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).
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 nanostructures. (COMSOL, CST, etc.)
Develop digital & analog instrumentation.
Assist in the care and user training of the cleanroom SEM as well as physics department x-ray equipment.
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.
Ran simulations of solar cell devices (COMSOL, CST, AMPS-1D, etc.)
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.
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.
Developed new processes for MCM & electronic packaging technology (emphasis on GPS devices).
Reverse engineered chips & packaged IC's.
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
Technical & program management – Led development of new processes for microstructure fabrication and trimming (inc. MEMS & microfluidic devices), designing laser, vacuum & sample transport equipment, writing SW & performing contract management.
Provided optical design, circuit design & board layout, and software development. Microstructure design (microfluidics & microptical elements) and device fabrication.
New business development application engineering: Worked with present & prospective customers in the early stages of sales. Wrote and directed government contracts.
Negotiated and signed government contracts on behalf of the company.
LMC Product Manager (FEI after July 15, 2003 acquisition of Revise) 2003-2005
Led the integration of the Revise technology and tool into FEI.
Led the core team in lab & equipment transfer to the FEI facility; integrated the product into FEI advanced manufacturing, marketing & sales systems. Includes the build out of laboratory & manufacturing space.
I was responsible for the profit & loss of the LMC product line.
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.
Technical/program management for device development projects to develop fabrication processes for optical through submillimeter sensors, as well as circuit modeling and sensor design.
Ran the development team that shared in a JPL Award for Technical Excellence for development of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) 2.5THz (2500 GHz) YBa2Cu3O7 mixers.
Software development, proposal writing, contract management, budgetary and reporting responsibilities, instrumentation development, circuit design, layout and fabrication.
Led the development of a new large scale ultra-high vacuum (UHV) production system for Nb superconducting electronics device production.
Responsible for the build out of laboratory space & equipment.
Performed as a technical contract monitor for the NASA JPL SBIR Program.
ZEASOFT, INC. http://www.zeasoft.com
Founder & President
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.
Led the product development team for the company's first commercial products, which were Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) based laboratory instruments & associated electronics.
I was responsible for the profit & loss of the SQUID product line.
Personnel management responsibilities for Process Development (~25% of company personnel).
Led the reactive co-evaporation (RCE) development team for the company's large scale production of YBa2Cu3O7.
Responsible for the built out office, laboratory and manufacturing space.
Set up advanced manufacturing production & customer service for company’s first mass produced products.
Responsible for the teams performing research, development and setting up manufacturing of the company’s first two commercial products. One such product won an R&D 100 Award.
Responsible for leading the advanced manufacturing of the company's first two commercial products at both the electronics & chip levels.
Assisted in the due diligence to help sell Conductus's successful IPO.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, http://www.ufl.edu/
Gainesville, FL 1987-1992
Assistant Professor of Physics
Designed and built research laboratory for solid state research from the ground floor up.
Taught senior level physics and electronics courses. (Classical Mechanics - Marion as text, Electronics - Horowitz & Hill as text.) Mentored students on their Ph.D.’s.
Developed electro-optical devices, as well as conducted research on ultra-thin epitaxial films, and semiconductors at temperatures near absolute zero (~50mK) and in magnetic fields a million times as intense as the Earth’s (20T).
Designed and built e-beam reactive co-evaporation (RCE) techniques for depositing epitaxial high temperature superconductors (HTS) such as YBa2Cu3O7.
Designed and built numerous ultra-high vacuum (UHV) molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems.
Designed and built electron beam (e-beam) deposition systems, as well as cryogenic test systems capable of milliKelvin temperatures.
Utilized measurement techniques of electrical conductivity, dielectric properties, thermal conductivity, and thermoelectric effects (Seebeck coefficients) of exotic, often anisotropic, materials. Involved proposal writing and managing those grants.
Created 4 patented inventions with 1 additional invention patent pending. Latter 16 months overlapped with Conductus.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, http://www.harvard.edu/
Cambridge, MA 1985-1987
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics & Division of Applied Sciences
Performed research on semiconductors at temperatures near absolute zero (~20mK) and in magnetic fields a million times as intense as the Earth’s (20T).
Also performed research on submicron superconducting structures.
Supervised graduate students while they performed their Ph.D. research.
