WE ARE FORGE NANO

Our technology unlocks surface engineering at the atomic level. Our team is the world’s largest aggregate of combined surface engineering ALD expertise and experience. Our systems and solutions are industry proven, highly efficient, and economical. Our platform technology unlocks the potential of surface engineering precision at the atomic scale. Our suite of innovative tools, systems, and processes allow customers to unlock the potential of materials at the atomic level.

OUR TEAM

Our people make the difference. Our team is passionate about changing the world… from the atoms up! We take pride in our work and we love what we do! Learn a little more about the amazing people that make magic with atoms every day. Hover over our team members to see a little bit more about each of them. 

Paul Lichty

CEO/ Founder

Paul Lichty

Dr. Lichty is an inventor of the high throughput ALD patent and founder of FN. Paul has a broad technical background that has allowed him to be co-inventor on over half a dozen patents. Paul’s leadership and organizational experience has helped him to run FN’s operations while developing the technology through 3 prototype stages, up to the current commercial scale. Paul received his PhD in Chemical Engineering and bachelor’s Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

James Trevey

CTO

James Trevey

Dr. Trevey oversees operations and leads technology development at Forge Nano. His degrees in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Physics give him the unique ability to “connect the dots” with respect to technological developments. He is an expert in electrochemistry focusing in solid-state batteries and has authored numerous publications and patents. His leadership and organizational management abilities have enabled Forge Nano to grow rapidly and effectively since beginning as a co-founder in 2013.

Jack McFarland

CFO

Jack McFarland

Jack grew up on both coasts and on his family ranch in Glacier National Park, Montana. He graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Economics and Neuroscience. He received his MBA from Northwestern University and obtained his CPA while working at Deloitte in Chicago. In addition to his work as a consultant in Deloitte’s emerging business services group, Jack has experience in investment banking (corporate finance), business development (including acquisitions, divestitures, consolidations/integrations) and operational finance. Jack worked at FEI Company in many international positions as well as CFO for an internal start-up (Phenom) developing desktop scanning electron microscopes. Phenom was later sold to Thermo-Fisher. Prior to joining Forge Nano Jack was the CFO for Proterra, a manufacturer of large electric buses for public transit located in Greenville, SC. At Forge Nano Jack oversees the finance, HR and administrative functions.

Arrelaine Dameron

Director of R&D

Arrelaine Dameron

Dr. Arrelaine Dameron is the Director of research and development at Forge Nano. She is a world expert in thin film deposition, nanoscale assembly and interface engineering. Arrelaine has over 15 years of experience in materials science and chemistry, has produced more than 60 publications and patents. Arrelaine has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Creative Studies from University of California Santa Barbara.

David King

Director of Technology/ Co-Founder

David King

Dr. King is an inventor of the high throughput ALD patent. He studied the optical properties of ALD-coated particles as part of his Ph.D. Thesis (University of Colorado, 2008); during his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado he co-invented the semi-continuous Particle ALD coating system. Dr. King has 24 peer-reviewed publications in the field of ALD and is a named inventor on seven issued or pending patents. Dave is responsible for driving the broad Particle ALD platform technology from ideation to experimental validation and ultimately to the product development stage. Dave received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Materials Science from the University of Vermont, and a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Barbara Hughes

Director of Energy Storage

Barbara Hughes

James Ragonesi

Engineering Program Manager

James Ragonesi

Caleb Crowl

Accounting Manager

Caleb Crowl

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, where I graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a bachelors in Finance and Accounting. My entrepreneurial and capitalistic mentality moved me out to Denver in 2016 to help small businesses in this economy. When I am not crunching numbers, I am either in the mountains or at a concert. I am a passionate Sooners football fan and an aspiring recreational basketball hall of famer.

Angie Korb

Bookkeeper

Angie Korb

I moved to CO from WI in 2005 and enjoy many outdoor activities. My career path has taken me from positions in Materials Management and EHS at a Biotech company to the Accounting Dept. at Forge Nano. I enjoy working with this great team!

