Michael Liehr
Chief Executive Officer

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Michael Liehr is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics. Michael focuses on the creation of new AIM business opportunities, and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of AIM’s programs including SUNY Poly’s strategic 300mm integrated photonic semiconductor and 3D packaging. He is also SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation. Prior to this assignment, he led the Global 450mm Consortium through the start-up phase as the General Manager and was an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Robert Duffy
Chairman of the Leadership Council

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Rober Duffy is the Chairman of AIM Photonics Leadership Council. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on a variety of boards, including SUNY Board of Trustees, Center for Governmental Research, Business Council of New York State, AVANGRID, and others. Rochester native Robert J. Duffy began as Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce president and Chief Executive Officer January 1, 2015. Prior to working for Rochester Chamber, Duffy served as New York lieutenant governor in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration from January 2011 to December 2014. Duffy previously served as Rochester mayor from January 2006 to January 2011 and as Rochester police chief from March 1998 to April 2005, when he resigned his post to run for mayor.

John Bowers
Deputy Chief Executive Officer 

UC Santa Barbara

John Bowers is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AIM Photonics. John focuses on developing the West Coast portion of AIM and on developing integrated lasers onto the platform. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB and holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. He is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Award, OSA Tyndall Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, and the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award.


Douglas Coolbaugh
Chief Operations Officer

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Douglas Coolbaugh is the Chief Operations Officer of AIM Photonics. He is responsible for the efficient operations of AIM Photonics 300mm integrated silicon photonics platform. He is also SUNY Poly Vice President of emerging technologies (derivatives) group, which focusses on current and next generation silicon photonics and 3D integration. His organization was fundamental in obtaining the AIM IMI award. Prior to this, Doug spent 30 years at IBM corporation in packaging/assembly development as a material scientist and emerging technologies such as RFCMOS/passive technology, and logic development. He was elected a master Inventor by IBM Corporation in 2006 and has approximately 130+ inventions.

Michael Watts
Chief Technology Officer

Analog Photonics

Michael Watts is the Chief Technology Officer of AIM Photonics.  He is responsible for the technology direction of AIM Photonics and driving development projects aligned with the Key Technology Manufacturing Areas (KTMA) and Manufacturing Centers of Excellence (MCE).  He is also an  Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT but currently on leave from MIT to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Analog Photonics.  Analog Photonics is a company that Dr. Watts founded in 2012 to commercialize the Silicon Photonics capability that he has developed over the past decade and is currently developing the PDK for AIM Photonics. While Dr. Watts is currently focused on his roles within both Analog Photonics and AIM Photonics, he continues to develop emerging silicon photonics technologies at MIT, including nonlinear silicon photonic devices, RF photonics, and 3D optical display technologies. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, Dr. Watts was a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Sandia National Labs where he led their silicon photonics effort. 

Frank Tolic
Chief Marketing Officer

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Frank Tolic is the Chief Marketing Officer of AIM Photonics. As AIM’s CMO, Frank is responsible for development and execution of marketing strategies that expand the AIM brand, membership, technology, and services to the photonics community. He is also SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Associate Vice President for Business, wafer processing, where he focuses on the creation of new business partnerships and is responsible for growing AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly’s core strategic technical and corporate partnerships. Prior to this assignment, he managed a portfolio of over one billion dollars in semiconductor business across the globe in support of semiconductor equipment, consumable, research, and manufacturing companies at Novati Technologies, SVTC, ATDF, and SEMATECH. Prior to his business role, Tolic was a Sr. Device Integration Engineer at Motorola’s Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratory, in Austin, TX. He received both Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, holds number of patents, and has published and presented various technical and business topics throughout his 30 years in in the semiconductor industry.

Scott Bateman
Chief Financial Officer

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Scott Bateman is the Chief Financial Officer of AIM Photonics. He is also SUNY Poly's Vice President for Finance; Director of State Financial Operations; Chief Administrative Officer, USPVMC, Inc. He his responsible for AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly's state financial operations, college financial planning and budget, major program financial and administrative oversight, sponsored program pre-award administration and post-award program support services. Scott serves on the auxiliary services corporation board of directors.

