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    David Benaron, Spectros
    Peter Borden, Applied Materials
    Robert Byer, Stanford University
    Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley
    George Craford, Lumileds
    Steve Eglash, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Chair
    Scott Elrod, PARC, Hardware Systems Lab.
    Jennifer Ernst, PARC
    Terry Jester, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
    John Kao, Kao & Co.
    John Lushetsky, U.S. Department of Energy
    Barbara Paldus, Finesse
    Marc G. Stanley, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Richard Swanson, Sun Power
    Jean-Luc Vanderheyden, Ph.D., GE Healthcare
    Peter Visser, Philips Lighting

    David Benaron
    Chief Executive Officer, Spectros

    David Benaron is a founder of multiple biotechnology start-ups, including Spectros, FirstScan (in oncology), Xenogen (in Drug Discovery tools, public in 2004 and acquired by Caliper in 2006), and Insite (in oximetry and glucose monitoring, spun out to Vital Insite for Blood pressure monitoring with technology acquired by Masimo).

    Benaron has an MD from Harvard, a Health Sciences degree from MIT, and attended as a physician in Intensive Care at Stanford University Medical School. He holds over 30 US and International patents in biomedical devices, methods, and technology. He serves on the Board at 2 companies outside of Spectros.

    Peter Borden

    Peter Borden
    DMTS, Solar Business Group, Applied Materials

    Dr. Peter Borden is a leading technologist and Distinguished MTS with the Solar Business Group of Applied Materials. He began his career at Varian Associates where, among other positions, he led the Photovoltaics Group, working on III-V and silicon concentrator cells and systems. In this role, he and his group set performance records for cells, modules and arrays. After Varian he founded two start-ups, including High Yield Technology, where, as VP Technology, he pioneered the first commercially successful in situ particle monitoring systems for VLSI process equipment, and Boxer Cross, Inc., where, as CTO, he developed, marketed and sold metrology systems for VLSI process control. He joined Applied Materials in 2003 with its acquisition of Boxer Cross, Inc.

    He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford and BS degrees in Physics and EE from MIT, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Borden is the author of over 80 publications in the fields of photovoltaics, silicon and III-V devices and processing, and VLSI process monitoring, and has over 30 patents.

    Robert Byer
    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Physics
    Stanford University

    Professor Robert L. Byer is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has conducted research and taught classes in lasers and nonlinear optics at Stanford University since 1969. He has made numerous contributions to laser science and technology including the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS). Current research includes the development of nonlinear optical materials and laser diode pumped solid state laser sources for applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration.

    He served as Chair of the Applied Physics Department from 1980 to 1983 and 1999 to 2002. He served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences from 1984 to 1986 and served as Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University from 1987 through 1992. He served as the Director of Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory from 2006-2008 after serving as Director of Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory from 1997 through 2006.

    Professor Byer is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Laser Institute of America. In 1985 Professor Byer served as president of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-optics Society. He was elected President of the Optical Society of America and served in 1994. He is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology and served as chair from 1995 - 1999. He was a member of the Air Force Science Advisory Board from 2002-2006 and has been a member of the National Ignition Facility Advisory Committee since 2000.

    In 1996 Professor Byer received the Quantum Electronics Award from the Lasers and Electro-optics Society of the IEEE. In 1998 he received the R. W. Wood prize of the Optical Society of America and the A. L. Schawlow Award from the Laser Institute of America. In 2000 he was the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In 2008 he received the IEEE Photonics Award.

    Professor Byer has published more than 500 scientific papers and holds 50 patents in the fields of lasers and nonlinear optics. Professor Byer was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987 and to the National Academy of Science in 2000.

    Henry Chesbrough
    Bestselling Author, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
    Executive Director,Center for Open Innovation,
    UC Berkeley

    Henry Chesbrough is the Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He teaches in the Management of Technology Program at Haas, which is a joint program with Berkeley's graduate College of Engineering. Previously, he was an assistant professor of business administration, and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude.

    His research focuses on managing technology and innovation. His new book, Open Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), articulates a new paradigm for organizing and managing R&D. In this new approach, companies must access external and well as internal technologies, and take them to market through internal and external paths. This book was named a "Best Business Book of 2003" by Strategy & Business magazine, and the best book on innovation in 2003 on NPR's All Things Considered. Scientific American magazine named him one of the top 50 technology and business leaders for 2003 in recognition of his research on industrial innovation.

    His academic work has been published in Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research-Technology Management, Business History Review, and the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. He is the author of more than 20 case studies on companies in the IT and life sciences sectors, available through Harvard Business School Publishing.

