Dr. Phillip Boudjouk is the inventor of Si technologies being licensed from NDSU and will serve as a technical advisor to the company. Dr. Boudjouk is a Jordan A. Engberg Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for nearly 40 years. He also served as NDSU's vice president for research, creative activities, and technology transfer at NDSU from 1999 to 2014. A recipient of many honors and awards for research and instruction, Dr. Boudjouk is a tenured professor in the department of chemistry at NDSU with over 167 publications and 30+ patents and patent applications. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in silicon chemistry (most notably cyclohexasilane ("Si6")-based technologies) and is a prolific inventor of a variety of silicon-based compositions and related IP.
Mr. Willner is an experienced high tech CEO with over 30 years in the electronic display industry. After starting his career at Hewlett Packard and Metaphor Computer Systems (a Xerox spinout), Mr. Willner went on to co-found and launch the Advanced Systems Division of Wyse Technology. In 1996 he founded Colorado MicroDisplay (CMD) where he successfully commercialized liquid crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) technology as miniature electronic displays used in cameras, camcorder, heads up and head mounted displays. While at CMD, Mr. Willner personally established joint development projects with Philips and Nokia, and raised over $60 million in strategic, venture capital, and mezzanine financing from Texas Instruments, Siemens, Polaroid, InFocus, Hambrecht & Quist, GE Capital and others. In 2002, Mr. Willner started nFlexion, a successful high tech management consulting firm, specializing in the commercialization of advanced display technology.
Dr. George Melnik
Dr. Melnik , our Senior Technical Advisor, has been working very closely with Dr. Refai to advance the CSpace technology.
Dr. Melnik has had an extensive career in display technology research and development. He has been awarded 17 patents and authored numerous publications. For the last seven years Dr. Melnik has been a technology consultant specializing in display product development and also serving as an expert witness in patent law cases involving display technologies. Previously, Dr. Melnik worked with several startup companies on improving their display technologies and products. Prior to becoming a consultant, Dr. Melnik worked for 15 years at Philips where he drove the development of several novel technologies, including the liquid-crystal-on-silicon technology that was the basis for Philips' groundbreaking rear projection HDTV. While at Philips, Dr. Melnik held positions in research, product development, and manufacturing. His last position held at Phillips was as the Director of Strategic Projects. Dr. Melnik was also instrumental in the early development of active matrix liquid crystal displays while at General Electric. Dr. Melnik received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the Liquid Crystal Institute of Kent State University. He is a senior member of the Society for Information Display and is presently the chairman of their mid-Atlantic chapter.