Technology Advisory Board

Charles Smith is a Professor at Cambridge University, U.K., where he is a member of the Semiconductor Physics group at the Cavendish Laboratory. Professor Smith is the founder of Cavendish Kinetics Ltd. in 1994 and is now Chief Scientific Officer of Cavendish Kinetics. His research at Cambridge focuses on fabricating state-of-the-art sub-micron semiconductor devices, including the development of techniques for investigating the quantum properties of nano-devices in a non-invasive manner and investigating the combination of micro-mechanical devices working at RF frequencies with single electron charging. He holds more than 15 patents and has published more than 150 papers.

Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz is a well-known RF-MEMS luminary. He received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology and was a Professor at the University of Michigan from 1988-2005. He joined the University of California, San Diego, in 2005. He is an IEEE Fellow, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, an URSI Koga Gold Medal Recipient, IEEE MTT 2003 Distinguished Young Engineer, and the recipient of the IEEE MTT 2000 Microwave Prize and the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Amoco Teaching Award, given to the best undergraduate teacher at UM, as well as the 2008 Teacher of the Year Award at UCSD.

Prof. Rebeiz has graduated 40 Ph.D. students, and some of his students have become leaders in the wireless and defense industries. He leads a group of 25 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in mm-wave RFIC, microwave circuits, RF MEMS, planar mm-wave antennas and terahertz systems, and he is the Director of the UCSD/DARPA Center on RF MEMS Reliability and Design Fundamentals and author of RF MEMS Theory, Design, and Technology.

Wilbert G. M. van den Hoek is involved with a variety of semiconductor and nano-materials companies, either as a Technical Advisory Board member or as a member of the Board of Directors. He retired in February 2008 from Novellus Systems, Inc., where his last role was President and CEO of Novellus Development Company LLC, the company's venture arm.

Since joining Novellus in 1990, Dr. van den Hoek held numerous technical management positions, including Director of Technology for Nippon Novellus, Senior Director of dielectric technology, Vice President of the company's High Density Plasma Business Unit, and Vice President of the company's Dielectric Business Group and Manufacturing organization. Beginning in 1999, he was CTO and Executive Vice President of integration and advanced development, with additional responsibilities in the areas of business development, human resources and as acting general council.

From 1980 until 1990, Dr. van den Hoek held various management positions in the Philips Electronics Research Organization in both The Netherlands and the United States. He received his Doctorandus degree in chemistry from the Rijks Universiteit, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Jim Huffman is the Director of Pixel/Detector Development at L-3 Technology, where he develops MEMS devices for sensing applications. He has held previous technical leadership positions in MEMS development, semiconductor process development and analog circuit design for over 20 years at Texas Instruments, Kodak Research Laboratory and Cavendish Kinetics.  He has had the opportunity to work on the development and productization of the DLP micromirror, inkjet ejectors and MEMS RF switches and tuners.  He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas and holds over 50 patents.