Our Team

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Dr. J. Christopher Dries, President and CEO

Chris oversaw the acquisition of UnitedSiC in 2009 and has served as President and CEO ever since. In addition to his capacity as CEO, Chris serves as a member of the Board of Directors and is an Investor in the Company. Chris has been an enthusiastic entrepreneur since completing his graduate studies. He helped build and sell Sensors Unlimited to Finisar Corporation, participated in the buy-back of the business and then subsequent sale to Goodrich Corporation in 2005 where he served as VP of Research and Development of the imaging business. Chris obtained his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Electrical Engineering.

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Dr. Anup Bhalla – VP of Engineering

Anup oversees all product development at UnitedSiC and became an investor in the Company when he joined in 2012.  Prior to joining UnitedSiC, Anup held various product development and marketing positions at Alpha and Omega Semiconductor where he was a co-founder of the Company.  He is the author or co-author of nearly 100 patents through his career at Harris, Vishay Siliconix, AOS, and UnitedSiC.  He received his bachelors’ degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in Electrical Engineering.

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Betsy Cotton – Chief Financial Officer

Betsy is responsible for all financial operations at UnitedSiC and is also an investor in the Company. She has held finance positions at a number of public and privately held financial concerns, beginning her career at Bankers Trust Company, followed by Phillips Brothers. From there she became Vice President at Metallgesellschaft AG, MG Trade Finance, leading their largest transaction. At Stratum she focused on financing small to mid-sized oil and gas companies. Betsy obtained her B.A. from Tufts University and her MBA from Stanford University.

Mari-Anne Gagliardi – VP of Operations

Mari-Anne is responsible for managing all aspects of Production and UnitedSiC’s supply chain.  Previously, she was the director of operations at Goodrich Corp (Sensors Unlimited, Inc).  She joined Sensors Unlimited, Inc. in 2000 as a manufacturing engineer, and rapidly rose to run operations at the company Ms. Gagliardi joined the UnitedSiC team in 2010 as Director of Operations. She has previous experience at Metorex  in Finland, and Princeton GammaTech here in the United States.  She obtained her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.

Jeff Knapp – VP of Sales

Jeff is responsible for the development and execution of sales plans to promote UnitedSiC products globally.  He has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having previously held positions with Fuji Electric, Hitachi, and Infineon Technologies.  Jeff and his team work closely with the R&D and Engineering staff in order to continue providing customers with innovative products that help improve future power systems.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of Colorado.

Christopher Rocneanu – Director of Sales

Christopher is responsible for Sales throughout Europe and North America. He began his career as a Field Application Engineer at MEV Elektronik Service GmbH where he developed an interest in SiC devices. He then moved to Rohm Semiconductor where he did business development for the SiC device product line. Christopher received his Master’s degree at the University of Kiel and did further graduate studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

  • “UnitedSiC’s SiC technology is focused on driving cost parity with competing Silicon technologies while delivering superior performance.”

    Anup Bhalla
  • “UnitedSiC’s SiC Switch solutions provide superior performance to competing SiC MOSFETs while using up to 25% of the SiC content.”

    John Bendel
  • “UnitedSiC’s fabless manufacturing model enables us to always provide best-in-class devices at an exceptional value to our customers.”

    Chris Dries