Bruce H. Robinson, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Advisor
Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle and has been on the faculty since 1980. He designs molecules for electro-optic applications, and develops and utilizes theoretical modeling methods to optimize their performance. He has over 200 peer-reviewed papers in the literature. He has published in the fields of Magnetic Resonance, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Electrodynamics. He is a fellow of AAAS, and currently holds the Larry R. Dalton Chair in Chemistry.
Arka Majumdar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2007, where he was honored with the President’s Gold Medal. Majumdar completed his master’s degree (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He spent one year at the University of California, Berkeley (2012-13) and Intel Labs as a postdoc in Santa Clara, CA (2013-14). His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for applications in ultra-low power optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. Majumdar is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015), Intel early career faculty award (2015), Amazon Catalyst Fellowship (2016), Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship for physics (2018) and NSF CAREER Award (2019).
Philip Sullivan Ph.D.
Philip A. Sullivan received his B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry from Montana State University, Bozeman, in 200. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology in 2006 from the University of Washington, while working with Professor Larry R. Dalton. His dissertation research focused on organic materials for nonlinear optics applications. Dr. Sullivan co-founded Seattle Polymer, LLC. in 2006. Seattle Polymer is a consulting firm that focuses on solving materials / chemical technology problems of commercial interest. In 2010 Dr. Sullivan joined Intellectual Ventures Labs and co-developed the tunable metamaterial technology behind Kymeta Corporation’s flat-pannel satellite antenna. In 2011 Sullivan joined the faculty at Montana State University as a Research Assistant Professor focusing on fundamental organic materials research, funded mainly by the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Sullivan has authored more than 50 scientific publications and book chapters. He is named as an inventor on many important U.S. and international patents.
John Jaffe, Ph.D.
John Jaffe has a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and 34 years of experience in theoretical and computational solid-state physics, most recently at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also taught physics at Michigan Technological University and presently teaches mathematics at Columbia Basin College.
Scott R. Hammond, Ph.D.
Scott R. Hammond received his B.S. in Chemistry with High Honors from University of California, Berkeley in 2002. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington, Seattle, working with Prof. Larry R. Dalton. Dr. Hammond served as a postdoctoral scholar for 3 years at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working on organic photovoltaic materials, devices, and packaging. He then served as Principal Scientist for 6 years at SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., leading all aspects of development of their proprietary semi-transparent electricity-generating coatings. Dr. Hammond has coauthored more than 20 scientific publications & book chapters, and is a named inventor on several awarded and pending U.S. and International Patents.
Vice President of Community and Communications at OfferUp, overseeing the company’s brand strategy and business partnerships. Built, led and advised community driven startups for nearly 20 years. Vision-driven leader with experience across a wide breadth of technologies and industries. Lead several companies and start-ups in succession, founder and CEO of Swopboard, co-founder of Swink Style Bar, and CEO at Photozone. VP of Content and Product and SVP of Business Affairs at Getty Images. Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley and Master of Arts, University of Washington. Advisory Board of Directors Henry Contemporary Art Museum and advisor to Seattle startup Stylyze.
David A Sparks
20 years leading technology startups focused on wireless network development. Founder and CEO of three consecutive successful startup entities (inception to exit & integration). Leadership in national wireless network development and engineering entities. Currently an elected commissioner for a King County Utility District and principal at Davis Bay Consulting (telecom consulting). BA in Finance and Accounting (WWU) with an MBA (Corporate Strategy) from McGill University, Montreal Quebec.