Frank Caris, CEO, President & Board Member
Frank was born in the Netherlands (Maasbracht) and studied at Leiden University, one of Europe’s oldest universities. Arriving at college, he thought it would be fun to learn sailing. Something went off the rails and overnight he became the youngest chairman of the organization that just weeks before had decided to acquire a completely new fleet. There, an early lesson was learned - with a good team you can conquer any challenge even if you don’t know the slightest about sailing yourself.. Frank developed a strong interest in international relations, in particular transatlantic economic and military cooperation (becoming Chairman of The Jason Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the local Dutch United Nations Student Association) and helped found Leiden’s first Cambridge style Debating Society (the Dutch refer to debating as “arguing” which of course was already a national sport for centuries in his homeland). At the age of 22 Frank celebrated his first 4th of July at the US Embassy in the Hague, invited by then US Ambassador, Paul Bremer III. By that time his impression of the US had grown well beyond Bonanza, Dallas, Dynasty, and Kojak. After graduation as an ML in Leiden, Frank started the inevitable working life. Driven by managerial opportunities, he decided to start an executive MBA program at both the University of Rotterdam (NL) and the University of Rochester (New York). The irresistible urge to move to the United States became unstoppable. In Europe he started the CD-Recorder business for one of the greatest high tech companies in the world, Philips Electronics. In 1993, he was able to move that business to the most beautiful City in the US - Colorado Springs and a "temporary" two year expatriation deal brought him finally to the land of endless opportunities. Since then, he has garnered broad international management experience in the high-tech industry with a strong focus on turnarounds, interim-management, divestitures and rapid expansion of new businesses with a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry (GM Healthcare Business at NXP Semiconductors, General Manager of the Emerging Products Group at Philips Semiconductors, President KeyXperience, President & General Manager at Voice Control Systems, CEO of smartconnect.com and Vice-President and GM at Lernout & Hauspie speech recognition).
Frank was hired as the "interim"-CEO of dpiX in 2007 in Silicon Valley and, together with all dpiX colleagues and shareholders, built a new Colorado Springs clean-room production facility (a $150M investment). "Our ambition is to grow beyond our 50% market-share and deliver best-in-class products," he states. After half a year in office, he was appointed CEO and Member of the Board. He is actively involved in community work: most recently in Colorado as the Vice-Chairman of University Colorado Health – MHS (hospital of the US Olympic training center), board member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, past Chairman of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA), and as a past board member of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.
He loves to spend time with his wife, Selma, and daughters Lisa (graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 and currently a master's student abroad) and Anne (an architecture student in California). They like to travel the world together, hike (Colorado boasts many peaks over 14,000 feet and they plan to conquer them all before 2025), kayak, fly, off-road, golf, and enjoy their three dogs Belle, Cooper, and Zoe. The main lessons learned in life: 1) “temporary” and “interim” are very much the same words that one needs to avoid, and 2) working in the healthcare business adds an extra motivation: changing lives and health really matters! His biggest weakness: "I still don’t know how to sail a real boat."
Kimberly Skinner, Vice President of Business Administration
Kimberly Skinner is dpiX’s Vice President of Business Administration reporting to CEO Frank Caris. She is responsible for the Accounting, Customer Service and Production Planning functions at dpiX.
Prior to joining dpiX, Kim gained more than 16 years of experience in financial analysis and business administration. Kim has a very broad background, including lead roles in worldwide finance at Hewlett Packard & Agilent Technologies. Kim owned and operated a flight school with her parents and taught MBA classes at a local college. Kim’s previous experience also includes roles in banking and soil analysis- she started with chemistry major in college. Kim has a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado and a MBA from Regis University.
Kim and her husband, Chad, love to travel and spend time outdoors, especially if there are water sports involved! When their sons were younger, soccer, snorkeling, scuba diving and camping were family adventures. Now that their sons are grown, Kim and Chad are still traveling, often taking their two dogs and Kim’s cat with them.
