Navid Kazem co-founded Arieca after 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 an avid soccer player (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 on the importance of passion and persistence in everyday life just like in sports.
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. His lab at Carnegie Mellon University has created two other companies that bring cutting-edge innovation to market. At Arieca, he is co-founder, CTO, and serves as Board Chairman.
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 of 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, and 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 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 numerous material characterization techniques, including 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. Vivek has a strong research background, with a Masters of Science focused in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a PhD in Physics from West Virginia University.
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 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 the SU8 photoresist systems now used in all MEMs and micro-machining foundries around the world.
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 brings over 30 years’ experience leading worldwide organizations for Altera, Isola, and National Semiconductor. Through his role as an advisor, he instills a strong emphasis on people, process and organization development, maximizing employee engagement, and strategic alignment. Bill is guiding the manufacturing readiness activities for the TIMbber™ product line.
Dylan Shah is a mechanical engineer and roboticist with over 8 years of hands-on experience in fast-paced research environments, publishing over 25 peer-reviewed publications in various fields including soft-material robotics, stretchable electronics, and agricultural robotics. He completed his PhD at Yale University in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, where he was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and was awarded the Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for exceptional achievement in research. Dylan began his research career at Iowa State University, where he completed an MS in Agricultural Engineering and BS in Mechanical Engineering. At Arieca, he is leading research efforts to develop liquid-metal based solutions for the wearable electronics and desktop PC markets.
Tom Watson is Director of Manufacturing, responsible for transitioning Arieca from Research and Development of disruptive thermal interface materials to commercial production. Tom managed manufacturing operations in the US, Germany, and China, producing soft magnetic components for the electronics industry and clamping devices for automotive, heavy-duty vehicle, and aerospace industries. As president for a public company and two private companies, Tom led global distribution networks with international sales, application engineering, and logistics teams that supplied premium products to major customers throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Tom’s manufacturing operations in the US, Germany, and greenfield operations he built in Asia earned ISO certifications that supported major customers including Delta Electronics, Emerson, Schneider Electric, Tyco, Mercedes, PACCAR, John Deere, and Caterpillar Tractor.
Allyssa is Product Engineer for TIMbber products. A Chemical Engineering graduate from Geneva college, Allyssa is also a six-sigma green belt.
Keyton Feller is a polymer scientist and chemist specializing in thermosetting polymer networks and polymer characterization, including thermogravimetric analysis, (TGA) differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and rheology. He holds a chemistry degree (B.Sc.) from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, performing research in small molecule synthesis of organometallic complexes. Keyton is currently completing his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech, focusing on material development and modeling of vat photopolymerization high-performance resins. Keyton serves as a polymer chemist at Arieca, working to improve liquid metal embedded elastomers and create the next generation of thermal interface materials.