Scientific Advisory Board


Lon E. Bell  BSST LLC

Dr. Bell has served as President of BSST, Amerigon’s research and development subsidiary, since September 2000. BSST develops and provides leading edge thermoelectric temperature control devices and designs for automotive, industrial, consumer applications.  Dr. Bell founded Amerigon in 1991 and served as a member of the Board of Directors until 2004. From the Company's foundation, Dr. Bell served as Director of Technology until 2000, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until 1999, and President until 1997. Previously, Dr. Bell co-founded Technar Incorporated, which developed and manufactured automotive components. He served as Technar's Chairman and President until selling majority ownership to TRW Inc. in 1986. Dr. Bell continued managing Technar, then known as TRW Technar, as its President until 1991. Dr. Bell received a B.S. in mathematics in 1962, a M.S. in rocket propulsion in 1963, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1968 from the California Institute of Technology.


Waguih S. Ishak  Corning, Inc.

Waguih Ishak received a B.Sc. degree (with Honors) in electrical engineering from Cairo University in 1971 and a B.Sc. degree in mathematics (with Honors) from Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 1973. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (Magnetic Bubble Memories) were awarded by McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, in 1975 and 1978, respectively. In 1999, Waguih completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.  He joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1978 where he designed magnetic bubble propagation and detection circuits and surface acoustic wave (SAW) low-loss filters. In 1981, he became a project leader and in 1983 he was the project manager of the Sources and Signal Processing Group. In 1987, Waguih became the manager of the Photonics Technology Department of the Instruments & Photonics Laboratory, which is responsible for R&D programs in fiber optics, integrated optics, optoelectronics, micro-optics, and optical interconnects for applications in measurements, communications (datacom and telecom), and computer interconnects.  In 1995, Waguih was promoted to Director of the Communications & Optics Research Laboratory (CORL). Many products came out from the research work such as the optical mouse, the photonic switch and the parallel optical interconnects modules. In 2003, Waguih became the Director of the Photonics & Electronics Research Lab (PERL) at Agilent Labs, responsible for the R&D programs in photonics, high-speed electronics, sensors, semiconductor test, wireless communications and consumer electronics. In 2005, Waguih became the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Avago Technologies where he managed the company's U.S. Advanced R&D Center and created technologies for its Electronic Components Business Unit (ECBU). In 2007, Waguih joined Corning Incorporated as the Division VP and Director of the Corning West Technology Center. Waguih manages a team of scientists to develop applications for Corning's glass and fiber technologies and to conduct state-of-the-art research in the areas of microstructures and nanotechnology. Waguih has authored about 80 journal and conference papers, and four chapters in the "Handbook of Electronic Instruments." He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was named an inventor on seven US patents.


Richard R. King  Spectrolab, Inc.

Dr. King is currently Principal Scientist responsible for Photovoltaic Cell R&D at Spectrolab, Inc.  His research on photovoltaics over the last 25 years has explored high-efficiency solar cells in a number of semiconductor materials systems, from silicon, to the GaInP, GaInAs, and germanium subcells in III-V multijunction cells.  Dr. King's solar cell research led the emergence of III-V multijunction concentrator cells as the photovoltaic technology with the highest and most rapidly rising efficiency, helping to enable the recent growth of the concentrator photovoltaics industry, which now primarily uses this type of solar cell. In his Ph.D. research at Stanford University, Dr. King worked to develop high-efficiency one-sun back-contact silicon solar cells, and his characterization studies of minority-carrier recombination at the doped Si/SiO2interface are still in use today for high-efficiency silicon solar cell design.  Dr. King was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2004, and has 12 patents and over 100 publications on photovoltaics and semiconductor device physics. 


Nathan Lewis  California Institute of Technology

Nate Lewis has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.  His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses. Technical details of these research topics focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.


Michael D. McGehee  Stanford University

Michael D. McGehee is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and  Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford University.  His research interests are patterning materials at the nanometer length scale, semiconducting polymers, large area electronics and renewable energy. He has taught courses on nanotechnology, organic semiconductors, polymer science and solar cells.  He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he did research on polymer lasers in the lab of Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger.  He did postdoctoral research with Galen Stucky and Brad Chmelka at the University of California at Santa Barbara on the self-assembly of organic-inorganic mesostructures.  He has won an MRS Graduate Student Gold Medal Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Dupont Young Professor Award, a Henry and Camille Dreyfus New Faculty Award, the 2007 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the Mohr Davidow Innovators Award.


Yoshiaki Nakano  University of Tokyo

Yoshiaki Nakano is the director and a professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. He is also with the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He received the B. E., M. S., and Ph. D. degrees in electronic engineering, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively. In 1987, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo, became Associate Professor in 1992, Professor in 2000, and the Department Head in 2001. He moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, in 2002, and became the director general of the center in 2010. His research interests include physics and fabrication technologies of semiconductor distributed feedback lasers, semiconductor optical modulators/switches, monolithically-integrated photonic circuits, and high-efficiency heterostructure solar cells. In 1992, he was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Nakano was an elected member of the Board of Governors of IEEE LEOS, a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Express (APEX) and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Institute of Electronics Packaging (JIEP). He is currently the chairman of the Optoelectronics Technology Trend Research Committee of the Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA), and the chairman of the Optical Interconnect Standardization Committee of Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA). He is also Fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Fellow of JSAP, and a member of IEEE EDS and OSA.


Venkatesh Narayanamurti  Harvard University

Venkatesh Narayanamurti is the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).  He is also the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and a Professor of Physics at Harvard. He was formerly the John L. Armstrong Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Previously he served as the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to that he was Vice President of Research at Sandia National Laboratories and Director of Solid State Electronics Research at Bell Labs.  He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.  He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers in different areas of condensed matter and applied physics. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, and on the management of science, technology and public policy.


Henning Riechert  Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Henning Riechert is the Director of the Paul-Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany where he is also a Professor for Experimental Physics and Materials Science. He has worked as a project manager of corporate research and development for Siemens AG and Infineon Technologies. During this time he managed several projects on devices based on group-III nitrides and dilute nitrides, which resulted in the first InGAN-LED in Europe and the first monolithically grown 1.3um VCSEL. He spent four years as the Photonics Department Head of Infineon technologies and later as the Technical Manager of Nanomaterial Topics. His research interests include epitaxy, applications of III-V semiconductors, optoelectronics, and materials for nanoelectronics. He has more than 100 publications in references journals, 2 book chapters, and 15 patents. He was elected Member of the Council of the German Physical Society and was a member of the Panel of Reviewers for the National Research Initiative on Nitrides. He has also been Chair, Program or Advisory Committee member of various conferences.


Jeffrey Tsao  Sandia National Laboratories

Jeff is currently Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and Chief Scientist of its Energy Frontier Research Center for Solid-State-Lighting Science.  His work involves integrated science, technology and economic modeling in Solid-State Lighting and other areas.  He is also exploring embedded-network models of the evolution of social knowledge – an emerging approach to the field of “evolutionary epistemology.”  During 2000-2001 Jeff served as vice-president of R&D at E2O Communications, Inc., a U.S.-based pre-IPO fiber communications components company.  During 1993-2000, he served as manager of various technical groups at Sandia National Laboratories in the area of compound semiconductor materials and devices.  In 1998, he took a sabbatical at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, where he developed and gave a comprehensive series of twelve lectures on compound semiconductor epitaxy.  Jeff has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, holds 9 U.S. patents, and is author of a 1993 research monograph “Materials Fundamentals of Molecular Beam Epitaxy,” for which he won Martin Marietta’s 1994 Author of the Year and Jefferson Cup awards.  He co-authored an influential 1999 white paper outlining the potential of Solid-State Lighting, and edited the comprehensive 2002 U.S. Solid-State Lighting Roadmap.  He has helped the Office of Basic Energy Science coordinate two recent workshops and reports: one in 2005 on “Basic Research Needs in Solar Energy Utilization,” and another in 2006 on “Basic Research Needs in Solid-State Lighting.”


Paul Blom  Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Paul currently serves as the Research Director for the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.  He received his Ir Degree (Physics) in 1988 and his PhD Degree in 1992, respectively, from the Technical University Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His thesis work was on picosecond charge carrier dynamics in GaAs quantum wells. He joined Phillip Research Laboratories in 1992. At Philips Research Laboratories he was engaged in the electrical characterization of various oxidic thin-film devices, the electro-optical properties of polymer light-emitting diodes and the field of rewritable optical storage based on phase-change and magneto-optical recording using blue laser diodes. In May 2000 he was appointed as a Professor at the University of Groningen, where his research focused on the device physics of polymeric light-emitting diodes, transistors, solar cells and memories. He co-authored over 300 papers in these research areas. In September 2008 he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Holst Centre in Eindhoven where the focus is on the realization of electronic systems in foil. In September 2012 he was appointed into his current role, as a Research Director for the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He ranks among the world’s top 100 materials scientists by Thomson Reuters.

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