Dr. Siva Sivananthan is the founder and member of the Board. He is a pioneer in the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth and the characterization of HgCdTe, including the first MBE growth at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) of HgCdTe on CdZnTe and on CdTe/Si development, today the leading substrates for its growth. In 2005 he was honored with a "Friend of the Night" award by the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate for his leadership in this field and his many contributions to infrared sensor technology. His continuing contributions to the field of II-VI semiconductor research and development are evidenced by his over 250 refereed publications, his numerous invited talks and his perennial co-chairmanship of the "U.S. workshop on the physics and chemistry of II-VI materials". Dr. Sivananthan also holds the positions of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Director of the Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) at UIC. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Christoph Grein holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Grein received a doctorate in physics from Princeton University in theoretical condensed matter physics. Dr. Grein also holds the positions of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and Harvard University. Dr. Grein has more than 20 years experience in various areas of condensed matter physics. His recent work has focused on improving infrared photon detector technologies. He is the author of more than 175 refereed publications. Additionally, Dr. Grein has given numerous scientific talks and has been the principal investigator on many grants and contracts. Dr. Grein previously was Vice President for Research and Development at EPIR Technologies Inc., where he built that company's R&D activities to an international leadership role in several fields including high performance infrared detection.
Mr. Raja Krishnamoorthi is the President of Sivananthan Laboratories. Krishnamoorthi graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and a public policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He then received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School. After his graduation, he clerked for Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He then joined the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he practiced commercial litigation and became a partner in the firm. Along the way, Krishnamoorthi was appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a Special Assistant Attorney General to help start its Public Integrity Unit. He also served on the board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, becoming Chairman of its Audit Committee. Later, Krishnamoorthi became Deputy Treasurer for Illinois. Mr. Krishnamoorthi is charged with helping to develop and implement Sivananthan Laboratories' strategic vision as a world-class R&D laboratory. He also assists with strategic and legal issues.