vision + precision

At surfaceink, beautiful design and premier engineering co-exist. This philosophy is infused into our process from start to finish, ensuring an uncompromised product expression and user experience, while promising exceptional performance with an affordable production cost. Our primary success metric is a shipping product that impacts culture and excels in the marketplace.

we’ve been busy

Surfaceink began in 1999 as an engineering partner to Apple Computer.  During those early days, we helped to develop many of Apple’s most innovative products, including iMac, Powerbook, iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBook. This prolific twelve year period allowed us to refine our approach to precision engineering and established a company standard for clean design execution. After a few years we began developing products for other tech giants and startups throughout the Silicon Valley, and have since grown a full offering of design, hardware, software and technical services. We are dedicated to creating holistic product solutions that provide great user experiences and solid business results.

our clients

company leadership

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Chad Errett

COO

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product

Development

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of

Software Engineering

Sagar Savant

Director of Audio Systems

Chris Whittall, Director of Industrial Design, surfaceink

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Dennis Perry, Director of Electrical Engineering, surfaceink

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical

Engineering

Paul Wright, Director of Business Development, surfaceink

Paul Wright

Director of Business

Development

Debbie Towar, Controller, surfaceink

Debbie Towar

Corporate Controller

Anna Zhang, project manager NPI, surfaceink

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

company leadership

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Chad Errett

COO

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product

Development

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of

Software Engineering

Sagar Savant

Director of Audio Systems

Chris Whittall, Director of Industrial Design, surfaceink

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Dennis Perry, Director of Electrical Engineering, surfaceink

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical

Engineering

Paul Wright, Director of Business Development, surfaceink

Paul Wright

Director of Business

Development

Debbie Towar, Controller, surfaceink

Debbie Towar

Corporate Controller

Anna Zhang, project manager NPI, surfaceink

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Eric Bauswell

CEO, founder, surfaceink

Eric began his career designing tractor mowers for Textron before landing in Silicon Valley where he was motivated by the challenge of fast-paced and industry leading design at Apple.  As surfaceink grew, Eric expanded surfaceink to develop products for Palm, Flextronics, and Dell to name a few.  He continues to be motivated by the creative challenges from Fortune 100 companies and emerging high-tech startups.

 

Chad Errett

COO

Chad Errett is a Principal with over 15 years at surfaceink.  Prior to joining SI, he was an officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy. He transferred to product design after leaving the navy and was heavily influenced by ten years of development work at Apple.  He firmly believes that teamwork, attention to detail, and the pursuit of higher standards of excellence make the journey worthwhile.

 

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product Development

Jason is the VP of Product Design and has been with surfaceink for over 17 years. Jason’s passion is to serve the needs of the client while designing high-impact products that excite and delight end-users. HIs client work includes an extensive engagement at Apple, Inc. (having worked on over 30 products in production), Amazon’s Lab126, Topcon, and Fitbit.  At Nook, he widened his network of top-tier suppliers while delivering innovative and critically-acclaimed hardware as Product Design leader on several products.

 

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Andrew joined surfaceink in 2000 in order to move his career closer to the passion he had for designing consumer products and he has been with surfaceink over 14 years. Andrew left surfaceink in 2010 to work with Switch Lighting.  He became the Engineering Manager there and managed the ME and EE team to develop several versions of a fluid cooled LED A-lamp replacement. His return to surfaceink as General Manager adds strong startup environment experience to our team.

 

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of Software Engineering

Geoff is surfaceink’s VP of Software, and he loves seeing his award-winning products, including an Emmy and three times Best of CES, in the hands of millions of people around the world. With a focus on creating cutting-edge consumer experiences, his career has spanned 20 years across a mix of successful startups and top tier established companies including Apple, Dell, and PayPal. A recognized industry innovator, Geoff earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and has over 80 patents issued or pending.

 

Sagar Savant

Director of Audio Systems

Sagar joined surfaceink in 2016 through the acquisition of GPiO and serves as Director of Systems Engineering where he leads our audio efforts. Sagar has spent over 10 years developing products at companies like Palm, Lab126, Nook, Beats by Dre, and others.

