Medical Devices, Medical Imaging, Semiconductors, Sensors, MEMS Expert

Technical Consultant #2297


Expertise

  • Medical imaging, electronics, semi-conductors, medical devices, sensors, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), signal processing, image processing and ultrasound.
  • Industrial and applications including, imaging, consumer electronics, biometric security, and electrical power delivery.
  • Intellectual Property: Patent development, analysis, licensing, and strategy.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Medical malpractice (spinal injury, working with neurologist) - retained, filed initial statement with Court and deposition work.
  • Product liability - wheelchair.
  • Two patent infringement cases involving wearable consumer electronics.
  • Trade secrets case involving semiconductor technology.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Owner and Senior Consultant, 2012 - Present

  • Expert Consultant in the areas of ultrasound, MEMS, electronics, patent strategy and litigation support.
  • Consulting with counsel on a trade secrets case.
  • Advising start-ups on patent strategy, product positioning and business strategy.
  • Development of wearable cancer monitoring device.
  • Portable point-of-care imaging (research supported by a grant to River Sonic Solutions from the National Institutes of Health).
  • Design of beam formation and image reconstruction techniques.
  • Acoustics and transducer design for medical and industrial applications.
  • Design of MEMS devices, front-end electronics and integrated circuits.

Cephasonics, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, Chief Scientist, 2011 - Present

  • Responsible for technical direction of a start-up seeking to commoditize front-end and beam formation electronics.
  • Advised CEO on all technical matters, deeply involved in angel and VC fund-raising.
  • Extensive customer interaction: marketed products to imaging and non-traditional customers.

Siemens Healthcare, Ultrasound Division, Mountain View, CA , 2005 - 2011

Senior Manager, Engineering Department

  • Delivered 3 ASICs on tight schedule to support new Silicon Ultrasound product line.
  • Managed team of eight engineers to design, test and manufacture all electronics needed for introduction of Silicon Ultrasound transducers.
  • Technology evangelist presenting weekly to customers at Siemens' Innovation Center.

Sensant Corporation, San Leandro, CA, Manager, Research and Development, 2003 - 2005

  • Managed group which created electronics for first 2D and 3D images using silicon ultrasound transducer.
  • Co-authored successful grant proposal to DARPA on battlefield ultrasound imaging and surgery. $7.5 million was awarded to Sensant and its collaborator.

Senior Staff Engineer, San Leandro, CA:, 2000 - 2003

  • Design of new types of imaging systems using capacitive micro-fabricated ultrasound transducers (cMUTs, also known as Silicon Ultrasound).
  • Co-authored several successful SBIR grant proposals.

General Electric Company, Niskayuna, NY. 1990 - 2000

Physicist, Corporate Research and Development

  • Designed algorithms for IC implementation; resulting beamforming IC was the heart of GE's successful entry into the premium ultrasound market.
  • Developed statistical methods (now patented) for robust simultaneous design of transducer and imaging system to six-sigma quality standards.
  • Much transducer design, acoustic field simulation and measurement.
  • Research in signal processing for improved image quality and blood flow estimation. Several of these signal processing innovations are used in current GE products.

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1987 - 1990

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Urbana, IL: 1987-1990
  • Research in scanning laser acoustic microscopy to characterize tissue, and applications of neural networks to ultrasonic imaging.
  • Taught courses in circuit theory, medical imaging and acoustics.

Educator

  • Electrical and computer engineering.
  • Circuit theory, medical imaging and acoustics.
  • Applications of neural networks to ultrasonic imaging.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Grant writing which won awards from National Institute of Health and DARPA.
  • Six-Sigma Certified Green Belt, GE Global Research, certified Green Belt

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Senior Member - dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
  • IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Member of Technical Program Committee: responsible for the technical content of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.
  • IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley: Network brings together consultants, clients and interested parties.
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association, (Present), Member of Intellectual Property Law

Awards

  • Senior Key Expert, Siemens AG: Key technology experts analogous, top managerial talents.
  • Willis R. Whitney Technical Achievement Award, GE Global Research: Development of a Six-Sigma software toolkit, deployed within GE curriculum.
  • Six-Sigma Certified Green Belt, GE Global Research, certified Green Belt, GE (completed several projects resulting in cost savings for the company. In my case these involved Design for Six-Sigma DFSS).
  • Dushman Award, GE Global Research, GE's highest-ranking team award: Introduction of their first premium ultrasound product, the LOGIQ 700.

Publications and Patents

  • Author of peer reviewed publications; papers presented at symposia, and invited conferences. Subject matters: Beamforming, Integration of transducers - front end electronics, and ultrasound.
  • Serial inventor holding 22 U.S. Patents with several pending:

Education

  • D.Phil. Materials Science, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.
  • M.A. Physics (1st class honors), Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.
  • B.A. Physics (1st class honors), Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.
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