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Meet Team Uniforce


Ben Castricone, Ph.D.

President and CEO of Uniforce Sales and Engineering

Location:  Newark, CA

Founded the company in 1986 and has built it up over the years.  U.S. Navy veteran.  Attributes most of his success to building strong relationships with clients and manufacturers.  Keeps the place in ship shape order and everyone on their toes. Often brings in his treasures found when out metal detecting.





Patti Yamane

Vice President and Office Manager

Location:  Newark, CA

Executive administrative duties, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Keeps the office running efficiently and takes care of anything else that comes up. Brings in a different Corgie everyday to keep everyone guessing.





David Darg

Sales Engineer

Location:  Newark, CA

Graduated from ITESM with BSEE with emphasis on communications, received ME-EE from Cal Poly with emphasis on communications and EO. Worked for Nac US as Design Engineer on airborne video recorders and high speed video systems; Start up communications and security systems integrator; Redlake MASD Applications Engineer supporting high speed video systems; Sony Electronics Product Manager for OEM cameras.





Doug Yamane

Engineer X

Location:  Newark, CA

If it needs to get done he gets it done. Keeps the office technology up and running.






Nelson Page Milliken

Sales Engineer

Location:  San Diego, CA

He has over 20 years in imaging and image analysis expertise. He is a Kodak alumni having served as the America’s Manager for Eastman Kodak’s Motion Analysis Systems Division in San Diego, CA. He worked his way through Cal State San Jose as a musician and band leader, providing right brain stimulus to go with the technical left brain to round out his personality perfectly.





Mark A. Christenson, Ph.D.

Sales Engineer

Location: Tucson, AZ

Mark earned his BS in Chemistry and Math from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine.  After a post-doctoral fellowship in live cell imaging at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center he began a career in the photonics industry.

Mark has accumulated over 17 years of experience in the sales and marketing of digital camera systems (CoolSNAP and Cascade product lines from Photometrics) and in custom sensors (Sarnoff back illuminated CCDs). At Fairchild Imaging he assisted with the introduction of the new CMOS sensors to the marketplace.  In addition, Mark has authored technical articles in publications like Photonics Spectra and Biophotonics and has two published book chapters on imaging technology.

Mark enjoys assisting his customers define their imaging requirements and then finding the right tools for the job. He takes satisfaction in seeing his customers succeed with their projects the first time because they made the right choices. Please feel free to contact Mark with any questions you may have about your imaging application needs.



Phalguni Suhas Raut

Applications Engineer

Location: Newark, CA

Phal graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with Masters in EE and specialization in Machine Vision and Image Processing.  Her experience working as an Image Processing Engineer Intern on Traffic Vision Project among many others makes her a valuable asset to the Uniforce Team.

Vision systems and Imaging has always been Phal’s area of interest and she loves working on the same.  Phal is also an avid traveler and enjoys photography.


  Tom Vogelsong

Thomas L. Vogelsong, Ph.D.

Sales Engineer

Location: Newark, CA

Tom has extensive experience in research and development, systems engineering, and business development with companies involved in visible, infrared, and X-ray image sensors, camera electronics, image and signal processing, and electro-optics systems. Tom has worked with commercial, medical, consumer, aerospace, defense, and industrial applications, including machine vision systems, microscopy and spectrometry, bar code readers, video bandwidth compression, digital X-ray systems, biofluorescence imaging, machine vision systems, digital cinematography, airborne mapping, and night vision systems.

Tom performs technology assessment and market analysis for start-ups as well as established companies in the imaging industry in his position at Imaging Innovations.  Prior to that, he led programs on image sensor and camera development for defense night vision, space imaging, and biotech as Senior Director of Business Development for Imaging Systems at SRI International/Sarnoff. Other roles included heading engineering and business development of high performance camera systems for medical imaging, traffic, defense, inspection, and veterinary X-ray at Narragansett Imaging and Salvador Imaging and leading the development of MEMS, II/V semiconductor devices, and micro-optics for spectrometers, optical channel monitors, and optical computed tomography systems at Axsun Technologies. He was CEO and President of Photon Vision Systems (acquired by Panavision), a pioneer in high performance CMOS imager sensors including the world’s first 4k imager. At InfiMed and GE Medical, he designed digital radiography, angiography, and cardiology systems as well as digital X-ray detectors and MRI and CT image reconstruction engines. He started out his career at GE Global Research developing CCDs for signal processing and CIDs for imaging in the visible and infrared.

Tom obtained his BSEE at Lehigh University and his MS and PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds 19 patents and has over 50 publications. Tom enjoys sports including skiing, volleyball, tennis, hiking, and kayaking.



Jolene Barber Wong

Webmaster/ Marketing/ Graphic Design

Location:  Newark, CA

Graduated from UC Davis, creates graphics, videos, and marketing materials for Uniforce.  Makes sure the company website is up to par 😉

Favorite quote:  “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

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