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Strategic Advisory Board

Michael N. Cannizzaro
Operating Partner, J.W. Childs Associates, L.P.
Former CEO, Beltone Electronics (The 2nd largest hearing aid company, now part of GN Resound)
Chicago, IL

Mr. Cannizzaro was President and Chief Executive Officer of Beltone Electronics from 1998 until the company was sold in 2000. Prior to joining Beltone, Mr. Cannizzaro was president of Caremark International's Prescription Service Division from 1994 to 1997. During 1993, he was President of Leica North America. From 1976 to 1993, Mr. Cannizzaro was with Baxter Healthcare Corporation where he successfully managed four different divisions as President and from 1971 to 1976, he held sales and marketing positions with Procter & Gamble Co. and PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Cannizzaro holds a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.


Dr. Robert P. Colwell
Corporate Fellow
Intel Corporation
Portland, OR

Bob Colwell, one of handful of Intel Fellows, was most recently CTO for the Connected Products Division at Intel, and led the PentiumŪ Pro architecture team having joined Intel in 1990 as a Senior Architect. Bob and his design team were honored with the distinctive Intel Quality Award for the Pentium Pro processor design. Prior to his work at Intel, Dr. Colwell was a CPU architect at VLIW start-up and pioneer Multiflow Computer from 1985 to 1990. He was a Member of the Technical Staff at the Bell Labs from 1977 to 1980, working on the BellMac series of microprocessors, one of the first 32-bit microprocessor designs in the world. Dr. Colwell received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Dr. Richard S. Payne
VP Engineering & Manufacturing
Polychromix
Andover, MA

Richard Payne is best known for his pioneering and pivotal role in giving birth to the first micromachined MEMS commercial product, an accelerometer produced by Analog Devices, Inc. for the automotive airbag market. After over 10 years of designing a family of inertial measurement products at Analog Devices and overseeing the construction, staffing and developments of Analog Devices' dedicated, multi-million dollar MEMS fabrication facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Payne joined CyranoSciences to commercialize polymer-based chemical sensors for consumer markets. He was General Manager of East Coast Operations for Optical Micro Machines, a manufacturer of MEMS-based optical switches for the telecommunications industry. Dr. Payne is currently VP Engineering and Manufacturing of Polychrimix, Inc., a wavelength management fiber optics communications company. Dr. Payne received his Ph.D. in physics from Dartmouth University.


Dr. Gary K. Fedder
Co-Director, MEMS Lab
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Gary Fedder is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Robotics Institute. Gary is Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon MEMS Laboratory and is the key contributor to the development of CMOS-based MEMS. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively. From 1984 to 1989, he worked at Hewlett-Packard on a VLSI IC tester and on modeling printed-circuit-board interconnects. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from UC Berkeley.


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