Michael Joseph Burns
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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
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).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Past 10 years)
BOSTON COLLEGE, http://www.bc.edu/
Chestnut Hill, MA 2010 - present
Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics
Research on optical metamaterials.
Sit on Student's PhD committees.
Oversee graduate student’s development of electronic and optical devices, including but not limited to applications developing chemical sensors, optical sensors, and biological sensors.
Research on thin optical film technology, and near-field optical modeling of the interactions of light with nanostructures and photonic bandgap structures using 3D electromagnetic simulators. This supplements and helps guide the experiments on thin films and nanoscructures.
Develop digital & analog instrumetation.
In charge of the departments x-ray diffraction systems (Bruker D8 Discovery & Bruker D2 Phaser XRD's), and the Higgins Hall JEOL JCM-6000 & JEOL JSM-6340F Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs), as well as the BC Clean room dual-beam JEOL JIB-4500 Focused Ion Beam (FIB) & JEOL JSM-7001F SEM.
undergraduate courses as a Research Professor, including course & curriculum
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.
Responsible for the long term research direction of the company, as well as directing researchers in their R&D efforts.
Personnel management responsibilities for R&D side of company.
Proposal writing and corporate due diligence planning & reporting for the CEO and Board.
Design of future advanced manufacturing plans for company products.
Shared responsibility with Director of Engineering on all company infrastructure development and operations.
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.
Development of new manufacturing processes for thin film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) electrodes on MEMS SOFC chips that operate at 800ºC & generate power in the 1+ watt/cm2 range.
Design, automation & scaling of
chip production infrastructure & facilities for robotic electrochemical portion of
the manufacturing line.
Prior employment history available upon request
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)
Consultant for companies such as:
Lilliputian Systems in Wilmington MA on patent due diligence and writing patents (2012-2013).
Q1 NanoSystems in Sacramento CA on solar cell technology (2012-2016).
Solasta in Newton MA on solar cell technology (2009).
Fronesis Technology in Albany NY on solar energy load controller technology (2009).
Albany Nanotech Center in Albany, NY on instrument circuit design (2006).
Great Bay Ventures of Portsmouth NH on due diligence (2006).
Advanced Luminescence in Portsmith NH on Field Emission Lighting technology & working with VC firms (2005-06).
Varioscale in San Diego CA on IR & visible lasers and laser-material interactions (2005-06).
Star Cryoelectronics in Santa Fe, NM on thin-film process development, patent due diligence, electronic instrument design, and cryogenics & cryogenic sensors (2002-2010).
Blue Xpertise of Montreal QC on computer laptop tracking software (2002-2004).
ZeaSoft in Arlington MA on computer laptop tracking software (1997-2004).
Conductus in Sunnyvale CA on customer service, thin-film process development, patent due diligence, electronic instrument design, and cryogenics & cryogenic sensors (1995-1999).
has also occasionally involved software development
or modeling. I have experience writing code in LabView, Visual C, Basic (.NET,
Modeling primarily in CST, COMSOL & MEEP.
PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS, PUBLICATIONS AND REFERENCES
Available upon request
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