One little known fact about Kim is that she has her pilot’s license, which she used to fly with her family to various places around the United States. Kim’s passion for flying was inherited from her father and grandfather, who were both pilots.
Life lessons: “There is nothing you cannot do.”
Dr. Paul G. Carey, Director of Special Projects
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, he initially had little reason to venture far afield. He went “away” to college to UC Berkeley, not even fifty miles away from his parents’ home. He lingered at Cal to earn a master’s degree, but returned to Stanford, practically in his own back yard, for a PhD. At both universities, he studied Electrical Engineering and Materials Science. During his student days he did not travel far, but he dreamed big. As an entering freshman he saw no reason to not continue his highly successful high school baseball career while studying Electrical Engineering. He tried out for the Cal Freshman team and made it as a walk-on outfielder. He was the only outfielder from among the 80+ plus hopefuls, and the only EE major. Suddenly, he was looking down the barrel of playing 40 games, most of them during class time. To add insult to injury, the Varsity Head Coach decided to adjust his batting style to his own platonic ideal. The results of his “one-size fits all” tinkering were disastrous. After dutifully slogging through the freshman season, he hung up the baseball spikes to fully focus on the exciting and glamorous field of Electrical Engineering. In addition to learning humility, he learned another valuable lesson - have a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to advice of “experts.”
Once done with his studies, he decided to expand his horizons by taking a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Siemen’s Lab in Munich. The corporate research lab had never had a post-Doc, so his new boss had to tap a capital equipment account to finance his position. He got the unexpected bonus: front-row tickets to creative project financing! Of course, he got plenty of lessons in overcoming communication barriers. Eventually he acquired enough rudimentary German to do science and even develop life-long friendships. He also traveled as much as he could. First, he was nervous about making a fool of himself in new places and in new languages, but, as time passed, he became bolder. Lesson learned: no guts, no glory! Don’t let your fears prevent you from experiencing new things. And at the end, the worst trips make the best stories. After Siemens, he returned to the Bay Area to do research in semiconductor laser processing (CMOS) and low temperature thin film transistor (TFT) process development at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In order to lead a DARPA-funded project focused on the R&D of flat panel displays, he had to hone the art of writing proposals and giving compelling presentations. He authored 15 patents and founded a startup company, FlexICs, to develop TFT backplanes for organic light emitting device (OLED) displays. Their technology was a few years before its time, and the startup didn’t succeed. He learned a hard lesson about timing but gained a lot of technical and financial experience.
In 2003, when the demand for digital backplanes first started to increase, he joined dpiX. The GEN II glass Palo Alto facility, originally part of Xerox PARC, had to increase the plate starts and yields to successfully transform from a research lab into a manufacturing facility. He managed various groups instrumental to the transformation, including the Process and Equipment Engineering group, as well as the Maintenance group. He was happy to roll up his sleeves for some hands-on trouble-shooting of equipment, when needed. Palo Alto facility output continued to improve. When GEN IV.5 Colorado Springs facility took over production in 2011 it did so at the peak of Palo Alto productivity. Continuous improvement in Palo Alto was accomplished and sustained as a result of subjecting the established protocols to scrutiny and modifying them in accordance with the data-driven analysis. Lesson learned (again): temper tradition-honored methods with a measure of skepticism. The proof of pudding is always in the eating.
He returned to dpiX in 2014, at its new location, to begin working on productivity improvements and root cause analysis of process excursions. He needed to bring new skills to the game. Didactic learning ability came in handy: he taught himself JAVA and VBA to automate repetitive tasks and elucidate patterns. Quick lesson learned: you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Usually he is the one teaching the new generation the old tricks. Since his children Philip, 16, and Elizabeth, 11, started participating in youth sports, he has coached over 15 teams in baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer. He always try to instill the team-oriented, unselfish, playing style into his children and all his players. The goal is for each player to improve the level of individual skills, enjoy the mastery and camaraderie, and to want to keep playing! Lesson learned: coaching youth sports is very similar to managing a team of employees. he is grateful for all the years of experience.
