Michael Joseph Burns

(If you would like the most up-to-date version of my CV, please email me.)

 

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EDUCATION

 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Physics – Harvard University (under Prof. Robert Westervelt)

Post-Doc – Physics – University of Pennsylvania (under Prof. Paul Chaikin)

Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (under Prof. Paul Chaikin)

M.S. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles

B.S in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles

 

BACKGROUND

 

Extensive experience in academia and startups in a variety of roles. I've been involved in over 5 startups with 3 successful exits (1 IPO, 2 acquisitions, scientific advisor to a pre-IPO startup).

 

Key Features:

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

BOSTON COLLEGE, http://www.bc.edu/

Chestnut Hill, MA                                                                              2010 - present

Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics

SOLASTA, INC., http://www.linkedin.com/company/solasta

Newton, MA                                                                                             2009 - 2010

Director of Research & Development (Direct report to CEO)

Solasta was a Solar Cell Company VC Funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Sold in 2010 with all assets moved to China.

 

LILLIPUTIAN SYSTEMS, https://www.linkedin.com/company/lilliputian-systems

Wilmington, MA                                                                         2006-2009

Manager of Electrochemistry Process Development

Lilliputian Systems was a microfluidic micromachine Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) company VC Funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Atlas Ventures, Fairhaven Capital Partners and other VC firms. Lilliputian ceased operations in summer of 2014.

CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, http://www.draper.com/

Cambridge, MA                                        2005

Principal Member of the Technical Staff

Draper is a small not-for-profit aerospace company originally spun out of MIT in 1932.

 

REVISE INCORPORATED - FEI COMPANY, http://www.fei.com/

Burlington, MA and Peabody, MA              1999-2005

Revise was a boot strapped start-up company that specialized in making equipment to laser micromachine silicon & laser deposit metals, both on a micron scale; sold to FEI Company, a scanning electron microscope & focused ion beam manufacturer, in July 2003.

 

Revise Inc. New Process Development Head (Direct Report to COO) 1999-2003

 

LMC Product Manager (FEI after July 15, 2003 acquisition of Revise) 2003-2005

 

NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY (JPL) - CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,  http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/

Microdevices Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA                     1995-1999

Senior Member of Technical Staff

JPL is a NASA lab run by Caltech that is most famous for putting robots on Mars, and sending space probes to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto & beyond.

ZEASOFT, INC.  http://www.zeasoft.com

Altadena CA and Arlington MA                                                                                              1997-2005

Founder & President

Zeasoft was a boot strapped computer security company which partnered in 2000 with Blue Xpertise of Montreal Canada, founded by former RCMP & MPD members. ZeaSoft's primary product was laptop tracking & remote monitoring software with various verions marketed as "Homing Pigeon", "Blue Bite" & "Blue X-Ray".

 

CONDUCTUS INC. (IPO in 1993, now Superconductor Technologies, Inc., NASDAQ: SCON), http://www.conductus.com/

Sunnyvale CA                                                                                                                         1990-1995

Senior Scientist - Process Development Group Manager  (Final Position, Direct Report to CTO)

Funded by Asset Management Ventures, Venrock Associates, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and other VC firms. Became a publicly traded company with 120+ employees in 1993. As we grew, I built up new departments and trained staff to run them as the company needed.

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, http://www.ufl.edu/

Gainesville, FL                                                                                               1987-1992

Assistant Professor of Physics

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, http://www.harvard.edu/

Cambridge, MA                                                                                                    1985-1987

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics & Division of Applied Sciences

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, http://www.upenn.edu/

Philadelphia, PA                                                                                    1984-1985

Research Physicist (Post-Doc), Department of Physics

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES (UCLA), http://www.ucla.edu/

Los Angeles, CA                                                                                         1980-1983

Research Assistant/Associate, Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Physics

 

HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_Aircraft_Company

Canoga Park, CA & Malibu CA                                                                                      1978-1980

Research Scientist - Member of the Technical Staff

HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_Aircraft_Company

Culver City CA, Canoga Park, CA                                                                                      1976, 1977

Summer Student Engineer

 

HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS

 

2009-2010 - Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics, Boston College (while Director of R&D at Solasta)

1999 - NASA Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation

1997 - JPL Award for Technical Excellence (Hot Electron Bolometer Team , "Significant achievement and innovation in developing and successfully testing breakthrough technology in remote sensing")

1996 - NASA Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation

1993 - R&D 100 Award for Mr. SQUID™ (Project Leader)

1978 - Hughes Aircraft Company Master’s Fellowship

Life Member, American Physical Society

Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and

Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Materials Research Society (MRS), The Optical Society (OSA)

 

CITIZENSHIP

 

U.S.

 

CONSULTING

 

Consultant for companies such as:

My consulting has also occasionally involved software development or modeling. I have experience writing code in LabView, Visual C, Basic (.NET, Visual, Power & Quick), Matlab, PHP, Perl, Fortran, PL-1, and Javascript. Modeling primarily in CST, COMSOL & MEEP.
 

PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS, PUBLICATIONS AND REFERENCES

 

REFERENCES

 

Available upon request

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Over 150 published scientific articles and conference contributions, and review articles in physics, biology, biotechnology, thin-film technology, and sensor technology.

 

Publication list available upon request or can be viewed at https://www2.bc.edu/michael-burns-3/MJBPublications.html

 

PATENTS and COPYRIGHTS

 

7 patents granted in optics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), integrated circuit architecture/thin film technology and bio- instrumentation, and 1 more pending in solar technology.

 

12 registered software copyrights.

 

Patent and software copyright list available upon request or can be viewed at https://www2.bc.edu/michael-burns-3/MichaelBurnsPatents.html