Doug Barnes — President and CEO
Doug Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a seasoned executive in the electronics and water technologies industries. He served as Chief Operating Officer of NanoH2O, Inc., a provider of reverse osmosis membranes for the desalination market, which was acquired by LG Chem in 2014. From 1986 to 2011 Mr. Barnes served in several executive roles at Planar Systems, Inc. in Beaverton Oregon, including VP and General Manager of the specialty display business for 5 years, as well and VP of Global Manufacturing at Planar Systems for 12 years. Doug graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Industrial Engineering.
Juanita Kurtin, Ph.D. — CTO and co-founder of PLT.
Juanita leads the IP and R&D efforts at the company. Dr Kurtin was previously the VP of R&D at SpectraWatt, and prior to that, in addition to developing the R&D plan for the solar business which eventually became SpectraWatt, she was involved in Technology Development and Circuit Research at Intel Corp. Dr. Kurtin is the author of multiple patents and patent applications in the area of nanomaterials for electronics and solar cell technologies. She has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemistry from MIT. At Berkeley she worked with renowned nanomaterials pioneer Dr. Paul Alivisatos, whose group has been responsible for startups such as QDot Corporation (now Life Technologies), Nanosys, and Solexant.
John Miner — Managing Director, Pivotal Investments
John is a venture capitalist and a managing director at Pivotal Investments, focused on investing in companies developing clean technologies for the sustainable economy. He is the former President of Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment arm, and was an Intel corporate vice president. Prior to Intel Capital, John has been instrumental in leading Intel’s entry into new market segments as an Intel Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Products Group, the Enterprise Server Group, and General Manager of Intel’s desktop motherboard and PC building-blocks business. John joined Intel in 1983. John is currently a member of the board of LSI Corp., Avnera and END Outdoor. He is a former director of Unicru (purchased by Kronos) and of Pacific Broadband (purchased by Juniper). He is also an investor in and advisor to numerous early stage enterprises and a Trustee for the Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation. John holds a BSEE from Tulane University and MBA from the University of Oregon
Robin Teitzel — Principal, Murlea Technology LLC
Robin is an angel investor and represents the Oregon Angel Fund, with which he has worked for several investment opportunities. Previously, Robin has worked in product development at Tektronix, ATEQ (Laser based photomask writer), Etec (Ebeam photomask writer) and most recently as Senior Manager at Applied Materials. Currently with Murlea Technology, Robin and others are developing specialized LED test equipment. Robin holds 12 patents and one pending, and holds a BSEE from Washington State University.
Robert Walker, Ph.D.— CEO, early stage start-up
Prior to his current role, from 2007-2012 Bob was a Partner at Sierra Ventures, a private venture capital firm, focused on investments in solid state lighting, displays, clean technology, solar energy and semiconductors. Before Sierra he was CEO of BridgeLux, a high power LED lighting company, from 2005-2007, and served on its Board of Directors from 2004. In 2003 Dr. Walker founded YEBY Associates, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy specializing in the Solid State Lighting industry, and continues to serve as a Principal there. These and other earlier roles at Vincera Ventures and Emcore have contributed to make Bob a leader in the high-brightness LED industry since its inception. In particular Bob has extensive first-hand knowledge of the Asian LED industry where much of the world’s production is located. Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech in 1989 and a triple major in math, physics and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984.
Ron Nelson, Ph.D.
Ron was previously the CEO at tunable laser company Agility Communications which he led to a successful acquisition by JDS Uniphase in 2005. He has also been CEO of a Mohr Davidow Ventures energy harvesting company, and an executive in residence at Battery Ventures. Ron began his career at Bell Labs, where he moved into management and led the team that developed and manufactured the first InP lasers to be deployed by AT&T for submarine cable and terrestrial applications. After Bell Labs, Ron was co-founder of Lytel, a manufacturer of lasers, LEDs and transmitter receiver modules for optical communications. Ron was also a Vice President and Officer of Motorola, leading an advanced technology and business development center. Over his career, Ron’s teams have introduced over 40 new products into the marketplace. Ron has a PhD in Physics/EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he studied under Prof. Nick Holonyak, Jr, the inventor of both the visible LED and the semiconductor laser.