It’s good to to be back on team dpiX. He is looking forward to many winning seasons.
Dr. Byung-Kyu Park, Vice President of Process Integration and Product Engineering
Byung Park has more than 20 years of experience in thin film transistors and flat panel technology. Byung received his B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer & Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he learned that he was not really good enough at math and arithmetic to become a software engineer. Instead, he discovered that he had enough patience to learn from repeated mistakes and finally made his first set of working thin film transistors and diodes.
Throughout his career, he led many R&D projects, such as improving DQE (QE) of the imaging detectors and design/integration of the advanced (next generation) imaging array architectures, including metal oxide TFT integration. Byung first joined dpiX in 2001 as a process integration engineer. In Colorado Springs, where he rejoined in 2009, Byung is responsible for NPI (New Product Introduction) – from the concepts of new application from the customers to the product realization in the manufacturing line, as well as for product design and process integration. From managing his projects, Byung learned that companies must stay innovative, but also profitable, at the same time.
After moving to Colorado from California, Byung tries to be more active with mountain activities such as camping, fishing, rafting, mountain biking and skiing. Every year he takes his family to camping trips where he challenges himself to catch at least one fish a day.
Shawn O’Rourke, Chief Technical Officer
Chief Technology Officer and would-be mountain man, Shawn O’Rourke, spends his days at dpiX involved in new product and technology development, and heads the CTO office - which includes oversight of the Yield, Test and Reliability Engineering groups. Shawn’s interest in product development has spanned a diverse array of technologies - including bio-chips that could rapidly measure a patient’s blood and wirelessly send the results to your physician, critical components of the F-16 cockpit, conversion of nuclear waste to glass, and flexible displays for next generation electronic devices. Shawn’s work on the latter was noted by Wired magazine as one of the “Top Ten Technology Breakthroughs of 2008.” Prior to becoming interested in flat panel display and semiconductor engineering Shawn was an aspiring audio engineer and spent 5 years as a radio DJ - including 3 years running a radio station as Program Manager and Station Manager. Shawn has a BS in Ceramic Science from Alfred University, a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, and a MBA from Arizona State University.
On the weekends, Shawn can be found mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, or snowboarding with his wife and two kids. In the evenings, he spends his time cooking with his daughter, playing Xbox One games with his son and, when the occasion suits, enjoying a glass of red wine with his wife.
The main lessons learned in life: (Before entering working life) "Find the fun in whatever you do. Humor makes you and the people around you more creative." (At the beginning of his career) "You don’t know as much as you think you do. Listen at least twice as much as you talk."(Today) "Never start with the intention of writing down three lessons learned, but be sure to proofread it twice before you call it done."
Dr. Sanjeev Tandon, Chief Operating Officer
Sanjeev Tandon is dpiX’s Chief Operating Officer reporting to CEO Frank Caris. He is responsible for dpiX fabrication operations and all responsibilities related to production, engineering, facilities and IT functions at dpiX. Working at dpiX, Sanjeev learned to be flexible and willing to change direction– quickly. Rarely does his week work out the way he plans it initially.
Prior to joining dpiX, Sanjeev gained more than 20 years of experience in product innovation and execution in semiconductor and solar industry with some of the world’s most respectable companies. Prior to dpiX, Sanjeev held leadership roles at Solar Cell technology start-up Solexel, where he was responsible for setting up and managing the first pilot line. Sanjeev’s previous roles included working for Applied Materials and FormFactor in a number of technology development, production, and customer partnership roles. In his early professional career, one of the most important lessons Sanjeev learned was to “Keep it Simple”. Sanjeev believes that sometimes it takes substantial thought and effort to find a simple solution to an engineering challenge.
Sanjeev earned his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University. He holds 10 patents and has published more than 20 technical papers.
Sanjeev and his wife, Monica, have two kids. He is described by friends as curious and open-minded. Sanjeev enjoys long distance running and has taken up trail running after moving to Colorado. He is hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Coffee.