 

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Chris works to ensure that client goals are realized through attractive and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer, Chris enjoys transforming complex technical challenges into beautiful and intuitive product solutions that deliver solid business results. Before joining surfaceink, Chris worked at Speck Design, Whipsaw, Hewlett Packard, Montgomery Pfeifer and GVO. Chris holds 45 U.S. design patents, and his work has been recognized by IDEA, Red Dot, Spark, IF, Chicago Athenaeum and Popular Mechanics.

 

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical Engineering

Dennis is Director of Hardware Engineering and has been with surfaceink for about a year. Dennis’ career has spanned about 40 years from making his first microcomputer while still in college in the mid 70’s to developing technology building blocks for Jawbone audio and wearable device until joining surfaceink last year. Dennis’ broad skill set includes from corporate management through hands on engineering. Most recently specializing in very low power wearable connected IoT devices and system architectures. Dennis’ path started at Berkeley based NorthStar Computers in the late 70’s and included a 5 year stint in a microwave telecommunications division of Harris Corporation and numerous consumer electronics startups since.

 

Paul Wright

Director of Business Development

Paul advises technical and non-technical clients developing devices.  He relies on engineering, entrepreneurship and finance backgrounds to synthesize projects for corporate and venture backed startups. Paul’s SI relationship dates to 1999 consulting at Apple, after leaving Aerojet Rocketdyne. He engaged SI as part of his Raytheon post 9/11 mobile command center team. After leaving Dell global operations in 2008, Paul launched surfaceink Austin TX studio focused on Dell and Alienware R&D including mechanical/electrical engineering, software and industrial design.  Paul holds an AAS-Biomedical Tech (Air Force), a BSME, and MBA (Baylor) after which he worked for a SBA agency helping tech startups fundraise.

 

Debby Towar

Controller

Debbie oversees financial matters at Surfaceink, and also heads up our Human Resources department.  She joined the company in 2005, and has been an essential part of the team ever since.  Although her work is largely behind the scenes to our clients, Debbie’s contributions can be felt throughout the organization and help to keep us moving in the right direction.

 

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Anna leads our NPI efforts and runs our China branch.  She works closely with our clients, engineering team and manufacturing partners to ensure that every aspect of the production process runs efficiently and on time.  After many years of managing product builds for companies like Barnes & Noble, Dell, HP, LG and Microsoft, Anna has developed a deep understanding of how to manage process control, assembly process, fixture development, automation protocol, cycle time issues, and other aspects of the production process.  Anna enjoys visiting the factory floor where she is able to quickly identify solutions that improve efficiency and decrease production cost, while maintaining the highest level of production quality.  Before joining surfaceink, Anna worked as a Technical Program Manager at Pegatron, and a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Barnes & Noble (Nook).  Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Zhongyuan University of Technology.

 

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Eric is the founder and CEO of surfaceink.  Eric began his career designing tractor mowers for Textron before landing in Silicon Valley where he was motivated by the challenge of fast-paced and industry leading design at Apple.  As surfaceink grew, Eric expanded surfaceink to develop products for Palm, Flextronics, and Dell to name a few.  He continues to be motivated by the creative challenges from Fortune 100 companies and emerging high-tech startups.

 

Chad Errett

COO

Chad Errett is a Principal with over 15 years at surfaceink.  Prior to joining SI, he was an officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy. He transferred to product design after leaving the navy and was heavily influenced by ten years of development work at Apple.  He firmly believes that teamwork, attention to detail, and the pursuit of higher standards of excellence make the journey worthwhile.

 

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product Development

Jason is the VP of Product Design and has been with surfaceink for over 17 years. Jason’s passion is to serve the needs of the client while designing high-impact products that excite and delight end-users. HIs client work includes an extensive engagement at Apple, Inc. (having worked on over 30 products in production), Amazon’s Lab126, Topcon, and Fitbit.  At Nook, he widened his network of top-tier suppliers while delivering innovative and critically-acclaimed hardware as Product Design leader on several products.

