Agave Systems was founded by Eric Hegstrom, in 1995 for the purpose of consulting in the field of software engineering. Over the years it has grown to support the complete development of a variety of high-tech scientific and industrial systems.
Eric's most recent venture was as a co-founder and principal of the Optical Device Engineering Corporation before which he led the development of software for automated optical component testing and production at Chorum Technologies.
Eric has more than twenty years experience in project management and system and software engineering. Most recently he has been developing control, automation, and analysis systems used in optical measurement, telecommunication, laboratory analysis, imaging and glass manufacturing industries.
Eric has extensive experience developing systems supporting automated industrial workflow, quality assurance, and inspection and testing products. His previous work experience includes: Apple Computers, 3D0, Etec Systems, LiteSentry Corporation and being a principal in an optical start-up sold to PerkinElmer Optoelectronics in 2001.
He designed, developed, and delivered a comprehensive automated QA system as a key deliverable of a $100 million technology sale to Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic). Eric received his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Arizona.