Welaratna to form Data Physics, Dave worked with high-energy physics particles at LRL, low-altitude satellite orbits at DDI and Digital Signal Processing at HP Santa Clara. He was also an independent consultant, with clients such as Fairchild Semiconductor. He is a 10-year alumnus of HP where he contributed to the world’s first commercial Fourier Analyzer, the HP5450, introduced the microcode architecture that was the basis of the HP5451 and future generations of HP Fourier Analyzers and designed hardware, microcode and software for the HP5427 digital vibration controller and the HP5420 portable FFT analyzer.
Dave Snyder received a degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and has done graduate work at Stanford and UCSC.
As COO, Sabine Castagnet is responsible for business development, financial management, human resources and operations at Data Physics. Her role encompasses many facets of the business including enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure that will allow Data Physics to continue to grow and serve its customers.
Sabine joined Data Physics in 1997 as an Applications Engineer providing technical support to international subsidiaries and distributors. In this role, she gained detailed knowledge of the products and their applications, and built strong relationships while being resourceful and effective at solving customers’ problems. Sabine took a leave of absence from 2000 to 2002 to complete a Master of Business Administration, sponsored by Data Physics, before returning as Director, Business Development and Marketing. In this new role, Sabine led the effort to strengthen the Data Physics brand, develop market strategies and shape the product range. On the business side, Sabine oversaw the implementation of a companywide ERP system resulting in significant efficiencies throughout the organization. Sabine took the COO position in January 2010.
Prior to joining DP, Sabine worked as a Research Assistant at Florida Atlantic University and was responsible for the Office of Naval Research Project on Mid-Frequency Target Scattering.
Sabine holds a Master of Business Administration with a Certificate in Public Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She previously received a joint Masters degree that included a MS in Ocean Engineering, Acoustics & Vibration from Florida Atlantic University, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Institut Superieur d’Electronique du Nord, Lille, France. Prior to that she received a joint undergraduate degree that included a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Brighton, UK, and a Bachelor of Science from the Université de Bordeaux. Sabine speaks several languages and has extensively traveled the globe.
As Sales Director, Per Lindberg leads the Sales organization stretching across international frontiers. He provides guidance on sales management, contracts, and customer applications support for the large team of specialists that comprise the sales force of Data Physics.
Per was International Sales Manager at Data Physics before becoming responsible for the entire Marketing and Sales organization. He has professional business and engineering experience dating back to the early 1980s working for Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and VXI Technology. During his seventeen year carrier at HP and Agilent, in Sales and as the European Product Line Marketing Manager for Data Acquisition and Surveillance Business units, Per was responsible for defining marketing strategy and implementing a European marketing plan. As the International Sales Manager at VXI Technology, Per’s leadership helped double international business over a two year span.
Per earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on signal analysis and acoustics from the University of Lund in Sweden and worked as a software development engineer at Ericsson, designing and building PC-based test systems before joining HP.
As Director of Product Management, Thomas Reilly leads a team of product managers, responsible for the complete range of Data Physics products, including; signal analyzers, vibration control systems, high intensity acoustic test systems, and electrodynamic shaker systems. The product management team is responsible for product planning and execution throughout each product’s life cycle. This includes gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met.
Tom has almost 30 years of experience in vibration and acoustic testing and analysis. He started his career working with the US Navy in the area of acoustic analysis and design of submarines and surface ships. For more than 20 years he has worked for manufacturers of data acquisition systems, dynamic signal analyzers, and vibration control systems. Tom is a member of several industry working groups that define specifications and recommended practices for vibration testing and qualification. He has written numerous technical paper and articles on vibration testing, analysis and control, including multi degree of freedom vibration testing. Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
As Director of Product Management, Kevin leads a team of product managers and applications engineers responsible for the Data Physics SignalForce and SignalSound product lines, which include high intensity acoustic test systems and electrodynamic shaker systems. The product management team is responsible for product planning and execution throughout each product’s life cycle. This includes gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met.
Kevin has more than 30 years of experience in vibration and acoustic testing. He spent 23 years working at Team Corporation in a variety of positions, most of which were in technical sales and service for servo-hydraulic vibration test systems, under one year as the Product Line Manager of Vibration Systems with Lansmont Corporation, and nearly 8 years at Data Physics as the Shaker Operations Manager. Kevin is a member of several industry working groups that define specifications and recommended practices for vibration testing and qualification. He is currently the Chairman of the IEST DTE-009 Shaker Selection Working group.
As Marketing Director, Russell Zuppo provides leadership and direction for Data Physics’ global marketing strategy, product marketing, brand management, and marketing communications.
Russell joined the Data Physics team in 2004 as a Regional Business Manager for the central region of the United States. In this position, he worked with customers and partners to help solve problems by applying Data Physics solutions. A direct result of this effort is a strong knowledge of the product, the technology, and the needs of Data Physics’ customers. With his past experience with companies such as LMS and The Modal Shop, Russell has additional industry experience dating back to 1995.
Russell holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.