One sense ahead to enhance security and save lives.

Viken is derived from “sixth sense.” Our name combines VI, the roman numeral for six, and “KEN”, from the Latin meaning knowledge or range of sight. Along with our tag line “One Sense Ahead” our name signifies our company’s focus on detecting public threats with breakthrough technologies.

Discovering new ways to use technology to foil modern threats, save lives, and ultimately create a safer world.

As technology plays an ever more significant role in safety and security efforts, we’re at the leading edge, developing new devices that are extensible, multi-layered, and open-sourced so they work together to keep our world safer. We’re continually innovating to ensure our products are intuitive and safe, giving those who use them–and their communities–peace of mind.

Our vision is to discover new ways to use technology to foil modern threats, save lives, and ultimately, create a safer world.

As technology plays an ever more significant role in security efforts, we’re at the leading edge, developing new devices that are extensible, multi-layered, and open-sourced to allow them to work together with other solutions to keep our world safer. We’re continually innovating to ensure our scanners and analyzers are intuitive and safe, giving the authorities who use our devices peace of mind.

Meet the team

We’re a group of curious, tenacious problem solvers from engineering, scientific, marketing, project management, customer service and sales backgrounds. With over 100 staff and growing, the chance to make a difference, is what drives us.

Jim Ryan

President & Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Viken in 2018, Jim was Executive Vice President of Security & Power Systems at Analogic, where he led the introduction of checkpoint computed tomography for aviation security, rapid DNA for law enforcement, and various imaging and precision power products for medical diagnostics. He also spent eight years as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on clients in the aerospace & defense, healthcare, and government sectors. He started his career in the advanced engineering group at Ingersoll-Rand designing handheld products. Jim earned his Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Lehigh University.

Jim says he will never work for a “big” company because what he values most about Viken is the freedom to tinker in the lab and come up with new products without asking for permission first. As someone who admits that he hates to relax, in his free time, Jim can be found remodeling houses and watching physics videos.

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Peter Rothschild, PhD

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

A leading innovator in the field of X-ray technology, Peter founded Viken in 2013 (as Heuresis Corporation) after serving as the longtime Chief Scientist and Director of Research and Development at American Science and Engineering. An expert in computer simulations and IP strategy and management, he is the inventor of Scatter Attenuation Tomography and holds over 50 patents in X-ray inspection technologies. Peter earned an Honors Degree in Physics from the Australian National University and a Doctorate’s in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What excites Peter about Viken is its commitment to innovation, mission to only create best-in-class products, and its can-do startup company mentality, even as it scales into a larger organization with substantial government contracts. In his spare time, he is a chauffeur for his teenage son and daughter. When Peter finds the time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, scuba diving, playing Texas Hold’em with friends, and is always game to try a new Mezcal or Tequila cocktail.

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Basak Karbeyaz

Chief Science Officer

With over 15 years of experience in data science, image processing, signal processing, numerical analysis, and developing image reconstruction algorithms, Dr. Basak Ulker-Karbeyaz joined Viken in 2019 as the Vice President of Algorithms. Prior to Viken, Basak served as the Senior Principal Imaging Engineer at Analogic and was active in the research and development. She has four patents, is published in various peer-reviewed journals, and was a 2012 nominee for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award. Basak earned her Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Making the world a better place is in Basak’s DNA and at Viken, she’s thrilled to live the company’s public safety mission every single day. Outside of work, Basak loves spending time with her husband, two children, and her cat. Among her favorite things are volunteering at her children’s school, trying new things, and pushing her boundaries.

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Chitra Subramanian

Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer

With an extensive background in cross-functional leadership, new product development and introduction, program management, systems engineering, software engineering, x-ray physics, and imaging algorithms, Chitra joined Viken in 2021 as its COO. Prior to Viken, she served as the Director of Engineering for Medical Imaging (CT) business. During her 20-year tenure, she led multiple large-scale programs in both the medical and security businesses, worked on several checked baggage and checkpoint CT scanners developed for airport security applications, and was the Principal Engineer for the Rapid DNA program, which involved developing a portable point-of-use instrument for DNA identification for law enforcement and the military.

Chitra holds four patents, is a Gordon Fellow from Northeastern University, and is an alumna of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s leadership program. She has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai.

Chitra’s favorite aspect of working at Viken is the company’s mission to save lives. She finds it incredibly rewarding to be part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact in the community and ensuring the wellbeing of others through innovative solutions. In her free time, she can be found cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her family.

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Christopher Flanagan

Chief Information Officer

An experienced Enterprise Architect, Christopher Flanagan prides himself on both his servant leadership style and his passion for sustainable change and innovation. As Viken’s Chief Information Officer, he guides the process of planning and designing the IT capabilities of the enterprise to meet its organizational objectives. Christopher has expertise in areas including data flow architecture, enterprise requirement scoping, data modeling, and data mapping. His focus on architecture solutions which are aligned to business outcomes ensures that Viken is always moving forward towards its goals.

Christopher has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and has held various leadership positions in the field of IT and supply chain systems. At Viken since 2018, he has led initiatives in cybersecurity, business intelligence and analytics, business applications, infrastructure and operations, end-user support, product IT, and organizational support. Prior to joining the company, he served as the VP of IT and Supply Chain Systems.

If his free time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children, building fine furniture, taking on home improvements, and exploring nature.

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Hanh Lai, PhD

Senior Vice President & General Manager of Chemical Detection and Environmental Hazards

Hanh Lai joined Viken in 2018 after holding various technical leadership roles at Rapiscan and Safran (formerly Morpho Detection) in their Explosive Trace Detection divisions. She is named as the inventor or co-inventor on 18 US patents and patent applications related to analytical instrumentation, detection sensors, and devices. Hanh received her Doctorate in Forensic Chemistry at Florida International University and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Hanh loves how Viken’s culture promotes innovation and leadership at every level within the company. In her off time, she’s equally as passionate about dancing to salsa music and enjoying the simpler things in life.

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Jimmy Failla

Vice President, Operations

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Jon Decker

General Counsel

After a legal career spanning roles at the Harvard Business School, The Tobin Project, Ropes & Gray, Analogic, and as the Vice President and Associate General counsel at CIRCOR International, Jon joined Viken in 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Harvard University.

Jon says he was attracted to Viken because of its unwavering commitment to integrity, innovation, and public safety.

In his spare time, Jon is a (very) amateur powerlifter and snowboarder.

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Mark Laustra

Vice President, New Markets

A frequent contributor to US congressional hearings, industry forums, and media outlets, Mark is a leading expert on policy and regulatory matters related to the use of security detection technology. He joined Viken in 2023, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in successfully leading security technology teams and managing complex technology-based programs for the US government and commercial enterprises. Mark holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from the University of Central Florida.

Mark enjoys using his skills and expertise to contribute to Viken’s growth as a rising tech company. When he’s not working, Mark loves spending time with his family and their seven furry friends and taking on opponents on the pickleball court.

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Melissa O’Dowd

Vice President, Marketing

A successful healthcare technology, pharma, and medical device marketer, Melissa has helped global brands, including Microsoft, Shire Plc, Archway Health, and HealthEdge Software with their go-to-market strategies. Before joining Viken in 2024, she led the Healthcare Industry team at Sage Group, Plc, setting and executing the global healthcare strategy and direction for its cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant financial management solution, Sage Intacct. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s in Communications and Film Studies from Boston College.

With many family and friends in the military, law enforcement, and the healthcare sector, Viken’s public safety mission is very personal to Melissa. In her spare time, she can usually be found at a rink watching her kids play ice hockey and lacing up her skates to play herself.

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Tony Dunne

Vice President, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain

An experienced global supply chain professional, Tony spent the bulk of his career at Thermo Fisher Scientific, first in the UK before transferring to the US, where he held positions in the company’s business unit, division, and group levels. Before joining Viken in 2022, he was Director of Commodity Management at Ametek. Tony studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the UK’s Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. He also earned the distinction of Certified Purchasing Manager and Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management from the Institute of Supply Chain Management in the US.

Outside of work, Tony enjoys skiing, kayaking, playing and watching sports. He loves music, with David Bowie being one of his favorite artists.

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Be a part of the team

Bring your enthusiasm, collaborative spirit, and “I-can-handle-that” confidence and find your next career opportunity here.
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From our interns to our CEO, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the brightest minds in the industry.
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We pride ourselves on working together, where innovative ideas eclipse job titles.
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What you do here matters. Your ideas and contributions help save lives and enhance security every day.