Assisted in the planning & oversight of the build out of laboratory space.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, http://www.upenn.edu/
Philadelphia, PA 1984-1985
Research Physicist (Post-Doc), Department of Physics
Performed research on submicron superconducting structures, as well as on films only a few atoms thick, at temperatures near absolute zero, and often with ultra-high magnetic fields.
Utilized measurement techniques of electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric effects (Seebeck coefficients) of exotic, often anisotropic, materials.
Designed and built ultra-high vacuum (UHV) molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment for ultra-thin epitaxial metal films.
Assisted in the planning & oversight of the build out of laboratory space.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES (UCLA), http://www.ucla.edu/
Los Angeles, CA 1980-1983
Research Assistant/Associate, Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Physics
Performed research on electronic properties organic conductors and films only a few atoms thick created using high vacuum (HV) and ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems, at temperatures near absolute zero while working on my Ph.D.
Research involved the use of ultralow temperatures down to less than 1 Kelvin and ultra-high magnetic fields.Utilized measurement techniques of electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and thermoelectric effects (Seebeck coefficients) of exotic, often anisotropic, materials.
Also taught laboratory sections and discussion sections of undergraduate physics courses.
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
Responsible for design and development of mid wavelength infrared (MWIR, 3-5mm) & long wavelength infrared (LWIR, 8-12mm) sensor and seeker systems for missile applications.
Job entailed IR optical systems design and test, HgCdTe sensor and spinning mirror video system design and test, as well as missile seeker integration.
Also worked on ion propulsion systems at what is now HRL in Malibu and performed related plasma physics research as part of a 6-month rotation. http://www.hrl.com/
HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_Aircraft_Company
Culver City CA, Canoga Park, CA 1976, 1977
Summer Student Engineer
Worked in drafting department (Culver City, Summer 1976)
Worked in Environmental Test Lab (Canoga Park, Summer 1977)
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).
EQUIPMENT USED, DESIGNED
AND/OR BUILT AT SOME POINT IN MY CAREER
(in no particular order)
Computer equipment managed:
Linux based servers (20TB of RAID 1 & RAID 10 storage, spread over 3 servers)
Simulation servers (14TB storage spread over 2 servers w 320GB combined RAM, aggregate core count of 24, aggregate array processor core count of 448)
Laboratory or production equipment used hands-on:
Quadrapole Mass Spectrometers
Residual Gas Analyzers (RGA)
Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) equipment
Auger Electron Spectroscopy equipment
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment (NMR)
X-ray diffractometer (XRD) for thin films & powders
Laue x-ray camera type of x-ray diffractometer (XRD)
MRI Microscopy equipment
Scholander Pressure Chamber equipment
Isopiestic Psychrometer equipment
Surface electrophoresis equipment
e-beam evaporator thin film deposition equipment
thermal evaporator thin film deposition equipment
sputtering thin film deposition equipment
Ultra-High-Vacuum Molecular beam Epitaxy thin film deposition equipment
Ultra-High-Vacuum sputtering thin film deposition equipment
Pulse Laser thin film deposition equipment
Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment
Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) thin film deposition equipment
Microwave chemistry equipment
3He-4He Dilution cryogenic refrigeration equipment
3He cryogenic refrigeration equipment
4He cryogenic refrigerationn equipment
Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) cryogenic refrigeration equipment
Pulse-tube cryogenic refrigeration equipment
Gifford-McMahon (GM) cryogenic refrigeration equipment
Adiabatic demagnetization cryogenic refrigeration equipment
Helium leak detection equipment
Ion vacuum pumps
Turbo vacuum pumps
Roots blower vacuum pumps
Titanium sublimation vacuum pumps
Vane vacuum pumps
Gifford-McMahon (GM) vacuum pumps
Focused Ion Beam (FIB) equipment
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipment
Electron dispersion spectroscopy (EDS) equipment
Reactive Ion Etch (RIE) equipment
Laser Micro-Chemical (LMC) etch equipment
Laser Micro-Chemical (LMC) deposition equipment
Optical spectroscopy equipment
Infrared spectroscopy equipment
High-Power gas discharge laser equipment
High-Power diode pumped laser equipment
Optical microscopy equipment
Robotic dispense equipment
UV contact lithography equipment
UV stepper lithography equipment
e-beam lithography equipment
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