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Adolfo O Gutierrez, PhD;  (Linkedin) – Founder and Managing PartnerAdolfo's Photo

Scientist, inventor and serial entrepreneur with comprehensive experience in technology development, product definition, venture organization and fund raising activities. He has researched extensively the early stages of numerous successful startup companies; and has advised over 50 technology startups in LATAM, US and EU. He is experienced in applied scientific research, inventions development and commercialization of scientific innovations. His areas of technical expertise are microelectronics, optoelectronics and micro-electromechanical systems, optical communications and integrated sensors.  He is founder or co-founder of Memstar Corporation (1999), Novatempo (2001), uBricks Research (2004), and Smart Grid 2030 (2009).  He co-founded SEPARI (2005), a non-profit research organization focused in the utilization of High Performance Computing (HPC).  He teaches courses on entrepreneurship, new product development and financing of startups in MBA programs in Chile, Argentina and Brazil; he has taught at several universities in LATAM, including University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and Technical University Federico Santa Maria. (Valparaiso, Chile). He has been a guest lecturer at several universities and invited speaker at numerous conferences. He holds 6 US patents covering novel integrated microelectromechanical devices and wafer level characterization instruments. He is a graduate of University of Chile and of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BSc EE, MSc EE (Communications), MSc EE (Optoelectronics), MSc Nuclear Engineering (Radiation Effects) and PhD Engineering Physics (RadHard Microelectronics).

Raj K Gupta, PhD (Linkedin) – Partner

Dr. Gupta has been a founder, CTO, engineer, and consultant for more than fifteen companies. He brings over a decade of experience in sensor manufacturing, prototyping, design and micromachining and provides expertise from development to manufacturing to expert witness testimony. As a co-founder and engineering manager at InLight Communications, he invented their all-optical 3D micromechanical switch for fiber-optic switching networks. In 1997 he opened the Bay Area office for Coventor, formerly known as Microcosm Technologies, led their technical sales in the Western US and Asia, and initiated educational outreach programs with UC Berkeley and Stanford.

He has been with Volant since December 2001, where more recently his jobs have included the development of a client’s first sub 1 PSI piezoresistive pressure sensor, modeling acoustical vibrations in piezopolymer (PVDF) microphones, fluid flow analysis in a micro fuel cell, and due diligence on a micromachined technology for improving the efficiency of concentrator photovoltaic systems.

Dr. Gupta is a graduate of the MIT electrical engineering doctorate and masters programs. His bachelors is from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Steven Vasquez, MEng, MBA (Linkedin) – Partner

Mr. Vasquez is an engineer, entrepreneur and community leader with comprehensive experience in novel consumer products, early stages of start-up companies, new product development management, marketing and sales. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the founder, first CEO, and now current board member of ReQuest, Inc., a successful venture capital backed consumer electronics company.  He has been awarded two patents in Cellular Telephony and in Multimedia Synchronization Technology.  He and his company have received multiple product awards, among those are: Popular Science Best of What’s New Grand Award in Electronics (2000), CEDIA Best Audio Product of the Year (2001), CEDIA Best Video Product of the Year (2004), Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies (2004, 2005), Albany Capital Business Review 40 Under 40 (2003). Most recently, Mr. Vasquez ran for a seat in the US House  of Representatives (2008).

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