SmallTech Consulting Advisory and Extended Team
Our advisory and extended team provide expertise that adds even more depth and diversity to our Core Team's capabilities, including capabilities in our core areas and in medicine, finite element analysis (FEA), display technologies, electronics, energy and intellectual property.
|Wesley Chang, Ph.D||Mechanical Engineering, MEMS, Microfluidics, Biomedical Engineering|
|Nasreen Chopra, Ph.D||Nanotechnology, Management, Alternative Energy|
|Mike Daneman, Ph.D||MEMS, Optics, Packaging, Alternative Energy|
|Janelle Gunther, Ph.D.||Materials, Polymers, Nanotechnology|
|Minnie Sarwal, MD, MRCP, DCH, Ph.D.||Medicine, Genetics|
|Byron Shaw, Ph.D||Sensors, Energy, Automotive, Management|
|Dolf van der Heide, Ph.D||Finite Element Analysis, COMSOL, ANSYS, Biomechanics, Applied Mechanics|
|Karen Weil (formerly Karen Markus)||MEMS, Management, Fabrication, Due Diligence, M&A|
|Kirt Williams, Ph.D., P.E.||MEMS, Fabrication, Vacuum Microelectronics|
Dr. Nasreen Chopra is an entrepreneur with ten years of experience in discovering, developing and transferring new materials technology into application. Dr. Chopra was co-founder and CEO of Koila, Inc, a venture backed start-up company addressing cooling of microelectronics, where she generated core IP in thermal application of nanotubes, raised Series A funding from top tier venture capitalists, and built a multi-disciplinary team of engineers establishing world's leading expertise of nanotube growth on copper. Nasreen's experience also includes work at Agilent Laboratories on nanopore synthesis (10 - 100 nm diameter) and fast x-ray imaging systems to inspect printed circuit boards. At Applied Materials, she was core member of the team that developed Black Diamond, a leading low-k dielectric film currently in manufacture. Dr. Chopra earned Ph.D., M.A. and B.S. degrees in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an inventor on numerous pending patents, and has authored 20 technical publications.
Dr. Mike Daneman brings a broad range of experience, including over 13 years experience in MEMS design and development, optical design, and fiber-optic packaging, as well as experience in small and large group and project management. Mike has published a number of technical journal and conference papers in the field of optical MEMS. Mike received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to receive an M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in adaptive Optical MEMS and Fiber-optics components. Mike has worked at Silicon Light Machines, co-founded Onix Microsystems, and most recently, has managed chip-assembly and packaging of MEMS-based miniature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells at Lilliputian Systems.
Dr. Janelle Gunther is a materials scientist (B.S. in Materials Science, Ph.D. in Materials Science/Polymer Physics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with expertise in self-assembling nanomaterials and materials characterization. Dr. Gunther has worked with many classes of materials including polymers, self-assembling nanostructures, biomaterials, semiconductors and nuclear materials. Janelle particularly enjoys working with companies in designing characterization or quality control programs to improve their product yield, and in bringing concepts from the design to prototype and production stages. She specializes in the complex nature of creating products that combine multiple types of materials in the same device, from early research and development stages all the way through to commercial production, including cost/benefit analyses for characterization and equipment purchase budgeting. At MIT, Dr. Gunther worked on liquid crystals and block copolymers as well as total joint prostheses. As a postdoctoral associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, she transitioned to nanomaterials and surface science analyses through her work on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) applied to self-assembling nanostructures. At Agilent Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory some of her projects included failure analysis of DNA and protein array products, target characterization and development for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and multiple projects involving semiconductor devices and microfluidics. She has expertise in AFM, XPS, STM, DSC, TGA and Auger. In addition, she has close collaborators for projects requiring SIMS and Nuclear Microprobe analysis. Janelle has over 20 publications and presentations in refereed journals and scientific conferences and several patents in biotechnology, and has served as a journal article reviewer in polymer science. Dr. Gunther is a faculty member teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Francisco State.
Dr. Minnie Sarwal is a pediatric transplant physician and research scientist, trained in the UK with a DCH from London University and an MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians. London. She also holds a degree in Molecular Biology from Christ's College, Cambridge University, from the Molecular Genetics Unit Laboratory of Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner. She is the recipient of Medical Research Council and National Kidney Foundation grants in the UK and NIH and Industry grants in the US for her efforts in translation research in transplantation, and has spearheaded the first steroid-free kidney transplant immunosuppression approach for children. She is an Associate Professor at Stanford, where she is involved in patient care and running a laboratory focusing on DNA microarray technology, genomics and proteomics research. She has authored 6 book chapters and over 50 publications and holds 2 patents. She has chaired numerous transplant symposia and transplant committees, is an Ad Hoc member of 4 NIH Study Sections, and has given over 100 lectures nationally and internationally.
Dr. Byron Shaw received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, as well as a B.S. in German language and literature. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/controls from UC Berkeley. He worked at BMW managing advanced technology, for which he coordinated all university research in the US and was the technical manager of a 30-person engineering and marketing team and a $4 million budget.
Dr. Dolf van der Heide has a broad experience in computational modeling of fundamental multiphysics problems that span traditional MEMS design of inertial sensors and magnetometers for e-compass applications, biological tissue modeling, medical device development, electronics packaging. Recently, Dolf focuses on the design of energy systems such as lithium-ion battery packs to drive electro-motors and thermal batteries for climate control of electrical vehicles. Dolf has a strong software development background in generation of commercial-grade non linear finite element analysis programs including MARC Analysis Research Corporation, ANSYS and COMSOL. He holds several patents, in the fields of inertial sensors, e-compass and human energy harvesting. Dolf received a Ph.D. from Stanford in the computational mechanics division and earned a M.S. degree in applied mechanics from the University of Technology, Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Ms. Weil has a background in business and technology management as well as technical expertise in MEMS technologies. She is president of Zeus Strategies, LLC, focused on consulting for corporate technology strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and disruptive technologies. Ms. Weil has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and has participated in executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Sloan School of Management (MIT) and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business (UNC). Ms. Weil has served as Vice President for technology strategy for JDS Uniphase Corp, as Founder, Vice President and CTO for Cronos Integrated Microsystems, Inc. (acquired by JDS Uniphase), as Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the HI-MEMS Alliance - Research Triangle Park, NC, as Director of MEMS Technology Applications at MCNC, and as a Staff Engineer for TRW's Space and Defense Sector. She has been a member of several National Academies study groups, is a TAB member for the Sensors and Electronics Directorate at ARL and is a member of the Advisory Group on Electron Devices which advises DoD. Ms. Weil has served as a Director on numerous boards for both public and private companies in the US and Europe.
Dr. Kirt Williams is a MEMS expert, with a combination of broad engineering experience (MEMS, microfabrication, materials, electronics, packaging, heat flow, system engineering), a history of innovation, and program management (technical management, scheduling, costing, proposal writing) with excellent customer relations and communication skills.