Zephyr Photonics forms strategic advisory board

Nov. 22, 2011
Zephyr Photonics has formed an advisory board that will provide ongoing counsel, guidance, and advocacy as the company goes commercial with its patented vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology for industrial, energy, defense, and national security applications.

Zephyr Cove, NV--Zephyr Photonics has formed an advisory board that will provide ongoing counsel, guidance, and advocacy as the company goes commercial with its patented vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology for industrial, energy, defense, and national security applications. The board comprises a diverse group of professionals with broad technology expertise as well as defense, intelligence, and aerospace industry experience.

Represented on the board are business leaders, former CEOs, retired military officers, intelligence community members, telecommunications industry leaders, and engineers with direct knowledge and experience with VCSEL technology, including:

1. Robert Burmeister, Ph.D., president of Saratoga Technology Associates (STA), a firm specializing in R&D and global technology management. He was the founding Director of the US-Japan Technology Management Center at Stanford University, and prior to that held a number of positions at Hewlett Packard Laboratories, including laboratory director. He has served on the boards of several startup companies in the optoelectronics industry.

2. Daniel Burnham, retired CEO and chairman of Raytheon Company. Burnham joined Raytheon from AlliedSignal, Inc. (Honeywell), where he had most recently served as vice chairman and as a member of the board of directors.

3. Nan Chen, founding president of the Metro Ethernet Forum. Chen has received more than 30 industry awards/accolades and more than 10,000 citations in worldwide media, and has been named as one of Top 100 Most Influential People in the telecom/Internet industry.

4. Lawrence J. Delaney, Ph.D., a senior executive with more than 40 years of international experience in high technology program acquisition, management, and engineering. Most recently, Delaney served as vice president, special programs at L-3 Communications. He is also the former executive VP, COO, and president and CEO of Advanced Systems Development Sector Titan Corporation; chairman, president, and CEO of Arete Associates; and acting undersecretary, US Air Force (USAF).

5. Daniel DiLeo, former executive vice president/officer of Agere Systems Optoelectronics Division. Prior to Agere Systems, he was president and COO of the Optoelectronics Division of Lucent's Microelectronics Group. Currently, DiLeo is a director on the board of RF Micro Devices.

6. William Jack, an independent telecommunications consultant with more than 50 years' experience. In 2002, at the request of the director of the National Security Agency, Jack served as a senior telecommunications advisor to the chief of IT/IS at the NSA. He has served on numerous high-level classified review committees in the intelligence community and is the recipient of the National Foreign Intelligence Community seal Medallion Award.

7. Jack Jewell, Ph.D., led collaboration between BellLabs and Bellcore in 1989 that sparked international industrial VCSEL development by demonstrating more than one million VCSELs on a single chip. He founded Vixel Corp., the first company to VCSEL commercialization, and Picolight (JDSU), a manufacturer of oxide VCSELs, small form-factor transceivers, and parallel optical interconnects, among other transceiver technology. Jewell holds 70 US patents and has published more than 150 papers.

8. Paul Mockapetris, Ph.D., is an Internet pioneer and advocate, and chief scientist and chairman at Nominum, Inc. In the 1980s Mockapetris worked at Information Sciences Institute, where he wrote the first implementation of the Internet's mail protocol (SMTP) and then went on to create and implement the Domain Name System (DNS).

9. Ed vanReuth, Ph.D., is the chief technology officer at Strategies for Advanced Technologies, LLC. He has worked extensively with the intelligence community as well as in R&D and technology implementation with DARPA, the US Navy, and the USAF.

10. Donald Walker is the sole proprietor of Walker Consulting, which provides technical services to the national security space and telecommunications industries. Most recently, Walker was the senior vice president of systems planning and engineering at The Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the USAF as a Brigadier General in 1995.

11. Lieutenant General Steve Whitcomb retired from the US Army in November 2010 after 32 months as the 63rd Inspector General of the Army. He also served for 38 months as the Commanding General, Third US Army, supporting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the logistical support and movement of one million troops and associated equipment. Since retirement, LTG Whitcomb has served as a proxy board member for Blue Hackle North America and as vice chairman of the board of directors for Diamondback Tactical.

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