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About Attochron, LLC.

Attochron's roots go back to 1997 when Attochron Founder & CEO, Tom Chaffee, EPRI VP (retired) Dr. Karl Stahlkopf, and ultrafast optical physicist, Dr. Jean-Claude Diels at UNM conceived i-AIR™ Lasercom™. Since then Attochron has worked with various Ultrashort Pulse (USP) Optics Researchers and wireless laser communications experts that include Lucent/Bell-Labs DMTS. Attochron has since proven its superior performance over all previous systems -- validated by well-known partners.

TOM CHAFFEE

Founder & CEO Emeritus

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Tom Chaffee

TOM CHAFFEE

Founder, CEO Emeritus
ISAAC KIM

ISAAC KIM

Chief Technology Officer
ROBERT P. FLEISHAUER, Ph.D.

DR. ROBERT P. FLEISHAUER, USAF LT. COL. (Ret.)

VP Atmospheric Sciences
DAVID BEERING

DAVID BEERING

VP Laser SATCOM
DANIEL C. HURLEY

DANIEL C. HURLEY, JR.

Corporate Secretary and
VP of Regulatory Affairs (2012-2015)
Ricardo de Bastos

RICARDO de BASTOS

Senior Business Development Advisor


Tom Chaffee

TOM CHAFFEE

Founder, CEO Emeritus

Tom Chaffee is the Founder & CEO Emeritus of Attochron, LLC. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Chaffee began his business and technical careers in the field of acoustics and vibration control technologies in 1988 after designing and building a sound recording studio. His introduction of the acoustical sound absorber panel The Cutting Wedge™ -- in the highly competitive market of commodity acoustical panels -- brought revolutionary improvements in every aspect of the value chain. Manufacturing, shipping and most critically, design were all long-considered already optimized. TCW became the world leading panel brand in North America in less than a year and Tom sold the company after 18 months.

Next, Mr. Chaffee conceived and designed the first-ever vibration and electrical isolation gasket system for rack-mounted electronics: Sorbotech™. Tom led Sorbotech's R&D with help from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO); The system was patented and licensed out to Raxxess Corporation, (Prospect Park, NJ).

At the request of Audio Engineering Society Fellow and RPG Diffusor Systems (Upper Marlboro, MD) Founder & CEO Dr. Peter D'Antonio, Tom became co-inventor and marketing lead on the now-patented VDAC™ acoustical product -- again raising the bar in performance while lowering manufacturing and shipping costs in a highly competitive market. Tom also led RPG's new product technology advisory group resulting in other improvements for the RPG product line.

Tom's shift to optics was established in 1997 when he invented what was to later become Attochron's main technology: wireless telecommunications and power beaming leveraging newer ultrashort pulse (USP) lasers. Inspired by weather-related research at the University of New Mexico (sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute), Tom forged a partnership with UNM and EPRI to develop this telecommunications system with co-inventors at UNM and EPRI.  During the 'dot-com' collapse which marginalized many promising new optical telecommunications R&D concepts, Tom consulted for optical authentication and anti-counterfeiting technology projects with R&D 100 Award winners.

Tom formed Attochron, LLC in California in 2002 and led the company's business and technical development with accomplishments including assembling a world-class business and technical team, funding for the firm with a blend of out-of-the-box-thinking angel investors and private equity -- and teaming with technology and market leaders for equipment, personnel and facilities contributions. These included the Stevens Institute of Technology, Lockheed-Martin, The US Army's Picatinny Arsenal and many others.

Mr. Chaffee led Attochron to global technology firsts. Under his leadership Attochron was the first to exhibit a wireless laser communications technology that was reliable in all weather conditions. Performance was validated in the field by leading prime contractors and the US Department of Defense.  Attochron's 'signal propagation' firsts were followed by the first demonstration of On-Off Key (OOK) data-modulation of a short pulse wireless laser signal -- also verified in the field by prime contractors and representatives of the US DOD including the US Air Force Space Command.

After relocating Attochron to Lexington, Virginia, Mr. Chaffee forged a relationship between Attochron and the Virginia Military Institute Research Labs (Lexington, VA) in 2013, resulting in continued firsts: increased link distances outdoors to over 1 kilometer and demonstrations of data rates in excess of 1 gigabit per second. Attochron's teaming with VMI has also resulted in the formation of the VMI Ultrashort Pulse Optics Laboratory in 2015. A first for VMI.