Madison Martinez

Research Scientist

Madison Martinez

If laughter is a defining characteristic, then that is how I want to be defined. I like to have fun, but I take my work seriously. Chemistry is my passion and my joy and I love being in the lab every day! I have worked in energy storage for 5 years and have found that it is my favorite way to exercise my chemistry expertise. However, outside of the lab I can be found hiking, biking, racing in Mario Kart, or playing with the kids or dogs (sometimes both at the same time!).

Max Rodgers

Mechanical/CAD Engineer

Max Rodgers

I am a Mechanical Engineer and the lone CAD Designer at Forge Nano. I completed my undergrad in 2019 and am about 1/3 of the way in on my Masters, both degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder. I’ve been at Forge Nano since March of 2017 as an intern and began full-time as of May 2019. Some of my favorite pastimes are playing baseball (or softball), playing volleyball, skiing, camping and watching baseball or football. Computer Aided Design (CAD) has become a passion of mine through working at Forge and I am nothing but excited for what the future holds for our great team!

Jose Villagomez

Mechanical Technician

Jose Villagomez

John Mahoney

Business Development Manager

John Mahoney

John’s role at Forge Nano is a business development manager with a focus on lab-scale tools. John’s career has focused on bringing new technologies to market, with over 15 years of experience in the alternative energy realm. John’s work experience ranges from small start-ups to mid-sized companies, to large multi nationals and has insight into the unique needs of each. John has a passion for understanding technology and seeing it be implemented to real world use. John received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Daniel Higgs

Business Development Manager

Daniel Higgs

Daniel joined Forge Nano in the Fall of 2019. He focuses on quickly educating customers on the benefits and limitations of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) on powders. Daniel enjoys working on long-term projects, moving from proofs of concept to commercial products. With over 10 years’ experience in the field, Daniel works mostly with customers through Joint Development Agreements and Supply Agreements. Daniel received his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Steven George at the University of Colorado Boulder. In his spare time he likes to garden, cook, travel, learn languages, play jazz trumpet, and drink tea.

Staci Moulton

Application Engineering Business Development

Staci Moulton, Ph.D., MBA

Staci is a key liaison with customers and project partners for delivery of technical content, limitations of ALD, and market readiness of applications including cost analysis. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado – Boulder studying ALD of cobalt for active catalyst materials, and MBA from University of Colorado – Denver. She was the PI for an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPAe) project for ALD catalysis and its commercial opportunities, has authored ALD and polymer patents and was a technology lead for a research firm proposing research projects to U.S. government agencies for commercialization.

Annette Valceschini

Quality Control Technician

Annette Valceschini

Drew Lewis

Research Engineer

Drew Lewis

Born and raised in the beautiful state called Colorado, I developed a deep appreciation and wonder of the diverse environments from plains to peaks, that has fueled a drive to preserve the beauty of nature. I received a BS in Chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and joined a startup company that produced innovative photovoltaic modules for solar energy generation, where I spent nearly 10 years working to make efficiency improvements and reduce waste and pollution. I recently joined the Forge Nano team as a R&D Engineer where I am working to make innovative materials improvements for efficient, clean, and safe energy production and storage solutions.

Brianna Boeyink

Engineering Intern

Brianna Boeyink

Ryon Tracy

Senior Development Engineer

Ryon Tracy

Meghan Herbert-Walters

Research Scientist

Meghan Herbert-Walters

Kyle Ingham

Project Engineer

Kyle Ingham

Jamie DuMont

R&D Scientist

Jamie DuMont

Tim Porcelli

Research Engineer I

Tim Porcelli

Garrett Curry

Mechanical Technician

Garrett Curry

Kyle Bourgois

Process Manager

Kyle Bourgois

Robert Wiggins

Manufacturing Technician

Robert Wiggins

Mike Talarico

Inbound Marketing Lead

Mike Talarico

Mike is our resident creative guru. When he isn't designing beutiful art for Forge Nano, you can find him spending time with his 3 kiddos and his spectacular wife, or making props for his professional Haunted House. Mike loves any excuse he can find to use his creativity, from web design, to sculpting, he just enjoys "making things". Mike is a curisosity driven marketer who is always interested in learning the latest trends in innovative and creative marketing engagements. For over 15 years, Mike has worked with companies big and small on improving their brand equity and marketing initiatives. Most recently, Mike acted as Director of Marketing at Schuberth North America, a technical protection brand based in Germany.

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