Earl Fuller, CEO
Fuller is an electrical engineer who has lent his expertise to technology startups in developing their business plans and strategic partnerships with national laboratories, universities and industrial partners for integrated electronics, optics and photonics development. His focus for SK Infrared is on the research and development of high-performance photonic detection devices for commercial and military applications.
Fuller brings broad experience in materials science, nanotechnology, product development, engineering management, international business and business strategy to partnership collaboration and project coordination for the strategic oversight of SK Infrared.
Sanchita Krishna, PhD, Co-founder
Dr. Sanchita Krishna is the co-founder of Sk Infrared. Dr. Krishna received a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2006. She has a Master of Science in molecular biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, a premier research institution in India.
Dr. Krishna has over six years of experience in cancer biology and her doctoral work involved the investigation of the role of various proteins in DNA damage and repair. She also has extensive experience with infectious diseases, such as malaria, and has been involved in animal model experiments. At SK Infrared, Dr. Krishna is involved with exploring the use of infrared imaging for wider commercial applications such as early diagnosis of cancer.
Sanjay Krishna, PhD, CTO, Co-founder
Professor Sanjay Krishna is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of SK Infrared. Professor Krishna is a world leading researcher and innovator in the field of narrow bandgap semiconductors applied to infrared imaging sensors and related technologies. He has more than 13 years of experience in the design, growth, fabrication and testing of infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. He is currently the George R. Smith Chair in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University College of Engineering.
Prior to this, he was the Microelectronics Endowed Chair and Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico where he was also the Director of the Center for High Technology Materials. Professor Krishna received his Masters in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in 1996. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and PhD in Applied Physics in 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
His present research interests include growth, fabrication and characterization of self-assembled quantum dots and type_II InAs/InGaSb based strain layer superlattices for mid infrared detectors, and a research focus on antimony-based compound semiconductors.
Professor Krishna is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE, and recipient of the 2007 NCMR-DIA Chief Scientist Award for Excellence. He has received many other peer-reviewed awards, including the the Gold Medal from IIT, Madras in 1996. He received the best student paper award at the 16th NAMBE Conference in Banff in 1999, the 2002 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the 2003 IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award, 2007 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Young Investigator Award, and the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE and IEEE-Nanotechnology Council.
In his tenure at the University of New Mexico, Professor Krishna received the 2004 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the 2005 School of Engineering Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the 2009 Sr. Research Excellence Award from the School of Engineering, a 2009 UNM Regents Lectureship and the 2010 UNM Teacher of the Year Award.
Professor Krishna has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 conference presentations, four book chapters and has ten issued patents.
Stephen A. Myers, PhD, Senior Research & Development Engineer
Dr. Stephen Myers is the Senior Research & Development Engineer at SK Infrared. He completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Tarleton State University (a member of the Texas A&M school system) in May 2007. Dr. Myers was then accepted into the National Science Foundation-sponsored Nanoscience and Microsystems Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSMS IGERT) Fellowship at the University of New Mexico, where he received a Masters of Science in Electronic and Computer Engineering and a PhD In Nanoscience and Microsystems under the supervision of Professor Sanjay Krishna.
Dr. Myers is currently developing infrared detection systems and medical imaging application techniques with SK Infrared. His technical expertise includes designing semiconductor detector heterostructures utilizing type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattices, crystal growth with molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), device fabrication for both single pixel and focal plane array infrared detectors, and device characterization.
He has authored and co-authored twelve journal articles and has presented work at six conferences. He has served as secretary of the UNM SPIE student chapter for two years, and as UNM SPIE president for two years. In this organization he co-organized and participated in numerous optics outreach activities, dozens of seminars, and a national student conference.
John Maynard, Business Development Consultant
John Maynard is a business development consultant at SK Infrared. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986 and 1987.
He has over 20 years of hands-on experience with the management, product development, marketing, complex sales, regulatory, scientific, intellectual property and fundraising aspects associated with introduction of a new medical device to the market. He functions as an effective bridge between customers and the company.
He is also currently the Vice President of Product Management/Engineering with Avisa Pharma, Santa Fe, NM, where he discovers customer needs, develops use scenarios and cultivates key opinion leaders in the market. He also serves as a Consultant for MDDC, Albuquerque, where he advises New Mexico-based biotechnology companies on technical, clinical, regulatory, quality, marketing, and business development activities, in addition to providing guidance on clinical trial, regulatory and quality strategy.
He was the cofounder and Vice President of Technology of VeraLight, Inc. in Albuquerque, where he was a core member of the executive management team that commercialized SCOUT DS, the world’s first noninvasive diabetes screening device based on skin fluorescence spectroscopy, launched in 2011.
Maynard has a strong background in systems engineering with the ability to grasp the big picture as well as understand the fine details of instrument design and performance. He is a creative and innovative leader of development teams and academic collaborations, resulting in new product opportunities plus 22 peer-reviewed publications and 19 U.S. patents. He has raised $32.5M in venture capital.
Teddy Decker, CPA, Finance & Operations Manager
As Finance & Operations Manager, Ms. Decker provides guidance to the owners of SK Infrared in maximizing their business as well as driving profitability. She has expertise in many specialized accounting fields, and has been a CPA since 1997 with extensive knowledge of the construction industry and in working with small business. Ms. Decker earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico.
Patti Holden, Office Manager
Patti Holden is the Executive Office Manager at Sk Infrared, and assists the team in managing projects and day to day operations, and carries with heart the bigger picture and ultimate goals of the business. She comes from a variety of careers, having worked as a technical and customer service representative at Bank of America, office assistant at No More Homeless Pets, and General Manager at Vons Grocery in California. In her spare time her passion is music, and she takes part in the community by playing alto saxophone in The High Desert Big Band in Rio Rancho, NM.