Joseph Ford
Jackie Townsend Konstanturos
Timothy K. Minton
Dan Nobbe
Duncan Pilgrim
Ron Reedy
Carl Schlachte
Thomas E. Schwartzentruber

Joseph Ford, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph Ford is the lead optical engineer at Skeyeon, where he oversees optical systems design and testing. As a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California San Diego, he led UCSD’s Photonics Systems Integration Lab, which does design and integration of free-space optical components including fiber optic switches and compact imagers. Dr. Ford was a member of Bell Labs Advanced Photonics Research Department from 1994 to 2000, where he demonstrated the first MEMS spectral equalizer and wavelength add/drop switches. He later became chief scientist of the San Diego startup Optical Micro-Machines before joining UCSD in 2002. Dr. Ford was General Co-Chair of the first IEEE Conference on Optical MEMS in 2000, the 2008 OSA/IEEE Optical Fiber Communications Conference, and the 2011 OSA Congress on Optics in Solar Power. Dr. Ford is an OSA and IEEE Fellow, author of over 200 journal articles and conference proceedings, and inventor on more than 50 United States optical communication and imaging patents. He holds degrees in physics from UCLA and the University of British Columbia, in optical engineering from Rochester’s Institute of Optics, and a Ph.D. in applied physics from UCSD.

Jackie Townsend Konstanturos

Jackie Townsend Konstanturos’ role at Skeyeon is to support the company’s internal and external communications. For more than 30 years, Jackie, branding expert and Chief Strategist for Townsend Team, has been turning underdogs into market leaders. She has helped clients like HNC Software and Qualcomm through the rigors of an IPO, and she has helped established public companies like ARM and pSemi Corporation (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor) improve market presence. Yet, it was her expertise helping startups launch disruptive offerings that led her to create a methodology for helping companies to quickly identify a unique brand platform and to solidify their unique position in the marketplace. This program is called The Big Brand Workshop. This proven methodology is the basis for her consulting firm and has roots tracing back to The Townsend Agency, which she sold in 2007. She has also served as CMO of BioSurplus and CEO of Restorative Remedies. Her work has become the standard by which successful branding, marketing and public relations campaigns are measured.

Jackie graduated summa cum laude from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with her M.S. in industrial psychology and earned her B.S. in psychology and liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Jackie is a published author, co-authoring “Gluten Nation: The Alarming Role That Gluten Plays in Arthritis, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia and Other Ailments” in 2009.

Jackie has been recognized for her expertise and contributions by both professional and industry organizations, including the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year, PR Week’s Public Relations Practitioner of the Year, finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and The T Sector’s teleFUSION ’03 PR Leader of the Year. The American Marketing Association named Jackie Marketer of the Year, and she was a finalist for the Pinnacle Award sponsored by UCSD’s CONNECT’s Athena Awards. She is also a gifted leader in bringing together teams of highly talented contributors to deliver outstanding results. The Townsend Agency was recognized with the Arthur Andersen Best Practices Award for employee retention and motivation.

Timothy K. Minton

Timothy K. Minton is in charge of materials and coatings for Skeyeon, including our proprietary low drag, atomic-oxygen resistant material. He is currently a professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado. Tim earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. Following two post-doctoral positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Zürich, Switzerland, he became a Member of Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA in 1989. In 1995, he joined the faculty at Montana State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, from which he transferred to the University of Colorado in the summer of 2020. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Tim’s current research projects include studies of gas-phase and gas-surface energy transfer and reactions, including boundary layer chemistry in shock layers on hypersonic vehicles, oxidation and decomposition of heat-shield materials, the concentration of gases in rarefied planetary atmospheres, and the development of new and more durable materials for use on spacecraft in low Earth orbit.

Dan Nobbe

Dan Nobbe is responsible for Skeyeon’s radio systems, regulatory approvals, and patents.
Dan has served on the Skeyeon Expert Advisory Board since 2017. He is responsible for the RF links, regulatory approvals, and patent activity.

