Smart Wires Inc.

Smart Wires strengthens leadership team with appointment of Dr. Jesse Tucker as Chief of Engineering

May 9, 2024

Smart Wires today announced the appointment of Dr. Jesse Tucker as Chief of Engineering to lead the global engineering team that develops new products and sustains existing products in the company’s suite of grid enhancing technologies. Dr. Tucker is an experienced technical leader with nearly 30 years of experience in electrical engineering, research and development (R&D), and product management across a range of companies from start-ups to large global companies such as General Electric.

Dr Jesse Tucker

“Jesse’s appointment to head our engineering team is a strategic enhancement to Smart Wires’ senior leadership team,” said Joanna Lohkamp, CEO at Smart Wires. “His extensive background and technical expertise in electrical engineering and product development align perfectly with our commitment to providing high-impact grid enhancing technologies and services that meet the evolving needs of our international customers.” 

Dr. Tucker has spent over 15 years in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, which is home to Smart Wires’ global headquarters featuring state-of-the-art R&D, testing and validation laboratories.

“Electric grid technologies are at the center of achieving clean energy and emissions reductions targets in the U.S. and worldwide. Smart Wires is helping its customers unlock extra capacity and solve complex grid issues through our innovative, modular and quick-to-deploy solutions. I’m eager to contribute first-hand as we provide innovative, safe, high-quality solutions that empower utilities to enhance their grid capabilities,” said Dr. Jesse Tucker, Chief of Engineering at Smart Wires.

Prior to joining Smart Wires, Dr. Tucker consulted on product development for growing companies, with a focus on regulatory compliance, PCBA design, full system architecture development, and the implementation of engineering department best practices. He also held multiple leadership roles, including Director of Product at Sense Photonics, Inc. (now Ouster) and Vice President of Engineering / Chief Technology Officer at Valencell, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2006 that pioneered the wrist heart rate sensors now commonly used in fitness wearables and watches.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Tucker worked at General Electric’s Global Research Center  as the principal investigator and technical lead on wide bandgap semiconductor research. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computing Engineering, with a concentration in semiconductor physics, from George Mason University, where he also earned a M.S. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.



About Smart Wires

Smart Wires is the world’s leading grid enhancing technology and services provider. We help electric utilities to unlock capacity and solve their critical grid issues, using our solutions to create a more flexible, reliable and affordable grid. This enables a faster, more cost-efficient path to meet growing electricity demand with clean energy generation, at lowest cost to consumers. Headquartered in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, Smart Wires has a global workforce of passionate and visionary industry-leading experts spread across four continents, who work every day to transform grids globally. In collaboration with our customers and partners, we’ve unlocked over 3.5 Gigawatts capacity—enough to power over 2.5 million homes—supporting the faster integration of clean energy and new demand, enhancing security of supply and delivering cost savings to consumers.

Together, we are reimagining the grid for net zero.

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