Executive Board of Directors

Todd Christenson

Todd Christenson

President

Dr. Todd Christenson is CTO and Chairman Emeritus of HT MicroAnalytical, Inc. a company he co-founded to design and mass produce microdevices fabricated primarily with metal materials. He has been working in the semiconductor and MEMS areas for 35 years and serves as MANCEF’s president since January 2019.

Volker Saile

Volker Saile

Past President

Dr. Volker Saile is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He served as Conference Director of COMS 2005 in Baden-Baden and as a member of the MANCEF GAC since 2006, Volker Saile served as MANCEF President from January 2012 to January 2019.

Roger Grace

Roger Grace

Vice President, North America

Roger H. Grace is president of Roger Grace Associates, a Naples Florida-based strategic marketing consulting firm, which he founded in 1982. His background includes over 40 years in high frequency analog circuit design engineering, application engineering, project management, product marketing and technology consulting. His clients include the international “Who’s Who” of corporations, federal laboratories and government agencies. He is one of the founding members of MANCEF. He has been a past president of MANCEF and is currently its US VP.

David Tolfree

David Tolfree

Vice President , Europe and Asia

David Tolfree, a professional physicist and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Physics has forty years’ research and experience working for the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority and Research Councils. He was the co-founder of Technopreneur Ltd, a company for the commercial exploitation of emergent technologies and a consultant for micro-nanotechnologies to UK Government, and one of the founders of MANCEF and the UK Institute of Nanotechnology.

Robert Warrington

Robert Warrington

Treasurer

Dr. Robert O. Warrington, Former Dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University is currently a research professor at Michigan Tech and active in ASME, SME, AAAS, and ABET.  He was founder of the Institute for Micromanufacturing and organized the first COMS Conference in 1994 and was one of the first presidents of MANCEF along with Steve Walsh.


Steven Walsh

Steven Walsh

Founding Past President

Prof Steven Walsh is the Alfred Black Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Co-Director of the Technology Management Center at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, and an internationally renowned academic and businessman.

Robert Mehalso

Robert Mehalso

Director

Dr. Robert Mehalso is internationally recognized for his pioneering and innovative approaches to the commercialization of micro/nano/bio systems including the funding and building of companies and infrastructures, integrating the development of manufacturing approaches, and delivering products to the marketplace.

David DiPaola

David DiPaola

Chairman Strategic Operations Board

David DiPaola is Managing Director, DiPaola Consulting. 
As an engineer / entrepreneur, David specializes in providing inspiration, design and commercialization for his customers.  The inspiration side of his business provides leadership consulting to startups and existing corporations.  The design and commercialization sides helps customers bring their electromechanical products from concept to high volume production and all the steps in between. Previously, David held technical staff and leadership positions at Texas Instruments and Sensata Technologies and was VP of Global R&D for TT electronics, PLC.  To learn more about DiPaola Consulting click here.

Strategic Operations Board of Directors

Robert Andosca

Robert Andosca

Board Member

Dr. Robert Andosca is the Director, Worldwide Applications Technology focusing on plasma-based deposition and etch of thin film materials for Advanced Energy Inc. He has 25+ years experience in the semiconductor, MEMS and photovoltaic industries. Dr. Andosca is the founder and former CEO of MicroGen Systems Inc. and has held senior level positions at the Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center, Lilliputian Systems, Umicor, Corning IntelliSense, Clare, Lockheed Martin and Irvine Sensors.

David DiPaola

David DiPaola

Chairman Strategic Operations Board

David DiPaola is Managing Director, DiPaola Consulting. 
As an engineer / entrepreneur, David specializes in providing inspiration, design and commercialization for his customers.  The inspiration side of his business provides leadership consulting to startups and existing corporations.  The design and commercialization sides helps customers bring their electromechanical products from concept to high volume production and all the steps in between. Previously, David held technical staff and leadership positions at Texas Instruments and Sensata Technologies and was VP of Global R&D for TT electronics, PLC.  To learn more about DiPaola Consulting click here.

Justin Eisenach

Justin Eisenach

Board Member

Justin Eisenach was most recently a founder and the CEO of BayoTech, Inc. The firm successfully licensed technology from Sandia National Lab and was an initial recipient of Catalyst Funding from the State of New Mexico. Prior to BayoTech he built successful businesses focused in value-added agriculture and launched a nationwide retail lawn and garden business.

Hans-Heinrich Gatzen

Hans-Heinrich Gatzen

Board Member

Prof Leibniz Universitaet Hannover Germany ( retired)
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Robert Giasolli

Robert Giasolli

Board Member

CTO and VP of Cagent Vascular

Jessica Gomez

Jessica Gomez

Board Member

As founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices, Jessica Gomez has created a world-class precision MEMS foundry and wafer fab in the heart of Southern Oregon. Integral to her role as CEO, Ms. Gomez practices a business philosophy of offering custom design, best-in-class process technology and R&D expertise to customers, to help them achieve the highest quality and reliability in their products.

In 2019, Ms. Gomez joined the board of directors of MANCEF. In 2018, she was selected for the prestigious SEMI Board of Industry Leaders. SEMI also recognized her in its first Spotlight on SEMI Women, which honors accomplished women in the global microelectronics industry.  To learn more click here.

Leo Kenny

Leo Kenny

Board Member

Technical Leader, Intel Corp.

Ivor Knight

Ivor Knight

Board Member

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Penn State University.

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen

Board Member

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DunAn Sensing, has over 30 plus years of engineering, operations, and business development experience in the MEMS sensors and semiconductor industry. His goal and vision are to bring together both of his MEMS & semiconductor expertise to deliver the MEMS packaging technology roadmap to Lower Cost!

Andy Oliver

Andy Oliver

Board Member

Andrew “Andy” Oliver MBA PhD is a MEMS Program Director at TDK Invensense in San Jose.  He has more than 25 years of experience in MEMS including work at universities, national laboratories, small companies, startups, and large companies.

Allen Roach

Allen Roach

Board Member

R. Allen Roach is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs and holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. From 2007 to 2011 he was the manager of the Computational Material Science department in the Materials Science & Engineering Center. From 2016 to 2018 Allen led Sandia’s Born Qualified project with the goal to use additive manufacturing to change the qualification paradigm for low-volume, high-value, high-consequence, complex parts that are common in high-risk industries such as defense, energy, aerospace, and medical.

Dr. Douglas Sparks

Dr. Douglas Sparks

Board Member

Dr. Douglas Sparks is the CTO at Hanking Electronics, which built China’s largest 200mm pure MEMS fab. Prior to joining Hanking he founded NanoGetters, was the Executive Vice President at Integrated Sensing Systems launching microfluidics products, and also worked at Delphi in the automotive MEMS and integrated circuits.

Rafal Walczak

Rafal Walczak

Board Member

Rafał Walczak, professor at Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Poland), head of MEMS sensors group specialised in development of MEMS-based instrumentation and emerging microengineering technologies. Leader of many R&D projects, involved in realization of EU pro-industrial awarded projects. Author of over 170 scientific papers, organizer of many conferences, meetings and workshops, including COMS 2015.