JOE SPRENGARD, JR. - President & CEO, Co-Founder
Joe is an accomplished entrepreneur, leader and executive who has demonstrated success in professional environments ranging from startups, Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms, and the United States Congress. Since co-founding General Nano in 2008, Joe has built the company from a $100k Small Business Research and Innovation (SBIR) grant into a trusted partner to some of the world’s most respected companies and institutions. Joe loves working with innovators and high-integrity professionals, delighting customers, and serving others. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a scholarship athlete, and a two-time Big Ten Baseball Champion. Joe is a proud husband and father. He enjoys sports, skiing and traveling with his family and friends.
JAE HAK KIM, PhD - Senior Material Science Engineer
Jae Kim is a passionate scientist and innovator who came to United States as part of a joint IBM/Samsung project. While in the United States, Jae became interested in carbon nanomaterials and began his post-doctorate research at the University of Texas-Dallas. Upon completion of his research, Jae joined General Nano. Today he oversees the company’s carbon nanotube manufacturing and Veelo BLAC™ product line. Jae earned his PhD, Chemistry from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST). He is married and has two children. Jae is an active member in his church.
CHAMINDA JAYASINGHE, PHD - Senior Material Science Engineer, Product Development
Chaminda Jayasinghe is a fearless innovator and material scientist. He thrives on identifying and proving links between unique nanoscale features and the performance of end products. Chaminda deploys his knowledge and skill to grow and optimize General Nano’s production processes, while supporting product development. He has over a decade of experience in nanomaterials and materials characterization. Chaminda is married and has a daughter. He earned a PhD in Material Science and a MS in Physics from the University of Cincinnati. Chaminda enjoys spending time with friends and family.
LARRY CHRISTY - Product Development, Electrical Engineer
Larry Christy is a talented product developer and electrical engineer who first became involved with General Nano’s materials while completing his Co-Op at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Upon graduating with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Larry joined General Nano and quickly took on product development leadership responsibilities for General Nano’s Veelo HEAT™ and Veelo SHIELD™ product lines. Larry is passionate about meeting customer needs, resilient at overcoming product development challenges, and operates with creativity and a sense of urgency. Larry and his wife are proud parents of a newborn son. In his spare time, Larry is a craft beer connoisseur and brewer, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Business and Technology Advisors
John Hayden | Retired CEO, The Midland Co. (NASDAQ: MLAN) | President, CJH Consulting
Jeb Head | CEO | Atkins & Pearce
Joe Klunk | Retired Chairman & CEO, Parkway Products | Managing Partner, KTECH Capital
Robert McDonald | General Counsel | Taft Law Firm
Greg Morris | Leader, Additive Manufacturing | GE
Dan Nesbitt | Intellectual Property | Hasse & Nesbitt
Radhika E. Philip | People Advisory Services, Executive Director | Ernst & Young
Debra Savage | CFO | Brixey & Meyers
Mark Schulz, PhD | Co-Director, Nanoworld Laboratory | University of Cincinnati
Vesselin Shanov, PhD | Co-Director, Nanoworld Laboratory | University of Cincinnati