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Founded in 1993, Acorn Product Development is based in Silicon Valley with design centers in Boston, Atlanta, and China. We provide comprehensive product engineering services—from turnkey product development, subassembly development, and engineering analysis to materials cost analysis and manufacturing cost reduction—for leading companies around the globe.

We embrace collaboration, simplify complex engineering challenges, establish supply chains, and plan for manufacturing and delivery. Our proven expertise, relationships, and processes help our clients bring innovative, reliable, and cost-effective products to market quickly while maintaining profitability throughout their life cycles.

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Meet the management team.

Ken Haven

Founder and CEO

Ken Haven has been CEO of Acorn Product Development since the company’s founding in 1993. Ken has more than 25 years of product development experience including technical leadership roles with NeXT Computer, Attain, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard. He holds MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Tim Lau

Founder and CTO

Tim Lau co-founded Acorn with Ken, and is Acorn’s CTO. Tim has 25+ years product development experience in technology product development, and manufacturing liaison roles for NeXT Computer, Wyse Technology, and Plantronics. Tim holds a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Rochester and an MS in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Benjamin Chia


Benjamin is an experienced multidisciplinary designer capable in all phases of the design process. As Chief Design Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, he directs the creative staff and develops new business potentials. Benjamin's design has been recognized by IDEA, CES, Good Design, MDEA, and Sparks. Since 2000, Benjamin has been teaching design at Stanford University, Academy of Art University, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University.

Ryan Byrne

Business Development Manager, East

Ryan leads the business development efforts in the Eastern United States, covering Acorn’s design centers in Boston and Atlanta. His responsibilities include the sales efforts for new projects, managing partner/client relationships, and executing on marketing initiatives. Based in Boston, Ryan works closely with his engineering teammates to understand the product development challenges that other teams face and how to provide a solution that meets their needs. He graduated from Harvard College and worked at several technology start-ups in Boston prior to joining the Acorn team.

Damon Campbell

Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Damon is engineering lead in our Silicon Valley Design Center. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, and he brings 18 years of expertise in design and prior work with Tele-comm, consumer electronics, sports equipment, and medical devices. Damon is highly experienced managing teams of US and China based engineers to create solutions for disparate markets and has been awarded 10 US patents throughout his career.

Brad Range

Engineering Manager

Brad is the engineering lead in our Southeastern design center, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has led product development efforts with Acorn for more than five years, specializing in automation system simulation, mechanism design, and structural and thermal system design and analysis. He is a frequent conference speaker on the topic of Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA). Brad has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tom Dutremble

Engineering Manager

Tom leads the engineering team in our Boston design center. He specializes in mechanism design, structural analysis and vibration analysis. With over 10 years of experience in high volume manufacturing design Tom has a deep understanding of intersection of industrial automation and design for manufacturability. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston University

Mike Derenzi

Engineering Manager

An Engineering Manager at Acorn, Mike holds a B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego respectively. With more than 13 years of product design and development experience across many disciplines and applications, Mike has been awarded 4 U.S. patents (7 more pending). He started his career in fuel cell and clinical diagnostics, where he gained experience in microfluidics. Mike is a leading expert in the medical device industry, with deep expertise in thermal and tolerance analysis, plastics and sheet metal, system design/architecture, and program management.

Minxiang Liu

Engineering Manager

Minxiang Liu leads the engineering team in our China Design Center. He has more than 17 years of product design and development experience and five years of teaching experience at the college level. He holds a MS degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University and BS degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai University of Technology.