Leadership

Company Management

Michael Lebby
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Lebby

Dr. Michael S. Lebby joined Lightwave Logic as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015. In May 2017, he assumed the role of CEO of the company. Dr. Lebby is an Anglo-American entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the fields of optoelectronics/photonics electronics and semiconductors. His career started with the British Government in 1977 in telecommunications and he did research at their prestigious labs (RSRE Malvern) in the early 1980s and worked at AT&T Bell Labs (1985-1989) in photonics. At Motorola in the 1990s he drove the development, including co-authorship of the first patent, of the oxide VCSEL diode laser which is now used in laser mice, 3D sensing/FaceID in mobile phones, optical interconnects with volumes over 1B units. From 2005-2010 he led the USA trade association in optoelectronics (OIDA) and represented the optoelectronics industry on Capitol Hill. He has run technical start-ups and commercialized optoelectronic and photonics technology into manufacturing. He was voted PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) business leader of the year by the PIC International Conference in 2018. He is a technical expert to the European Commission and a Fellow of IEEE and OSA.

James S. Marcelli
President and Chief Operating Officer
James S. Marcelli

Mr. Marcelli has served as President, CEO and a director of Lightwave Logic since August 2008. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and its progress toward a fully functioning commercial enterprise. Over the last twenty years, he has served as the president and chief executive officer of multiple start-up and growth companies in high tech manufacturing and business services, including two companies that were founded by him. In addition, he has held senior management positions with several companies including Teradyne Corporation and Sanmina Corporation. Throughout his career, he has held positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Mr. Marcelli has served on the boards of several non-profit corporations and also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Engineering School.

Karen Liu
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Karen Liu

Dr. Karen Liu joined Lightwave Logic in July 2018 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Lightwave Logic, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Kaiam Corp. Previously, she was Principal Analyst at Ovum, covering markets and advising vendors of advanced optical components and a broad range of other emerging technologies. Prior to joining Ovum, she architected DWDM networking products at Tellabs and IBM. She received a doctorate in Applied Physics from Stanford University in the field of fiber optics, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.

Cory Pecinovsky
Director of Materials Development
Cory Pecinovsky

Dr. Pecinovsky came to Lighwave Logic in 2017 to lead the photonic polymer development program. He obtained a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 2007, specializing in the synthesis of liquid crystal based polymer materials. Following his doctorate work, he worked as a researcher at the Colorado School of Mines, developing light sensitive polymer composites for neutron detection. He has spent 10 years in industry advancing the successful commercialization of electro-optic ferroelectric liquid crystal display technology. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and patents resulting from his work developing and commercializing photonic materials.

 

Directors

Thomas E. Zelibor
Outside Director
Thomas E. Zelibor

RADM Zelibor has served as our Chair of the Board of Directors (non-executive) since May 1, 2017. Previously, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors (executive) from May 2012 to April 30, 2017.  Zelibor also previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors (non-executive) of our Company since October 2011 and has served as a director of our Company since July 2008. He also previously served on our Operation Committee. Zelibor is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Space Foundation. Zelibor previously served as a Director of Nuvectra Corp., the Chief Executive Officer and President of Zelibor & Associates, LLC, a management-consulting firm and as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Flatirons Solutions Corp. Prior to that time, RADM Zelibor served in the U.S. Navy in a number of positions, including as the Dean of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at the United States Naval War College where he was responsible for the adoption of a corporate approach to leadership development; Director of Global Operations, United States Strategic Command; Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control on the Navy staff; Department of the Navy, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), Navy; Commander, Carrier Group Three and Commander, Naval Space Command. Zelibor earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and has been a participant in the Senior Leader in Residence Program and a visiting scholar for the Zell Center for Risk Research at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Michael Lebby
Inside Director
Michael Lebby

Dr. Michael Lebby joined Lightwave Logic as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2017. Dr. Lebby is in charge of the overall general management of the Company and supervision of Company policies, setting the Company’s strategies, formulating and overseeing the Company’s business plan, raising capital, expanding the Company’s management team and the general promotion of the Company. From 2013 to 2015, he was President and CEO of OneChip Photonics, Inc., a provider of low-cost, high-performance indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits for the data center. From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Lebby served as part-time full professor, and chair of optoelectronics at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK, focusing on advanced materials, device, and integrated photonics based technologies for the datacenter and high performance computing markets. From 2014 to 2016, he worked on a foundry based model for InP-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs) and was instrumental in assembling California’s proposal (via USC) to the Federal Government for an integrated photonics manufacturing institute. Dr. Lebby holds a Doctor of Engineering, a Ph.D., an MBA and a bachelor’s degree, all from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. Dr. Lebby has well over 200 issued utility patents with the USPTO. This number expands to over 450 if international derivative patents are included.

