Mark L. LeClair, Founder, President and CEO
Mark is a recognized expert in industrial and military applications associated with cavitation. He is knowledgeable regarding the people, companies, & products currently in the market. In 1983 he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction and in 1988 a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA. In 2002 Mark founded NanoSpire, Inc. In 1994 Mark founded CFD Associates, a computational fluid dynamics firm consulting widely in cavitation and CFD. Clients included DuPont, Estee Lauder and many other companies involved in mixing and cavitation dispersion. Mark was a Sr. Research Engineer in the Fluid Mechanics Group for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, CA, responsible for hydrodynamic and CFD analysis of cavitation and supercavitation during the underwater launch performance of the Trident I & II missiles. He has been awarded five patents in harnessing cavitation.
Serge Lebid, EVP
Serge was Co-founder and previously VP of Sales and Marketing for Five Star Technologies, Inc., Cleveland, OH, a well-known cavitation particle nanophase materials company and former equipment manufacturer. Serge has twelve years of cavitation processing nanophase materials business development and technical experience and has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.
Board of Advisors
Ed Pope is a retired US Navy officer with experience in Intelligence and Research and Development; post retirement worked at Penn State University in technology sourcing and commercialization; government R&D project management, international business, business development; Strategic Development at Naxcer Composites Group, Denver, CO; significant background in cavitation and supercavitation, materials, thermodynamics, and other fields; author of book "Torpedoed" and numerous periodicals.
Prof. Christopher E. Brennen
Prof. Brennen is Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology. His research interests are in cavitation and multiphase flows, in turbomachinery and in granular material flows and has had research contracts with NSF, ONR, NASA and other private and government agencies. Prof. Brennen is author of fourteen books, including "Cavitation and Bubble Dynamics", Oxford University Press, 1995 and "Hydrodynamics of Pumps''. Oxford University Press and Concepts, ETI Inc., 1994. He has authored or co-authored 256 journal publications, of his extensive research in the area of cavitation fluid dynamics. His many honors include: Fulbright Scholar, 1969-71
Twice winner (1978, 1981) of the ASME R.T.Knapp Award for the best paper in the ASME Fluids Engineering Division., U. N. Consultant to India, 1980. NASA New Technology Award, 1980. ASME Centennial Medallion, 1980. ASME Fluids Engineering Award, 1992. General Editor, Oxford Engineering Science Series, Oxford University Press, 1992-1999. Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1993. Editor, Physics of Fluids (APS), 1998-2000. Chair CAV2001, 4th International Symposium on Cavitation, 2001. Fluids Engineering Award, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2002 (first non-Japanese recipient). Fluid Science Award, Fluid Science Foundation, Japan, 2003 (first non-Japanese recipient). 2005 Richard Feynman Prize, Caltech's most prestigious teaching honor, given for ``exceptional ability, creativity and innovation in both laboratory and classroom instruction''. 2008 ISROMAC-12 Award for ``.. research contributions in the area of cavitation and hydrodynamics of rotating machinery''. Elected Fellow of the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, 2009. Honorary Member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009. Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011. Resume: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~brennen/resume/cv.htm