Throughout his 20+ year career, Chris has used his background in engineering, law and business to develop and implement business plans that have successfully resulted in high margin revenue and large company valuations.
Recently, Chris was the CEO of Pelican Imaging, a company that licensed hardware and software in the areas of computation photography and depth sensing. Pelican was purchased by Tessera Technologies (Xperi) in 2016. Prior to that, Chris was the SVP of global licensing at Rambus, raising Rambus’ revenue from $200M to $300M in two years time. He was also the President of Global Lighting Technologies which provided light guides and licensed such technologies to display and lighting markets. Global Lighting was purchased by Rambus in 2009.
Chris started his career at Tessera Technologies where, over his 13 year tenure, he built and implemented successful technology licensing strategies in the chip scale packaging area, providing Tessera with a public valuation of approximately $2.25B in 2007. Chris has a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Dr. Waldern completed his Ph.D. scholarship in virtual reality at Loughbrough University of Technology under the United Kingdom’s advanced computing initiative. He founded Virtuality, Inc., a pioneer in VR training and entertainment. Following a successful IPO, he emigrated to California to pursue research interests where he founded DigiLens, Inc.
A named inventor on over 70 patents, Jon is also the recipient of three national small business awards for innovation, manufacturing and management.
Rick is responsible for all things financial and administrative. As a seasoned finance leader, he brings a wealth of experience in capital raising, M&A and strategic finance initiatives, and a proven ability to manage finance teams, growth and operational excellence. As CFO, Rick has successfully exited three companies and has been involved in transactions valued at more than $1 billion. Prior to joining Digilens, Rick served as Vice President and CFO of Powervation Limited where he played a key role in helping to prepare and lead the company through its successful acquisition by Rohm Semiconductor Company in July 2015.
He has held CFO and senior financial management positions with a variety of technology companies, including, Powervation (acquired by Rohm Company Ltd), Validity Sensors (acquired by Synaptics NSDQ: SYNA), Intel Corporation (NSDQ: INTC), VxTel (acquired by Intel), and Exar Corporation (NSDQ: EXAR). Rick began his career in Silicon Valley where he spent 8 years with Deloitte & Touche. He holds a BS degree in accounting and business administration from Humboldt State University and is a member of the AICPA.
Throughout Ratson’s career, he has proven himself to be a successful developer and implementer of technologies. Prior to joining Digilens, Ratson was the COO at Sunpreme where he managed all operations including a FAB in China and new product development.
Ratson was the COO and VP R&D at Cogenra Solar. Ratson’s inventions led to the acquisition of Cogenra by SunPower. Earlier, Ratson was Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Solyndra focusing on the development of a new type of solar module and the CEO of Blue29 Corporation where he built and led a startup company focused on manufacturing semiconductor capital equipment from concept stage through funding to full product release and acquisition by KLA-Tencor. Prior to that, at Applied Materials, he developed the company’s first copper electroplating (ECD) system and later was the VP and GM of CMP Division.
Ratson has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Ratson is a named inventor on 40 granted patents in semiconductors, renewable energy and MRI systems.
Thanh holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from San Jose State University and has over 20 years of experience working with startups. She never questioned whether she should work for a startup or larger company—she always knew her passion was helping a startup grow. As one of the first DigiLens employees in 2003, Thanh has—and continues—to play key roles in the materials and process development for the company. Currently, she’s head of the fabrication group responsible for building early prototypes of DigiLens products.
Thanh lives in San Jose, CA with her husband of 16 years where they raise their two sons. She works passionately to help youth, orphans and especially disadvantaged students to follow their academic aspirations in rural provinces in Vietnam through various programs, charities, and community involvement. In her personal time, she loves cooking, hiking, and visiting national parks with her family.
Milan has been making inventions and contributing to applications of DigiLens’ holographic technology since the foundation of the company. In his IP management role, the goal is to establish a solid IP foundation for DigiLens’ products.
Working with DigiLens team of attorneys, he manages the IP development process from invention through to patent application filing and prosecution. As one of DigiLens’ key inventors, he has over seventy patents issued or pending, covering various applications of holographic waveguides.
As Director of Physics he explores new product concepts and develops theoretical methods for gaining a deeper understanding of and facilitating the design of DigiLens’ holographic waveguides. With over thirty years of experience in optical systems gained in the industry as a freelance consultant, Milan has an extensive background in a broad range of optical technology, including wearable displays, imaging systems, 3D and virtual reality, holographic optics, infrared systems, illumination systems, and industrial sensors.
