Chief Executive Officer
Michael has been with of microGen for seven years, during that time serving as CFO, COO, and CEO. Michael’s background is in business development, engineering, and finance, dedicating his current career to bringing tech-based startups from initial stages to operating profitably. In recent years, he has founded, sold, and participated in multiple stages of funding of several startup companies on both coasts in energy, medical devices and informatics, and imaging, including an IPO. Michael has 25 years of previous experience in two Fortune 50 companies, holding US and international general management leadership roles.
Michael holds degrees in history from LeMoyne College, Industrial/Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of the University of Rochester. He has served on various boards at local hospitals and charities and as well as Chair of the Catholic School Board for the Diocese of Rochester from 1990 to 1994.
DR. KATHLEEN VAETH
Vice President of Engineering
Kathleen is the Vice President of Engineering at microGen Systems, developing energy harvesters and commercializing technology. Prior to joining microGen Systems, Kathleen worked 12 years at Eastman Kodak as the as a Project Leader and Senior Research Scientist in Kodak Research Labs, where she specialized in development of technologies for the inkjet and thin film display markets. Her research interests span the design, fabrication, and characterization of devices, relating their performance to the materials used in their construction.
Kathleen earned her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, where she was a Kodak Fellow, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Hertz Fellow. Kathleen has over 20 publications, 25 U.S. patents, and has given numerous invited lectures and talks.
Global Business Development
Dave has substantial business experience and success with several startups, early stage, and mid-size global technology companies. Following a career at Eastman Kodak Company, where he held a number of executive roles, Dave served as CEO of several venture-backed companies that developed and marketed innovative technologies and products.
David holds degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business administration from the Rochester institute of Technology. Awards include the Robert H Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement and the Harvard Book Award.
DR. DAVID P. TRAUERNICHT
David joined microGen as the Principal Scientist after 27 years as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak. His initial work in digital radiographic imaging. David transitioned to the MEMS arena in 1998, working on MEMS microfluidics and other devices. He designed, evaluated, and optimized a variety of devices including continuous inkjet printheads, thermal drop-on-demand printheads, and thermal bend actuators. At microGen, he works to improve the performance of the piezo-MEMS energy harvesters through creative characterization, analytical modeling, and a focus on low-power electronic design.
David earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has over 70 issued U.S. patents and 25 publications, along with many conference presentations. David is a member of the American Physical Society and SPIE.