Terri Pederson, Vice President of Quality & Procurement
Terri is responsible for the Quality and Environmental Management Systems at dpiX, where all dpiX employees are involved and accountable for quality and environmental effectiveness and improvement. As part of this effort Terri ensures certification to the latest ISO9001 and ISO14001 requirements. Terri has also led dpiX to achieve the Colorado State Environmental Leadership Gold Award year over year since 2011. "The environment has become one of my passions. Working for a company that truly cares about the environment has shown me that doing what is right for the environment, is also right for the company. Living up to regulation and moral obligation is also economically advantageous, all companies should do it.”
As the VP of Quality and Procurement, Terri is also responsible for supply chain development, strategic supplier relationships, and all purchasing activities.
“As a child I wanted to be a scientist, artist, musician, and baseball player. dpiX technology is based in science, I’m a musician, and I met my husband playing baseball. As for the artist in me…jazz lives! Pursuing your vocation and your avocation brings creativity and flexibility into the work place.”
Terri holds an Executive MBA from Colorado Technical University, and has 15 years of experience in Medical Imaging Systems and 18 years with dpiX. Since the start-up days of dpiX, Terri set-up and ran the functional areas of Customer Support, Reliability, Product Engineering, MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) automation. She has also worn HR, Facilities and EHS hats during her tenure.
“Tenaciously pursue your goals. When I first heard of the new fangled technology that would enable digital x-ray imaging, I wanted to be a part of it. Soon after I joined dpiX, I sold Siemens their first dpiX digital detector. Today, I look at dpiX and see how far we’ve come; from a fledgling Xerox spin-off in 1999 to the global leader in flat panel digital imaging arrays.”
Michael Wells, Senior Director of Operations
Michael Wells is dpiX’s Senior Director of Operations and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Fabrication (Fab) and Test operations, Test Engineering, Shipping & Receiving/Logistics, and Product Disposition. In his role he is also the Head of Information Technology and responsible for all software applications development and support to include Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Data Warehouse/Big Data, Design Engineering, SPC, Quality, Finance/ERP and Yield Enhancement, as well as, all IT related infrastructure architecture design, implementation and support. Mike also manages the corporate PMO in support of delivering dpiX’s key programs/projects.
Mike has over 20 years senior management experience in High Tech and Semiconductor Operations/IT with key roles at LSI Logic (Sr. Director, IT Global Operations and Security Officer; Sr. Director Worldwide Manufacturing Systems; Director, Japan/Pan Asia Information Technology; and Director, SAP Operations) and Atmel (Director, Worldwide Manufacturing, Quality, and Engineering Systems Operations). He was also Managing Director of ILITY Management Group and was responsible for all operations of the worldwide IT professional services business. Prior to his move into the High Tech sector, Mike started his career as an active duty Air Force enlisted member working as an Academic Instructor training Personnel Data Systems and Operations. He was then awarded a full Air Force ROTC scholarship to complete his degree work and graduated from Iowa State University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Upon graduating from ISU, Mike became a Regular Air Force Officer working as the Chief, Air Staff Computer Operations in the Pentagon. Upon leaving the Air Force, he worked as a Senior Information Resource Manager for the Executive Office for the United States Attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., and subsequently as the Deputy Site General Manager and Engineering/Technical Director for I-NET Inc. in support of NASA Ames Research Center Operations in Mountain View, CA.
Mike loves international travel and has had the great opportunity to experience two, back-to-back, extended expatriate assignments – one in Windsor, England; and one in Tsukuba, Japan. His passion is visiting as many national and international ocean tide pools as possible; and having lived in the Bay Area California, Portland OR, and Colorado Springs CO, spending time hiking and adventuring in the great outdoors is one of his favorite pastimes. But his greatest passion is spending time with his family, and especially with his five grandchildren.
Having had the privilege to manage and mentor some of the finest teams around the world during his vastly varied career, Mike’s motivation and drive for success is in first facilitating the success of his team members – “the success of your team is determined by the results-based leadership you provide to best facilitate your team’s overall success”.