Board of Directors



W. Dean Baker, PhD
Dr. Baker serves as chairman of the board following a long executive leadership career in aerospace and defense electronics as well as work accelerating the commercialization of next-gen technologies developed in university settings. Most recently, he was the founding director of the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and Baker has also provided consulting for aerospace companies and venture capital firms on program evaluation as well as mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his retirement, Baker held various executive leadership roles at Northrop Grumman for two decades, last serving as general manager of the Defensive Systems Division. In this position, he was responsible for P&L of a $750M annual sales business unit with worldwide operations. Before joining Northrop, he was engaged in semiconductor device research at the Naval Research Laboratory. Baker holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Michael K. Barnoski, PhD
President and CEO
Dr. Barnoski founded nanoPrecision Products in 2002 to address unmet needs in the design and manufacturing of nano-scale, complex formed components. With more than thirty years of management experience at companies including Corning, Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell and TRW, Barnoski previously founded PlessCorOptronics Inc. (PCO). Under Barnoski’s leadership, PCO became a leading vertically integrated electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical interface supplier. He was previously a member of the Polaroid senior executive management team as an advisor to the chairman and CEO. He was also CEO of UT Technologies Inc., a contract engineering and manufacturing firm in the tool and die, and stamped metal parts and subassemblies business. Barnoski is also a recognized expert in the fiber optics field who was the second recipient of the John Tyndall award, awarded jointly by the IEEE and OSA in 1988. He graduated from Cornell University with masters and PhD degrees in electrical engineering.


Donald B. Keck, Sc.D
Board Member
Dr. Keck is a renowned research physicist and engineer in the fiber optics industry. He serves on the nanoPrecision Products board following a 34-year career at Corning Incorporated. He was a key member of the Corning (Keck, Maurer and Schultz) team that invented low-loss optical fiber in 1970, creating the optical fiber telecommunications revolution that enabled the Internet. An inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Keck’s research areas include molecular spectroscopy, gradient index and aspheric optics, guided wave optics, optical fiber sensing, and optical fiber waveguides and communication. He has authored more than 150 papers and holds 38 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on multiple National Research Council panels. Keck is an honorary member of the Optical Society of America, and the World Innovation Foundation, and a Fellow of the IEEE. Among his awards are the Distinction in Photonics Award, the Department of Commerce American Innovator Award, and the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Currently a technology consultant and lecturer, Dr. Keck received his physics degrees from Michigan State University and is a Distinguished Alumnus. He also has received an honorary D.Sc. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Aaron Mendelsohn
Board Member
Mr. Mendelsohn is a member of the nanoPrecision Products board as well as an investor, and oversees financing and investment growth for the company. Within the medical device field, Mendelsohn has arranged financing for multiple Alfred E. Mann companies that include Minimed Inc. and MRG Inc. (which were both sold to Medtronic for $3.7 billion in 2001); Advanced Bionics (which was sold to Boston Scientific for over $2 billion in 2004); and the implantable visual prosthetics firm Second Sight. He served on the board of Advanced Bionics until its sale, was a founder and director of MRG from founding until it was sold, and is a founder and director of Second Sight, which is supported by VC firm Versant Ventures.

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