Nicholas Lesniewski-Laas

Director of Systems Engineering

Nick brings over 10 years of experience solving difficult technical challenges by applying his deep expertise in microelectronics, electrical design, and software development. At Sunrise, he works closely with the Engineering and Quality teams to oversee the optimization of Systems Engineering processes, and their efficient application to projects. Nick will also contribute directly to projects both as an advisor and a technical contributor.

Before joining Sunrise Labs, Nick was a Staff Electrical Engineer on the Advanced Technology Team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a research institute at Harvard University. During his tenure, he managed several breakthrough technology efforts including the 'Active Insoles', a vibrating shoe insert that improves standing balance in stroke survivors and improves agility and dynamic balance in healthy young athletes. Nick also designed, built, and deployed medical devices for clinical research in hospital environments, such as electrical stimulators to enhance upper limb rehabilitation for patients recovering from a stroke. In addition to engineering design, Nick was the principal investigator and study designer for a number of human subjects studies. Beyond medical devices, Nick developed control systems for wearable robotics such as a pneumatic 'Grip Glove' for enhancing grip strength.

His experience working on several notable projects at Varian Semiconductor as a Control Systems Engineer earned him engineering excellence awards for a portable monitoring system and a high voltage grounding system for next-generation, high-energy ion implanters.

Nick has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering, with a concentration in microelectronics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.