In an effort to ensure the Singh Center for Nanotechnology continues to thrive in the areas of research, state of the art equipment, and processes, the Center has invited a select group of academic and industry professionals to serve as members of an External Advisory Board. The role of the external board members is to provide strategic guidance and support to the initiatives and long-term goals of the center. Provided below are our members.
Aimee Bross Price
Senior Research Associate and Manager
Nanotech West Laboratory’s Nanofabrication Lab, The Ohio State University
Aimee Bross Price is a Senior Research Associate and Manager of Nanotech West Laboratory’s Nanofabrication Lab within the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR) at The Ohio State University. She joined Ohio State in 2005 as a Senior Research Associate in Electrical Engineering coordinating research in electron beam lithography (EBL) and has been an IMR Member of Technical Staff since its inception. She has extensive expertise in semiconductor device fabrication, nanofabrication, process development, and process design and troubleshooting.
Aimee’s dedication extends to mentoring the next generation of technology experts. She is the founder of Ohio State Women in Nano, a platform fostering community and networking opportunities within Ohio’s nano/microelectronics industry. She also serves as the 2024 EIPBN Conference Chair, the first ever female to serve in this capacity. Aimee is the co-founder and President of MAEBL Inc, a not-for-profit organization focused on building and enhancing the EBL community and hosting the annual Meeting for Advanced Electron Beam Lithography.
Prior to her time at Ohio State, Aimee gained valuable experience at TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo) in Dallas, Texas, where she was a member of the EBL group within the Process Engineering Department. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and conducts research focused on integrated nanostructures within III-V and III-nitride epitaxial materials alongside Professors Tyler Grassman and Steven A. Ringel.
Charles Chung, Ph.D.
Quantum Computing Industry Consultant
Dr. Charles Chung is the IBM Quantum Industry Applications Consultant for Electronics and Manufacturing. He has helped develop over 35 products and solutions in the fields of automotive sensors, implantable biomedical devices, genetic sequencing, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and quantum sensors. He is a co-author of a book published by Springer-Nature on the commercialization of microsystems. Dr. Chung served on the advisory board for MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) of the Semiconductor Industry Group (SEMI).
The SEMI Foundation
Shari Liss is the Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation, a nonprofit arm of SEMI that focuses on Workforce Development programs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives supporting more than 3000 companies globally. Shari has more than 25 years of experience supporting education, career awareness and workforce development throughout the technology industry. Under Shari’s leadership, the Foundation has launched numerous national and global workforce development initiatives and secured millions of dollars to fund programs that support industry image and awareness, welcome more women and people of color to the industry, and help veterans and those transitioning out of the military find careers in microelectronics.
Shari has been instrumental in developing large-scale cross-sector partnerships that are working to bridge industry, education, and the workforce to address the industry’s critical workforce needs. Shari testified before Congress at the House Research and Technology Subcommittee hearing titled “Strengthening the U.S. Microelectronics Workforce,” where she made the case for increased industry visibility, stronger investments in K-12 STEM education, and a greater focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry. Shari was formerly the CEO of Ignited, one of the nation’s most successful STEM teacher professional development organizations. Their work connected companies to classrooms throughout Silicon Valley and gave over 4,000 teachers and 3.2 million students more insights into the skills and experiences needed to succeed in STEM-oriented professions and companies.
Prior to Ignited, Shari was a teacher and curriculum developer, serving in a variety of positions with a focus on mathematics and at-risk students. She has developed an alternative school on the East Coast serving at-risk high school students, created curriculum for NASA and established a mathematics program for both gifted and challenged students in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nena Golubovic, Ph.D.
Director of Innovation
Nena is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in venture capital investing, startup operations, business building, financing, and commercialization. Widely recognized as a pioneering figure in the MEMS industry, she successfully brought to market groundbreaking MEMS products for automotive, consumer, and medical device sectors. Prior to her tenure at Princeton, Nena played a pivotal role at IP Group plc, where she co-founded and led the US business for the Group. As Managing Director for the STEM portfolio, she masterminded, structured, and steered numerous investments stemming from university research and DOE national labs. Within Princeton, Nena actively engages with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, imparting a business-oriented, market-centric approach to their endeavors. She provides a structured framework for translating academic achievements into tangible real-world applications with far-reaching societal impact. As the leader of the STEM Design for Innovation initiative, Nena leads teams in comprehensive assessments of market opportunities, the formulation of robust business strategies, the development of compelling investment cases, the establishment of strategic venture partnerships, and the strategic planning of funding endeavors.
Anthony Green, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA
Anthony P. Green, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Since 2006, he advocates for an innovation agenda and engages with the region’s research institutions, start-up community and corporations to gain insights into “what’s next”.
