Professor Mark Brongersma
Mark Brongersma is a Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He leads a research team of ten students and four postdocs. Their research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of new materials and structures that find use in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. He studied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He received his PhD from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam in 1998. There he investigated the optical properties of light-emitting silicon nanostructures. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. During this time, he worked on light manipulation with metallic nanostructures below the free space diffraction limit. There, he coined the term “plasmonics” for a new device technology that exploits the unique optical properties of nanoscale metallic structures to route and manipulate light at the nanoscale. He has authored\co-authored over 175 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He also holds a number of patents in the area of Si microphotonics and plasmonics. He is a co-founder of Rolith, a company that has developed a range of products that require large-area, low-cost, high-throughput nanostructuring. Brongersma was the Chair of the Gordon Conference on Plasmonics in 2014. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, and the American Physical Society.
Quinton Fivelman, Ph.D. in Biotechnology
Themos Kallos is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Metamaterial Technologies Inc. He is an experienced electrical engineer with expertise in applied physics, metamaterials, wireless communications, and electromagnetic simulations.
Dr. Kallos leads the innovation, research, and the team of scientists at MTI. He has worked toward pioneering commercially viable metamaterial technologies in solar, optical filters, and LED and technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and has over 10 years’ experience in applied physics, engineering, and technical project management.
Dr. Kallos was the winner of the 2009 IEEE Doctoral Thesis Prize of the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. He has filed 28 patent applications, and has authored over 50 publications in applied physics, electromagnetics and metamaterials
Mr. McLaughlin is the co-founder of MTI and holds a degree in Business Administration from University of New Brunswick. He is a dynamic, serial entrepreneur and business investor with a wealth of experience in various industry sectors. In recognition of his work, he was recently listed by the Wallace McCain Institute as one of New Brunswick’s top growth entrepreneurs and appointed as a StartUp Canada representative for the province of New Brunswick Council.
Mr. McLaughlin owns three companies in financing, mortgages, and insurance with offices in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Professor Andrea Alù
Professor Alù received his Ph.D. in electronic engineering in 2007 from the University of Roma Tre, Italy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty at UT Austin in 2009.
In recent years he has received several awards for his research work, including the OSAAdolph Lomb Medal (2013), the SPIE Early Career Investigator Award (2012), the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011), the NSF CAREER award (2010), the AFOSR (2010), and DTRA (2011) Young Investigator Award.
Professor Alù advises MTI’s research force in a broad range of areas, including Metamaterials and plasmonics, electromagnetic theory and applications, nanooptics, photonics, and acoustics.
Major-General Andreas Blanos (Retired)
Major-General Blanos has been assigned to several Signal Corps units, serving as Deputy Commander and Commander respectively. He has acted as Staff Officer in various Army Headquarters. He has served at NATO Allied Headquarters both inland and abroad (NDC-GR, NHQS) and has participated in International Organizations missions such as the European Union Monitoring Mission.
In 2005, he was assigned as the Hellenic Deputy Military Representative to the EU in Brussels. In March 2008, he was promoted to Brigadier General and, in June, assumed the post of Director of the International Affairs Directorate at the Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens. Andreas retired in June 2011. Since October 2011, Major-General Blanos has served as MTI’s senior advisor on Security and Defense matters.
Professor Felipe Chibante
Professor Chibante has a wealth of experience in the research and commercialization of nanomaterials, having created four technology companies since 1994.
A serial entrepreneur, he has comprehensive experience in all elements of technology commercialization, such as intellectual property, international import/export, customer partnering, government support, and mentoring.
His technical background is demonstrated in over 70 journal, conference, and book publications, and in his filing of 7 patents. Professor Chibante currently serves as the Currie Research Chair in Nanotechnology at University of New Brunswick, as well as President of NanoTex Corporation based in Houston, TX and CEO of NanoNB Corp in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
He has ongoing collaborations with Rice University, NASA, the US Department of Defense, and laboratories in the US, Europe and Japan. Professor Chibante is well-connected within the Atlantic Canada business network.
Professor Vassilios Yannopapas
Professor Yannopapas is an expert in metamaterial technology, nanostructures, and novel optical and photonic materials. He works with the Materials Science Department at the University of Patras in Greece and is known worldwide for his pioneering work in the field of metamaterials and photonic structures.
Prof. Yannopapas serves as a reviewer for the most prestigious institutes in the field, such as the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society of America. His research on left-handed materials has been awarded the European Union Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaborative Research, and he has been involved both as a principal investigator and participant in numerous international collaborative projects in the field of materials science. Prof. Yannopapas’ academic work has received over 1,000 citations.
Using his expertise in the fields of metamaterials, optics, and nanoscience, Prof. Yannopapas advises MTI’s R&D team on the research strategies of the company.
Professor Belov has received two Ph.D. degrees—one in optics from ITMO University, Russia in 2003, and another in Radio Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland in 2006. In 2010 he defended his D.Sc. thesis (equivalent to Habilitation) at ITMO University, Russia.
He has worked in academia in UK (2005-2012), Finland (2001-2003), and Russia (1996-present time). Pavel has also earned extensive industrial experience while working for Nokia, Finland (2001-2003), Samsung Electronics, Korea (2004-2005), and consulting at the Bosch R&D center in Russia (2008-2009).
Currently, he is serving as Professor and Head of the Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials in ITMO University, Russia.
Andrew Yick, Ph.D. in Electrophysics
Dr. Andrew Yick brings MTI over 10 years of experience growing international engineering teams, with particular expertise in photonics and high-speed RF devices.
Dr. Yick served in Senior Manager roles at Inphi and Source Photonics, where he led successful NPI engineering teams responsible for design verification, reliability qualification, test automation, manufacturing ramp-up, and sustaining production. He has also held positions at various high-tech leaders, including JDS Uniphase, Newbridge Networks (Alcatel) and GSI Lumonics.
His research expertise is in UV laser microfabrication and electro-optic polymer photonics. Dr. Yick holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University, a Ma.Sc. in Photonics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Electrophysics from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Leslie has extensive experience in the areas of management consulting, venture capital advisory services, corporate governance, operations and go forward structuring plans for early stage companies. Since 1991, Mr. Leslie through his firm, Merchant Equities Capital Corp., has been leveraging his experience and contacts into securing and fulfilling contracts with multiple clients over a broad spectrum of industries. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Leslie has served as an officer and or director of numerous public and private companies.
Carl Daniels is an experienced veteran in the aerospace and defence sector, with experience in supplying high technology solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Systems Integrators, and government organizations for over 20 years.
Prior to joining MTI, Mr. Daniels held executive-level positions including Vice President of Bluedrop Training & Simulation, and General Manager & Vice President of Atlantis Systems. Mr. Daniels has proven his ability to advocate on behalf of the aerospace and defence sector by serving on New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association (NBADA) boards, and operating as Executive Vice President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS). He also serves on the steering committee of the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic (DEFSEC).
Mr. Daniels has been gaining experience in the Healthcare, Transportation, Defence, Security, and Aerospace sectors since 1996. He has provided expertise and solutions to an extensive list of customers including The Canadian Space Agency, US Navy, German Army Aviation, Royal Australian Air Force, Japanese Navy, Canadian Department of National Defence, National Police of Colombia, Sikorsky, CAE Inc., Air Canada, CN Rail, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, L-3, Bombardier, KF Aero, Canadian Association of Radiologists, Dalhousie University, Memorial University, and University of Montreal.