Dr. Phillip Boudjouk is the inventor of Si technologies being licensed from NDSU and will serve as a technical advisor to the company. Dr. Boudjouk is a Jordan A. Engberg Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for nearly 40 years. He also served as NDSU's vice president for research, creative activities, and technology transfer at NDSU from 1999 to 2014. A recipient of many honors and awards for research and instruction, Dr. Boudjouk is a tenured professor in the department of chemistry at NDSU with over 167 publications and 30+ patents and patent applications. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in silicon chemistry (most notably cyclohexasilane ("Si6")-based technologies) and is a prolific inventor of a variety of silicon-based compositions and related IP.
Dr. Guruvenket Srinivasan
Dr. Guruvenket Srinivasan is a materials scientist with 10+ years of research experience in nanomaterials and thin films synthesis and manufacturing. He obtained Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Department of Appl. Physics and Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He worked at Functional Coatings and Surface Engineering Lab in Montreal towards the development of super-hard composite coatings. His work at Center for Nanoscale Scale Science and Engineering in Fargo (CNSE) focuses on developing Si materials (thin films, nanoparticles, nanowires, etc.,) using cyclohexasilane a liquid hydrosilane. These functional Si materials are useful in several applications including photovoltaics, Li-ion batteries, microelectronics, solid state lighting, nano-photonics, biomarkers, etc.
At CNSE, Dr. Srinivasan has lead projects, managed and supervised teams and spearheaded in proposal preparation for DOE, DOD, Navy, and NSF; collaborated with industrial partners in SBIR proposals and provided consultation/support in their projects. He secured research grants from US Navy office for the development of roll-to-roll fabrication of Si solar cells. He is listed as an inventor in five US patent applications (pending), authored 21 peer-reviewed publications, made numerous conference presentations, and his work has received best presentation awards and been recognized as the most cited work in journals.
Dr. George Melnik
Dr. Melnik , our Senior Technical Advisor, has been working to help advance the CSpace technology. Dr. Melnik has had an extensive career in display technology research and development. He has been awarded 17 patents and authored numerous publications. For the last seven years Dr. Melnik has been a technology consultant specializing in display product development and also serving as an expert witness in patent law cases involving display technologies. Previously, Dr. Melnik worked with several startup companies on improving their display technologies and products. Prior to becoming a consultant, Dr. Melnik worked for 15 years at Philips where he drove the development of several novel technologies, including the liquid-crystal-on-silicon technology that was the basis for Philips' groundbreaking rear projection HDTV. While at Philips, Dr. Melnik held positions in research, product development, and manufacturing. His last position held at Phillips was as the Director of Strategic Projects. Dr. Melnik was also instrumental in the early development of active matrix liquid crystal displays while at General Electric. Dr. Melnik received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the Liquid Crystal Institute of Kent State University. He is a senior member of the Society for Information Display and is presently the chairman of their mid-Atlantic chapter.
Mr. Evans is the founder and managing Director of Concordia Financial Group, Inc., which provides advisory services for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and assists in private placements of debt and equity for lower middle market firms. Previously, he was a Division President of ARAMARK and he has owned a number of successful companies. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Washburn University with a B.S. degree in Political Science and History and attended Washburn University School of Law.