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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Haley Abitz completed her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 2018. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at Advanced Polymer Research Lab at UT Dallas, led a combat robotics team to national championships, and interned at Ares. Now, she focuses on process development and equipment solutions to ensure industrial scalability in flexible electronics substrates.
Hector Ruiz is the former chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices.
Ruiz was born in the Mexican town of Piedras Negras. He enrolled at the University of Texas to study mechanics with the hope of joining the automobile industry. Later, he earned a Ph.D in electrical engineering at Rice University in 1973.
After graduating a professor guided him to a job with a fellow Rice alumnus at Texas Instruments. He worked at Texas Instruments for six years and at Motorola for twenty-two years, rising to the presidency of the company’s semiconductor division.
He was then recruited by Jerry Saunders, founder of computer chip maker American Micro Devices (AMD). Beginning as president and chief operating officer, Ruiz became chief executive officer of AMD in 2002. AMD’s stock nearly tripled under Ruiz’s watch, but the gains were short-lived, and the company had lost most of its new market share and stock value by the time of Ruiz’s exit.
After being ousted by AMD’s board of directors in 2008, Ruiz became chairman of Globalfoundries, Inc., a chipmaker financed by the government of Abu Dhabi. He resigned from this new venture in November 2009 and has since organized a consulting company. He continues to advocate for immigration reform, supporting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Steve Toton is currently President and owner of S&T Innovations since February 2015. As a retired senior R&D executive from DuPont, he consults with other corporations on industry best practices in Innovation. Steve Toton is a former Vice President of Corporate Science and Technology with DuPont. His career spans over 36 years of leading R&D organizations, joint ventures and startups in commercializing transformational products in industries such as Electronics, Flat Panel Displays, Printing, Packaging, Ink Jet, Authentication, and Medical Imaging. His entrepreneurial leadership skills in starting and leading internal ventures has led to a unique set of experiences and best practices in taking new technology to market, and creating significant top line revenue growth for a business. Steve possesses both strong business and technology skills which enables him to work closely with senior business management, CTO’s, Technical and Marketing leaders.
In the last five years of his career with DuPont, Steve worked with the senior leadership to shape and implement the Innovation Strategy and Best practices across $2.2 Billion of R&D within 12 Global Business Units and Central Research targeting growth areas in Agriculture, Health and Nutrition, Biotechnology, and Material Sciences. He developed a method of characterizing the R&D/ Innovation portfolio and measuring the effectiveness. He developed a standard Stage 0 process, Stage Gate framework and a method of characterizing growth domains across business boundaries. This new abstraction of thinking enabled a better methodology for prioritizing the organic and external investments to increase the top line revenue growth of the company.
Ms. Cannady is a principal and founder of IP*SEVA, an international network of professionals who provide IP services to sustainable energy and environmental technology ventures. She holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. She is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the District of Columbia. Prior to founding IP*SEVA in 2008, she was Director of the Intellectual Property and New Technologies Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where her responsibilities included direction of activities and training programs relating to IP strategy, licensing, technology transfer, valuation, IP asset management, and IP strategy. (2001-2007). Her professional experience has included: Principal, Tech Law Group, Menlo Park, California (1997 to 2001); Apple Computer, Vice President of Law for Manufacturing and Development, Cupertino, California (1993 to 1997); Partner, Litigation, Fenwick & West, Palo Alto, California (1984 to 1992). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University (1990-1995).
She is the author of Technology Licensing and Development Agreements published by Matthew Bender (2015)
Mr. Kay is currently the COO of Adaptive3D Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of photopolymer resins for use in Additive Manufacturing. Prior to joining Adaptive3D, Mr. Kay served as President & COO for FibeRio Technologies Inc, President North America for Suss MicroTech SE and VP & General Manager for Steag Hamatech Inc. Stephen has been instrumental in the organizational development, operation and acquisition of several startup companies. Over the course of his career Stephen has held numerous positions in Operations, Sales and Marketing and Product Development for multiple nanotechnology and semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies and has successfully and profitably developed and brought numerous semiconductor, nanotechnology and advanced packaging products to market.