Dr. Venkat Shastri, President and CEO
Dr. Shastri is a world-recognized leader in the fields of intelligent automation, control and robotics. He came to PCN Technology, Inc. from Palomar Technologies where he oversaw the designing, building, integration and support of high-precision technologies needed to assemble complex packages with the highest accuracy and reliability. Dr. Shastri has held positions as Senior Director of Engineering and Product Development at KLA-Tencor, one of the world’s leading suppliers of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related microelectronics industries. He spent five years with SRI International, the leading research institute as director of robotics and intelligent automation and senior research scientist. Respected for his research in artificial muscles and bio-automation, his scientific and academic background includes Engineer for the Mars Pathfinder project, research scientist at Yale University, member of the technical staff at the Caltech Jet Propulsion laboratory, and research consultant professor at Stanford University. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and has a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dave Karpenske, Chief Operating Officer
Dave is PCN’s Chief Operating Officer and leads the strategic and tactical sales and marketing operations of PCN. Before joining PCN, Dave was Vice President of Strategic & Corporate Marketing at JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ: JDSU; and TSX: JDU), a world leader in Communications Test & Measurement, Communications and Commercial Optical Products as well in Optical Security and Performance Products. Dave also brings over 25 years of successful strategic & tactical operations, sales and marketing management experience to PCN. His background includes running divisions with annual revenues of over $500M in product and service sales, P&L's of over $400M and engineering budgets exceeding $80M. Prior to JDS Uniphase Dave was Sr. VP & GM at Credence Systems. He joined Credence in 2003 after spending 25 years with Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) where his last position was President of North and Central America where he was responsible for the Telecommunications, Semiconductor Equipment, Smart Cards and IT Outsourcing operations.
Daniel A Drolet, EVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & marketing
A co-founder of PCN, Daniel is a well-known and recognized leader and expert in the field of intellectual property asset management focused in communications, networking and information technology. Daniel has also gained a national reputation in IP management and business development and has authored several articles in various general business and professional publications related to technology management, including Fortune and Fast Company. He is quoted in books concerning intellectual property and is listed in “Who’s Who among IP Technology Professionals and Executives” As Chairman of the Universal Powerline Association, a leading power line communication organization focused on international standards and applications, he is often sourced for his views towards issues facing this industry. Daniel also serves as the formal representative for the Demand Response Smart Grid Coalition (DRSGD) and is an active member of the Modbus Organization, an important protocol communications and networking organization. Daniel is also the Chairman of IPG Worldwide; a leading IP Asset Management firm and early investor into PCN. Daniel’s ability to quickly assess how a current technology is deployed by a prospective customer and to identify the operational superiorities PCN technology delivers has led to multiple corporate engagements.
David M. Strumpf, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
David Strumpf, also a co-founder, is PCN’s Chief Technology Officer and the primary architect of PCN’s Grid MicroCircuits™ portfolio and products. He is a recognized leader in the fields of industrial technologies focused on control, automation, and overall communication, networking and energy management. David has been the Lead Developer on multiple technologies within industrial engineering, sensor technology, industrial software, hardware and firmware. He is the primary developer of sensor claims in bio-chemistry processing systems. David has been the Lead Engineer and Development Manager of industrial energy management software for energy and power management systems. Previous positions include R&D Manager with ABC Laboratories and Director of Engineering for a medical automation research institution. David has also had significant experience in project management and in the development, design, and implementation launch of industrial and mission critical components into multiple markets. Because of David’s prolific creativity, PCN has broadened its offerings of multiple products and applications in several global markets.