Board of Directors
Dr. Leo Guthart
Chairman of the Board
Leo Guthart founded Topspin in 2000. Prior to Topspin, he served as Vice Chairman of Pittway Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of its Security Group of companies, including Ademco, up until it was sold to Honeywell in 2000. After Pittway's sale to Honeywell, he served as Chairman of the Security and Fire Solutions Group of Honeywell International. He was also Chairman of publicly-held Cylink Corporation, a leading U.S. supplier of encryption equipment that was sold to SafeNet Inc. Leo currently serves as a Director of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), an international producer of dispensing valves, pumps and closures for pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
Leo is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a BA degree in Physics in 1958, and of Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and received both an MBA in 1960 and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialty in Corporate Finance in 1966.
Dr. James H. Simons
Dr. James H. Simons is President of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a private investment firm dedicated to the use of mathematical methods. Previously he was chairman of the Mathematics Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Earlier in his career he was a cryptanalyst at the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton, and taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
Dr. Simons holds a B.S. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. His scientific research was in the area of geometry and topology. He received the American Mathematical Society Veblen Prize in Geometry in 1975 for work that involved a recasting of the subject of area minimizing multi-dimensional surfaces. A consequence was the settling of two classical questions, the Bernstein Conjecture and the Plateau Problem. Dr. Simons' most influential research involved the discovery and application of certain measurements, now called the Chern - Simons Invarients, which have wide use, particularly in theoretical physics.
Dr. Simons is the founder and Chairman of Math for America, a nonprofit organization with a mission to significantly improve math education in our nation's public schools. He serves as Trustee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, The Institute for Advanced Study, The Rockefeller University, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He is also a member of the Board of the MIT Corporation. Together with his wife, Marilyn, Dr. Simons manages the Simons Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to scientific research.
Mark W. Heising
Mark Heising is a Managing Director of Medley Partners in Palo Alto, CA. He founded the firm in 2004. Previously he was the President of VLSI Cores, which designs and licenses cryptographic integrated circuits. Mark held various positions at Quickturn Design Systems, Cylink and Proximity Designs. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of C-Quest Capital and the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network. He also serves on the Advisory Board to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mark earned a BS in physics and a MS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Evelyn Berezin began working in technology in 1951 when the computer industry had just begun. She designed a wide variety of applications -- banking, airline reservations, stock exchange, racetrack, and more. In 1969 she started Redactron, a company that designed, manufactured, and sold Word Processors. She served as CEO and Chairman of the Board until Redactron was sold to the Burroughs Corporation where she continued to work until 1980. Ms. Berezin then became President of Greenhouse Management Company, a firm dedicated to the development of early-stage, high-technology companies. She continues to provide consultation to small technology companies today.
Ms. Berezin received an AB in physics at NYU in 1946 and held an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship during her work at NYU Graduate School. She is retired from the Boards of CIGNA, Koppers Co., Datapoint, Standard Microsystem Corp., Genetic Systems Inc., DNAP, DNA Plant Technology and others. She has also been on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations mostly associated with the sciences, including the Science and Technology Foundation of the State of New York, The Boyce Thompson Institute, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Board of Stony Brook University. She remains on the Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University. She received an honorary Doctorate from Adelphi University and Eastern Michigan University, and has received the Long Island Distinguished Leadership Award.
Dr. Melvin N. Miller
Dr. Melvin N. Miller founded NUMAR in 1983 and served as CEO and Chairman from inception through going public and subsequent sale to Halliburton for $500 million in 1997. NUMAR under Miller's technical leadership developed the world's first commercially successful openhole logging tool for oil and gas exploration based on Magnetic Resonance technology. Miller also founded Geometric Data and under his direction developed for clinical pathology laboratory use the world's first Automated White Blood Cell Differential Analyzer. The system utilized proprietary pattern recognition technology. He sold the company to Glaxo SmithKline and as President directed its worldwide operation for 11 years where it achieved and maintained market leadership and profitability. He has ten US patents in applications of pattern recognition and magnetic resonance. Miller has a BME from Cornell University and a MS and a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kenneth T. Lane
Kenneth T. Lane is President of BASF's Catalysts division headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey. Lane holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and a master's degree in management from the University of Alabama. He joined BASF in 2006.
Dr. Peter Schuhmacher
Dr. Peter Schuhmacher is President of the BASF Process Research & Chemical Engineering. Schuhmacher studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and at the University of Amherst, Massachusetts. He earned his doctorate in 1995 at the University of Mainz, following a research fellowship at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California. Schumacher has been with BASF since 1995.
Chief Executive Officer
Tracy Kelley was assigned Chief Executive Officer July 10, 2017 with over 17 years of battery experience in lithium based battery systems. Tracy previous served as a research scientist at Valence Technology, a developer of lithium polymer batteries for portable applications, heading their failure analysis department. Tracy holds several patents in the area of active cathode materials and battery processing. He attended the University of Alabama majoring in Chemistry and Philosophy.
Dr. Dennis R. Mangino
Senior Adviser and Board Member
Dr. Mangino is Senior Adviser to Sion Power. Formerly, he was Chief Executive Officer of Sion Power. Prior to joining Sion Power, Dr. Mangino served as President and CEO of NSF International, a global leader in testing, product certification, ISO-9000 registration and standards development. Under his leadership, NSF experienced a fivefold growth in revenue while broadening services provided to companies operating in 85 countries. Earlier, Dr. Mangino held executive positions with BP America, Inc., Weirton Steel Corp., PPG industries and EniChem America, Inc. where his responsibilities included strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, quality systems management and general management of both commodity and high technology based businesses. He has extensive international experience in the areas of technology licensing and business partner development. Dr. Mangino received his B.S and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering and ceramic science, respectively, from Rutgers University. He also completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.