Our Story

Whether was started by a team of researchers at the University of Connecticut. Our founding and advisory teams have deep expertise in data-driven impact modeling with over a decade of experience predicting the impacts of extreme weather on the electrical grid.

Vijay Jayachandran

CEO & Co-Founder

Vijay is a seasoned product and technology executive with over two decades of prior experience in product development, operations, marketing and strategy at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He likes to sit at the intersection of infrastructure that powers humanity, and digital technologies that can take it to the next level of performance.

Vijay holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Peter Watson

CTO & Co-Founder

Peter is a data scientist who is passionate about using machine learning and other analytical techniques to describe and model the impacts of weather on the infrastructure. He believes data-driven analysis of past natural disasters will help create a more resilient future, even with increasing uncertainty and change.

Peter holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Manos Anagnostou

Founder & Advisory Board Chair

Manos is the Eversource Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut. He is the Director of the Eversource Energy Center and one of the Research Directors at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.

Manos' research efforts focus on remote sensing of water cycle and integrating earth observations with models for improving water cycle predictability at global scale. He is exploring severe weather events and leveraging advanced technologies to predict the impact on communities and the natural and built environment (roadways, buildings, power grids and water infrastructure).

Dave Wanik

Data Science Adviser

Dave is an analytics leader and self-described data geek who brings over a decade of experience from roles in the utility, manufacturing and insurance industries. His technical expertise and research interests are in the areas of natural hazards, data science and geospatial data processing.

Dave holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Diego Cerrai

Technical Adviser & Co-Founder

Diego is an expert in the prediction of weather-related power outages using machine learning and statistical models. He is the ​Manager of the Eversource Energy Center and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut.

Diego has degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Physics of the Earth System from the University of Bologna (Italy), and Physics from the University of Pisa (Italy).

Mike Zappone

Industry Adviser

Mike is an industry veteran from the electrical utilities sector with more than 30 years of experience in emergency preparedness, mutual assistance, system operations, restoration, and recovery. He is currently a Managing Partner at Consult Mike Z... LLC. Prior to this, he was Manager of Emergency Preparedness Logistics at Eversource Energy.

Mike holds an MBA from University of New Haven. He also holds a Bachelors in Finance and an Associates in Engineering.