James S. Marcelli
Inside Director
James S. Marcelli

Mr. James S. Marcelli has served as an officer and director since August 2008. His extensive business and operational leadership experience was gained from multiple business segments, including Internet networking gaming centers, high-speed custom gaming computers, high tech manufacturing businesses and business service companies. Since May 2012, Mr. Marcelli has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and he was named our Secretary in March 2018. Previously, from August 2008 to April 2012, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Company and its movement to a fully functioning commercial corporation, and also serves as the Company’s principal financial officer. Since 2000, he has served as the president and chief executive officer of Marcelli Associates, a consulting company that offers senior management consulting, mentoring, and business development services to start-up and growth companies.

Joseph A. Miller, Jr.
Outside Director
Joseph A. Miller, Jr.

Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr. has served as a director of Lightwave Logic, Inc. since May, 2011. From 2002 to May 2012, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Corning Inc., having joined Corning in 2001 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Corning Incorporated, Dr. Miller was with E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for Research and Development since 1994. Dr. Miller began his career with DuPont in 1966. Dr. Miller is a director of Greatbatch, Inc. and Dow Corning Corporation and holds a doctorate degree in Chemistry from Penn State University. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 for originating, developing, leading, and directing major engineering initiatives and substantial technology innovations in chemical industries.

Ronald A. Bucchi
Audit Committee
Ronald A. Bucchi

Mr. Bucchi joined the Lightwave Logic Board in June 2012, and he currently serves as the Chair of our Audit Committee. Mr. Bucchi is a self employed C.P.A. with a specialized practice concentrating in CEO consulting, strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, business sales and tax. He works with domestic and international companies. He is a member of the board of directors of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc., serving on the Asset Liability Committee, the Governance and Loan Committees, and chairs the Audit committee. He is also the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Petit Family Foundation, Inc. He has served on numerous other community boards and is past Chairman of the Wheeler Clinic and the Wheeler YMCA. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Bucchi is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education program with completed course studies in general board governance, audit and compensation and a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he received his B.S. in Accounting.

Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi
Outside Director
Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi

Mr. Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi joined the Lightwave Logic Board in October 2013, and he currently serves a member of our Audit Committee. He brings decades of leadership experience in the optical transmission market and the telecom industry in general. Since 2004, Mr. El-Ahmadi has served as Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menara Networks, a developer of innovative products and solutions that simplify layered optical transport networks. Prior to founding Menara, Mr. El-Ahmadi served as Vice President-Marketing & Product Management at Nortel where he was responsible for the OPTera LH 4000 ULR product (acquired from Qtera) that achieved over $200M in revenues in its first two years. Prior to that, Mr. El-Ahmadi was the Product Architect & Vice President of Product Management at Qtera Corporation, a successful technology start-up acquired by Nortel in 2000 for $3.25 billion. Mr. El-Ahmadi also held a Senior Manager position at Bell Northern Research and worked as a Transmission Engineer at WilTel (WorldCom) where he evaluated and deployed the world first bidirectional EDFA and bi-directional WDM transmission. Mr. El-Ahmadi holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and is the inventor of 11 patents, issued or pending, in the area of optical communications. He has authored a number of publications and is a frequent speaker at telecom and optical networking events and conferences.

