Dr. von Windheim is a Professor of the Practice at Duke University and a technology entrepreneur who is focused on commercializing early-stage innovations in the physical sciences. He has played a key role in a number of manufacturing companies based on new materials, processes and functionality. He helped form Unitive Electronics, which was later acquired by Amkor and remains a leader in its field. He was a co-founder of Cronos Integrated Microsystems, a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) company. Cronos was acquired by JDS Uniphase for $750M. At JDSU Dr. von Windheim was VP and General manager of the MEMS division. Dr. von Windheim was also founder and CEO of Nextreme Thermal Solutions. He founded Nextreme in 2004 with technology acquired from RTI International and licensed from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Nextreme was acquired by Laird Technologies in 2012. A current project is Zenalux (www.zenalux.com) which is commercializing technology developed at Duke University that uses white light to measure response to therapy and diagnose disease such as cancer.
Dr. von Windheim holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physics (McMaster University, Canada), a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Guelph, Canada), and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler business school. Dr. von Windheim holds 8 patents and has numerous publications in the fields of solar cell research and diamond thin film materials.