2018FLEX Applications Panel Discussion

Applications Panel Discussion


Malcolm J. Thompson

Dr. Thompson brings over 30 years of executive experience in the display, semiconductor and telecom industries to his current role as Executive Director of NextFlex. He served as the Founder and Chairman of the US Display Consortium and was CTO at Xerox PARC. Dr. Thompson was also CEO of four startups during his career, raising over $300M: dpiX, makers of digital x-ray imaging systems; Novalux, providers of high power vertical cavity lasers; Vitex, makers of encapsulants for OLEDs, and RPC, manufacturers of touch systems for mobile products. Recent advisory roles include advisor to the National Academy of Sciences for flexible electronics, and to the Pentagon and White House Economic Advisory Council, and was appointed Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2000 and in 2001. Dr. Thompson received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Brighton.



Nancy Stoffel
GE Global Research

Nancy Stoffel works at GE Global Research, and is currently the GRC Mission Leader for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, leading several projects on the wearable sensing for healthcare and worker safety. She has 20+ years of experience in materials and process development in the electronics packaging field in both technical and managerial roles.   Nancy was the Director of Microsystems Packaging at STC MEMS, and also worked at Xerox, and IBM in the areas of materials and process development for microsystem, microfluidics, optoelectronics and electronic packaging.  She is active with the IEEE ECTC Executive Board and the MRS Society Industrial Engagement Council.   Dr. Stoffel received a PhD from Cornell in Materials Science.


Jeffrey Spindler

Jeffrey Spindler is Director of Product Development at OLEDWorks. He is responsible for advanced OLED technology development and manufacturing process integration for OLED lighting products. He held prior positions at Moser Baer Technologies and Eastman Kodak Company, where he developed expertise in OLED device architecture and OLED manufacturing technology. Mr. Spindler has authored numerous patents and publications in the field of OLED displays and solid-state lighting, and he holds a degree in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Al Compaan

Alvin Compaan is President and CEO of Lucintech Inc which is developing flexible and transparent cadmium-telluride-based, solar-electric (photovoltaic) modules for windows, sunroofs, and light-weight, flexible applications.  He has led research efforts for more than 30 years in thin-film photovoltaic materials and devices.  Prior to establishing Lucintech, he was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo where his research was funded by a variety of federal and state agencies and private companies.  He has done collaborative research in PV with many industrial teams, holds 12 patents or patent applications in the area of thin-film PV, and has authored more than 275 scientific publications.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, received a postdoctoral fellowship from New York University, and was a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute-FKF in Stuttgart.

Tatsuo Ogawa

Tatsuo Ogawa is a director of Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division of Panasonic since last July. Mr. Ogawa has more than twenty years experience in materials and process development divisions of Panasonic corporate R&D especially in the areas of semiconductor packaging, PCBs, EMC circuit designs and printed electronics. From January of 2016 to June of 2017, he was in charge of electromechanical device business such as relays, power modules switches and connectors at Automotive and Industrial systems company of Panasonic.


Wolfgang Juchmann
AutonomouStuff, Inc. 

Wolfgang Juchmann, Ph.D. has more than 16 years of international experience in technical sales, product management and business development of high-tech products for a variety of applications. Wolfgang became more involved with autonomous vehicles and perception sensors for ADAS and level 4 autonomy as Director of Sales and Marketing at Velodyne LiDAR. Since January 2016 he has expanded his expertise at AutonomouStuff to also include radar, vision and ultra-sonic sensors, real-time 3D data fusion middleware, fully by-wire controllable autonomous development vehicles and recently, modular software algorithms for advanced autonomous driving tasks. Wolfgang earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and enjoys watching his son grow.