Frederick J. Leonberger
Outside Director
Frederick J. Leonberger

Dr. Frederick J. Leonberger joined the Lightwave Logic Board in April 2017, and he currently serves on our Operations Committee. Dr. Leonberger is a widely known technologist and industry leader in the field of photonics and fiber optics. For nearly 40 years he has been a leading contributor to the development of a variety of important optical devices, company leadership, product and business strategy, and commercialization. The integrated optical modulator technology he and his colleagues pioneered has been used pervasively for over 20 years in the fiber optic networks that form the backbone of the internet. Since 2010, Dr. Leonberger has served as the Principal of EOvation Advisors LLC, a private technology and business advisory firm and presently serves as a board member for various private photonics companies. He previously served as senior vice president and chief technology officer of JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU, now Lumentum), a leading optical components company, from 1995 until his retirement in 2003, where he played a lead role in technology strategy, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property activities. Prior to JDSU, he was co-founder and general manager of United Technologies Photonics (UTP), a high-speed optical modulator company, and held research management positions at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of several other prestigious industry awards.

 

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a valuable resource to management, providing strategic planning and tactical insights as the company progresses towards industrial manufacturing with its proprietary polymer platform. It brings together a diverse set of industry perspectives and business experience along with deep technical expertise. The Board includes world-class leaders representing these operational and market backgrounds relevant to optics and polymers: laser and photonic integrated circuit (PIC) device design, fab operations, scaling to manufacturing, transfer to foundry, datacenter hardware and networking.

Craig Ciesla
Craig Ciesla

Dr. Craig Ciesla is currently the Vice President of Advanced Engineering in the Research and Technology Development group at Illumina, the leading provider of DNA sequencing and array technologies. There he leads a team driving innovation in optics, microfluidics, electronics and nanofabrication. Prior to Illumina he was Vice President of Engineering at Kaiam, where he was responsible for the development and production of 100G transceivers for the data-center market. He was also the founding CEO of Tactus Technology, an innovator in the user interface industry, where he was the co-inventor of Tactus’ polymer morphing screen technology. Before Tactus he had a variety of roles at Intel, JDSU (now Lumentum), Bookham (now Oclaro) and Ignis Optics developing a wide range of products in the fiber-optics market. He started his career at Toshiba Research Europe, where he performed early terahertz images of skin cancer. Dr. Ciesla holds a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Physics and PhD in Physics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Christoph Harder
Christoph Harder

Dr. Christoph Harder is currently the president and co-founder of Swissphotonics, a non-profit association that promotes the competitiveness of its member companies, research organisations and universities in the field of photonics in basic and applied science, technology development, manufacturing and selling of photonics components and applications. He has held a variety of staff and management positions at ETH, Caltech, IBM, Uniphase, JDS Uniphase, Nortel and Bookham. In addition he has served on the board of other companies, he was the cofounder of the IBM Zurich Laser Diode Enterprise which pioneered the 980nm high power pump laser now used ubiquitously in telecom. He is an expert in ultrahigh reliability laser diodes for telecom, industrial and consumer applications. He is an OSA Fellow with more than 100 refereed papers and 20 patents and has chaired many technical conferences. Dr. Harder received the ETH Diploma in 1979 and the Master and PhD in EE in 1980 and 1983 from Caltech, Pasadena, USA.

Franky So
Franky So

Dr. Franky So is currently the Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the North Carolina State University. Previously, he was the Rolf E Hummel Professor of Electronic Materials and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.  Prior to joining academia, he conducted industry-leading research on OLEDS (organic light-emitting diodes) at Motorola and OSRAM Opto-Semiconductors for 14 years. Dr. So is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, IEEE,  OSA and SPIE. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science and Engineering Reports and Associate Editor of four other research journals and chairs the OLED Symposium of the SPIE Optics and Photonics conference.  Dr. So holds 80 issued patents and has 14 pending. He has over 150 publications and has a Google H-index of over 70. Dr. So received the PhD in EE from the University of Southern California, the MS in Material Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the BA in Physics from Hamilton College.

Andreas Umbach
Andreas Umbach

Mr. Andreas Umbach is currently CEO of AUcept Consulting, a firm which offers coaching and consulting on entrepreneurship and photonics technologies based on his experiences with the full lifecycle from founding a technology start-up to participating in international mergers and acquisitions on both sides of the deal. Previously he has headed leading organizations in high speed InP device and Photonic Integrated Circuit design and manufacturing, including as CEO of u²t Photonics and VP and CTO of Finisar Germany. At HHI Berlin he led efforts in both InP and polymers photonics. Mr. Umbach holds a Vordiplom in Physics from Technische Hochschule Darmstadt and a Dipl.-Phys in Engineering Physics/Applied Physics from Technische Universität Berlin.