Founded in 2001, Forza solves complex IC design problems

Management Team

Our expert team works hard everyday to solve complex problems.


Dr. Barmak mansoorian

President & Co-Founder

Barmak brings over 20 years in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, semiconductor device physics and device micro-fabrication with specialization in active pixel sensors (APS), infrared focal plane array technology and high-speed communication. Previous to founding Forza Silicon, Barmak was with Photobit Corporation and NASA JPL’s Advanced Imager Technology Group. Barmak holds 17 patents in image sensor design and has contributed to over 20 articles in imaging and high-speed data communication. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees, as well as his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from UC San Diego.

Dr. Daniel Van Blerkom 

Dr. Daniel Van Blerkom

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Daniel has led the Forza Silicon engineering team in designing leading edge image sensors for medical, automotive and industrial applications, as well as high-end sensor products in the areas of digital cinema and defense. Prior to founding Forza Silicon, Daniel was with Photobit Corporation from 1998 to 2001. He holds 14 image sensor patents and was co-recipient of the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2008. Daniel received his BSEE from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego.

Shawn Maloney 


Executive Vice President of Business & Product Strategy

Shawn has over 30 years of strategic sales and marketing experience in the imaging semiconductor industry and played a leading role in the introduction of two breakthrough technologies (CMOS image sensors and MEMS) into the mobile imaging market. At Forza Silicon, Shawn is responsible for new market and business development, while helping to maintain major account relationships. Prior to Forza Silicon, Shawn was VP of Product & Strategic Marketing, Senior VP of Marketing & Sales and Senior VP of Global Sales at Digital Optics Corporation. Shawn’s collective industry experience includes holding several senior management positions at Siimpel, Foveon, Micron Imaging, Photobit and the Telecommunications and Electronics Division of Marubeni Corporation. Shawn received his undergraduate degree from New York State University and completed the International Law program at St. John’s University Graduate School.
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