TORONTO, ONTARIO and STORRS, CONNECTICUT -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/13 -- OPEL Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OPL)(OTCQX: OPELF) ("OPEL" or "the Company") would like to welcome Dr. Adam Chowaniec and Dr. Geoff Taylor who were appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company, following an increase in the number of directors from 6 to 8 to allow for their appointment.
Dr. Chowaniec was previously the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Tundra Semiconductor (acquired by Integrated Device Technology), Chairman of Zarlink (acquired by Microsemi), and Chairman of Bel Air Networks (acquired by Ericsson). Previously, he was President and CEO of Calmos Systems, acquired by Newbridge Networks and renamed Newbridge Microsystems, where he served as President and as a Vice President of Newbridge Networks. He has also served on the boards of SiberCore Technologies, Liquid Computing, Microbridge, GEAC and Amiga. He currently serves on the boards of Solantro Semiconductor. Dr. Chowaniec holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, as well as both a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. In 2010, he was recognized by the California Computer Museum as one of the founding fathers of the personal computer.
"We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Chowaniec onside," noted Peter Copetti, Executive Director of OPEL. "His reputation and industry standing enhance the Board's strategy to magnify the value of OPEL's semiconductor technology." Mr. Copetti added: "The Board is also pleased to align itself with the vision of Dr. Taylor, recognizing his role as the primary architect of our technology platform."
Dr. Taylor is Chief Scientist at OPEL and has led development of the Planar Optoelectronic Technology (POET) platform over the past two decades, directing a focused team at the ODIS subsidiary of OPEL. Dr. Taylor possesses an extraordinary technical background made-up of 30 years of design and development experience in electronic and optical device physics, circuit design, opto-electronic technology, materials and applications. He is concurrently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Photonics at the University of Connecticut and is responsible for ODIS' development efforts at the gallium arsenide (GaAs) growth and fabrication facility. With over 150 papers in the world's most respected journals, and dozens of patents, Dr. Taylor is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on GaAs solid-state physics, III-V opto-technology, as well as the pioneer in the development of monolithic integrated opto-electronic circuits.
Previously, Dr. Taylor served as a Distinguished Member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs, developing inversion channel technology for III-V materials. At Honeywell and Texas Instruments he helped to develop critical optical technology for the Jupiter Orbital Probe as well as the development of key circuits and devices for very-large-scale-integrated (VLSI) chips. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University.
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