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SALEEM H. ZAIDI

FOUNDER, CEO AND CHIEF SCIENTIST OF GRATINGS, INC.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Dry processing for textured silicon solar cells, thin-film crystalline Si solar cells on flexible, pulsed laser techniques in solar cell processing, interferometric and pulsed laser lithography, Si nanostructures, heteroepitaxial growth on nanoscale substrates, and optical, non-contact Si temperature measurements.

HONORS:

2004, NSF Phase II SBIR Commercial Reviewer

1995, Inventor of the Year Award by New Mexico Entrepreneur Association.

PRINCIPAL SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS:

Demonstration of extremely high aspect-ratio sub-mm photoresist gratings using interferometric lithography, investigation of momentum-gaps in the surface plasma wave dispersion relation by using grating coupling, demonstration of highly absorptive behavior of metal and Si gratings over broad angular and spectral variations, extension of single exposure interferometric lithography to multiple exposures for synthesis of a variety of 1-D and 2-D structures, development of Si nano-fabrication and characterization techniques, room temperature electroluminescence from Si quantum wires, development of grating and speckle temperature measurements of Si, development of random RIE textured surfaces for solar cells, diffraction gratings in solar cells, self-assembly of Au nanospheres in SiO2 nanowires, thin-film solar cells, wafer slicing methods, heteroepitaxy on nanostructured Si substrates, development of vapor etching methods for several material systems, and pulsed laser processing of solar cells.

OTHER PRINCIPAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

Founder and CEO of Gratings, Inc., an R & D company primed for transition into a viable business with marketable products in dry texturing tools, low-power (~ 2-3 W) and high ~175 Wp solar panels, advances in solar cell research and fabrication through multi-vapor approach, and nanotechnology development.

FINANCIALS:

Has been the PI on three Phase II awards, one phase IIB (from NSF), ten phase I awards, has raised over $ 3 Million in revenues through federal and private funding avenues.

PUBLICATIONS:

23 refereed publications, one pending, 31 proceedings, 35 conference presentations, 15 patents awarded, 1 pending, and several under consideration.

GOALS:

Develop and market a cottage industry approach to solar cell and module manufacturing approach for 1-3 MW/year operation. Build low-cost equipment sets for solar industry.

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GARY BEGAY

SENIOR FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

EXPERIENCES:

2007-current, Senior Facilities Technician at Gratings, Inc.

2001-2007, Supervisor at Matrix Solar, PV Panel Manufacturing Facility

EXPERTISE:

! Hands-on knowledge on all aspects of industrial solar panel manufacturing.

! Hands-on knowledge on setting up solar panel manufacturing facilities.

! Expertise on vacuum systems

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DAVE MODISETTE

SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER

Bachelor and Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Computer Science Studies at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

EXPERIENCES:

Field Service Engineer, Geophysical Survey Equipment, Geosource, Inc.

Manufacturing Test Engineer, Communications Equipment Assembly & Testing, AT&T Western Electric

Design Engineer, Statistical and Time Multiplexed Switching System, AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratory

Engineering Supervisor, Communications Equipment Design, Sparton Technology

International Marketing Manager, Communications Equipment, Sparton Technology

Director of Engineering, Residential Security & Power Management Equipment, SMART Corp.

Senior Design Engineer, Solar Photovoltaics Equipment, Gratings, Inc.

INTEREST:

Analog & Digital Circuits, Power Generation, Artificial Intelligence & Non-Traditional Programming, Small-Run & Custom-Product Manufacturing Technology.