OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our competitive advantage is not our products at any given moment, it is our people at every given moment.

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DAVID ARREAGA, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Arreaga is a scientist and engineer passionate about the development and translation of ground-breaking scientific research that solves critical problems in thriving markets. Before co-founding Ares Materials, David did his graduate research at the University of Texas at Dallas where he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. His work in the fields of thin film lithium ion batteries and flexible neural interfaces was published in some of the most prestigious journals in the field of materials science. As the CEO of Ares, David’s job is to lead the development of the company by leveraging a talented team of scientist and business experts for the commercialization of novel materials technologies in the fields of flexible electronics for consumer and industrial applications.

ADRIAN AVENDANO, Ph.D.

Chief Product Officer

Dr. Avendano completed his B.E. in 2007 and after working for GE Electric Distribution Equipment division, he started graduate work at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in 2008. He received his M.S. in materials science and engineering in 2011 focusing on electronic materials. After spending a summer in Qualcomm’s MEMs Technologies facility in San Jose California, he joined the Advanced Polymer Research Lab at UT Dallas to pursue doctoral studies which he completed in 2014. Dr. Avendano’s focus was on the design and fabrication of thin-film transistors (TFTs) on shape memory polymers in order to implement flexible and stretchable electronics for biomedical applications.

RADU REIT, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Reit obtained his Ph.D. in bioengineering at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2016. He completed his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012, where he studied energy storage devices, including flexible carbon nanotube supercapacitors grown on metal foils. His current research specialty is shape memory plastics and their specific applications for flexible electronics, oil and gas production, the semiconductor industry and neural prosthetics. Dr. Reit has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship, the Jonsson Family Graduate Fellowship in Bioengineering and the Founders Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. His work on flexible electronics in harsh environments has been presented at the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

JOHN DUPREE

Sales, Marketing, and Commercialization

Mr. Dupree is a Partner at Opus Faveo Innovation Development, co-founder of Ares Materials. He has held a variety of technology sales and marketing positions during his career. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Business Sales for Sprint where he led a team of over 3,000 global sales professionals and generated annual revenues in excess of $13 billion. He held a number of other officer positions at Sprint including Vice President of Marketing for Sprint Business. Before joining Sprint in 1998 Mr. Dupree served as Vice President, Sales for Muratec, the US subsidiary of Murata Machinery Limited in Japan. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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CHRISTIAN BLACKWELL

Finance and Strategy

Mr. Blackwell is Managing Partner of Opus Faveo Innovation Development, co-founder of Ares Materials. Formerly he was a senior international executive with GTE/Verizon, an investment banker with Deutsche Bank, and a founder, investor, CEO and CFO of several start-ups. Mr. Blackwell has led global transactions of well over US $1 billion and his experience includes M&A, privatizations, project financings, public/private partnerships and both public and private debt and equity financings. He has a BA in political science and international affairs from Rice University and an MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

ABRAHAM VEGA, Ph.D.

Process Development Scientist

Dr. Vega earned his B.E. in Mechatronics Engineering at the Saltillo Technology Institute in 2008. In 2009, he obtained a scholarship from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to do graduate studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he did his research in the Laboratory for Surface and Nanostructure Modification. He received his M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012 for his work on grafting organic on silicon surfaces. Dr. Vega received his Ph.D. in January 2016 for his work on the modification of semiconductor surfaces and the deposition of thin films for applications in the microelectronics industry.

KEJIA YANG, Ph.D.

Senior Polymer Scientist

Dr. Yang received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Dallas in 2017, where her work was focused on polymer synthesis and formulation for bioelectronics and 3D printing. Prior to her doctoral training, she has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and master’s degree in Chemistry (both specializing in polymer science and engineering), as well as three-year industrial experience as a formulation chemist working in a rubber company. At Ares, Dr. Yang works on photopolymer designs, formulations, and synthesis experiments to develop optimal composition for flexible electronics substrates.

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