 

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Andrew joined surfaceink in 2000 in order to move his career closer to the passion he had for designing consumer products and he has been with surfaceink over 14 years. Andrew left surfaceink in 2010 to work with Switch Lighting.  He became the Engineering Manager there and managed the ME and EE team to develop several versions of a fluid cooled LED A-lamp replacement. His return to surfaceink as General Manager adds strong startup environment experience to our team.

 

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of Software Engineering

Geoff is surfaceink’s VP of Software, and he loves seeing his award-winning products, including an Emmy and three times Best of CES, in the hands of millions of people around the world. With a focus on creating cutting-edge consumer experiences, his career has spanned 20 years across a mix of successful startups and top tier established companies including Apple, Dell, and PayPal. A recognized industry innovator, Geoff earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and has over 80 patents issued or pending.

 

Sagar Savant

Director of Audio Systems

Sagar joined surfaceink in 2016 through the acquisition of GPiO and serves as Director of Systems Engineering where he leads our audio efforts. Sagar has spent over 10 years developing products at companies like Palm, Lab126, Nook, Beats by Dre, and others.

 

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Chris works to ensure that client goals are realized through attractive and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer, Chris enjoys transforming complex technical challenges into beautiful and intuitive product solutions that deliver solid business results. Before joining surfaceink, Chris worked at Speck Design, Whipsaw, Hewlett Packard, Montgomery Pfeifer and GVO. Chris holds 45 U.S. design patents, and his work has been recognized by IDEA, Red Dot, Spark, IF, Chicago Athenaeum and Popular Mechanics.

 

Dennis Perry

Director of Industrial Design

Dennis is Director of Hardware Engineering and has been with surfaceink for about a year. Dennis’ career has spanned about 40 years from making his first microcomputer while still in college in the mid 70’s to developing technology building blocks for Jawbone audio and wearable device until joining surfaceink last year. Dennis’ broad skill set includes from corporate management through hands on engineering. Most recently specializing in very low power wearable connected IoT devices and system architectures. Dennis’ path started at Berkeley based NorthStar Computers in the late 70’s and included a 5 year stint in a microwave telecommunications division of Harris Corporation and numerous consumer electronics startups since.

 

Paul Wright

Director of Business Development

Paul advises technical and non-technical clients developing devices.  He relies on engineering, entrepreneurship and finance backgrounds to synthesize projects for corporate and venture backed startups. Paul’s SI relationship dates to 1999 consulting at Apple, after leaving Aerojet Rocketdyne. He engaged SI as part of his Raytheon post 9/11 mobile command center team. After leaving Dell global operations in 2008, Paul launched surfaceink Austin TX studio focused on Dell and Alienware R&D including mechanical/electrical engineering, software and industrial design.  Paul holds an AAS-Biomedical Tech (Air Force), a BSME, and MBA (Baylor) after which he worked for a SBA agency helping tech startups fundraise.

 

Debby Towar

Controller

Debbie oversees financial matters at Surfaceink, and also heads up our Human Resources department.  She joined the company in 2005, and has been an essential part of the team ever since.  Although her work is largely behind the scenes to our clients, Debbie’s contributions can be felt throughout the organization and help to keep us moving in the right direction.

 

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Anna leads our NPI efforts and runs our China branch.  She works closely with our clients, engineering team and manufacturing partners to ensure that every aspect of the production process runs efficiently and on time.  After many years of managing product builds for companies like Barnes & Noble, Dell, HP, LG and Microsoft, Anna has developed a deep understanding of how to manage process control, assembly process, fixture development, automation protocol, cycle time issues, and other aspects of the production process.  Anna enjoys visiting the factory floor where she is able to quickly identify solutions that improve efficiency and decrease production cost, while maintaining the highest level of production quality.  Before joining surfaceink, Anna worked as a Technical Program Manager at Pegatron, and a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Barnes & Noble (Nook).  Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Zhongyuan University of Technology.