Science Advisory Board

Thomas Baer

Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University and is Vice President of the Optical Society of America. Dr. Baer began his career at Spectra-Physics conducting pioneering laser research while assuming roles of increasing responsibility culminating in his appointment as Vice-President of Research and Spectra-Physics Senior Fellow. In 1989, he co-founded a new company, Spectra-Physics Laser Diode Systems to commercialize technology based upon his research. Dr. Baer moved on to be Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging overseeing advanced development of instrumentation and reagents for the fields of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply control. In 1996, he co-founded Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. serving as the company’s CEO and Chairman until January 2005. As a member of ESI’s Scientific Advisory Board, he brings a unique blend of laser technology expertise, understanding of bioscience applications and experience in successfully implementing technology for new application spaces. Dr. Baer is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Atomic Physics from the University of Chicago.

John Carruthers

John Carruthers is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Portland State University. In addition, he is a co-director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnology Institute (ONAMI) overseeing that organization’s nanoscale metrology and electronics initiative. He joined PSU after having served as the head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Oregon Health and Sciences University’s OGI School of Science and Engineering. Dr. Carruthers brings a rich body of expertise and technical acumen to the ESI Scientific Advisory Board coupling his background in academia with his experience in industry and government research at Bell Labs, Hewlett-Packard, NASA and Intel. While at Intel, he served as the Director of Components Research, guiding the migration to 300mm wafer and 90nm feature size technology. Dr. Carruthers holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Toronto.

W. Arthur Porter

W. Arthur Porter is currently a resident consultant/advisor for Emergent Technologies, Inc. He served as University Vice President for the Office of Technology Development at the University of Oklahoma from July 1998 until July 2007. Until June 2005, he also served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. He was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Advanced Research Center. Dr. Porter is also a director of Stewart Information Services Corporation.

Yu-Chong Tai

Yu-Chong Tai is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and BioEngineering as well the Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). At CalTech, Dr. Tai has built the Micromachining Laboratory, an 8000 square foot facility dedicated to MEMS research. His group has successfully developed MEMS technology at both the device and system levels. Recently, he has worked extensively on MEMS devices for active fluid sensing and control and has initiated a major effort in the areas of microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip. Dr. Tai is conducting research on MEMS devices for human eye applications as well as leading nanotechnology research for artificial muscle applications. His extensive and diverse experience in micro devices and systems provides insight into new and emerging applications suitable for use with ESI technology. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Physics. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Vogt

Steve Vogt is an Astronomer and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UCO/Lick Observatory of the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has been at UC Santa Cruz since 1978. His duties involve undergraduate and graduate teaching, instrumentation development for ground-based telescopes, and various research projects involving high dispersion astronomical spectroscopy. He is the developer of both the Hamilton spectrometer at Lick Observatory, the HIRES spectrometer of Keck Observatory, and the MTHR spectrometer concept for the Thirty Meter Telescope. His principal research focus in recent years has been the discovery of extra-solar planets, construction of an Automated 2.4-m Exoplanet Finder Telescope, and instrumentation development for the Thirty-Meter Telescope project. Dr. Vogt’s knowledge and experience in optics and optical instrumentation enable him to provide keen insight into an area critical to the successful implementation of ESI systems and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ming Wu

Ming Wu is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC). Up to 2004, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA. From 1988 to 1992, he was Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. He has more than twenty years of research experience in lasers, optoelectronics, and optical micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). He co-founded OMM Inc. in 1997 to commercialize MEMS optical switches. Dr. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE and a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992-1997).