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Management Team

Lindsay Austin Lindsay Austin
Chairman, CSO and Co-Founder
Lindsay AustinLindsay Austin has over 30 years experience in companies that develop, manufacture and market lasers, optics and instrumentation. His previous position was the President & CEO of SpectraSwitch, a start-up optical components company. Prior to this he was with JDS Uniphase where he initially served as VP Sales & Marketing and later as VP/GM of the Commercial Laser Division. He has also held senior management positions with Coherent, Lambda Physik and Spectra Physics. Lindsay earned his BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Dr Ningyi Luo Dr Ningyi Luo
President & CEO and Co-Founder
Lindsay AustinNingyi Luo, Ph.D., has worked in the lasers & optoelectronics industry for over 20 years directing development and introduction of many commercially successful photonics solutions for telecom, biotechnology, materials processing, and scientific markets.
Before starting PIC, Ningyi held senior engineering management positions at New-Wave Research, JDS Uniphase, and Continuum Electro-Optics. Ningyi started his career at the National Laboratory on High Power Lasers and Physics at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics. He received his BS and MS in Laser Physics at the University of Science and Technology in China, and his MS and PhD in Laser Physics at Texas Tech University.

Ben Zhao Ben Zhao
Director of Board
Lindsay AustinBen Zhao has more than 7 years of venture capital experience and has over 16 years of engineering experience in software, telecommunication industries. Ben currently leads COWIN Growth Venture Capital. Since 2004, Ben managed to invested more than 30 deals which cover many sectors, such as Software, Fabless Semiconductor, Telecom equipment, Wireless Application, Chain Operation, Pharmacy developing, and so on. By now some of the companies run well and meet the criteria of SME Capital Market or Second Capital Market£¬such as Snail Game, Qeeze. Prior to COWIN Growth Venture Capial, Ben led CSVC¡¯s(China-Singapore Suzhou Industry Park Ventures Co.)early stage investing activities. Prior to CSVC, Ben worked as investment manager in PVP(Pacific Venture Partners) for one and half years. Prior to PVP, Ben worked as a software engineer for ZhongXing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) and Information Department of NanJing Military Area. Ben gots a MS degree in Business Administration from NanJing University and a BS degree in Computer Application from National University of Defense Technology.

Gordon Mitchard, Ph.D. Gordon Mitchard, Ph.D.
Chief Business Advisor
Lindsay AustinGordon Mitchard is a co-founder of Pionetics Corporation, a venture-capital-funded start-up he co-founded to provide drinking water treatment products for residential and commercial markets. He served as Chairman and CEO from 2006 until the company was acquired in 2008. From 1991 to 2005 Dr. Mitchard held general management and sales & marketing management positions at JDS Uniphase Corporation and SDL Incorporated, responsible for providing opto-electronic components to OEM customers in telecom and industrial markets. Prior to 1991, he held engineering and engineering management positions developing capital equipment for the graphics industry. Dr. Mitchard holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

William Krupke, Ph.D. William Krupke, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Advisor Board
Lindsay AustinWilliam (Bill) Krupke received the B. S. degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1958), and M. A. and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1961 and 1966. He has held technical and management positions at the Hughes Aircraft, Minneapolis Honeywell, and Aerospace Corporation. In 1972, he co-founded the Laser Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and served variously as Program Leader, Chief Scientist, and Deputy AssociateDirectorate during his 27-year LLNL tenure. Through the early 1980s, he participated in the design, development, and construction of evermore powerful Nd:glass lasers, and led R&D efforts on solid state, excimer, copper-vapor, and dye lasers. Since 1985, he has been engaged in development of diode-pumped high-average-power solid state lasers. He is the co-inventor of several novel enabling crystalline laser materials. In 1999, Bill left LLNL to form WFK Lasers, LLC, to consult for high tech companies such as Uniphase, Ultratech, and General Atomics, and to develop new laser-based intellectual properties. He co-founded several high tech startups (Crystal Photonics and Novalux) and serves as a technical advisor to Crystal Photonics. He also serves as a board director of IPG Photonics. Dr. Krupke is an OSA Fellow and a member of IEEE LEOS. He has served on the Board of Directors of the OSA, and as chairperson of the Quantum Electronics Division of the OSA Technical Council. He has authored or co-authored over sixty scientific publications in the field of quantum lectronics, has published several book chapters, and holds 23 patents.

