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Expert in Solar Panels, Mobile electronics, Batteries, Product Design, Manufacturing, Quality Control

Expert ID: 735019 Colorado, USA

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Extensive experience in development of new products, applications and services. Specializing in disruptive innovations, rapid product development, and corporate strategy creation. Highly developed systems integration and business development skills. Proven effective in small, medium and large organizations. Key skills include:
Product Development Technology Transfer Business Model Design & Analysis
Competitive Analysis Cost analysis Failure analysis
Systems Integration Strategic Planning Road-mapping & Benchmarking
Technology Forecasting Technology Licensing/IP mgmt Big data analytics / IoT
Systems Architecture Product & Technology R&D Presentation & Communication

Career Highlights:
Developed and demonstrated a groundbreaking residential distributed energy product (Energy
Switch). Created system architecture and secured funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and
corporate investors. Managed successful product design, development and demonstration program.

Transferred project results to industry partners for commercialization. (Pecan Street)
Developed an emerging thin-film solar panel technology into a high-reliability, high performance
product that enabled the company to raise a $50M B-Round. Established lean methods for rapid
manufacturing process development and reliability testing which reduced product development cycle-time by 40%. Consistently directed completion of module design, manufacturing scale-up, and product certification processes ahead of scheduled completion dates. (Heliovolt) Directed the development, launch and ongoing marketing of a line of award winning Tablet PC products. Gathered product requirements from industry vertical markets and consumers. Evangelized the world’s first “Ultra-portable” Tablet PC at trade-shows and press briefings. Collaborated with the engineering team to create a superior technology product that was the industry leader in its market segment. (Motion)

