Our Team

We are laser focused 

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    CHRIS PHARE, CO-FOUNDER & CEO

    Chris has been focused on commercializing his research on nanooptics for years.  He received his PhD from Cornell, and was then a visiting researcher at Columbia University’s Lipson Nanophotonics Group for more than three years prior to founding Voyant.

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    PETER STERN, PRESIDENT

    After an earlier  career designing military LIDAR systems, Peter became a serial entrepreneur founding, leading, and successfully exiting multiple tech companies in a variety of industries.   While Peter has led large companies to billion dollar exits, he prefers to help small companies  bring the unimaginable to market.

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    STEVEN MILLER, CO-FOUNDER & CTO

    Steven received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell, and has been focused on the complete lifecycle of nanooptic sensor development ever since. Before co-founding Voyant, he was a visiting researcher at Columbia University’s Lipson Nanophotonics Group.

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    DR. TZUANG, PRINCIPAL ENGINEER

    Dr. Lawrence Tzuang brings us over 5 years’ experience bringing signal processing technology to market.  Along with rich experience in multiple engineering disciplines including LIDAR and radar imaging systems, photonics, optics, and semiconductors he founded Archit, a startup that delivers high resolution millimeter-wave and terahertz imaging systems.

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    DR. SHRESTHA, SR. PHOTONICS ENGINEER

    Dr. Sajan Shrestha joins us from the Columbia University's Designer Metasurface Lab where he applied light matter interaction at the nanoscale level.  

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    DAN BUSH, SOFTWARE ENGINEER

    Dan is a seasoned Software Engineer using multiple languages to build systems in the signal processing space. He brings Voyant over 10 years’ experience with  FMCW Sonar/Radar/Lidar products- from initial R&D modeling and algorithm development, to software implementation and system integration to productization.  

    He has an BSEE by University of Rochester and MSCE by University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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    VIRAJ SHAH, PHOTONICS  ENGINEER

    After earning his BS in Physics from UC Berkeley, Viraj Shah was recruited by Tesla, where he spent 5 years in developing vehicular systems.  He joined us to pursue his interest in cutting edge silicon photonics.  He brings us a wealth of knowledge on best engineering practices, as well as software and Photonic Engineering.

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    DAVID GARFINKEL, OPERATIONS

    Dave  is responsible for delivering,  developing, and organizing the people on whom we rely to deliver our innovative products. Having spent more than two decades building, scaling, and optimizing many innovative companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s, in financial services, management consulting, enterprise software, and infrastructure technology. Dave deals effectively and comfortably with all members of the startup environment, from board members to interns. 

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    ROBERT SINISI, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    After earning B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Finance from Boston College Bobby joined the financial world.  After 5 years of investment banking he decided that bringing novel and highly technical products to market was his true calling. 
    He came to Voyant with the skills he honed in the world of finance to effectively find, develop, and manage our commercial partners and clients.

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    MICHAL LIPSON, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

    Prof. Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of Silicon Photonics. She is the inventor of over 30 issued patents and has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications.  Each year since 2014 she has been named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% most highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.

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