Dr. Robert G. Batchko is the co-founder and CEO of Holochip. He started Holochip to commercialize his family of patents in adaptive lens technology. Prior to starting Holochip, Dr. Batchko was a co-founder, CTO and Principal Scientist of Lightbit Corporation in Mountain View, CA - a spin-out of his doctoral research in nonlinear optics at Stanford University. Lightbit, which manufactures all-optical wavelength converter crystals for displays, was acquired in 2004 by Arasor International Limited (ASX:ARR), a developer of integrated optoelectronic and wireless solutions. Dr. Batchko holds 9 allowed patents and has published over 30 technical papers. Dr. Batchko was the 1st Prize recipient of the 1999 Optical Society of America - Bookham/New Focus Student Award for his research on second harmonic generation of blue light in backswitch-poled lithium niobate. In 1999 he was the 1st Prize recipient of Stanford University's E-Challenge business plan competition, organized by the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES), for his team's business plan on laser-addressed electronic billboards. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Batchko also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance from William Paterson University.
Dr. Andrei Szilagyi is Holochip's Vice President of Engineering. Prior to joining Holochip, Dr. Szilagyi was Chief Scientist and Director of Advanced R&D at NanoMuscle, Inc. where he managed the development and commercialization of actuator products based on shape memory alloys for automotive, security, and consumer electronics applications. Before Nanomuscle, he was the director of the lithium niobate foundry at Gemfire Corporation where he managed the periodically-poled LN program for frequency conversion applications. Prior to Gemfire, he was the director of engineering and chief technologist at Radiant Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of precision, controlled-atmosphere, infrared conveyor furnaces for the semiconductor, solar cell, electronics packaging, and flat panel display industries. Before Radiant he was the director of the Systems Laboratory at Aura Systems, Inc., where he managed the company's R&D of electroluminescent flat panels and thin film actuated mirror arrays. Prior to Aura, Dr. Szilagyi was a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Santa Barbara Research Center and senior research scientist at Honeywell Electro-Optics Division. Dr. Szilagyi holds 20 issued patents. He received his PhD in Physics from MIT and AB degree in Physics from Harvard University, where he researched nonlinear optics under Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen. Dr. Szilagyi is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, and a Malcolm Cotton Brown Fellowship recipient.