Thomas Koch
Technical Review Board Chair

University of Arizona

Thomas L. Koch is Chairman of AIM Photonics Technical Review Board (TRB). He is also Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he is also Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his BA in physics in 1977 from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1982 from the California Institute of Technology studying under Amnon Yariv. Koch joined UA from Lehigh University, where he was Director of the Center for Optical Technologies and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics. Prior to his academic roles, Koch held Vice President positions at SDL, Lucent, and Agere Systems, where he was responsible for Research and Development of materials, device and subsystem technologies supporting optical, optoelectronic, and IC products. In his many years as a researcher and research manager at Bell Laboratories, his work focused on semiconductor lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and their implementation in optical communications systems. He has 37 issued patents, and has authored more than 350 journal, conference, and book publications, including co-editing the widely-read two-volume book, “Optical Fiber Telecommunications III”, and has delivered more than 70 plenary, invited, tutorial, and short course presentations. Koch has received numerous recognitions for his work in photonic integrated circuits and optoelectronics technologies, including the IEEE’s Eric E. Sumner Award, and the William Streifer and Distinguished Lecturer Awards from IEEE LEOS. Koch is a Fellow of Bell Labs, the OSA, and the IEEE, a life member of SPIE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering where served as Chair of the Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering section.

Lionel Kimerling
Education and Workforce Training Executive


Lionel C. Kimerling is the AIM Photonics Executive for Education, Workforce Development and Roadmap. He is also Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices. He was Head of the Materials Physics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, when he joined the faculty of MIT as Professor in 1990. He has authored more than 350 technical articles and more than 50 patents. Kimerling is the recipient of the 1995 Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society and the 1999 John Bardeen Award of TMS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the AAAS, TMS, MRS and the School of Engineering, UTokyo. His research teams have enabled long-lived telecommunications lasers, developed semiconductor diagnostic methods such as DLTS, SEM-EBIC and RF-PCD, and pioneered silicon microphotonics.

Roger Helkey
Government and Industry Outreach Executive

UC Santa Barbara

Roger Helkey is AIM Photonics Government and Industry Outreach Executive, and Associate Director of AIM Photonics West Coast Hub. He has a BS in Engineering from Caltech, and Ph.D. in Optoelectronics from UC Santa Barbara. He spent 15 years at Calient Networks, leading the development of optical switching as a low-power alternative to electrical switching for data center and telecommunications applications. His research interests include silicon photonics and energy efficiency. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has published four book chapters and received 41 patents.

Edward White
Associate Vice President for TAP Facility

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Ed White is AIM Photonics AVP for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility. Ed was also recently named Chairman of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). His main responsibility is for AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging business located in Rochester, NY. In addition to these duties, he is focused on identifying companies who will participate and benefit from improvements in Photonic Integrated Chip manufacturing, generally educating the community about the merits of Photonic Integrated devices, increasing membership in AIM Photonics, and securing AIM Photonics sustainability post government funding. Ed is a native of New York State, and began his career at Kodak after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He later went on to earn an Executive MBA also from the University of Rochester. At Kodak, Ed held several executive positions with global responsibility including General Manager Optical Products & Vice President Commercial Imaging Group, Director WW Equipment Manufacturing & Vice President Global Manufacturing and Logistics, Director Ink Jet Manufacturing & Vice President Consumer Digital Group. After leaving Kodak in 2009, Ed led JML Optical Company as President and CEO in an interim capacity and in 2010 he founded Edward White Consulting, LLC.

Amie Kaplin
Director of Program Management

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Amie Kaplin is Director of Program Management for AIM Photonics. She is also SUNY Poly's Vice President of Program Management support. Amie has been managing programs since 2002. For eight years she developed marketing and information systems strategies, led global project teams, and implemented IT systems. In 2011 Amie was recruited to run the Program Management Office for SEMATECH, setting the organization’s program management strategy, and coordinating the program management efforts of 35 research scientists and business support teams. While at the consortium Amie formed, “Professional Women in Technology and Science,” a networking group comprised of 50 female scientists, educators, and professionals. After four years with SEMATECH, Amie was recruited by AIM Photonics to assist with planning the organization’s standup activities and to establish a program management framework to suit its needs. Amie facilitates high performance by ensuring programs administered by AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly adhere to best practices and standard approaches for program management. Amie is a member of the Project Management Institute and she is a certified Project Management Professional.