Edward Palen, Ph.D., P.E.

(415) 850-8166



portrait of E. J. Palen
"A leader in innovative process technology solutions. Expert in the design, prototyping, qualification and manufacturing of optoelectronic and microelectronic devices. A specialist able to mitigate development risks and manufacturing risks. Our marketing activities transformed new technologies into contract programs. Key innovative contributions made in a wide range of technologies--including authorship of several patents--have provided competitive advantage. Experienced presenter before both technical and non-technical audiences at industrial and research conferences and in start-up company investment or fundraising venues. Author in leading industry publications. Select copies are reprinted at this website."

Product Development & Project Management
Team-builder and motivating leader for technology development and product deployment. Able to communicate with scientists, engineers, consulting experts and program managers across a broad range of technical and marketing fields. Instrumental in resolving program performance problems concerning manufacturing process set-up, yield increase, and product design. Ability to maintain effective interdepartmental communication with complex projects.

Breakthrough Technologies: Conception & Implementation
Identification of market opportunities and tailoring design and manufacturing solutions to create new businesses. Led the creation and implementation of low cost optical interconnects for integration of photonics communication with integrated circuits (IC). Advanced injection molding for precision micro-optics assemblies for this application. Creator of breakthrough manufacturing methods for low cost solar power by rooftop non-tracking concentrator PV modules.

2001 - present, Founder of PalenSolutions. Technology consulting. Successfully servicing optoelectronic and microelectronic packaging needs of Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies nationally and internationally. Conceive and implement solutions for lower cost devices, component integration solutions, materials choices, process development, and design-for-manufacturability. While employed with Applied Material's New Business and New Product Group, we were a key inventor of chip level photonic interconnects.

2007 - 2010, Founder of CoolPlanetSolar, LLC. Inventor of low cost solar PV concentrator technologies. Raised funding, assembled technical and business development team and led launch of new company. Developed prototypes and secured patent IP.

2000 - 2001, Director of Advanced Process Development, Teledyne Optoelectronics, Los Angeles, CA. Implemented outsource assembly manufacturing of telecom devices for JDS Uniphase, Corning and Agere.

1996 - 1999, Project Engineer, TRW, Space & Electronics Group, Redondo Beach, CA. Resolved design and manufacturing challenges of Mil-Sat communications payloads, satellite structures & satellite solar arrays.

1992 - 1996, Member of Technical Staff, GM Hughes Electronics, El Segundo, CA. Pioneered development of low-cost sensor technologies for product commercialization in real-time detection of chemical and biological agents. Material & process troubleshooting for the business units of Electro-Optical & Data Systems, Missile Guidance, Satellites, Radar, HRL Laboratories, and Power Products.

Education & Qualifications
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering emphasis
University College London, England, B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer #CH5119, State of California
Eleven US and worldwide patents granted or pending
Member of San Francisco chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization