Pontic Technology has a highly experienced and skilled Leadership Team. Key members include:
Dr. Michael Papadopoulos
Dr. Michael Papadopoulos – is the CEO and Founder. He is the sole shareholder and owner of the Company. The driving force behind the innovations and the provider of all development and operating funding to date. A practicing Dentist for 25 years, whose business acumen is highly respected, as is his knowledge and expertise in clinical training and advanced oral health care.
Education: DDS, University of Southern California (USC) Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Dr. Gerald Voecks – is the CSO, Chief Science Officer. In charge of technology advancements and use of maximum science applications. Senior Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and their lead for development of in situ sensors for NASA’s life support systems and in advancing technologies of NASA’s space program for In Situ Resource Utilization for future human missions. Past duties include development of heterogeneous catalysts, designed for hydrogen production/hydrocarbon combustion. His work has pioneered catalyst systems designs and reactor designs that have been incorporated into operations on aircraft, vehicles and stationary power plants and been active in fuel cell systems development. Currently holds 20 patents, is co-author 20+ publications, and is a Visiting Scientist at Caltech.
Education: BSE, MA, PhD in chemistry, covering areas of inorganic synthesis, photo catalysts and reaction mechanisms. Postdoctoral work was in inorganic/organic surface chemistry
Other technology development team members include engineers and scientists in thermodynamics, computer science, and fabrication development.
Jim Lewis – is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Company, in charge of overseeing the design, development and implementation of all systems. Experience includes Senior Test Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the lead integration engineer for chemical propulsion subsystems and the Mars In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE).
He began his engineering career in 1987 as a Space Shuttle Systems Engineer at the Kennedy Space Center and served in many test & engineering positions since including Test Director for Mechanical Truss systems on the International Space Station. In 2001 he joined JPL as the lead chemical propulsion test & integration engineer.
He has also served 27 years as a U.S. Special Forces officer (active and reserves), including multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a Special Forces team, company and battalion commander. He is the recipient of over 30 military awards including the Bronze Star and the U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor award for his work with Afghan District Governors in eastern Afghanistan.
Education: B.S. in Physics/Computer Applications, University of Alabama; Masters in Aerospace Engineering; Masters in Space Systems Engineering, both from Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr.Adrian Ponce – is the CSO, Chief Science Officer. In charge of technology advancements, use of maximum science applications and ensuring the development and testing of company technology in meeting highest water sterilization assurance and validation standards. Senior Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and chemistry faculty at Caltech. Research interest investigating microbial survival and growth have taken him to extreme environments, including the Atacama Desert, Chile, and the Kilimanjaro glaciers.
A list of published articles is available online at http://ponce.caltech.edu
Education: Ph.D. Chemistry, Caltech for research on electron transfer in proteins and water.