Dr. Steven Danyluk
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Polaritek Systems, Inc.
Dr. Danyluk is an expert in the development of sensors for the detection of surface chemistry and metrology. He holds multiple patents in the use of sensors for monitoring of manufacturing processes and has published over two hundred articles on materials processing, metrology and manufacturing. He has an extensive background in silicon processing including wafering, grinding, dicing, and chemical-mechanical polishing of wafers for IC and PV applications, and the non-contact detection of cracks and stresses in wafers. He has researched and consulted regarding manufacturing processes involving polymers, sapphire, langasite, and GaAs, among others. Steve began his career as a staff member at Texas Instruments in 1973. From 1994 to 2010, he was Director of the Manufacturing Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He formerly held the Morris M. Bryan Jr. Chair in Mechanical Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing Systems Emeritus at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was the founding Director of the Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Illinois. Steve received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1969 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Materials Science and Engineering in 1974. Steve founded Qcept Technologies, and served on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Frank Mess
Founder and Board Member, Polaritek Systems, Inc.
Since its inception in the summer of 2011, Frank has served in a number of roles for Polaritek, with a primary focus on market strategy and fundraising. Frank is an expert in commercialization of technology and has taken numerous products to market from concept through production. Frank began his career at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs developing and manufacturing cutting-edge optical components for high-speed fiber optic networks. Prior to joining Polaritek, his roles have included executive management of technology companies as well as senior management of operations, R&D, and engineering functions. Frank is Director of Program Development & Strategic Outreach at the Manufacturing and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeffrey D. Albright
Marketing Consultant and Board Member, Polaritek Systems, Inc.
Jeff Albright has been in the marketing and public relations business for three decades, with the past two decades focusing on both technology and entertainment. In 1985, Albright received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from California State University Northridge. Prior to forming his own public relations firm in 1993, Albright worked for such major PR firms as Rogers & Cowan and Solters/Roskin/Friedman among others. In 1999, he helped devise the business model for Intelligent Sensor Systems, a company that eventually became known as QCept Technologies. In 2000, he collaborated with SNAGG microchip in the formation of the company, devising the original business model for the musical instrument sector. Since its inception, SNAGG has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, PC Magazine and the Los Angeles Times among other notable publications. The company changed hands and focus in 2013. In addition to consulting on marketing efforts for Polaritek Systems, Inc., Jeff serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Steve Zagarola has over forty years of engineering, quality systems, packaging research and development, and operations management experience across the globe. He has published more than twenty articles and speaks at conferences in a variety of industries each and every year. Steve authored the first plastic soft drink bottle specifications for The Coca-Cola Company in 1975. He holds patents for container design and testing methods.