Management

Vijit Sabnis – Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Dr. Vijit SabnisDr. Vijit Sabnis has served on Solar Junction’s board since just after the company’s inception. He has over 15 years of hands-on experience with III-V optoelectronic device design, wafer processing, and characterization. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University for developing III-V photonic switches for optical routers and wavelength conversion applications. Vijit also held a senior position at Translucent, Inc where he was principal investigator on the DARPA EPIC program investigating applications of rare-earth oxides for CMOS-integrable optical amplifiers and lasers. He holds over 15 publications and 4 patents.

Homan Yuen – Vice President Research & Development, Co-Founder

Dr. Homan YuenDr. Homan Yuen co-founded Solar Junction in 2007 and is currently Vice President. He brings over a decade of experience in corporate and financial strategy, business development, management, intellectual property, and technical experience to Solar Junction. On the technical front, he has years of experience in solar cells, sensors, displays, lasers, LEDs, silicon photonics, and CMOS electronics. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University for developing the dilute nitride material system for semiconductor laser diodes. Homan also has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to Solar Junction, Homan held a senior research position at Translucent Inc. developing rare-earth oxide films. He has over 14 years of experience in materials science and device technology with over 50 technical publications, 40 patents and applications, and numerous invited speaking engagements.

Ed Birss – Vice President, Business Integration

Ed BirssEd joined Solar Junction in 2011 after serving as a board observer for Advanced Technology Ventures since 2008. Ed brings over 25 years senior management and engineering experience, including roles such as Sr. VP of Products at Apple Computer, Inc. COO at Taligent, VP at Silicon Graphics, Sr. VP of Engineering at AXENT Technologies (acquired by Symantec), and VP of Engineering at Peakstone. Ed holds a M.S. in Computer Information and Control Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Michael Wiemer – Vice President Device Development, Co-Founder

Dr. Michael WiemerDr. Michael Wiemer brings over 12 years of hands-on semiconductor device design & fabrication experience to the Solar Junction team. He has designed, fabricated, and tested a wide variety of optoelectronic devices and structures made from Silicon, Germanium, and III-V materials. Such devices include various kinds of lasers, high sensitivity photodetectors, solar cells, and optical waveguide devices. Mike received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he worked on novel device designs and applications for multi-GHz mode-locked III-V semiconductor lasers. He holds 5 technical publications and 2 patents.

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