Following investment by private equity firm Three Cities Research (New York, NY) Tom led the development of prototype USP Lasercom systems intended for pre-sale exhibition to global telecoms carriers, US Agencies and technology integrators anticipated for 2017. In 2017 Tom became CEO Emeritus indicating Attochron's improved fortunes and growing team.

Tom is also a self-taught musician who has toured as an original artist with Steely Dan and other well-known bands and continues to perform.

ISAAC KIM

ISAAC KIM

Chief Technology Officer

Isaac Kim is the Chief Technology Officer at Attochron. His primary specialization is with wireless Free Space Optics (FSO) technology and fiber optic transmission. He has extensive experience in managing current and planning future fiber optic networks, optical design and link budget analysis, and troubleshooting optical networks. He has hands on experience working with CWDM/DWDM fiber optic transponders, SFP and XFP pluggable optics, fixed passives and ROADMs, optical amplifiers, dispersion compensators, and carrier Ethernet switches and routers.

His past research has focused on the effects of the atmosphere on laser beam propagation, and especially its effects on satellite and terrestrial free-space laser communication. He was the team leader during the operation of the Space Technology Research Vehicle (STRV)-2 satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment. He has presented 12 papers on the effects of atmospheric attenuation and scintillation on free space laser communication at the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) meetings. He is a member of the SPIE and is a past chairman of the SPIE's International Working Group on Laser Communication.

JEAN-CLAUDE DIELS

JEAN-CLAUDE DIELS, PhD.

Ultrafast Optical Physics Advisor, Stakeholder
Professor Physics and Astronomy, Electrical Engineering,
University of New Mexico

Dr. Diels is an original co-inventor of AWL™. His expertise is well-known in the fields of laser physics and nonlinear optics, ultrafast phenomena, high-resolution spectroscopy and imaging, adaptive optics and interferometry. Dr. Diels has an extensive background in laser-induced discharges and plasmas. Dr. Diels’ background includes laser gyros and related sensing of displacements, index of refraction, magnetic and electric fields.

ROBERT P. FLEISHAUER, Ph.D.

DR. ROBERT P. FLEISHAUER, USAF LT. COL. (Ret.)

VP Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Fleishauer was most recently Leader, Information Grid Division, USAF Research Lab (Rome, NY) where he lead & managed 300+ civilian, military and contractor personnel in R&D of cutting edge cyber operations, airborne networking, tactical communications and data links, and RF testing and evaluation of aircraft.  His group validated and executed more than 270 contracts valued in excess of $700 million. Previously Colonel Fleishauer was Director of Operations and Commander, 26th Operational Weather Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA where here he led a 200+ person, 24/7 weather center servicing 60 Air Force and Army installations in a seven-state area in the heart of “Tornado Alley.”  He mentored and educated 20 new weather officers and 130 new Airmen while conducting live operations. Until July of 1998 he was Commander, 48th Weather Flight, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England and led a 16-person weather forecasting and observing base weather station and was also Senior Weather Officer and subject matter expert for the 48th Fighter Wing Commander; protected $3.5 billion worth of USAF/NATO resources from hazardous conditions. In 2001 Robert earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University with a GPA of 4.0. In 2002 he completed his M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College with a GPA of 4.0 and status of Distinguished Graduate. Security Clearance: Top Secret (TS/SCI)

Karl E. Stahlkopf

KARL E. STAHLKOPF, PhD.

Senior Energy Markets Advisor, Stakeholder
Partner and Director of Sennet Renewables

Dr. Stahlkopf is in a Partner and Director of Sennet Renewables. His emphasis is in developing project finance for renewable energy projects primarily in Hawaii. He is the retired President of Renewable Hawaii, Inc., and Senior VP, Energy Solutions and Chief Technology Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. Since December 2002. From November 1973 to April 2002, Karl served as Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization at Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, an independent, non-profit center for electricity and environmental research.

During his tenure at EPRI, Karl was also a founder and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EPRI Solutions, a subsidiary of EPRI, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sure-Tech, LLC, a manufacturer of power electronic devices. Karl currently serves on the Board of Directors at Hoku Scientific. Karl has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Naval Science from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

DANIEL C. HURLEY

DANIEL C. HURLEY, JR.

