Co-Founder, President, and Acting CEO
Before entering the private sector in the autumn of 2000, Dr. Jackson was an accelerator physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for 14 years. He received his doctorate in Physics from Cornell University in 1987. His thesis committee included Nobel Prize winner Kenneth Wilson, and his thesis advisor was one of a long line of influential physicists, including Robert Wilson (Manhattan Project and Founder of the Fermi National accelerator laboratory) and Ernest Lawrence (Nobel Prize winner and inventor of the cyclotron). Dr. Jackson has published an extensive body of work in the areas of beam physics, accelerator technology, deep-space propulsion, nuclear physics, and medical physics. He was co-recipient of the 1999 IEEE Accelerator Technology Award for his design and construction leadership of a 2-mile circumference particle accelerator, was inducted as a fellow of the American Physical Society, and elevated to senior member of the IEEE. He has an international reputation in the areas of instrumentation, vacuum technology, robotics, particle beam control, facility construction, and space propulsion, earning him many invitations to present invited talks and teach. His work has been profiled in Scientific American and in the book "Physics of the Impossible" by popular physicist Michio Kaku. He served on U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") high energy physics institutional reviews, having reviewed the programs of former DOE cabinet secretaries Stephen Chu and Ernest Moniz. He is also a referee for scientific peer reviewed journals, SBIR grant proposals, and accelerator research grant proposals. In 2000 Dr. Jackson received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award, and in 2002 he received a Federal Energy Saving Showcase Award. In 2002 he co-founded the company Hbar Technologies, LLC which performed research projects funded by NASA, the DOE, and DARPA. In 2007 he co-founded GLI around his concept of the Prairie Cell, and is its current president, board member, and acting CEO.
Co-Founder, Treasurer, COO, and Acting CFO
Mr. Zlotnicki is an entrepreneur with several business interests. He is a founder of a high tech start-up in pattern recognition that utilizes inexpensive cameras to permit control of computers and TVís without the need for physical input devices. Joseph is partnered with a Brazilian company to license and bring to market a novel non-invasive method of monitoring intracranial pressure ("ICP"). He consults in radiation protection and general business matters. Prior experience includes 13 years with Landauer, Inc. and 10 years with Amersham International (now GE Medical), both highly acclaimed companies that manufactured industrial products, medical devices, instruments and measurement devices, and pharmaceuticals. Work environments ranged from FDA regulated clean rooms to multi hazard industrial facilities. Joseph has had responsibility at various times for the following functions:
President, Vega Wave Systems, Inc.
Dr. Sugg graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1984. He received his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1993. His Ph.D. studies were conducted under the direction of Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr., the inventor of the light emitting diode (L.E.D.) and first graduate student of John Bardeen, winner of two Nobel prizes in physics. His studies concerned the materials properties and devices made using the native oxide of Al-bearing III-V semiconductors. His technical expertise includes epitaxial crystal growth of compound semiconductors by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and the design, fabrication and characterization of compound semiconductor devices. In 2001, Dr. Sugg started Vega Wave Systems, Inc, a West Chicago based company focused on integrated photonic and RF components and subsystems for communications applications. Dr. Sugg is a member of the IEEE, is the inventor/co-inventor on 3 patents and has authored 39 journal publications.
Vega Wave Systems, Inc.
Dr. Moretti received his B.S. degree in Physics from Iowa State University in 1976. He received his M.S. degree (1979) and Ph.D. (1985) in Physics from Purdue University. After graduation, Dr. Moretti joined Amoco Technology Company in Naperville, IL as a Research Scientist working on superlattice and quantum well material and their use in fabricating optoelectronic devices for use in transceiver modules up to 10 Gb/s. This included high speed hybrid externally modulated laser (EML) subassemblies and micron precision packaging technology utilizing silicon v-groove optical benches for their assembly. In 1995, Dr. Moretti was hired by Molex Inc. to start up a business unit for high speed optical transceivers. He led this business unit, first as director, and then as vice president until its sale to Emcore Corp. While at Molex, several gigabit/s speed and higher optical transceivers were developed and successfully commercialized, including 1x9s, GBICs, and parallel optic modules. These products had cumulative revenues of $35 million for which Dr. Moretti had P&L responsibility. In late 2003 Emcore purchased the Molex development team for the LX4 10Gb/s transceiver module, which Emcore has had great success in commercializing. While at Emcore, Dr Moretti was responsible for manufacturing of the LX4 transceivers and for development of new 10Gb/s and high speed products which have resulted in cumulative revenues of $55 million. Dr. Moretti has recently joined Vega Wave Systems, Inc., as Vice President of Engineering. Vega Wave Systems, Inc, a company focused on integrated photonic components and subsystems for optical and wireless communications applications. Dr. Moretti is a member of the IEEE.
Dr. Babcock joined Hbar Technologies in the spring of 2006 Before that, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Ultramet for 6 years, during which time he secured over $3.5 million in government funding to support his research into advanced materials, coatings, and catalysts for the aerospace industry He received his doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1998, and then spent two years as a postdoctoral associate studying chemical vapor deposition in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He has extensive experience in designing refractory and ceramic materials systems that can withstand extreme environments for a wide variety of applications. Dr. Babcock holds four patents, and his published work has focused on inorganic and organic chemical synthesis, deposition of transparent conducting oxide and superconducting thin films, fabrication of ceramic and metal components and coatings for rocket and turbine engines, catalytic decomposition of chemical propellants, and catalytic remediation of volatile organic compounds, the latter two focusing on the use of nanomaterials.
Physicist, Early Investor, Board Member
Until recently, Duke University associate research Professor Thomas J. Phillips' primary research was done at the Collider Detector at Fermilab ("CDF"), where protons and antiprotons were collided to produce high center-of-mass energies. Though retired, Professor Phillips is still leading a working group that is improving the ability of CDF to identify jets coming from b-quarks. In addition to contributing to the Higgs search at CDF, Professor Phillips analyzed the CDF data looking for signals of new (exotic) physics including extra dimensions and supersymmetry by looking for long-lived massive charged particles (CHAMPs). Professor Phillips was the founder of the Antimatter Gravity Experiment ("AGE") and is spokesperson of the AGE collaboration. If funded, this experiment will make the first measurement of the gravitational force between the earth and antimatter. The plan is to use trapped antiprotons and positrons to make a slow beam of antihydrogen. The beam will be directed through an atomic interferometer, where the phase shift due to gravity will be measured. Dr. Phillips has two degrees from Stanford University and two from Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia. Dr. Phillips was the first GLI investor. He is currently a member of the GLI board of directors.
Rogers received a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois. He obtained his first patent at age 23. After advertising agency and promotion positions he became Director of Advertising for M&M/Mars. Rogers then founded his own promotion agency; Rogerís Merchandising, Inc. and after twenty successful years sold it to Y&R (formerly Young and Rubicam). He co-founded Action-Packed, Inc. and then directed his efforts to intellectual property development as founder and CEO of Insight Marketing, Inc. and subsequently Private Pallet Security Systems, LLC.