FORGE NANO TEAM

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.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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.

Michael Kleinberg​

CFO

Michael Kleinberg

Michael Kleinberg has served in the top finance position at a number of companies operating in a multitude of industries. He began his career as an investment banker conducting mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity transactions in emerging telecommunications markets. His operational finance career spans start-up and mature companies involved in technology, software, real estate development and construction. He came to Forge Nano from RS2 Software, Inc., the US-based subsidiary of a fintech parent corporation in Europe. He enjoys skiing with his kids and pushing the limits of a charcoal grill.

Arrelaine Dameron

Executive VP of R&D

Arrelaine Dameron

Dr. Arrelaine Dameron is the Vice President 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.

Barbara Hughes

Director of Energy Storage

Barbara Hughes

Dr Barbara K. Hughes received her PhD in Chemistry from CU Boulder in 2013. After a postdoc at the National Renewable Energy Lab, she joined the team at Forge Nano in 2016, where she is currently the Director of Energy Storage and leads the Internal Measurements and Characterization Group. Her team focuses on both physical and electrochemical characterization of ALD enhanced materials with an emphasis on materials for energy storage applications.

Curtis Zimmermann

Chief Legal Council

Curtis Zimmermann

Dr. Curtis J. Zimmermann is the Chief Legal Counsel and responsible for overseeing legal issues in all departments with their interrelation to the business and technological operations of Forge Nano. He has over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry. Previously with BASF, he has held various positions in R&D, Market & Customer Development, Government Affairs, Legal and is co-inventor of over 20 patents. Curtis received his JD from Pace Law School, a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Clarkson University, a BS in Chemistry from Millersville University and is a member of the New York Bar. He is a native of New York and presently living in the Hudson Highlands.

Robert Ferris

VP of Strategy and Execution

Robert Ferris

Previously operations leader at McKinsey, CEO of Adama Materials, and has held roles across strategy, M&A, and product management

John North

VP of Sales and Marketing

John North

John North was named Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing in May of 2022. John directs our Worldwide Sales & Product Marketing teams. He has over 25 years of experience in sales and business development leadership related to capital equipment, semiconductors, electronics, and Lithium-Ion battery materials. John holds an MBA from Drexel University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.

James Ragonesi

Engineering Program Manager

James Ragonesi

James started his career in the semiconductor industry developing CVD and PVD processes for dynamic memory devices. After a few years, he transitioned to solar cell manufacturing with a focus on TCO films. James joined Forge Nano in 2016 to help develop and scale spatial ALD processes on powders. Outside of work, James enjoys golf, trail running, and the occasional DIY house project.

Jack McFarland

Sr. Advisor

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.

Dave King

Director of Technology

Joe Troutman

Director of Government Affairs

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