Advisory Board

Larry Smarr is a physicist and leader in high performance cyberinfrastructure.  He holds the Harry E. Gruber Professorship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he serves as the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  

Dr. Blake Simmons serves as the Chief Scientific and Technology Officer and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville. After earning his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Dr. Simmons continued his studies at Tulane University and received his doctorate in the same field. Dr. Simmons worked as part of the Senior Management team at Sandia National Laboratories for 15 years, most recently serving as the Senior Manager of Advanced Biomanufacturing as well as the Biomass Program Manager. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in February of 2016 as the Division Director of Biological Systems and Engineering.

Steve Waite is a strategic advisor to emerging technology companies, author and musician. He has expertise in nanotechnology, biotechnology, cyber security, entertainment and media. A former Wall Street investment manager, he is co-founder of the Graphene Stakeholder Association and advisor to the Strategic News Service's Future In Review (FiRe) conference. He is author of the book Quantum Investing, co-author of Venture Investing in Science and Boomernomics, and co-editor of Graphene Technology. He records and produces music with Grammy-nominated vocalist Christine Yandell and Sweetbird.

Ray Gibbs became CEO of Haydale Graphene Industries in January 2013. Since then he has set the company strategy and defined the market focus into composites, inks/coatings and energy harvesting, culminating in a successful IPO on the AIM market in April 2014. Ray has been involved at Board level with high tech industry for over 20 years, with sales ranging from £500,000 to £500m. Haydale Graphene Industries has developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalize graphene and other nanomaterials. This enabling technology provides Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.

Jon Myers spent over 15 years on Wall Street in the 1980’s and early 90’s. He then left Wall Street, moved to California and became a high-technology entrepreneur. Jon has founded successful companies in business intelligence, cloud services and artificial intelligence. In 2007, Jon and a team of successful inventors took on the challenge of making a useful, commercial product from carbon-dioxide. The result of that work is Graphene Technologies, which produces graphene and other nanomaterials from carbon-dioxide in a highly scalable, ultra-efficient process. Jon is named in six issued patents. Jon was educated at Williams College and Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.