Inventor and Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Rogers has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC-Berkeley and certification in ISO 9001 auditing and line management from UC-Los Angeles. He Served as a quality engineer for a major aerospace contractor, assuring contract satisfaction for delivery of optical, mechanical, and electronic systems. He chairs the Environmentally Controlled Areas Team, a multidisciplinary group of material scientists and instrumentation, facilities, manufacturing, process-engineering, environmental health and safety, information systems, and audit-management personnel. Gordon has also served as site champion for design for manufacture using numerical methods. He currently creates compliance strategies for new product development and supports design, production engineering, and program management for numerous new products under large contracts. Gordon’s friendly, honest, and thorough style has gained him trust and support throughout the organization along with customer and supplier bases.
Chief Operating Officer
Adam Jones has served as associate director of licensing and business development and was a founding member of UC-Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology Transfer, where he worked with entrepreneurs, companies, and researchers to help facilitate the commercialization of technology developed at the institution. Adam is responsible for evaluating the potential of early stage technologies, securing intellectual property, assessing new venture opportunities, identifying suitable business partners, and negotiating licensing transactions. He has experience working with entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and corporate executives to successfully bring new inventions from the lab to the marketplace.
Adam has previously served as a corporate attorney specializing in counseling companies on matters relating to venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations, intellectual property, and startup issues. Adam was also the co-founder and CEO of a successful startup company focused on developing and commercializing nanodiamond technology. He served on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast. Adam earned his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, high honors, from UC-Santa Barbara. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the UC-Davis Entrepreneurs Academy. His expertise in managing a variety of technologies and business models to maximize startup potential, commercial viability and patentability will serve him well in his work with WVOA.
Chief Financial Officer
Ian Meyer was born and raised in London UK before he moved to the US in the late nineties. He currently runs his own financial consultant firm for clients on the west coast and London, with a focus on sustainable and environmental projects. Prior to that, he served as executive director for a private family foundation, making grants and impact investments in healthcare, education and environmental organisations across the globe. Ian attended the University of San Francisco, where he received his bachelor’s in International business and has lived in San Francisco for over 14 years.
Gary B. Lapman
Chief Systems Architect
Gary has his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) and Teaching Credential from UC-Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics/Computer Sciences from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He is a Six-Sigma Specialist and has been employed as a Systems Engineer and Software Architect/Developer, and Test Engineer with a proven record as a hands-on troubleshooter and problem solver. Adept at functioning as a team leader and an individual contributor, his expertise spans automatic testing, communication, imaging, multi-process and multiprocessor solutions involving navigational gyros, space electronics, and hybrid multi-band imaging hardware. He is familiar with the control of instrumentation and environmental stimulus. He is also proficient in writing requirements, documentation, proposals, creation of trade studies, and architecting of automated testing systems. Gary has successfully completed projects for Santa Barbara Remote Sensing, Raytheon Vision Systems, Northrop Grumman, Litton Guidance and Controls, Illgen Simulation Technologies, General Research Corporation, and Burroughs Corporation.
Physicist and Numerical Analyst
Richard Bradford completed his master’s degree in physics at UC-Davis, after receiving a departmental citation there for his bachelor’s degree in physics, as well as the Saxon-Patten Award for Physics. He was class valedictorian at ITT. As an associate scientist at Polystor Company’s Lithium Battery Research Department, he received two patents for pioneering battery separator polymer coating enhancements, and he reduced standard deviation of battery performance by designing and researching production methods
Technology Implementation Specialist
Mark Miller studied geology and computer science at San Jose State University and California State University at Northridge. Since 1978 he has led along and varied technical career, developing a variety of skills, including project management, product design, quality assurance, and software development. He currently serves as technology transfer consultant for Centre d’aide technologique aux entreprises (CATE-CN) in Sept-Iles, Quebec. Previously, he has served as technical services manager for Blickman, Inc. In Lodi, New Jersey; principal consultant for Quality Management Guides in Santa Barbara, California; executive director for Alamo Learning Systems in San Ramon, California and Montreal, Quebec; senior engineer for Unisys Carpinteria (PulsePoint) in Carpinteria, California; regulatory affairs manager for Karl Storz Imaging, Inc. in Santa Barbara; quality assurance engineer specialist for Northrop Grumman, Air Combat Systems in Hawthorne, California;product assurance project engineer for L3 Communications, Ocean Systems in Sylmar, California; senior quality engineer for Allied Signal Aerospace in Sylmar; senior qualityassurance analyst for Bendix Oceanics Division in Sylmar; and data analyst for BendixElectrodynamics Division in Sylmar