ABOUT US

The entrepreneurial team consists of  researchers, technical experts, venture advisors and business mentors with interdisciplinary and multiple-cultural background. 

Board of Directors
HAO LIU
Founder & Entrepreneurial Lead
 
  •  PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • BS in Materials Engineering, Shandong University
  • Entrepreneurial Lead in NSF I-Corps National Team, NSF I-Corps Sites Program, VentureWell E-Team Program, etc.
  • Finalist in Rice Business Plan Competition
  • 1st Place in 11th “Chunhui Cup” China National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
  • 3rd Place in 6th “Wisdom Cup” Global Hard Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Hen Hatch Startup Funding Competition Semifinalist
  • 6+-year-long research in nanocomposite-based sensing
Dr. HONGBO DAI
Co-Founder & Technical Lead
 
  •  PhD in Structural Engineering, University of Delaware
  • MS and BS in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Receipt of Roy L. McCullough Scholar’s Award
  • Member in NSF I-Corps Sites Program & VentureWell E-Team 
  • Blue Hen Proof of Concept Fund Finalist      
  • Hen Hatch Startup Funding Competition Semifinalist
  • Research in carbon nanotube-based structural health monitoring of infrastructure, supported by NSF, FHWA and NIH
Advisory Board
Dr. ERIK THOSTENSON
Chief Technical Advisor
 
  • PhD in Materials Science and MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • BS in Composite Materials Engineering, Winona State University
  • Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials and Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Google Scholar: >15,419 citations, h-index: 35, i10-index: 55
  • Extensive experience in research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of novel multifunctional composites and micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques
  • Winner of NSF Early Career Development Award and Young Investigator Program Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Recipient of the Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award and the inaugural Hayashi International Memorial Award
  • Experienced with technology transfer on AFOSR, ONR, and ARO-supported small business technology transfer research (STTR) programs
Dr. WILLIAM JOHNSON
Business Advisor
 
  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, UPenn
  • MS in Physics and BS in Chemical – Physics and Mathematics, Tufts University
  • Founder, President and CEO of Geeks4Hire, Inc.
  • Business Development Specialist in Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships and Affiliated Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware
  • A technical and business career focused on composite materials with 30 years of expertise in taking products to market in start-ups, small businesses and large corporations
  • Previously served as the Manager and Technical Leader at W. L. Gore and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University and named as an Ohio Innovator by the Governor of Ohio
  • Served on the State of Delaware Science and Technology Advisory Committee, appointed by the Governor of Delaware and on the Board of Directors of First State Innovation, Inc.
  • Author of over 150 technical publications, including 35 U.S. patents, 63 open literature publications and 100+ additional patents and/or patent publications issued worldwide
Dr. Nii O. Attoh-Okine
Data Analysis Advisor
  • PE, PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Kansas
  • Diplom Ingineur, Rostov Institute of Civil Engineering
  • Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Expertise Area: Big Data/Data Science, Civil Infrastructure Systems, Resilience Engineering, Information Geometry, Hilbert-Huang Transform, Railway Tracks Analysis, Image and Signal Processing, Theory of Pavement Design, Topological Data Analysis and Graphical Models/Belief Functions
Dr. ZHIMING LIU
President
 

  • PhD in Electrochemistry and Electroanalytical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and MS in Analytical Chemistry, Northeastern University 
  • Former R&D scientist, project manager and researcher at University of California and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
  • Over 20 years of new product and process development in industrial settings with extensive R&D experience in novel specialty chemicals, advanced materials and technologies
  • Strong experience and applied scientific knowledge in electrochemistry, material science, adhesion of interfaces, analytical chemistry, microfluidic and bio-sensors, semiconductor and PCB manufacturing
  • 11 patents and 37+ publications (including Science articles)
Other Members
WENRUI WANG
Partner
 

  • PhD in Physics and Computer Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • MS in Physics, University of Delaware
  • BS in Microelectronics, Nanjing University
  • Previous research focused on photophysics, electronic materials and novel information storage devices 
  • Participated in projects led by Nobel laureate
  • Experienced with financial planning, record-keeping and business management
SONGNAN ZHANG
Partner
 

  • MS in Computer Science, New York University
  • MS in Chemistry, University of Delaware
  • BS in Chemistry, Peking University (recommended for immediate admission as a First Prize Winner in Chinese Chemistry Olympiad)
  • Multiple background in computer, economics, physics and chemistry with expertise in strategic planning for marketing and sales based on big data analysis

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