Board of Directors
Vincent Harris, Ph.D – Chairman of the Board
Dr. Vincent Harris founded Metamagnetics in 2008. A distinguished engineer, scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and leader of engineers and scientists for more than 30 years, he holds the University Distinguished Professor and William Lincoln Smith Chair at Northeastern University. He has published more than 300 technical articles in peer-reviewed science and engineering journals, including book chapters, review articles and invited technical feature articles on the topical areas of nanotechnology, magnetism and microwave materials and devices.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Harris was a branch head at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC) and held a guest appointment as professor of the National Security Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterrey, CA). In 2007, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) named Harris a Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Advances in Ferrite Materials and High Frequency Applications. Harris is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics-Great Britain, the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Senior International Scientist Program. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Renée Burns is the co-founder of The Smith & Burns Group at Merrill Lynch. She has over 20 years of experience, providing wealth management advice to a distinguished group of individual and institutional investors. Access to a full range of investment management, banking, lending and insurance strategies ensures that her clients have a well thought out investment plan.
Renée began her investment career at State Street Bank & Trust Company where she developed a core belief in balancing risk, return and taxes. Prior professional experience includes the Private Client Groups of J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, where she gained a dynamic and global perspective of wealth management.
Outside business activities include the Board of Directors of Metamagnetics, Inc., Board of Visitors at New England Conservatory (NEC), Advisory Board of Winchester Community Music School (WCMS), and a mentor for Invest in Girls (IIG), a nonprofit founded in 2010 to provide high school girls with a foundation in saving, investing and philanthropy. Prior community service includes Belmont Day School’s Investment Committee and the Board of Trustees at Boston Ballet.
Renée holds a BS and MBA from Bentley University. She is a member of the distinguished Bentley Executive Club (BEC).
Anton Geiler, Ph.D
Dr. Anton Geiler joined Metamagnetics in 2009 as Director of Research and Product Development. Dr. Geiler provides leadership and oversight of research and product development functions in the area of novel microwave materials and device solutions for use in microwave and millimeter-wave electronics. He sets the strategic vision for the development of new products and seeks out new business opportunities by gathering and analyzing feedback from customers, partners and prospects.
Prior to joining Metamagnetics, Dr. Geiler spearheaded research and development efforts in the area of passive and tunable microwave and magnetic devices at the Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits at Northeastern University. His areas of expertise include the design, modeling, fabrication and characterization of microwave devices, as well as the development, production, and characterization of magnetic and multifunctional materials and metamaterials for RF, microwave, and mm-wave applications. His research in high performance planar microwave ferrite devices has targeted size and weight sensitive radar and wireless communications platforms. .This innovative technology was transitioned to Metamagnetics and now comprises the core of its intellectual property portfolio.
Dr. Geiler’s work has resulted in more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 25 presentations at international conferences and 3 patent disclosures. He received numerous national and international awards for research, scholarship and community service. He is a senior member of the IEEE and vice-chair of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society MTT-13 Technical Committee on Microwave Ferrites and Ferroelectrics.
Marc H. Meyer, Ph.D
Marc H. Meyer is the Robert J. Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Matthews Distinguished Professor of Business at Northeastern University. In 2006, Dr. Meyer started Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in the College of Business, where he and his colleagues have helped many students and alumni start their own companies. He has recently been name a director of Northeastern’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education, a university-wide resource that integrates entrepreneurship education, venture incubation and an investor network to help entrepreneurs conceive, finance and launch new companies.
Dr. Meyer is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of innovation. The Power of Product Platforms (written with Alvin P. Lehnerd, The Free Press, NY, NY, 1997), continues to be a leading work in the management of architecture for products, systems, and services. In his new book, New Venture Creation: An Innovator’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, Dr. Meyer returns to his roots as a technology entrepreneur. He has been part of the start-up teams of software companies that include VenturCom (acquired by Citrix), Sentillion (acquired by Microsoft), and Acustream (Great Falls, VA), and advises many more startups, particularly those launched from Northeastern University. He has also designed next generation products and business strategies for industry leaders in consumer, industrial, healthcare and financial sectors. Many of his product and service innovations can be seen in use today, ranging from computers, to industrial equipment, medical systems, and new types of food and household furnishings.
Dr. Meyer is a graduate of Harvard College and holds graduate degrees from M.I.T. While a PhD student in his mid-20s, he left MIT for five years to build his first software company, a leader in real-time embedded operating systems and development tools. Since then, he has been a visiting professor and scientist at M.I.T., a visiting professor at Delft Technical University in the School of Industrial Design, and a distinguished visiting professor at Nyenrode Business University.
Hugo B. Poza, Ph.D
Hugo B. Poza, PhD, is the FastPath specialist for defense, homeland security and government.
Dr. Poza is president of Hugo Poza Consulting, Inc. He brings over 30 years of engineering and management experience in the defense industry, and has three successful start-up businesses within major corporations under his name. He served as VP for Strategic Growth Initiatives for Raytheon, and before that, as vice president of the Homeland Security (HLS) strategic business area, growing the HLS business from $37M in 2002 to over $1B, including a year-over-year growth of over 40% from 2005 to 2006. Major initiatives included border and high-value facility security, secure communications, emergency response and knowledge-based integrated security solutions.
Previously, Poza was vice president and general manager of Strategic Systems in Raytheon’s Command, Control, Communications and Information (C3I) Systems business. During his tenure, Strategic Systems achieved a 31% growth in revenues and a 52% growth in profits. He has also served as vice president of aerospace electronics for Lockheed Martin, general manager of the avionics division of Sanders, general manager for military electronics for TRW, and senior vice president at M/A-COM Government Systems in charge of strategic communications, electronic warfare and avionics. Poza holds electrical engineering degrees from the University of Dayton and Purdue University (MSc. and PhD). In 2005, he was selected as one of the Top 25 Hispanic executives in American Industry by Hispanic Trends magazine.