micromechanical polysilicon gear train SmallTech Consulting Advisory and Extended Team

Our advisory and extended team provide expertise that adds even more depth and diversity to our Core Team's capabilities, including capabilities in our core areas and in medicine, finite element analysis (FEA), display technologies, electronics, energy and intellectual property.

Wesley Chang, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, MEMS, Microfluidics, Biomedical Engineering
Nasreen Chopra, Ph.D. Nanotechnology, Management, Alternative Energy
Mike Daneman, Ph.D. MEMS, Optics, Packaging, Alternative Energy
Geetha Dholakia, Ph.D. Nanotechnology, Materials, Physics, Grants
Derek Gerlach, Ph.D. Signal Processing, Algorithm Design, Prototyping
Janelle Gunther, Ph.D. Materials, Polymers, Nanotechnology
Albert Henning, Ph.D. MEMS, Microfluidics, Integrated Circuits, Physics, Management
Lauren Palmateer, Ph.D. Display Technologies, Packaging, IP, Healthcare, Product Development
Minnie Sarwal, MD, MRCP, DCH, Ph.D. Medicine, Genetics
Byron Shaw, Ph.D. Sensors, Energy, Automotive, Management
Karen Weil, BSEE, Exec Mgt (prev. Markus) MEMS, Executive Management, Fabrication, Due Diligence, M&A
Kirt Williams, Ph.D., P.E. MEMS, Fabrication, Vacuum Microelectronics

Wesley Chang , Ph.D.

Dr. Chang joins the SmallTech team with a multidisciplinary background in microtechnology, biomedical engineering, and entrepreneurship. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Dr. Chang has developed a broad skill set as a microsystems engineer and research scientist, having completed projects in MEMS microfabrication and prototyping, microfluidic systems, and a variety of biomedical microdevices. He has worked over 15 years on all stages of new microsystems development, including design, modeling, analysis, layout, and hands-on process development and execution. In addition, he is skilled in various testing, metrology and surface characterization methods. His work on biomedical systems has also enabled him to acquire extensive working experience with cell culture, biology wet lab techniques, and surface chemistry. Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Sensors and Actuator Center.

Nasreen Chopra, Ph.D.

Dr. Nasreen Chopra is an entrepreneur with ten years of experience in discovering, developing and transferring new materials technology into application. Dr. Chopra was co-founder and CEO of Koila, Inc, a venture backed start-up company addressing cooling of microelectronics, where she generated core IP in thermal application of nanotubes, raised Series A funding from top tier venture capitalists, and built a multi-disciplinary team of engineers establishing world's leading expertise of nanotube growth on copper. Nasreen's experience also includes work at Agilent Laboratories on nanopore synthesis (10 - 100 nm diameter) and fast x-ray imaging systems to inspect printed circuit boards. At Applied Materials, she was core member of the team that developed Black Diamond, a leading low-k dielectric film currently in manufacture. Dr. Chopra earned Ph.D., M.A. and B.S. degrees in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an inventor on numerous pending patents, and has authored 20 technical publications.

Mike Daneman, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Daneman brings a broad range of experience, including over 13 years experience in MEMS design and development, optical design, and fiber-optic packaging, as well as experience in small and large group and project management. Mike has published a number of technical journal and conference papers in the field of optical MEMS.  Mike received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to receive an M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in adaptive Optical MEMS and Fiber-optics components.  Mike has worked at Silicon Light Machines, co-founded Onix Microsystems, and most recently, has managed chip-assembly and packaging of MEMS-based miniature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells at Lilliputian Systems.

Geetha Dholakia, Ph.D.

Dr. Geetha Dholakia brings her broad experience in physics, materials science and instrumentation to SmallTech Consulting. Her research experience includes synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials for photovoltaic and flexible LED applications, device fabrication and testing, materials characterization of nanoscale and bulk materials, and AFM and probe microscopies. She received her M.Sc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T), Madras, India and her Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science (I.I.Sc.), Bangalore, India, where she also did her Post Doctorate work, and was a Visiting Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. She has been a Sr. Research Scientist at Santa Clara University, a Sr. Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA, and has served as Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University. At NASA she was the group lead for the Molecular Electronics Project and the nano-satellite project. She executed project management responsibilities and has systems engineering experience. She also actively participates as the executive committee member of IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council, has chaired IEEE Nano conferences in “Nanotech Enabled Energy Generation”, taught many courses in SCU, SJSU and other Silicon Valley organizations on emerging research areas, including “Flexible Electronics and Plastic Green Technologies” and “Nanotechnology”, volunteers as a judge for bay area K6-12 science fairs, and is a referee for various physics and materials science journals (JAP, Nanoletters, APL etc) and NASA SBIR, STTR.

Derek Gerlach, Ph.D.

Dr. Derek Gerlach is an electrical engineer specializing in signal processing, algorithm design, and prototyping. His PhD thesis work at Stanford was on “Adaptive Transmitting Antenna Arrays at the Base Station in Cellular Radio Networks.” Dr. Gerlach is an inventor of nineteen patents, and has authored numerous papers and reports. He is fluent in Matlab, Fortran, and Basic.

