Lyncean Technologies, Inc. located in Fremont, California, was founded in 2001 to develop the Compact Light Source (CLS), a miniature synchrotron x-ray source based on research performed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.

Unlike stadium-sized synchrotron radiation sources that require a highly technical support staff, the CLS fits in a typical laboratory space and is designed to be operated directly by academic or industrial end-users.

The first commercial Lyncean CLS, installed at the Munich School of BioEngineering on the campus of The Technical University of Munich, has been in continuous operation since April 2015.

Management Team

Sean De La PenaSean De La Pena is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Lyncean Technologies, Inc.. He received a B.S. degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. He has extensive experience and a track record of success across advanced technology, high-tech capital equipment, and financial industries. He has served as an advisor to Lyncean since 2014, and has been instrumental to Lyncean’s development path and growth since then. He brings a demonstrated history in executive leadership, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and successfully growing dynamic startups. Before entering the startup world, he spent a decade in investment banking, venture capital, and private equity, while also serving as a business advisor to numerous high-growth technology companies. Prior to joining Lyncean, he served as CEO of M-Form, a manufacturing technology company based in San Diego, California. He joined Lyncean as CEO in 2021 to lead the execution of the Company’s rapid growth plans.

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.

Ronald 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.

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 2 decades of technical, marketing and sales experience in the lithography arena to lead the business development efforts for Lyncean’s Compact EUV Source, while identifying applications that will drive future sales of the Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS).

Jon SimmonsJon Simmons is the Vice President of Operations. Jon’s journey began by earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University while working in R&D for the energy industry. After graduation, he joined Lockheed working in R&D for the F-22 and other programs. Next Jon entered the world of high energy physics with a 4 year assignment at the Superconducting Super Collider National Laboratory as the integration engineer for the main ring of superconducting magnets. Joining his first small company, he was the Product Line Manager and Head Engineer for a small startup, Cybex Technologies; automating the last manual manufacturing process for the Intel Pentium. Next he spent ten years at Applied Materials in 1996 where he was a leader in the world wide Ion Implant team, with multiple first in fab product launches at 1st Tier Semiconductor Manufacturers. Jon then entered the world of ultraprecision optics becoming Vice President of Engineering at Nanometrics; where he led the development of the products into an industry leading position. Joining ThinFilm Electronics in 2015, Jon built out and commissioned the world’s first roll to roll printed transistor fab. In early 2021 Jon joined Lyncean Technologies, tasked with delivering the present commitments and building out an operational organization to support an aggressive expansion in the business.

Jay Chen, Ph.D.Jay Chen, Ph.D. is VP Engineering at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received his doctoral degree in Physics in 1990 from Colorado State University. Most of his career has been in the semiconductor equipment industry with focus on metrology technologies and products. He started at Thermawave in 1994 as a scientist and grew into a program/project manager, helping develop the highly successful Opti-Probe product line. He joined KLA-Tencor’s FAST division in 2003, managing the System Engineering team. His effort was instrumental for the development of the Aleris product line which was a huge success. All major semiconductor fabs adopted it for their metrology applications including thin film and CD (Critical Dimension). Afterwards, he moved on to ASML Brion division in 2012, built and managed the system engineering group for the development of application products to optimize patterning performance of DUV and EUV lithography systems. He brings 20+ years of capital equipment development experience to lead the Lyncean engineering team for the development of the most advanced EUV source for Lithography applications, the Compact EUV Source (CES).


At Lyncean Technologies, Inc. our employees are the most valuable asset of the company. We strive to attract well-qualified personnel that want to participate actively in the company’s development.

Available Positions:

Accelerator Physicist
Control Systems Engineer
Electronics Assembler
Senior Electronics Technician
Manufacturing Technician
For further information and to apply for a position, please e-mail a current CV to jobs@lynceantech.com

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