Sequoia Scientific

New Science & Technology Lead at Sequoia

March 28, 2024

Effective January 2, 2024, Kirby Simon, M.Sc. is Sequoia’s new Science & Technology Lead, with responsibility for new instrumentation development as well as continuing development of all existing Sequoia technologies.

Kirby studied Chemical Engineering (BS 2018) and Materials Science and Engineering (MS 2019) at Washington University in St. Louis and became interested in R&D during his sophomore year. His passion for technology development expanded during his thesis work, and soon after graduation he joined an early-stage startup company designing, building, and testing prototype sensors for planetary science, ocean, climate, and agriculture applications.


Kirby has helped develop >10 different optical sensor prototypes and participated in field campaigns deploying and testing technologies in different environments, from a lava field in Iceland to a corn field in Iowa.

Kirby in Iceland

His experience in sensor development has largely focused on various spectroscopy techniques, including Raman, fluorescence, luminescence, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), and near-infrared (NIR) reflectance. He also has experience with lidar and imaging technologies.

His research interests revolve around developing and testing in-situ, active optical sensing technologies that enable scientific advancement in the characterization of the ocean and other extreme environments. Specific interests include (1) measuring the physical, optical, and/or chemical properties of constituents in aqueous environments, (2) advancing technologies to monitor carbon cycling in the ocean and support measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) efforts for marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR), and (3) developing instrumentation to validate remote sensing measurements and climate models and support efforts to study and mitigate climate change.

Sequoia is looking forward to seeing what new technologies and instrument ideas Kirby will create – welcome, Kirby!!