As a freelance consultant, he’s developed innovative optics solutions for clients worldwide including universities, large corporations and start-ups. Dr. Popovich also held appointments as a research physicist at Rolls Royce Ltd. and GEC Marconi Ltd., and holds Ph.D (Physics), MSc (Applied Optics) and BSc (Physics) degrees from the imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.
Alastair joined DigiLens in 2011 and is their Chief Optical Architect, responsible for managing the optical design and R&D teams. Over the past 20+ years, Alastair has held senior/principal optical engineering positions with BAE SYSTEMS, OPTICS 1, and Panavision, where he has successfully innovated, designed, built, tested and deployed an extensive range of imaging and illumination solutions for both commercial and aerospace applications. Alastair is a named inventor on more than a dozen patents.
Alastair holds a BSc.(Hons) in Optoelectronics and Laser engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and an MSc. in Electronics from University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Dr. Abraham joined DigiLens in 2012 and is primarily responsible for design, synthesis and optimization of materials for holographic displays. He directs the advanced nano-material development program. His Ph.D. was awarded in Chemistry for inventions in the field of novel photo-responsive switchable materials carried out at Photosciences and Photonics Division of Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR), India.
During his doctoral research, he was granted an international fellowship for developing full-color rewritable image recording techniques at National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), Tsukuba, Japan. After his Ph.D. work, he joined Chemistry Department (Physical Sciences) of Georgetown University, Washington DC. He developed several organic composites by tuning the self-organization properties of soft materials such as liquid crystals, gels and polymers. Thereafter, he joined the engineering group of Serious Energy, Inc., for developing switchable polymer/liquid crystal composites for energy efficient smart windows.
He is recognized in this field with 15+ years of experience and his research contributions are published in several international peer-reviewed scientific journals. International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara awarded him a fellowship in 2010 under a program sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF).
In a career spanning over 30 year, he has worked at several start-ups in roles including Operations Management, QA Management, Marketing, and Process development. He has extensive experience in both internal and external facing roles. Prior to joining DigiLens, he was Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Cambrios Technologies where he built and managed a team of Field Application Engineers focused on improving user experience with the companies silver NW product. Prior to that, he was Plant Manager at Southwall Technologies where he increased output 50% while keeping spending flat at their Palo Alto facility.
Ram has 20+ years’ experience in consumer imaging media, alternative energy, and semiconductor equipment industries; with nearly 15 years spent successfully transferring material-based technologies from concept & feasibility to volume manufacturing in large, corporate, as well as, start-up environments.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Ram joined Eastman Kodak Company, where he was responsible for process development of liquid coated, flexible film products including roll-to-roll printed electronics and flexible displays – in consumer, digital and health imaging applications. Ram’s start-up experiences include Solyndra LLC, a high volume photovoltaic manufacturer; Enki Technology, a start-up focused on the application of sol-gel anti-reflective coatings to solar panel glass; and Nanosolar, Inc., a roll-to-roll coated, solar cell manufacturer. Most recently, at Applied Materials, Inc., a semiconductor equipment manufacturing company, Ram drove continuous improvement of etch chamber hardware to solve customer high value, productivity problems.
Ram is excited to bring his experience and background to DigiLens Inc., where he is responsible for scaling, integrating, and transferring DigiLens’ heads-up display manufacturing processes to high volume production customers.
Remi has built a career bringing breakthrough platform technologies profitably to market. Prior to joining DigiLens, Remi was VP of Sales and Marketing at InVisage Technologies Inc., an image sensor company acquired by Apple specializing in visible and depth cameras. At InVisage, Remi signed strategic relationships in China, Japan and the USA in order to deliver products taking advantage of the unique properties of the quantum dot film material created by InVisage.
Prior to InVisage, Lacombe designed DxO Labs’ imaging technologies into many smartphone manufacturers on three continents creating and growing a business that was eventually sold to GoPro. He led several entrepreneurial ventures including serving as CEO of Zandan and Co-Founder of PAS International. He previously held positions at C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems and Sun Microsystems (where he licensed Java technology across Europe).
Remi received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and holds Applied Science and Engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, both in Paris, France.