Additional areas of technical expertise
Solar energy, Electronic Packaging, Manufacturing technology, Solar module manufacturing, Building
Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), Wireless technology, Portable computing, mobile devices, semiconductor packaging, thermal management, big data analytics, Internet of things, process automation, hardware design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, robotics, electronic imaging, manufacturing cost modeling, time-series data, Matlab, SketchUp, 3D CAD, micro-grids, smart meters, energy management, energy storage, batteries, flat-panel displays, display driver packaging, failure analysis, reliability testing, product certification.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1989 Degree: Masters of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Rochester
Year: 1984 Degree: Bachelors of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to 2018 Employer: Pecan Street Inc Title: Chief Technology Officer Department: Responsibilities: • Co-created a product research and development consulting firm, globally recognized for the creation
of the world’s largest high-resolution residential energy database, and distributed energy product
test-bed. Directed the development of the company’s unique data acquisition, data analytics, and
lean product development capabilities.
• Developed a sustainable pipeline of product R&D contracts with global Fortune 100 clients. Created
compelling architectural concepts around distributed energy and water. Presented high-impact
insights, forecasts and roadmaps at industry conferences. Performed strategic consulting for
technology companies, utilities, and government entities.
Years: 2007 to 2010 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: • Developed an emerging thin-film solar panel technology into a high-reliability, high performance
product that enabled the company to raise a $50M B-Round with a strategic investor. Established lean
methods for rapid manufacturing process development and reliability testing which reduced product
development cycle-time by 40%. Consistently directed completion of module design, manufacturing
scale-up, and product certification processes ahead of scheduled completion dates.
• Maintained company’s demand pipeline to exceed projected production capacity by creating and
presenting product roadmaps, application engineering documents, and system implementation
designs.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Staktek Title: Director of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: Created $20M in new intellectual property revenue streams for an established high-technology manufacturing
firm. Created and presented marketing and technical education materials that secured licensing agreements with target customers. Co-inventor on three patents.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Motion Computing Title: Director of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: Directed the development, launch and ongoing marketing of a line of award winning Tablet PC products.
Gathered product requirements from industry vertical markets and consumers. Promoted the worlds first
“Ultra-portable” Tablet PC at trade-shows and press briefings. Collaborated with the engineering team to create a superior technology product that was the industry leader in its market segment.
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CTO & VP Engieering Department: Responsibilities: Lead solutions architect for a distributed energy start-up funded by Entergy Corp (New Orleans electric utility). Developing full-resiliency IoT solutions for solar, batteries, Electric Vehicles and standby generators. Creating energy analytics algorithms, market segmentation strategy, and technology partner development programs.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Employer: Wireless Age Title: President and General MAnager Department: Responsibilities: Started a small business that installed WiFi in over 30 hotels nationwide with 40+ % margins. First company to use WiFi repeaters to reduce installation cost and enable hotels to offer WiFi for free on a large scale. Exited business quickly when much larger companies replicated our solution and business model.
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Advanced Micro Devices Title: Product Marketing Strategist Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for wireless marketing strategy and channel partnerships in support of new mobile processor product line-up. Built technology partnerships with wireless chipset manufacturers to achieve an integrated chip-set offering to compete with Intel’s single source solution. Worked with Taiwanese ODM partners to adopt the AMD solutions into their Notebook PC products.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Stellar Display Corporation Title: Vice President of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for technical operations (thin-film fabrication) at a start-up flat panel display company. Helped raise A-round funding from strategic investors and VC. Designed and sourced photo-tools for device development experiments. Managed development schedule and lab resource calendar. Designed and built electrical probing station and other test hardware. Also served as facilities manager.
Years: 2001 to 2007 Employer: Portelligent Inc. Title: Co-founder & Board Member Department: Responsibilities: Created world’s leading boutique data consulting practice on electronic component supply chain, manufacturing technology, and IP content for portable electronic products. Sold company in 2010 to a global trade media group for $20M.
Years: 1993 to 1999 Employer: Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) Title: Vice President, Consumer Electronics Research Department: Responsibilities: Created MCC’s most successful consortial R&D program, focused on advanced consumer electronic product design, development, and manufacturing. Produced reverse engineering reports of Asian manufactured portable electronics (notebook PCs, camcorders, cell phones, etc.). Studied miniaturization technologies contained within including tape-automated-bonding, flip-chip, high-density substrates, high density connectors, flex circuits, display driver chip packaging, heat sinks, fans, EMI shielding, etc..). Helped clients qualify advanced manufacturing services in Japan, Korea, China, and Malaysia. Developed trade-off analysis tools that enabled optimization of electronic design around cost, functionality, form-factor, and battery life. Migrated the use of the trade-off analysis capability to forecast the impact of new technology innovations and predict new product paradigms. Developed and presented roadmaps for future portable electronic products to corporate clients.
Years: 1985 to 1993 Employer: Eastman Kodak Title: Department: Manufacturing Technology Engineer Responsibilities: Developed new manufacturing capabilities such as surface-mount, thick-film hybrids, laser trimming, optoelectronic interconnect, multi-chip-modules, and various semiconductor packaging technologies. Wrote automation software for robotic systems, found optimal process parameters, and developed control charts for manufacturing. Produced cost estimation tools for electronic assembly department. Developed special electronic packaging solutions for image sensors and print-heads.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 2015 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Worked with Japanese companies to develop consumer electronics technology.
Years: 2005 to 2017 Country / Region: Korea Summary: Worked with Korean companies on consumer electronics, home energy management and IoT technologies
Years: 1998 to 2008 Country / Region: Taiwan Summary: Worked with Taiwanese companies on WiFi, Tablet PC and consumer electronics technologies
Years: 1995 to 2000 Country / Region: Finland Summary: Worked with Finnish companies on smart phone technology
Years: 2015 to 2018 Country / Region: Netherlands Summary: Worked with Dutch companies on IoT and home energy management technologies

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE 1993 - 1999
Professional Appointments
US Department of Energy proposal reviewer (2014-present)
President - Central Texas Electronics association (1997-1999)
Board Member - CleanTX association (2010-2018)
Publications and Patents Summary
He is the author of numerous industry publications in the fields of distributed energy and consumer electronics. He is the author of the McGraw-hill textbook titled "Portable Electronics Product Design and Development". He has been awarded three US patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as expert witness in three cases as of 2019.
Vendor Selection
Expert has performed vendor selection for a wide range of products and technologies including: electronics manufacturing equipment, solar panel manufacturing equipment, data services, electronic test equipment, data analytics software, computer aided design (CAD) software, electronic components, contract manufacturing services, and cloud based infrastructure services.
Marketing Experience
In additional to extensive technology leadership, Expert has, at various points in time, directed marketing efforts for a line of Notebook Tablet PC products, a wireless mobile computing processor chip-set, an advanced high density silicon packaging manufacturing capability, a consumer electronics supply chain data service, and data services related to consumer energy consumption.
Other Relevant Experience
He consults on strategic technology projects for global technology companies and electric utilities. He also provides patent portfolio analysis, infringement strategy, and claim chart development. He has evaluated electric vehicle, consumer electronics, and solar power transmission portfolios for corporate clients.

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