Leadership

Mr. Thomas E. Zelibor, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret): Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
RADM Zelibor has served as a Director of Lightwave Logic since July 2008 and became Chairman in October 2011. He has over twenty years of strategic planning and senior leadership experience and is currently the President and CEO of Zelibor & Associates, LLC that offers professional consulting services to his clients. Previously, from July 2008 until April 2011, RADM Zelibor served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Flatirons Solutions Corp., a professional services firm that provides consulting, systems integration, systems and software engineering, and program management expertise to corporate and government clients. Previously, RADM Zelibor served in a number of senior corporate and military positions, including Vice President for Strategic Operations-Strategies, Simulations, and Training Business Unit at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); Director of Global Operations, United States Strategic Command; Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control on the Navy staff; Department of the Navy, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), Navy; Commander, Carrier Group Three and Commander, Naval Space Command.
 RADM Zelibor received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in Oceanography.

 

Mr. James S. Marcelli: President and Chief Operating Officer & Board Member
Mr. Marcelli has served as President, CEO and director of Lightwave Logic since August 2008. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and its progress toward a fully functioning commercial enterprise. Over the last twenty years, Mr. Marcelli has served as the president and chief executive officer of multiple start-up and growth companies in high tech manufacturing and business services, including two companies that were founded by him. In addition, he has held senior management positions with several companies including Teradyne Corporation and Sanmina Corporation. Throughout his career, he has held positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Mr. Marcelli has served on the boards of several non-profit corporations and also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Engineering School.

 

Mr. Andrew Ashton: Senior VP and Secretary & Board Member
Mr. Ashton has served as Senior VP, Secretary and director of Lightwave Logic since July 2004. Since that time, his assistance in the creation of the synthetic chemistry of our novel molecular architecture has been fundamental to the company’s success. His current duties include the development of chemical synthesis, providing extensive analytical support and assisting with the company’s management goals. Mr. Ashton is a skilled computer scientist and organic chemist who began his career in 1998 at the Army Research Laboratory.

Dr. Frederick J. Leonberger: Senior Technology Advisor
Dr. Leonberger joined Lightwave Logic as Senior Technical Advisor in December 2011. He previously served as senior vice president and chief technology officer of JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU), a leading optical components company, from 1999 until his retirement in June 2003 where he was responsible for strategic technology and was closely involved with mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property activities. Prior to JDSU, he was co-founder and general manager of UTP, a high-speed optical modulator company, and held research management positions at UTRC and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has more than 15 patents, 40 archival publications and 125 meeting presentations in the areas of opto-electonic devices and their applications in communications, sensing and signal processing. Dr. Leonberger is currently the principal of EOvation Advisors LLC, a technology and business advisory firm that he founded in 2003. He serves on the Board of Directors of several venture-funded photonics companies and has been a senior advisor at the MIT Center for Integrated Photonic Systems. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of OSA and IEEE and has been awarded the IEEE Quantum Electronics Award, Photonics Award and Millennium Medal. He has also served as Chairman of a number of photonics conferences.

 

Dr. David F. Eaton: Senior Technology Advisor
Dr. Eaton served as an officer of Lightwave Logic from May 2007 until November 2011 when he became a Senior Technical Advisor. For over 30 years, Dr. Eaton was employed in DuPont’s chemical division, with his last appointment being its technology director. From September 2003 to present, Dr. Eaton founded, and is the principal of Light Insights, LLC, a consulting firm. In addition, from March 2005 to present, Dr. Eaton serves as vice president of technology for the software company Precision Cure, LLC. Dr. Eaton has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

 

Dr. Louis Glasgow: Senior Advisor
Dr. Glasgow served as CTO between Nov 2011 and Mar 2013. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Radiation Chemistry section of the Max Planck Kohlenforschung Institute in Germany and taught at Northeastern University in Boston before joining the DuPont Company in 1973. At DuPont, Dr Glasgow held a series of positions in research, manufacturing and administration. His last position was Director of Research. Dr. Glasgow worked for Corning as the Director of Research, Organic Technologies from 2003 through 2010, along with Dr. Joseph Miller. There he directed work aimed at improved ceramic catalyst substrates for automotive and truck emission control, organic coatings for glass and plastic relevant to the company’s interests in fiber optic communications, life sciences, and display technologies. In addition, he directed work aimed at creating novel organic semiconductors for display and photovoltaic applications. Dr. Glasgow received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was appointed a fellow of the AAAS in 1995.

