Alpenglow Instruments LLC is a technology spinoff company from the University of Wyoming’s Department of Atmospheric Science. Our company was founded in 2013 and is currently a client of the Wyoming Technology Business Center.

Perry Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wechsler has led the Research Engineering Group in the University of Wyoming Department of Atmospheric Science Department since 1997. Under his leadership, the group has successfully developed and deployed multiple airborne lidar systems, radar systems and in-situ measurement instruments on-board the NSF base funded King Air research aircraft ( As the CEO of Alpenglow Instruments LLC, he guided the design, development, manufacture and delivery of two elastic cloud lidar systems to international customers.

Dr. Zhien Wang, Chief Science Officer
Dr. Wang is a professor and the Templeton faculty fellow in the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming. He has over 25 years of experience in ground and airborne lidar system development and data analyses as well as satellite lidar data analyses. Over the past 10 years he has been the driving force behind the design and development of the remote sensing group in the Department of Atmospheric Science. He was awarded a coveted NSF Career grant in acknowledgement of his potential to lead transformational science in the Atmospheric realm, and he was recently awarded an NSF Major Equipment Infrastructure grant (with Co-Pi Wechsler) for the development of a new airborne Raman lidar system to measure water vapor, temperature, cloud and aerosol. As CSO for Alpenglow Instruments, Dr. Wang spearheaded the design of the compact airborne cloud lidar and the associated visualization software.

Nicholas Mahon, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mahon is a senior mechanical engineer specializing in complex opto-mechanical instrument design and manufacture. He provides critical expertise in the engineering analyses necessary for airborne instrument development. He has provided mechanical engineering, logistical planning and project management skills to the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming for more than 5 years. In addition, Mr. Mahon has an MBA and is particularly suited to accurately projecting budget and resource allocation for complex engineering projects. As the CFO for Alpenglow Instruments, Mr. Mahon has provided critical budgetary, planning and mechanical design for new instrument developments.