Robert Hoffman, Ph.D. Robert Hoffman, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Advisor Board
Lindsay AustinRobert A. (Bob) Hoffman has a B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana (1968) and a Ph.D. in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1975). He began his career in analytical instrumentation as a post doctoral fellow in the flow cytometry group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1976. While at Los Alamos he also consulted for Coulter Electronics. From 1976 to 1987 he held scientific and technical management positions in flow cytometry and automated hematology at Ortho Diagnostic Systems where he helped conceive and develop several new instruments. From 1987 to 2009 he was with BD Biosciences, where he provided instrument and assay concepts and helped develop flow cytometers including the FACSCalibur, FACSCount and FACSArray. Responsibilities at BD included Director of Instrument Engineering, Director of Instrumentation Technology, and BD Fellow in the Advanced Technology Group. Dr. Hoffman has been a member of four Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute subcommittees and has taught six continuing education courses in flow cytometry. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and an editor for Current Protocols in Cytometry. He has 18 patents and over 40 publications in the field of flow cytometry. Recent interests have focused on simpler instruments, performance characterization and improved performance standards.

Dr. Badhri Narayan Dr. Badhri Narayan
Director and CTO
Lindsay AustinSenior research program Director at Eastman Kodak company for 23 years. Retired from Kodak as Research Fellow in 2004 and Joined PIC as CTO. More than 35 years experience in the use of lasers for medical and office imaging applications Over 40 US patents in imaging and electronic information storage. Cofounder of Pavilion Integration

Ed North Ed North
Operations Advisor
Lindsay AustinEd North received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and his MBA from Harvard University. More than 15 years experience in the manufacturing and marketing of lasers and laser systems. Formerly President and CEO of New Wave Research, a manufacture of lasers and lasers systems for semiconductor companies. Held senior management positions at New Wave Research and marketing positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric. Holds three US patents.

Dieter Gebhard Dieter Gebhard
Director, European OEM Sales
Lindsay AustinDieter Gebhard is responsible for sales and implementing PIC's products in Europe. He started at the laser business in 1992 and has more than 15 years of experience in laser sales. Prior to joining PIC, he served as Key Account Manager at JDSU in Germany. Dieter received a diploma in electrical engineering at University of Applied Sciences in Munich and is based in Eching, close to Munich in Germany.

Ingolf Dückminor Ingolf Dückminor
VP, EU Business Development
Lindsay AustinIngolf Dückminor has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the laser sector in Europe. Most recently he has focused independently on supporting US-based laser companies targeting demanding OEM laser markets in Europe. Previously he headed up the European Organisation of JDSU-Lasers, as Geschäftsführer & Managing Director. Prior to that he was Managing Director of ELS-GmbH, distributing laser-based products for a number of US-based companies. He began his career on scientific applications spending more than 10 years at Spectra-Physics in Germany. Ingolf is based in Eching, Germany, 10 miles west of the Munich Airport.

Eric Bergles Eric Bergles
VP Sales & Marketing, Co-Founder
Lindsay AustinEric was the VP Sales & Marketing at BaySpec, Inc., from 2002-2016, helping grow the company from single pre-product release to over 8 mature product lines with leading market share positions, weathering the telecom downturn and diversifying into new general spectroscopy biomedical and industrial markets. Previously, Eric worked at JDSU as PLM for optical amplifiers, NEC and PennWell (Strategies Unlimited) performed strategic marketing and consulting in the optoelectronics industry, writing recognized market research and consulting reports, and blue printing and breaking into key strategic accounts. Eric has a International Marketing degree from Colorado State University with a minor in German.


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