Since 2018, Dan has served on the leadership team and as an instructor for the Microfacturing Institute, where he participates in the mission and strategy definition, and creates courses as an instructor at San Jose City College. Dan is currently the director of IP Development at pSemi Corporation (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor). Dan has held several high-level leadership roles at pSemi, serving as vice president of Corporate Research and Patent Development from 2014 to 2018, vice president of RF Integration from 2009 to 2014, and vice president of engineering from 2002 to 2009. During Dan’s 20-year tenure, pSemi created breakthroughs in RF SOI antenna switches and tuning products, as well as CMOS power amplifiers. These breakthroughs have led to changes in the cell phone industry both in technology adoption and phone functionality.

Prior to pSemi, Dan was a senior staff engineer at Motorola and held engineering positions at Glenayre. He earned his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Currently, Dan holds 45 patents with more pending, and has published and presented more than a dozen technical papers. From 2002 to 2007, he served on the Technical Program Committee for IEEE’s RFIC Symposium.

Duncan Pilgrim

Duncan Pilgrim’s role at Skeyeon is to support business development and partner relationship activities. Duncan is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and technology space. Duncan currently serves as principal at JAM Tech Consulting, where he works with technology companies to develop actionable business plans and high-level strategies. Over the course of his career, Duncan has held a number of senior level positions. Most recently, he served as vice president of IDT’s RF division, successfully growing the business from $18M to over $60M in less than 3 years. Prior to that, he was the vice president of pSemi Corporation’s HPA business unit, where he oversaw the Marketing Communications team and worked with the CEO on all strategic, investment and acquisition ventures. Duncan received his MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from University of Birmingham.

Ronald E. Reedy, Ph.D.

Ronald E. Reedy is the CEO of Skeyeon. Ron has over 45 years of experience in advanced research and development. He is the co-inventor of UltraCMOS™ technology, and subsequently the co-founder of pSemi Corporation (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor), which delivered UltraCMOS technology into virtually all smart phones today.

In 2015, Ron founded Skeyeon, Inc. and attracted a team of experts who have designed and/or demonstrated all elements of the NEO (Near-Earth-Orbit) satellite concept.

Ron has earned dozens of patents and published or presented hundreds of technical articles, submissions and conference presentations. He is an IEEE lifetime member and is regularly invited to lecture at industry and university workshops. He has served on multiple advisory boards of startup companies. In 2011, Ron and pSemi co-founder Mark Burgener were honored with the world-renowned IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies. He received a BS in electrical engineering (EE) from the US Naval Academy, an MSEE from the US Naval Postgraduate School and a PhD in EE/Applied Physics from the University of California San Diego.

Carl Schlachte

Carl is currently the chairman, president and CEO of Ventiva. He was formerly a director at pSemi Corporation (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor), and president and CEO of ARC International, and several other public and private companies. Carl is an internationally recognized business leader with deep experience transforming high technology companies. As either a director on a board or as a CEO, Carl has consistently leveraged his significant strategic, leadership, ethics, and business development abilities throughout his thirty-year career. He brings deep insights into the consumer electronics, semiconductor and IP industries, which includes keen knowledge of technology and business trends as well as competitive and market strategies. Carl’s accomplishments include corporate turnarounds, acquisitions, IPOs, significant fundraising, company rebranding and repositioning, and growing strong management teams. Carl has been featured in major international business publications, and he is routinely sought as a presenter for audiences in the public and private sector.

Thomas E. Schwartzentruber, Ph.D.

Tom Schwartzentruber’s role at Skeyeon is to provide technical expertise in the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, and attitude control. Tom is currently a professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics department in 2008, after which he received a Young Investigator Program Award from the AFOSR. Tom specializes in rarefied gas dynamics and particle simulation methods such as direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) applied mainly to hypersonic flow problems. Tom has served on Skeyeon’s Executive Advisory Board since 2015 and advises in the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, and systems integration. He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science and his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto. Tom holds a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, for which his work received the AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright graduate award.