Philipp Stratmann, Eng.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Philipp Stratmann is OPT's President and Chief Executive Officer, based in the company's New Jersey headquarters. Philipp joined OPT in December 2019 as Vice President, Global Business Development, bringing with him broad energy industry experience from oil and gas to renewables, both offshore and onshore.
Prior to OPT, Philipp was Vice President, Biofuels, for Velocys, which he joined in 2015 as Business Development Director. He previously served as General Manager Global Development and West Africa for InterMoor and has held leadership positions with Acteon Group and Ernst & Young, in addition to experience with VT Group and Shell.
Philipp is a graduate of the United Kingdom’s University of Southampton, where he received his Engineering Doctorate and his Master of Engineering degree in Ship Science.
Robert P. Powers, CPA
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Robert Powers is OPT's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, based in the company's New Jersey headquarters. He joined OPT in December 2021 with more than 25 years of experience providing domestic and international leadership to entrepreneurial, privately owned, and founder-led companies, as well as SEC registrants and private equity backed companies.
Prior to OPT, Bob was CFO of Constellation Advisors, a private equity-owned provider of outsourced back-office operations and compliance services. He has held financial leadership roles with Sterling Talent Solutions, Wood Group PPS – a division of Wood Group, GTE, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and Plug Power . He has also provided financial consulting services to various companies.
Bob began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Fordham University and an MBA in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
Matthew Burdyny is OPT’s Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing. Matt joined OPT in March 2022 after 13 years with Teledyne Marine, a segment of Teledyne Technologies, bringing strong experience in sales, business development, marketing, and product development.
Most recently Matt was Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Teledyne Marine, a group of leading-edge undersea technology companies, where he drove segment growth, defining key market opportunities and acquisitions, while leading a sales organization.
Matt received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Management from Harvard University.
Vice President of Engineering & Operations
Ethan Butler is OPT’s Vice President of Engineering & Operations, based in the company’s New Jersey headquarters. Ethan joined OPT in 2022 with more than 25 years of experience executing commercial and government development programs for products in and around the ocean.
Prior to OPT, Ethan was most recently Director of Program Management with Insulet Corporation and he has held leadership positions with Ginko Bioworks, General Dynamics Mission Systems (formerly Bluefin Robotics), Passport Systems, and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
Ethan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received master's degrees in Engineering Management and Ocean Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, where he majored in marine science and physics and minored in mathematics and mechanical engineering.
Maria Force, MS, SPHR, SCP
Vice President, Human Resources
Maria Force is OPT’s Vice President, Human Resources, based in the company’s New Jersey headquarters. Maria joined OPT in November 2021, bringing deep experience as a business leader, entrepreneur, mentor, and coach with expertise leading company growth.
Prior to joining OPT, Maria was Director of Human Resources at Drew University. Her career includes human resources leadership positions with Roseland, a Mack-Cali Company, Gallagher Bollinger, Federated Department Stores, Warnock Automotive Group, and she led a private consulting practice focused on mediation and arbitration.
A board member of the Employer’s Association of New Jersey, Maria has also served as an elected official, holding offices including Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Councilwoman of the Township of Verona, N.J., sits on the board of Pleasantdale Cemetery and the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s HR Advisory Board. She graduated Drew University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology and earned a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Steven’s Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles
Mark Gundersen is OPT’s Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles, based in the company’s Richmond, Calif., office. Mark joined OPT in November 2021 following the acquisition of Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc., designers and manufacturers of WAM-V® autonomous surface vehicles, where he was President and CEO.
Mark joined Marine Advanced Robotics in 2006 as Chief Engineer and served as Vice President of Engineering & Operations before taking over as the company’s top executive. Previously he was Project Manager with Rockford Corporation and cut his teeth as a commercial fisherman in Alaska.
Mark is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his bachelor's degree in engineering. He is a member of the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International, the Navy League of the United States, and the American Society of Naval Engineers.
Jose H. Vazquez, Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Consulting Services
Dr. Jose Vazquez is OPT's Vice President, Strategic Consulting Services, based in the company's Houston, Texas, office. Jose joined OPT in February 2021 following the acquisition of 3Dent Technology, LLC, the offshore energy consulting engineering and design services company he co-founded in 2013.
Prior to founding 3Dent, Jose was with Bennett & Associates, where he started as Technical Director, responsible for maintaining the quality and scope of all engineering analyses. He later became its Technical Director and CEO, and eventually President and CEO. While at Bennett, he worked on self-elevating mobile platform (jackup rig) technology. Jose also led the team that designed the MinDOC 3 hull – the first dry-tree deepwater floating, drilling, and production unit designed to post-Katrina standards.
Jose joined Bennett & Associates following four years as an assistant professor in the Maritime Systems Engineering department at Texas A&M University – Galveston. He continues to teach part-time in the graduate program at the University of Houston’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Jose is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he received his Civil Engineering Doctorate and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.