Mr. William C. Pickett, III
Mr. Pickett has served as a director of Lightwave Logic since January 2008. Mr. Pickett enjoyed a 32 year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., where he worked in numerous financial leadership positions, including serving from February 2002 to April 2004 as Chief Financial Officer of Invista, DuPont’s $7 billion man-made fibers company, which was ultimately sold to Koch Industries, Inc. Since February 2005 Mr. Pickett has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware; and since December 2004, Mr. Picket has been serving as Chair of Audit Committee and Chief Compliance Officer of the Operation Warm charity. Mr. Pickett received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Trinity College.

 

Dr. Joseph A. Miller

Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr. has served as a Director of Lightwave Logic since May 2011.  He is a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Corning Incorporated serving in that capacity from July 2001 to May 2012.  Prior to joining Corning he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at E. I. DuPont from 1994 to 2001.  He began his career at DuPont in 1966 as a research chemist in Polymer Products.  He held a variety of positions in R&D, manufacturing, business and marketing.  Dr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Military Institute and a doctorate in Chemistry fro Penn State University.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the board of directors of Greatbatch Technology Inc.

 

Mr. Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi
Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi is co-founder, CEO and President of Menara Networks. He has over 20 years of experience in telecom industry with a strong emphasis on optical and packet transport technologies.   Prior to co-founding Menara Networks, Siraj served as the Vice President of Product Line Management for the LH 4000, Ultra-Long Haul DWDM system at Nortel Networks.   Prior to that, Siraj was a key contributor and Vice President of Product Management & Marketing at Qtera, and served as a Director of Network Architecture and Planning at BNR/Nortel Networks. Siraj is an inventor with 17 patents, issued or pending, in the area of optical communications.   He holds a BS and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is the author of a number of publications.   He is a frequent speaker at telecom conferences and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas-Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

 

Mr. Ronald A. Bucchi
Mr. Bucchi was appointed as a Director on June 11, 2012. He is currently a member of the board of directors of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (Farmington Bank) (NASDAQ: FBNK), serving on Asset Liability Committee (ALCO), the Governance and Loan committees in addition to chairing the Audit committee. He also serves as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Petit Family Foundation, Inc. as well as a board member of two other privately held companies. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors. A 1977 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Mr. Bucchi also completed course studies in general board governance, audit and compensation at the Harvard Business School Executive Education program (2006-2008). He is a self-employed C.P.A. with a specialized practice that concentrates in CEO consulting, strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, business sales and tax compliance, working with domestic and international companies.

 

Dr. Michael Lebby
Presently, Michael is driving new frontiers in the integrated photonics field as CEO of OneChip Photonics as well as a part-time full professor, and chair of optoelectronics at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK. In 2015, Michael has been focusing on InP-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), polymer modulators, and optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs) for the data center segment and has been involved in assembling California’s proposal (via USC) to the Federal Government for an integrated photonics manufacturing institute. Michael also synthesized the proposal’s data center and integrated photonics roadmaps for the next decade.

Michael is well known in the optoelectronics field as an expert witness, and has been active in a number of cases.   Michael has headed the USA trade association for optoelectronics in Washington DC (2005-2010) and has lead a number of venture backed high technology start-ups in the photonics segment.   Michael has also worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Motorola, Intel, TE Connectivity, Oclaro, and the British Government in the photonics and electronics field.

With more than 200 USPTO utility patents issued in the field of optoelectronics (over 395 including worldwide patents), Michael has been cited by the USPTO to be in the most prolific 75 inventors in the country from 1988-1997. Michael is a Fellow member of IEEE and OSA, and has testified on behalf of the optoelectronics industry while working for OIDA on Capitol Hill. Michael has given numerous invited and keynote talks, speeches, panel discussions, depositions, and interviews. The subjects have ranged from the IC semiconductor industry to optoelectronics to modern trends of green photonics, both nationally and internationally over the past two decades. Michael has 2 doctorates and a MBA from the University of Bradford in the UK and is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng).