Co-founder and CEO
Mike brings deep CEO leadership experience of building semiconductor, software and technology businesses around the world. As CEO of Seeing Machines (LON:SEE), he helped establish them as global market leaders in AI DMS computer vision processors. Before that, as CEO, he led the building of Powervation, a Digital Power Processor startup, leading to its acquisition by Rohm Semi. He serves as a board director and advisor to multiple technology startup companies. He holds a BEE from the University of Ireland (Cork), MBA from Henley Business School (UK) and AMP from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Emanuel Peinke
Co-Founder and CTO
Emanuel is our photonics technical lead. He is a passionate physicist who obsesses about developing and leveraging cutting edge photonic technology into impactful products, which he has successfully done in several startups. He holds a PhD in Photonics from CEA Grenoble and University Grenoble Alpes, France, where he focused on high-speed (100-1000 GHz) all-optical switching and temporal dynamics of light-matter interactions.
Dr. Mohamed Fouda
Co-Founder and CPO
Mohamed is an engineer driven by the passion to solve large challenges. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. His research focused on using optical non-linearities to create ultra-sensitive fiber optic gyroscopes and on the applications on light-matter interactions. He has also received an MSc in Electrical Engineering where he developed digital hardware for real-time mixed-integer quadratic optimization. Before f3E8, he was the head of research at Volt Capital.
Dr. Najla Najeeb
Photonic Design Engineer
Najla comes with 10 years of experience in design, fabrication and testing of silicon photonic devices. She holds a PhD in Photonics from the University of Nottingham, where she focused on silicon photonic biosensor devices. Later, at the University of Quebec at Montreal, she investigated the use of silicon photonics for space applications.
Mohammad Reza Safaee
Photonic Design Engineer
Mohammad Reza is currently a PhD candidate in the PhotonicDataCom group at McGill University. Before that, he worked for 4+ years as a hardware design engineer where he worked on several phases of the hardware design process starting from conceptual design, to system integration and testing of large electro-mechanical systems.
Dr. Charles Lin
Photonic Design Consultant
Charles received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2019. His research focused on photonic integrated circuit design using silicon photonics, plasmonics, and 2D materials.
Prof. Odile Liboiron-Ladoucer
Prof. Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur holds a PhD from Columbia University (2007) and is a Canada Research Chair in Photonic Interconnects. She is an associate professor and the graduate program director in the department of electrical and computer engineering at McGill University. She has 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters, over 115 papers in international conference proceedings, and seven granted patents.
Prof. Volker J. Sorger
Inventor & Advisor
Prof. Volker J. Sorger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the leader of the Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics (OPEN) lab at the George Washington University. He received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley. Prof. Dr. Sorger is widely recognized for his research in opto-electronic devices, plasmonics and nanophotonics and photonic analog information processing and neuromorphic computing.
Business Advisor & Board Member
Helge Seetzen is general partner, founder and CEO of TandemLaunch, the Montreal based deep tech incubator where 3E8 was originally founded. To date, TandemLaunch has incubated over 25 technology companies. Prior to founding TandemLaunch, Dr. Seetzen was co-founder and CTO of BrightSide Technologies, a display technology company that was acquired by Dolby Labs in 2007. Dr. Seetzen brings decades of experience in successfully commercializing academic research and negotiating strategic agreements with major consumer technology companies. He executed dozens of technology transfer agreements with a global network of over 50 universities. Dr. Seetzen earned his B.Sc and PhD in physics at the University of British Columbia.