Dr. Yang Zhao is our founder and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Dr. Zhao has over 15 years of experience in MEMS technology and related business development. Prior to founding our company in 1999, Dr. Zhao served in various management positions at Analog Devices, Inc. for seven years, where he was instrumental in developing ADI's potential MEMS product line and forming industry-wide strategic relationships. Dr. Zhao is well-recognized in the field of MEMS technology. He has been named as an inventor on 11 U.S. patents in IC circuit, processing, packaging and MEMS technology. Dr. Zhao holds a B.S. degree in physics from Peking University, as well as a master's degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University where he studied under Professor Daniel Tsui, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics. He is currently the vice chairman of the board at the School of Engineering of Peking University.
Roger Blethen has served as a director since April 2005. In 2001, Mr. Blethen was appointed chairman of the board of LTX Corporation, a major provider of semiconductor test solutions to major integrated-circuit manufacturers. Mr. Blethen served as the president and chief executive officer of LTX Corporation from 1994 to October 2005. As a co-founder of LTX in 1976, Mr. Blethen led the development and marketing of three generations of LTX semiconductor test equipment (STE) systems. Mr. Blethen served as a Director and Chairman of U.K.-based Synad Technologies Ltd. Mr. Blethen currently serves Northeastern University as a Member of the Corporation and on its Industrial Advisory Board to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Blethen recently became a charter member of the Corporate Directors' Club, an education and networking organization for Public Company directors. Mr. Blethen received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1974.
Dr. Kaufman has been a director of MEMSIC, Inc. since December 2008. He is currently CEO of Lightwave Power, Inc., a solar energy company, a partner and advisor to The Pinnacle Acquisition Group, a private firm that acquires underperforming technology companies and a director of Sionex Corporation. Before this he was a founder and CEO of Sionex Corporation, a development-stage company producing proprietary miniature chemical detectors and was also a director of The MicroOptical Corporation, now called MyVu Corporation.
Prior to this he was Chairman of the Board & COO of OutOfOffice Technology, LTD, and a director of Physical Sciences, Inc. He was also President of OTTER, Inc., and acting COO for a turnaround assignment at SpringBoard Technologies, Inc. He was a founder, President & CEO of Digital Graphics, Inc. and a director of Sponge-Jet, Inc. Before that, Dr. Kaufman was Vice President, Operations, for Separation Technologies, Inc., President of A.C. Allen & Company, Inc. and an advisor to A/F Protein Inc. He was President & COO and director of Tropix, Inc. and President & CEO of Psychemedics Corporation, a publicly held company. Before that, he was at Polaroid Corporation for 14 years in a variety of managerial roles.
He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. Physics degree and from Tufts University with a Ph.D. Solid State Physics degree. His education includes an Executive Development Certification from Yale University and a Professional Director Certification from the Corporate Directors Club.
Michael Tung has served as a director since 2004. Mr. Tung joined InveStar Capital Inc. as CFO and Managing Partner in April 2002 and is responsible for managing the investment portfolio companies in both Taiwan and U.S., including due diligence before investment, follow-on portfolio management, reporting requirements to our stockholders as well as the funding, financing/accounting related issues. Mr. Tung also serves as Managing Partner to manage the Silicon Valley office. Mr. Tung has over 20 years of experience in finance, taxation, accounting and general management. He served as CFO for more than 10 years in various organizations, including Acer America Corp., Foxconn Corporation and Fibera Inc. (a start-up company). Mr. Tung worked as Senior Audit Manager of KPMG for 10 years. Mr. Tung received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Tam Kay University.
David Yang has served as a director since 2007. Mr. Yang is a partner of The CID Group and joined the CID Group as one of the founding employees in 1998. Prior to founding The CID Group, Mr. Yang co-founded an incubator firm, Future Technology Consulting, Inc. to provide legal and advisory work to technology start-up companies in Taiwan. From 1994 to 1997, he served as a lawyer for Tsar and Tsai Law Firm and Jones Day Reavis Pogue. Mr. Yang has served as directors or observers on several private companies and two companies which he invested in are presently publicly listed, Techwell, Inc (Nasdaq: TWLL) and Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AATI). Mr. Yang currently also serves as a director for Young Fast Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. Mr. Yang received a J.D. degree from Cornell University in 1993 and a B.A. degree in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1990.
Dr. Quan Zhou was appointed director of Memsic, Inc. in March 2011. Dr. Zhou is currently a general partner of IDG Capital Partners and has held this position since 1995. IDG Capital Partners manages a diverse portfolio of investments in the China market.
Dr. Zhou received his bachelor degree in science from University of Science and Technology of China in 1981 and a Ph.D. in fiber optics from Rutgers University in 1989.