Corporate Secretary and VP of Regulatory Affairs (2012-2015)

Mr. Hurley (January 3, 1944 - January 2, 2015) joined Attochron in 2012 as Corporate Secretary and VP of Regulatory Affairs. He met Attochron principles in 2008 when his Critical Infrastructure Protection group at the NTIA invited Attochron to present its work in laser wireless telecommunications. Dan was the president and CEO of Resource Management Strategies International, Inc., a northern Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in high-tech, cybersecurity and international capacity-building issues.  He previously served as the Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection, in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  A career member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service, he managed the Department’s mission to achieve the Economic Security component of Critical Infrastructure Protection.  Mr. Hurley played a key role in international initiatives by the federal government and U.S. industry to help build capacity in cybersecurity among Developing Countries.  He chaired the interagency Communications Dependency on Electric Power Working Group and participated in several industry-government research efforts relating to communications and electric power interdependency, communications vulnerability and supply chain risk management.  He earlier served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Export Administration where he headed the Bureau of Export Administration’s (BXA) initiative to build capacity in nonproliferation and export control international cooperation within 25 countries in the former Soviet Union and central European regions.  Mr. Hurley holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from St. Louis University.  He earned a J.D. degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. in strategic management from George Mason University.  Before retiring as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Mr. Hurley completed senior courses at the Naval War College and the National Security Agency and served as commanding officer of five naval reserve units.  Security Clearance (TS/SCI)

DAVID BEERING

DAVID BEERING

VP Laser SATCOM

  • BS, MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering – Purdue University
  • Owner of Intelligent Designs LLC, based in Wheaton, IL
  • Started career as an engineer at AT&T Communications and in Corporate Telecommunications at Amoco Corporation
  • Founder and project director of the ATM Research & Industrial Enterprise Study (ARIES) for the American Petroleum Institute – one of the first national-scale high-performance computing & networking test beds
  • Original High Data Rate (HDR) experimenter on NASA’s Advanced Communications Technology Satellite
  • Held key technical roles, or directed, more than 75 satellite-based projects supporting fixed sites, land mobile vehicles, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft
  • Designed and integrated the most advanced airborne satellite communications system ever deployed (currently operational in CENTCOM Area of Operations)
  • Active in the satellite research & development community
  • DoD Prime Contract holder with US Naval Research Laboratory
  • Holds active TS/SCI clearance

Ricardo de Bastos

Ricardo de Bastos

Senior Business Development Advisor
President, Orbital Communications International

Ricardo (Ric) de Bastos prior to his retirement, was President, Orbital Communications International, Orbital Sciences Corporation. He is a satellite executive with more than 40 years of experience, which includes a career with Astro Space under its RCA, GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed ownership, and a period as President of CTA Space Systems prior to its acquisition by Orbital. His credentials include profit and loss responsibility for eleven major communications satellite programs. Mr. de Bastos holds a BSME Aeronautical Mechanical Engineering and an MSME Mechanical Systems Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. His post graduate studies include work at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; GE’s Executive Development Program in Crotonville, NY; and Lockheed Martin’s Senior Executive Management Course at the University of Maryland.

In his position at Orbital Sciences, Mr. de Bastos had responsibility for the development of space and commercial communications business operations of the Space Systems Group of Orbital Sciences Corporation. Orbital is a space and information systems company that designs, manufactures, operates, and markets a broad range of affordable space infrastructure systems, satellite access products and satellite- provided services, including launch vehicles, satellites, space sensors and electronics, satellite ground systems and software, satellite-based navigation and communications products, and satellite-delivered fixed and mobile communications and Earth imaging services.

Mr. de Bastos directed all aspects of the $100 million Space Systems Company of CTA, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Orbital in 1997. He came to CTA from Lockheed Martin Astro Space, where he served as Executive Vice President in the Astro Space Commercial Company, with responsibility for strategizing and implementing new business ventures that would increase the company’s telecom activities. While at Lockheed Martin, he developed the strategy and foundation for the Astrolink broadband global network system and business construct.

Under General Electric management, he was responsible for the design and strategy of the A2100 Program. In that capacity he developed the vision and plans for Astro Space “spacecraft of the future’ business products, garnered corporate support and implemented and managed the program through its technical system definition review.

Under RCA, he worked as manager of the commercial communications satellite product line. Previously, in the NASA business area, he managed the TIROS weather satellite program and the Dynamics Explorer Science Program. He worked as a systems engineer in the early years of his career, starting in 1963. Outside the office, Mr. de Bastos served for over 20 years as an Associate Professor Adjunct Staff and also as Chairman; Mechanical Engineering Advisory Commission, Mercer County College. He was an Elected public official of Washington, NJ Township and served as the Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Planning Board. He has a private pilot license, and holds membership in AIAA.

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