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Our management consulting team has wide-ranging experience in startups and large corporations.

Leslie Field, Ph.D. Founder and Managing Member
Nasreen Chopra, Ph.D. Management Advisory Board
Susan Strehlow Management Advisory Board
Karen Weil (formerly Karen Markus) Management Advisory Board

Leslie Field, Ph.D.

Dr. Leslie Field is the Founder and Managing Member of SmallTech Consulting, LLC and the Founder and CEO of MEMS Insight, Inc.   She also serves as a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Leslie has a background in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, corporate R&D, and consulting. Dr. Field, through her consulting companies, has provided consulting services to a broad spectrum of companies for technical and strategic projects since 2002.  Previously, Dr. Field worked in MEMS R&D at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories/Agilent Laboratories and while there, played a key role in starting HP Labs' Micromechanics group and worked on a variety of MEMS projects and devices. Farther back, Leslie's work at Chevron Research Company resulted in improved commercial refining methods for various petroleum-based products.  Dr. Field has served on conference technical program committees and as a scientific reviewer for NIH. She is an inventor on thirty-seven patents and an author on fourteen technical publications. Dr. Field earned PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley's Sensor & Actuator Center, and MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

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. Dr. Chopra'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.

Susan Strehlow

Ms. Strehlow is a strategic senior level manager with demonstrated skills in communication, process improvement, analysis, problem solving, innovation, organizational development, team building, and leadership. She acts as a consulting advisor to SmallTech Consulting on management and business issues.




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.