Formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance, NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. Manufacturing of FHE. By adding electronics to new and unique materials that are part of our everyday lives in conjunction with the power of silicon ICs to create conformable and stretchable smart products, FHE is ushering in an era of “electronics on everything” and advancing the efficiency of our world.
Dr. Thompson brings over 30 years of executive experience in the display, semiconductor and telecom industries to his current role at NextFlex. He has served as the CEO, CTO and Chairman of a variety of organizations including Xerox, PARC, FlexTech Alliance and the US Display Consortium. Recent advisory roles include advisor to the National Academy of Sciences for flexible electronics, and to the Pentagon and White House Economic Advisory Council. Dr. Thompson received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Brighton.
Eric W. Forsythe is a staff physicist at the Army Research Laboratory. Dr Forsythe is the Team Leader for Display Technologies and is an Associate Program Manager for the Army’s Flexible Display Center. Prior to joining the Army Research Laboratory, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester, in both the Physics Department and the Chemistry Department, where he worked on electronic interfaces and carrier transport in organic light emitting devices in collaboration with the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Forsythe received his Ph.D. in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ in 1996, where he studied Si nanocrystalline based light emitting devices. Currently, Dr. Forsythe’s research activities include, organic based light emitting device for flexible displays, organic based thin film transistors and organic based photovoltaics. He has authored/coauthored more than 45 papers and has given more than 20 invited talks and seminars.
Benjamin Leever is currently a Senior Materials Engineer in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Soft Matter Materials Branch. His primary roles are Advanced Development Team Leader and Government Chief Technology Officer of NextFlex, a $170M public-private partnership established to create a domestic manufacturing ecosystem in flexible hybrid electronics. In support of AFRL’s external investments in flexible electronics and biomaterials, Dr. Leever determines technical strategy, manages AFRL contracts, and establishes industrial, academic, and governmental collaborations. He also leads the directorate’s Energy Integrated Product Team and represents the directorate on numerous domestic and international power & energy and additive manufacturing working groups.
Prior to assuming his current duties, Dr. Leever led a research team focused on the development and modeling of multifunctional materials for structural power applications. Dr. Leever began his career at AFRL in the Manufacturing Technology Division, where he managed programs related to electro-optics systems. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University.
Dennis Mahoney is responsible for ensuring NextFlex’s successful operation, managing the USG Cooperative Agreement and Federal relationships, creating and executing a comprehensive financial plan and overseeing manufacturing operations, IT, facilities and HR. Dennis brings over 30 years’ experience as a financial executive in life science and technology companies. He has served for 15 years as President and Founder of SequoiaCFO, a financial consulting firm, and as CFO for numerous public and private companies. A CPA, Dennis hold BS and MBA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jason Marsh is responsible for setting the technical direction of NextFlex, including managing Technical Council activities. Prior to joining NextFlex, Jason worked in Asia, Europe and throughout North America establishing greenfield factories for Kyocera and developing new materials and supply-chain strategies for Insulectro. Jason studied materials science and robotics at Stanford University, and has served on a variety of advisory boards in artificial intelligence, solar power, and agriculture.
Brynt Parmeter, a retired Colonel in the US Army, leads the Workforce Development, Education, and Training functions for NextFlex while also serving as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. He is the co-founder of WorkScouts and has served in a variety of organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, both in peacetime and combat.
Karen Savala is responsible for all aspects of marketing at NextFlex, including strategy, brand management and marketing communications. Prior to joining NextFlex, Karen served as the President of the Americas for SEMI where she led a broad number of strategic industry initiatives involving professionals from across the globe. She also launched the association magazine and worked with technical committees developing semiconductor packaging standards. Karen holds a BS in Business Management from San Jose State University.
Paul Semenza is responsible for membership, partnerships, and development of NextFlex’s business model. Paul’s background includes diverse experience in business development and strategy consulting, market analysis, technology assessment, and engineering, in both the public and private sectors. Paul received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and the MPP degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University.
As NextFlex Members, companies large and small are teaming up with academic institutions, nonprofits and governments with one mission — to advance the flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing ecosystem in America.