Management Team

Michael FeserMichael Feser, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received his doctoral degree in Physics in 2002 from Stony Brook University, NY for the development of phase contrast scanning microscopy using segmented detectors. He developed and applied his entrepreneurial skills during his 13 year tenure at Xradia Inc., which he helped grow from the start-up phase as part of the executive team to a mid-sized company followed by a successful buyout by Carl Zeiss Inc. in 2013. In February 2016 he left ZEISS and joined Lyncean in the role of Chief Executive Officer to apply both his executive leadership and management skills as well as his x-ray technology insight to the commercialization of the Compact Light Source (CLS). Dr. Feser is an expert in x-ray applications and in particular x-ray imaging, x-ray optics and x-ray detectors. He serves as the chairman of the Werner-Meyer-Ilse Award committee at the bi-annual international X-ray Microscopy Meeting (XRM) and authored 16 x-ray technology patents and numerous scientific publications.

Rod LoewenRod Loewen, Ph.D. is CTO and a Founder of Lyncean Technologies, Inc. As a former Engineering Physicist at the SLAC National Laboratory, he worked on RF/microwave components for advanced X band accelerators, control systems for automated testing, and electromagnetic modeling software. Returning to Stanford University for graduate work, Rod pursued development of pulsed, high-power optical cavities involving solid state lasers, optical cavity design, and hardware feedback systems. Motivated by a collaborative project with Stanford business school students doing a case study for the development and commercialization of an advanced x-ray source coupling an optical cavity with an electron storage ring, he brought the business idea for Lyncean to life. At Lyncean he was responsible in the development phase for the laser optical system and now oversees all aspects of technology development and technology leadership at Lyncean. Personally he enjoys wrangling all kinds of photons - from RF to IR to X-rays - which all play a major role in the Compact Light Source.

Ron RuthRonald Ruth, Ph.D. is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Science Officer at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He is Professor Emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University and is an expert on particle accelerators and the author of numerous publications about particle beam physics and accelerator technology. His research at SLAC concerns the development of new concepts for particle acceleration and beam manipulation for application to both high-energy accelerators and free-electron lasers. During the mid 90's he led the development of the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator, a test bed for x-band acceleration technology for future high-energy accelerators. The concept for the Lyncean Compact Light Source is a spin off from basic research performed by Professor Ruth and Dr. Zhirong Huang into a new electron damping mechanism called radiative laser cooling. Professor Ruth has been on review committees for many national laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is a former member of the APS Council representing the Division of Physics of Beams.

Rod BrowningRod Browning is Advisor to the CEO and the Board of Directors at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He is a seasoned Silicon Valley CEO with over 30 years of experience in driving technology companies' success. He most recently served as CEO of venture-backed startup Xradia Inc. from 2007-2013 and oversaw the successful acquisition of Xradia Inc. by Carl Zeiss Inc. in 2013. In his prior appointment in 2002 as President & CEO of OnWafer Technologies, another venture backed start-up, he led their growth and oversaw the eventual acquisition by KLA-Tencor in 2007. He began his career with Tencor Instruments, holding various management positions through the KLA-Tencor merger where he became responsible for all customer-facing activities and led the Wafer Inspection divisions growth to over $800M in revenue.

Jack KasaharaJack Kasahara is Vice President of Business Development at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 from the University of California at Davis. Most of Jack's career was spent in the semiconductor industry where he gained experience as a wafer fab process engineer, a product marketing manager at AZ Photoresist, and as a sales director at Semiconductor Systems, Inc., FSI International, and Tegal Corporation. During his four year stay at Arch Chemical's Microelectronic Division, he rose through the sales ranks from Asia Sales Manager to Worldwide Director of Sales, responsible for managing a $160M sales budget. Most recently he was an integral member of the Xradia, Inc. sales team that grew sales 400% over a five year period, culminating in the successful acquisition of Xradia, Inc. by Carl Zeiss Inc. in 2013. At Lyncean, he will draw from his technical, marketing and sales experience to lead all customer-facing activity and to identify industrial applications that will drive future sales of the Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS).