Meet our team


Navid Kazem

Navid Kazem co-founded Arieca after him completing his PhD in computational mechanics at Carnegie Mellon, where he developed the core technology behind Liquid Metal Embedded Elastomers (LMEE). He is a former Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Fellow at Tepper School of Business, with multiple high-impact publications and patents. His background combines a deep technical expertise with the capacity to convert cutting-edge scientific advancement into commercial technology. Navid leads Product development of LMEEs, commercial strategic partnerships, as well as fund raising. As a huge soccer (current coach and former player & President of CMU Men’s club soccer team with record breaking goal-scoring) and Manchester United fan, he takes lessons from the importance of passion and persistence in everyday life just like in sports.


Carmel Majidi

Carmel Majidi is the Clarence H. Adamson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he leads the Soft Machines Lab, a research group dedicated to the development of novel soft multifunctional materials for applications in wearable computing and robotics. Carmel is credited with the invention of the “Thubber” and regarded as a leading innovator in the development of soft, functional materials. In addition to Arieca, his lab at Carnegie Mellon University has created two other companies that bring cutting-edge innovation to market and at Arieca, he is co-founder, CTO, and serves as Board Chairman.


Phil Marzolf

Phil Marzolf serves as Chief Commercialization Officer for Arieca, where he is responsible for transitioning Arieca’s technology from the laboratory to end market applications. He has over 30 years experience commercializing new products in the semiconductor and computer technology markets. He has held general management positions in Germany for Telfunken GmbH and Micronas S.A. He was a founding member of nSerial, a SERDES startup that was acquired by Intel in 2001. Phil remains active in the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is a Board member for several early-stage companies. He earned a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame, an MSEE from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. As an ardent Arsenal supporter, he is having difficulty adapting to having a boss who is a Manchester United fan.


Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh is an experienced Principal Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in structural, magnetic, optical, surface and electronic characterization of bulk and nanomaterials for over a decade. He is skilled in several materials characterization techniques like Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Ultra-high vacuum/cryogenic temperatures Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy (STM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), SQUID magnetometry, Low temperature electron magnetic resonance, Optical microscope, FTIR, absorbance and photoluminescence and others. He has a strong research professional background with a Masters of Science – MS focused in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and PhD in Physics from West Virginia University.

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Jeffrey Gelorme

Jeff has degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering from University Of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.Sci) and Pennsylvania State University (B.Sc). He worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Ctr, Yorktown Hts, NY from ’87-2014 and IBM Endicott from ’81-’87. He has experience in solving problems in applied polymer science in every aspect of the electronics industry from printed circuit boards to silicon microchips to packaging and systems integration. He has worked in every commercially available polymer system and has synthesized his own unique polymer systems where required. An expert in custom formulations from silicones to epoxies, he has many patents granted for custom coatings, adhesives, photoresist, etc. He is the inventor of SU8 resists systems now used in all MEMs and micro-machining  foundries around the world.


Tomoya (Tomo) Yamashiki

A Scientist (PhD Physics, University of Tokyo), Serial entrepreneur, and innovator in materials, semiconductors, and foods. Tomo has extensive experience in both US and Asian companies, ranging from small garage startups to large corporations. Tomo’s combination of rich experience with Asian companies, solid technological background, and business acumen is being applied as he works with innovative Asian companies exploring the commercial opportunities enabled by Arieca’s innovative LMEE technology.


Bill Mazotti

Bill brings over 30 years’ experience leading worldwide organizations for Altera, Isola, and National Semiconductor. He instills a strong emphasis in people, process and organization development maximizing employee engagement and strategic alignment to his role as an advisor. Bill is guiding the manufacturing readiness activities for the TIMbber™  product line.