Janelle Gunther, Ph.D.

Dr. Janelle Gunther is a materials scientist (B.S. in Materials Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science/Polymer Physics from MIT) with expertise in self-assembling nanomaterials and materials characterization.  Dr. Gunther has worked with polymers, self-assembling nanostructures, biomaterials, semiconductors and nuclear materials. Janelle particularly enjoys working with companies in designing characterization or quality control programs to improve their product yield. She specializes in creating products that combine multiple types of materials in the same device, from early research and development stages all the way through to commercial production, including cost/benefit analyses for characterization and equipment purchase budgeting.  At MIT, Dr. Gunther worked on liquid crystals and block copolymers as well as total joint prostheses. As a postdoc at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, she transitioned to nanomaterials and surface science analyses through her work on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) applied to self-assembling nanostructures. At Agilent Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory some of her projects included failure analysis of DNA and protein array products, target characterization and development for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and multiple projects involving semiconductor devices and microfluidics. She has expertise in AFM, XPS, STM, DSC, TGA and Auger, SIMS and Nuclear Microprobe analysis.  Janelle has over 20 publications and presentations in refereed journals and scientific conferences and several patents in biotechnology, and has served as a journal article reviewer in polymer science.  Dr. Gunther has also taught Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Francisco State.

Albert Henning, Ph.D.

Dr. Albert Henning brings to SmallTech Consulting his extensive background in consulting, R&D, product development, technology evaluation, MEMS, nanotechnology, advanced integrated circuit process technologies, invention, business development, product development, manufacturing, and device physics. Al has held technical and management positions at Aquarian Microsystems, MonolithIC3D, NanoInk, Inc., Redwood Microsystems, and Intel, and has taught at SemiZone and as an Associate Professor in the Thayer School of Engineering and Department of Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College, where he was also the Director and Founder of its Solid State Microengineering Laboratory. Dr. Henning earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physics from Dartmouth, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He has 8 US Patents and 13 pending US patent applications.

Lauren Palmateer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lauren Palmateer's areas of expertise include Flat Panel Displays as in the LCDs displays and ereaders, touchscreens, display electronic packaging, biophysics and strategic patent analysis. She received her PhD from Cornell University School of Electrical Engineering in 1989 in III-V Semiconductor electronics. Lauren worked at Bell Labs, IBM, Qualcomm and 4 Silicon Valley Start up companies. She was a part of the original team at IBM research developing the first color laptop display, the Thinkpad. She holds 22 issuespatents, pending applications and numerous publications in the technical journals. She specializes in manufacturing aspects, equipment and process design, materials, packaging and interconnects in display technologies and biophysics engineering applied to healthcare and product development.

Minnie Sarwal, MD, MRCP, DCH, Ph.D.

Dr. Minnie Sarwal is a pediatric transplant physician and research scientist, trained in the UK with a DCH from London University and an MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians. London. She also holds a degree in Molecular Biology from Christ's College, Cambridge University, from the Molecular Genetics Unit Laboratory of Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner. She is the recipient of Medical Research Council and National Kidney Foundation grants in the UK and NIH and Industry grants in the US for her efforts in translation research in transplantation, and has spearheaded the first steroid-free kidney transplant immunosuppression approach for children. She is an Associate Professor at Stanford, where she is involved in patient care and running a laboratory focusing on DNA microarray technology, genomics and proteomics research. She has authored 6 book chapters and over 50 publications and holds 2 patents. She has chaired numerous transplant symposia and transplant committees, is an Ad Hoc member of 4 NItudy SecH Stions, and has given over 100 lectures nationally and internationally.

Byron Shaw, Ph.D.

Dr. Byron Shaw received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, as well as a B.S. in German language and literature. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/controls from UC Berkeley. He worked at BMW managing advanced technology, for which he coordinated all university research in the US and was the technical manager of a 30-person engineering and marketing team and a $4 million budget.

Karen Weil, BSEE, Executive Management
(formerly Karen Markus)

Ms. Weil has a background in business and technology management as well as technical expertise in MEMS technologies. She is president of Zeus Strategies, LLC, focused on consulting for corporate technology strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and disruptive technologies. Ms. Weil has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and has participated in executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Sloan School of Management (MIT) and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business (UNC). Ms. Weil has served as Vice President for technology strategy for JDS Uniphase Corp, as Founder, Vice President and CTO for Cronos Integrated Microsystems, Inc. (acquired by JDS Uniphase), as Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the HI-MEMS Alliance - Research Triangle Park, NC, as Director of MEMS Technology Applications at MCNC, and as a Staff Engineer for TRW's Space and Defense Sector. She has been a member of several National Academies study groups, is a TAB member for the Sensors and Electronics Directorate at ARL and is a member of the Advisory Group on Electron Devices which advises DoD. Ms. Weil has served as a Director on numerous boards for both public and private companies in the US and Europe.

Kirt Williams , Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Kirt Williams is a MEMS expert, with a combination of broad engineering experience (MEMS, microfabrication, materials, electronics, packaging, heat flow, system engineering), a history of innovation, and program management (technical management, scheduling, costing, proposal writing) with excellent customer relations and communication skills.