Ed Zschau, Chairman and Co-Founder
Dr. Zschau is a Visiting Lecturer with rank of Professor at Princeton University in the Electrical Engineering department. He also works with a variety of entrepreneurial enterprises and public policy organizations. Dr. Zschau has had a long and distinguished career in business, public policy, and academia. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Zschau was founder and CEO of System Industries, a Silicon Valley computer products company, from 1968 to 1982, and General Manager of IBM’s Storage Systems Division from 1993 to 1995. He served as Director and Chairman of the American Electronics Association in the 1970s and as U.S. Congressman from Silicon Valley for two terms in the 1980s. Dr. Zschau was California’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1986. In addition to his post at Princeton, Dr. Zschau has taught in the Graduate Schools of Business at both Harvard and Stanford Universities.
Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO
Barry Weinbaum assumed the role of CEO and President of NanoOpto in August 2001 after a 21-year career at Lucent Technologies and AT&T, where his most recent position was Vice President—Optical Long Haul Solutions in the Optical Networking Group. At Lucent, Mr. Weinbaum established a record of leading start-up, existing, and turn-around operations to market leadership in a variety of product and technology areas. Highlights of these accomplishments include directing Lucent’s Mergers and Acquisition team for the Optical Networking Group, managing the Wireless PBX enterprise and Voice Response businesses, and pioneering the Computer Telephony business. Mr. Weinbaum holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Hope Conoscente, VP of Human Resources & Administration
Mrs. Conoscente is a Human Resources executive with over 25 years in developing and leading Human Resources functions in diverse organizational environments. Before joining NanoOpto, Mrs. Conoscente held a leadership position establishing the staffing function for a successful technology start-up, BusinessEdge Solutions. She began her career at American Express, where she held successive positions, culminating as the Director of Personnel for the Corporate Offices. Following American Express, Mrs. Conoscente served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Bank of America, developing a Human Resources function for the World Banking Division, serving on the Executive Counsel, and acting as a key member of the Global Systems Services leadership team. She later joined Bader Hartely & Associates as the Managing Director of the Technology Practice. Mrs. Conoscente holds a BA in Psychology from Adelphi University, and has earned an MA, with Distinction, in Counseling Psychology from Rider University.
Maria Light, Director of Product Management and Business Development
Mrs. Light has over 19 years of experience in Business Development, Product Management, Sales and Marketing, and Engineering. Prior to joining NanoOpto, Mrs. Light was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Inrad, where her responsibilities included leading merger and acquisition activity and initiating strategic alliances. She also held a Senior Design Engineer role at Litton Laser Systems, where she designed receivers for large rangefinder systems, and where she was part of the design team for the first dual wavelength receiver to be used on lasers that could operate in either active field or eye-safe modes. Mrs. Light holds a BS in Electrical Engineering.
Kenneth McCauley, VP of Marketing and Sales
Mr. McCauley brings over 25 years of experience in Engineering, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales to NanoOpto. He started his career at AT&T Microelectronics in Process and Applications Engineering, moving into Marketing, International Business Development, and Sales roles that included Asia/Pacific expatriate experience while residing in Hong Kong and Japan. Prior to joining NanoOpto, Mr. McCauley was Vice President of Business Development at International Quantum Epitaxy (IQE). At IQE, he diversified the customer base and grew the business to profitability. At Anadigics, Mr. McCauley built a Field Sales Team, secured design wins, and grew the Asia/Pacific Region from a small base to the company’s largest sales region. While at Lucent Microelectronics, he built a Global Sales Team in the telecom and wireless market segment, successfully selling to leading customers in that space. Mr. McCauley holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, and an MBA from the University of Richmond.
Bruce Nonnemaker, VP of Manufacturing and Operations
Mr. Nonnemaker has over 30 years of experience in Operations, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, and Finance. Before joining NanoOpto, Mr. Nonnemaker was an Executive VP at Emcore with divisional responsibility for their equipment and materials business. He has also held executive positions at Alpha Industries, KLA Instruments Technology, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Nonnemaker holds an MBA from Boston University, an MSEE from Lehigh University, and a BSEE from Pennsylvania State University.
Nada O’Brien, VP of Product Development
Dr. O’Brien brings 12 years of progressive experience in research and development, technology, and product development in the fields of optics and thin film coatings to NanoOpto. O’Brien started her career at Optical Coating Lab, Inc. (OCLI) as an R&D Engineer, and was later promoted to lead the R&D group for OCLI’s Telecommunications Division. Shortly after the acquisition of OCLI by JDSU, O’Brien held positions with increasing responsibilities in JDSU’s OCLI Products Division, leading product development efforts in display, instrumentation, and digital imaging optics. Prior to joining NanoOpto, O’Brien was Product Development Manager at JDSU, where she was responsible for the launch of new products in a $40M global optics and display business. O’Brien, who has been awarded three patents, holds both a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana.
Andrew Savadelis, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Savadelis brings over 25 years of experience in Finance, Operations, Planning, and Sales to NanoOpto. Prior to joining NanoOpto, Mr. Savadelis was CFO, SVP Finance, and Board Member at Alfacell Corporation, where he was responsible for closing the single largest financing in the company’s history. Previously, he held executive positions as CFO and SVP of Finance at Orchid BioSciences Inc.; Principal at Stratus Photonics; CFO and EVP of Finance at eMagin Corporation; Treasurer and Director of M&A and Director Investor Relations at Anadigics; and Manager Corporate Treasury at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Mr. Savadelis holds a B.S. in Biology from Albright College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jian Jim Wang, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Wang has over 10 years of experience in optical devices, optoelectronic devices, and nanolithography. He is one of the world’s experts in nano-structure fabrication and commercial applications. Prior to joining NanoOpto, Dr. Wang worked as a lead design engineer at Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems. He was also part of the research staff at Princeton University. Dr. Wang holds a BS in Physics from Fudan University, Shanghai, and a Dr.rer.nat in Optoelectronics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
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