    Prior to embarking on an academic career, he spent ten years in various product planning and strategic marketing positions in Silicon Valley companies. He worked for seven of those years at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard disk drive manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he worked at Bain and Company. He can be reached at

    George Craford
    Chief Technology Officer, Lumileds

    George Craford began his professional career as a research physicist at Monsanto Chemical Company. He advanced to the level of Technical Director of the Electronics Division, before joining the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1979. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Philips Lumileds Lighting Company.

    Craford's research has been mainly focused on the development of visible LED's using a variety of compound semiconductor materials. He first became known for the development of nitrogen-doped GaAsP technology in the early 1970's, which became and remains one of the dominant commercial LED technologies. At Hewlett-Packard, Craford's group pioneered the development of AlInGaP LEDs, and has developed AlGaAs and InGaN products.

    Craford is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has also received the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award, the Holonyak Award of the Optical Society of America, the Welker Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, the Material Research Society Medal, an IEEE Third Millenium Medal, the Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

    In 2002, Craford received the National Medal of Technology from the President of the United States in recognition of Craford's contributions to LED technology.

    Stephen J. Eglash
    Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
    Event Chair

    Steve is a business executive and investor. Most recently he was President and CEO of Cyrium Technologies, a solar energy startup company developing high-efficiency solar cells for concentrator photovoltaic applications. Prior to joining Cyrium, Steve was a consultant and advisor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy where he led a solar energy strategic planning project. Before that, Steve was a venture capitalist at Worldview Technology Partners where he emphasized investments in semiconductors, displays, lighting, and energy. Steve was also Vice President at SDL (JDSU) where he managed efforts in telecommunications, printing, optical amplifiers, and industrial lasers. He began his career as a research scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

    Steve was a speaker at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Science and Technology Caucus. He is involved in humanitarian projects such as the Tech Museum Awards for Technology Benefiting Humanity and the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University. Steve received a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering.

    Scott Elrod
    Vice President, PARC
    Director, Hardware Systems Labs

    Dr. Scott Elrod directs PARC's HSL research organization, which focuses on clean technologies, inkjet printing, and biomedical systems for drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. He also directs the Cleantech Innovation Program at PARC, which develops solutions for delivering affordable solar energy, increasing solar cell efficiency, purifying water, managing energy utilization, and harnessing renewable fuels. One of the first results is a novel, low-cost solar concentrator technology (jointly developed with new venture SolFocus, Inc.) that will significantly cut consumers' solar electricity costs.

    A PARC Principal Scientist who holds more than 60 patents, Elrod was responsible for much of an acoustic ink-printing patent portfolio (a novel inkjet technology based on focused ultrasonics), and several inventions for PARC spinout LiveWorks, Inc. (later acquired by SMART Technologies). His other contributions include novel input devices for large-area displays and a ubiquitous smart office environment.

    Jennifer Ernst
    Director  of Business Development, PARC

    Jennifer Ernst is Director of Business Development at PARC. She is responsible for developing and managing the company's relationships with industry clients in the US and Europe. Her background includes leading PARC's external and internal communications, participating in experimental research on design, and experience in broadcast television. Jennifer holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Radio/Television from San Francisco State University. She is a former member of The Conference Board's Council on Innovation and a current member of Tech Connect Advisory Board.


    John Kao
    Chairman and CEO, Kao & Co.
    Author, Innovation Nation

    Dubbed "Mr. Creativity" and "a serial innovator" by The Economist, Professor John Kao describes his job as "instigator of new things."

    He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation, and digital media. He is author of the best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller that has been published in a dozen languages, and Innovation Nation, which will be published in October, 2007. Professor Kao will address how all companies, large and small, can capitalize on innovation.

    By training, Dr. Kao has a BA from Yale College, an MD from Yale Medical School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He taught at HBS from 1982-96, where he specialized in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also held faculty appointments at the MIT Media Lab, Yale College, and the US Naval Postgraduate School.

    Terry Jester
    Entrepreneur in Residence
    Hudson Clean Energy Partners

    Terry Jester joined Hudson Clean Energy Partners with more than 28 years of experience in the solar industry. She is the Entrepreneur in Residence for Hudson’s solar investments. Prior to joining Hudson she lead the team managing SunPower’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Initiative contract, coordinating project execution, budget management, scheduling and reporting. Terry has an extensive background in crystalline silicon and thin-film solar cells, as well as experience across the solar value chain, including ingot growth, wafering, cell processing, module manufacturing, and solar product development. Previously, she was senior director of engineering and operations at SolarWorld, where she oversaw factory operation and manufacturing. She also has held engineering and management positions at Shell Solar, Siemens Solar and Arco Solar, driving research and development for each of these organizations. Jester chairs the California State University, Northridge‘s College of Engineering and Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board. She is also a member of the National Center for Photovoltaics Advisory Board. She holds three patents and has been published in more than 50 publications on solar technology, manufacturing and safety.