Dr. Green created Ben Franklin’s earliest seed funding program, investing $6M to 125 companies and more than $80M in follow-on funding. With PACT, Dr. Green created Mentor Connect, the Philadelphia node of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and led Ben Franklin’s service and prototyping programs, FabNet and PRIMA. Dr. Green was instrumental in the creation of the Temple University co-investment program — the first program of its kind in the country and led new public/private commercialization models in life sciences, medtech, digital health, advanced textiles, advanced manufacturing, energy, IoT and nanotechnology. Most recently, Dr. Green has led regional partnership proposals in Smart Communities and Precision Medicine.
Dr. Green is a member of the oversight and advisory committees of Penn Health Tech, the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership, UPenn’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Medical Device Consortium and a New Age Industries Board of Director.
Dr. Green has over 30 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry includes Centocor, BD, and Puresyn, focused on development and commercialization of immunodiagnostic, monoclonal antibody and gene transfer technologies. Dr. Green earned his Sc.B in Immunology, with Honors, from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Temple University School of Medicine.
Michele Marcolongo, Ph.D., P.E.
Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering
Dr. Michele Marcolongo is the Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering at Villanova University where she is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to this position, she has served as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research at Drexel University, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property for the College of Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Research. Dr. Marcolongo’s field of research is biomaterials or materials that can be implanted into the body to replace diseased or damaged tissues. Specifically, she works on injectable biomaterials and macromolecules to replace and augment degenerated soft tissues. Dr. Marcolongo has co-founded three companies. She is a fellow of NAI, AIMBE, and Alpha Sigma Mu. She has authored a book, Academic Entrepreneurship (Wiley 2017), a “how-to” on translating research from discovery to commercialization for academics. Dr. Marcolongo received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and had worked for GE and DuPont before joining higher ed.
Sunil K. Pal, Ph.D.
Global Sourcing & Procurement Executive
Sunil Pal is currently global sourcing and procurement executive at AMD in Austin, TX where he is responsible for Foundry Operations especially for Advanced Packaging of all products. Dr. Pal was the director & Sr. Chief of Staff to the executive vice president of global operations at Micron Technology. In recent years, Dr. Pal led the Fab site selection process for the US expansion as a Program Manager which ultimately landed in two big billion dollars announcements viz: Boise, ID and Syracuse, NY in USA and AT site in India. Dr. Pal joined Micron in 2018 as the director, Front End Global Operations at Micron’s Singapore, Fab10N location. Within 8 months of joining Micron, Dr. Pal visited 42 sites out of 54 worldwide in 17 countries for the implementation of strategic programs including Intellectual Property, Cyber security, and sites consolidation. Dr. Pal has over 18 years of Semiconductor experience.
Before joining Micron, Dr. Pal was with Samsung Electronics, Austin as a Program Leader for Technology Development in Process Integration for Advanced Nodes and Championing Foundry Business Operations. Before Samsung, Dr. Pal held roles as a Senior TD Process Engineer at Intel Corp., Professional Advisor with Panasonic & Packaging Research Center, Georgia Tech., Atlanta, and Research Staff with Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center & Interconnect Focus Center, Troy, NY. Dr. Pal received B.Tech (1st class honors) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India, MS (with Distinction) in MEMS from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and Ph.D. (with Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering focused on Carbon Nanotechnology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY under the supervision of Prof. Ajayan. In 2018, Sunil attained his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business (Dean’s Award Recipient). He has authored 15 technical papers including one in “Nature Nanotechnology” with more than 5000 citations, 4 industry papers, 1 book chapter, and several patents.
Ethan S. Simon, Ph.D.
R&D Director, Laird Performance Materials
Ethan S. Simon is R&D Director for DuPont’s Laird Performance Materials business (products to manage thermal and electromagnetic radiation in electronic devices). He has > 25 years of experience as a Research Director for various business units in Rohm and Haas, Dow, and DuPont, in areas spanning electronic materials to consumer products. His experience in strategy development, leadership, M&A, and other areas enables him to help organizations find new and practical solutions to critical issues. A.B./M.A./Ph.D, Harvard University; Wharton Management Program.
Jonathan E Spanier, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Jonathan Spanier is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM), and of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, and since, 2018, Head of MEM. He also holds affiliated appointments in Physics and Electrical Engineering. From 2011-17 he was director of the university’s materials characterization facilities. He has held research and technical staff positions at the US Naval Research Laboratory in physical acoustics and in the semiconductor device industry, and he was a visiting scientist at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and at Fujitsu Labs. He earned the PhD in applied physics from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physical chemistry at Harvard Univ. An elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, Spanier’s expertise is in probing the structure, physical, electronic and dielectric properties of emergent ferroic, energy-efficient materials and structures, including light-matter interactions.