Dr. Marshall Cohen, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Cohen received his B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
While at the University of Pennsylvania, he participated in pioneering work on electrically conducting polymers for which his thesis advisor was later awarded the Nobel Prize.
In 1991, Dr. Cohen co-founded Sensors Unlimited and eventually served as the President and CEO of the company.
After leaving SUI, Dr. Cohen became the President and CEO of Princeton Power Systems.
He is the author of more than 40 scientific publications and over 100 technical Presentations, holds six U.S. patents and has directed over 50 government supported R&D programs. He is an active committee chairman for the Electrical and Electronics Engineers, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Family Guidance center in Mercer County, NJ and is a member of the Board of Directors of Integrated Photonic Solutions.
Dr. J. Christopher Dries, President and CEO
Dr. Dries received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1996 and 1999.
At Sensors Unlimited, Dr. Dries developed a product line of avalanche photodiodes that are used in applications ranging from high data rate telecommunications applications to focal plane arrays for 3-Dimensional Imaging. From 2002 until 2007, Dr. Dries managed all research and new product development at Sensors Unlimited.
After leaving Sensors Unlimited, Dr. Dries co-founded DOLCE Technologies, which provides capital and advisory services to early stage technology businesses and served as the Managing Partner. The partners of DOLCE Technologies are the principal investors in United Silicon Carbide.
Dr. Dries serves on the Princeton Graduate School Leadership Council, the Princeton Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board, and the Duke University Engineering School Board of Visitors.
Dr. Greg Olsen
Dr. Olsen received his BS Physics, a BSEE and MS Physics from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and a Ph.D. in Material Science from the University of Virginia.
In 1972, Dr. Olsen joined RCA Laboratories, and in 1984 founded EPITAXX Inc., which was acquired by Nippon Sheet Glass in 1990. He founded Sensors Unlimited in 1991, which was acquired by Finisar Corp. in 2000, repurchased in October 2002, and sold again in 2005 to Goodrich Corp.
Dr. Olsen is a Fellow of the IEEE, has been active in many technical societies and has ten patents and over 100 publications. He was the 3rd civilian to fly to the International Space Station, spending 10 days in Earth orbit in 2006, and is now President of GHO Ventures in Princeton, NJ. Dr.Olsen is also on the board of Princeton Power which specializes in turnkey power solutions.
Dr. Derek Lidow
Dr. Lidow is currently the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University where he teaches the popular course “Entrepreneurial Leadership”.
Dr. Lidow was the founder, president and CEO of iSuppli Corporation, which was recently acquired by IHS. Derek founded iSuppli in order to serve the critical need for data and analysis that can improve the performance of the global electronics industry value chain. iSuppli accomplishes this by gathering and disseminating unique value-chain data, and by collaborating with its clients to use this information to make smarter business decisions.
Prior to founding iSuppli, Derek was CEO of International Rectifier (IR), a leading power semiconductor company.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.