Leadership Team

Chairman & CEO, EnaChip
 
Managing Director, IP Group,
North America
 
Michael Poisel, MS, MBA
Director, PCI Ventures
President and CEO of the
Georgia Research Alliance

 






Trifon Liakopoulos, Ph.D, (EnaChip President, CEO and Founder)

     Trifon is a recognized Wafer Level Magnetics industry pioneer and an award winning product innovator. Prior of founding EnaChip and in addition to his experience with large corporations such as Bell Labs and Altera, Trifon co-founded Enpirion (acquired by Altera and now Intel) a world leader in power integration as a spinout from Bell Labs to successfully commercialize the world’s first Power System on Chip (PwrSoC) products for consumer and industrial markets. He led the development efforts of magnetic MEMS technology, set up wafer process prototype labs and established a technology platform for PwrSoC device manufacturing. Trifon was responsible for all aspects of product development and commercialization including design, product manufacturing and cost analysis and he managed the supply chain and all outsourced activities including all foundry partnerships and relationships. He is now focusing growing Enachip as a unique world leading company offering integrated magnetic technologies and solutions for PwrSoC and medical device industries by leveraging cutting edge proprietary MEMS and nano-technology materials and processes. He has several publications, he served 5 years as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Ioannina-Greece and holds 21 patents.
  
  
Mark Allen, Ph.D, (Chair of Scientific Board & founder of EnaChip, and Scientific Director, Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania)

   Combining insights from the worlds of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry and materials science, Allen is a pioneer in the field of micro-electromechanical systems, or MEMS, and nanofabrication technology. Mark’s research allows the creation of structures, sensors and actuators that exploit the unique potential of the small scale. For example, such miniscule devices can sit at the intersection of the biological and the digital, sensing the physical and electrical signals found in the heart and in the brain and transmitting them to computers for processing.
     Mark has successfully launched several startup companies including CardioMEMS (acquired by St. Jude Medical) a medical device company that has developed and commercialized a proprietary wireless sensing and communication technology for the human body. Its FDA approved technology platform is designed to improve the management of severe chronic chronic cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure and aneurysms. Their miniature wireless sensors can be implanted using minimally invasive techniques and transmit cardiac output, blood pressure and heart rate data that are critical to the management of patients. Mark has published approximately 120 journal articles and holds approximately 40 patents.


Matt Wilkowski, MSEE (Magnetics Technology Architect)
       
      Matt has been involved with the design and productization of power magnetic components for integration in power converters for over forty years and known for innovations that reduce the physical size of power magnetic components enabling integrated voltage regulators, Power System in Package (PSiP) and Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) products. He has led the definition of technology roadmaps and subsequent successful productization of power magnetic product platforms for highly integrated applications spanning aerospace, telecommunication, commercial and industrial applications for AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Techno l ogies, Tyco Electronics Power Systems, Enpirion, Altera and Intel. The scope of integration that the products that have been developed cover multiple engineering disciplines and include integration of the power magnetic function into the manufacturing and packaging processes, thermal performance, safety and environmental compliance and electrical performance of power converters and power systems.
      Matt is a well-recognized name in the electronics power industry and the power magnetics industry having served as chairman of various technical committees and workshops for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the Power Sources manufacturers Association (PSMA). Matt holds approximately 26 patents.


George Lauro (Member - Advisory Board)
     
      George brings 25 years of experience as a Venture Capitalist, operating executive and Board Executive, funding & building technology companies. Has been a Board Director at 7 public and 26 private companies. Was Managing Director & Partner at Wasserstein Perella, a leading Wall Street Private Equity & Leveraged Buyout firm and Partner at US Equity Partners L.P.. Built several companies from prototypes to high-value exit (M&A/IPO) creating over $2B shareholder value. Raised $250M VC/PE financing for portfolio companies. Completed M&A deals exceeding $2B in value. Was IBM Managing Director of Tech Commercialization at World HQ. Launched IBM spinouts from Watson Research Lab including IBM Silicon Germanium RFIC business. Fomer Board member of Peregrine Semiconductor (Silicon on Sapphire RFICs). Managed the acquisition of Jazz Semiconductor from Carlyle Group by Acquicor and its subsequent sale to Tower Semi. Began career as an MIT engineer developing inertial guidance systems for Strategic missiles & Spacecraft at Draper Lab. Attended Brown (BSEE), The Wharton School (MBA) and MIT (grad studies in aeronautical engineering). 23 patents awarded for inventions in inertial guidance, RFICs, GPS, wireless tech.