    John Lushetsky
    Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technology Program

    Mr. John Lushetsky is the Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Program (SETP) with responsibility for all solar technology development, grid integration, and market transformation activities under the Solar America Initiative announced by President Bush in 2006. He has over 20 years of experience in technology development and commercialization.

    Mr. Lushetsky was previously with Corning, Inc. where he held a number of senior positions in strategic marketing, account management and business development. Most recently, Mr. Lushetsky was responsible for developing new strategic business opportunities in photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies. Prior to Corning, Mr. Lushetsky was with Electrosource, Inc., a Texas-based start-up developing an advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles. While with Electrosource, Mr. Lushetsky had responsibility for marketing, business development and company financing activities. He initiated new international opportunities for the company in India, China, and Taiwan along with new domestic opportunities in non-automotive markets. Mr. Lushetsky holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and an M.S. and B.S. with High Honors in Engineering Science from the University of Florida.

    Barbara Paldus

    Barb was most recently the CTO of Picarro, a company she founded in 1998. At Picarro, she was responsible for technology strategy, research, and business development, which led to a solid-state Cyan laser product in 2003 and cavity ring-down spectroscopy products in 2004. Barb is currently a partner at Skymoon Ventures. Barb received both her Ph.D. (1998) and M.S.E.E. (1994) degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and her BS (1993) in electrical engineering/applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

    Marc G. Stanley
    Director of the Technology Innovation Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Mr. Marc G. Stanley has served as Director of the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since December 31, 2007. He was appointed Acting Director of TIP on September 10, 2007. He also serves as a U.S. Governor on the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation Board of Governors and as the American Director on the Trilateral Industrial Development (TRIDE) Executive Committee.
    Mr. Stanley served as the Director of the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) since June 2003. He was the Acting Director of ATP from 2001 to 2003 and as the Associate Director for ATP from 1993 to 2001.

    Before coming to NIST, Mr. Stanley was the Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) by Presidential appointment. He served as Counselor to the NIST Director, as a consultant to DoC’s Technology Administration, and as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at DoC.

    Mr. Stanley earned a BA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Baltimore.

    Dr. Richard M. Swanson
    President & Chief Technology Officer, SunPower Corporation

    Dick Swanson is president and CTO of SunPower Corporation. He received his BSEE and MSEE from Ohio State University in 1969 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1975. In 1976 he joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at. His research investigated the semiconductor properties of silicon relevant for better understanding the operation of silicon solar cells. These studies have helped pave the way for steady improvement in silicon solar cell performance. In 2002, he was awarded the William R. Cherry award by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic field, and in 2006 the Becquerel Prize in Photovoltaics from the European Communities.

    In 1991 Dr. Swanson resigned from his faculty position to devote full time to SunPower Corporation, a company he founded to develop and commercialize cost-effective photovoltaic power systems. In 2005, SunPower became publicly listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the symbol SPWR. Today, SunPower is a leading manufacturer and installer of photovoltaic panels.

    Peter Visser
    Project Manager, Philips Lighting

    Peter Visser (MSc) studied Technical Business Studies at the University of Twente, Netherlands. He joined Philips Research Labs in Eindhoven, Netherlands in 1998. Here he worked as project coordinator for several large European research projects. In 2004 he was assigned at Philips Lighting in Aachen, Germany, as project manager responsible for the OLLA project. The OLLA project was the first and largest European joint research project on Organic LEDs for Lighting, and now succeeded with the initiative.

    Jean-Luc Vanderheyden
    Global Molecular Imaging Leader, GE Healthcare

    Jean-Luc was born in Brussels, Belgium. He attended the University of Brussels and graduated as a Pharmacist in 1980. He came to the USA and attended the University of Cincinnati, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1985. He joined a biopharmaceutical start-up, NeoRx Corporation, based in Seattle until 1991, when he moved to Mallinckrodt Medical in St. Louis. He had positions of increasing responsibilities, and became Director of the company’s Nuclear Medicine R&D, reporting to the Business Unit. After Tyco’s acquisition in 2001, J-L joined Theseus Imaging Company, a Boston start-up, as their Vice President of Research and Development, and became a Visiting Associate Professor in Nuclear Medicine/Radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. He joined General Electric's Healthcare division, in the Technology and Medical Office in November 2005, currently reporting to Dr. W. Clarke, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer. He is responsible for the design and development of the businesses global molecular imaging strategy, especially as it relates to integrated offerings to and partnerships with academic institutions.

    He has been an inventor on 10 patents, and an author of over 50 publications, with numerous accepted abstracts and oral presentations.